Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Daniel Simpson

St Matthew Academy

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School

Blackheath, London

Mr Simpson is an outstanding teacher and leader who’s created a vibrant creative media centre.

Academic results in the Media Department have been the highest in the academy for the 5 years he‘s been there. Media courses are oversubscribed every year. His Media Centre enters students into competitions, creates academy and parent cohesion through initiatives like the SMA OSCARS which have now been running for four years , St Matthew Production Company, SMA news and the Student magazine – Optics.

He’s extremely popular with all students, staff and parents as a result of his student-centred approach – he ensures that every student becomes excited and interested in all aspects of media.