Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

James Havbro

Ark Blacklands Primary Academy

The Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year


James is an Engagement and Learning Mentor with an invaluable talent for connecting with pupils;
through his innate gift for teaching and through the innovative outdoor learning unit which he set up and runs. He established the unit as a means of giving pupils with very challenging behaviour the time,
space and clear learning objectives needed to re-engage with the learning process before returning
to the classroom. He gives children practical, garden-based lessons that help them learn how to
appreciate learning. Testament to his success is the fact that, despite great challenges, every one of
his pupils remains in mainstream education.