Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Marie Watson

The Royal School for the Deaf

The Award for Excellence in Special Educational Needs

Derby, Derbyshire

Marie is an excellent role model to deaf children and an inspiring teacher and person. Her lessons are always positive and there is a buzz of excitement in her classroom. Marie takes each new challenge in a positive and constructive way so that all pupils continue to feel valued and expectations are always high. As well as being an outstanding teacher, Marie runs an extra-curricular drama club and leads the deaf choir – which she was a member of herself as a child. She also runs literacy workshops for parents, develops methods to encourage reading and leads the filming of a weekly BSL Newsround video, which allows parents and pupils to know what is happening in school and has viewers all over the world.