Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Dean Ralph

High Close School

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School

Wokingham, Berkshire

Dean went straight from university to become a DT teacher in mainstream schools. He progressed from class teacher to Head of Year and then Head of Department, then changed tack to focus on special educational needs at Barnardo’s High Close School in Berkshire.

His dual strengths in curriculum knowledge and pastoral care has been an asset in every school he has worked in, making sure he looks after the whole child and addresses their needs in every area of life.

He forges exceptional relationships with his colleagues and the students and parents he works with.