Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Marie Duffy

Percy Shurmer Academy

The Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education

Birmingham, West Midlands

Marie’s energy, expertise, warmth and dedication are viewed as the driving force behind the transformation of this Birmingham school’s Deaf Learning Base.  Colleagues say her zest for life is infectious! The children under her leadership believe their life is full of opportunities and being deaf is something they are very proud of.

She has developed and led a team that has ensured the Deaf Learning Base is an educational haven that develops the confidence, learning experiences and outcomes for all who attend.

Marie works tirelessly to ensure the deaf children have an abundance of opportunities including after-school clubs, residential trips and community links.