Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Mike Whittingham

Haywood Academy

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School

Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

Some of Mike’s greatest attributes are his boundless energy, commitment to his students and his recognition of the value of the educative process in providing a better future for young people. He was specifically sought out by his head to be the key person to make the necessary improvement achievable, and he has made a major contribution to the on-going development and progress of the school in the relatively short time that he had been in post. He creates a friendly, demanding, and supportive learning environment and has brought a greater sense of relevance and purpose to the teaching of science and has worked hard with colleagues to instil core values and teaching strategies. It is obvious that Mike is a very popular teacher, with his students and with his colleagues. He is much admired and respected.