Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Debra Higginson

Nascot Wood Junior School

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School

Watford, Hertfordshire

In the 37 years that Debra has been teaching, her enthusiasm and passion has grown stronger and stronger. She is always keen to learn about and implement new strategies and ideas and continues to be an exemplary practitioner who has a huge influence on her colleagues and the outcomes for all children. Her expectations of her students is very high and she ensures that they can all access the tasks while giving them challenge and pace. She is held in very high regard by all of the teachers, parents and governors. Debra thrives on new challenges, and the children can see life-long learning modelled in her, and are inspired to follow the same path. She believes passionately in providing opportunities for all children regardless of their starting points and has had a transformational influence on many of her pupils.