The Pearson Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Gold Winners

Marie Watson

Royal School for the Deaf in Derby (RSDD)

The Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education

Derby, Derbyshire

Marie is profoundly deaf. She attended the Royal School for the Deaf in Derby (RSDD) as a pupil, then a teaching assistant, and then went onto achieve phenomenal things as a qualified English and British Sign Language teacher at the same school.

Marie is an excellent role model to deaf children; she breaks the barriers of their disability and shows them that they can aspire to be anything they wish. Her work has even extended to outside the classroom, to ensure that her pupils are not just achieving the highest levels academically, but socially and emotionally too.

Marie has taken her pupils on trips abroad; something one parent believed never could be possible for her daughter. She has opened up the avenue of communication between parent and child, giving children with impaired hearing the chance to form better bonds with their loved ones, sometimes for the first time. Marie is an exceptional teacher, and any child would be lucky to be taught by her.