Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Shalina Patel

Claremont High School Academy

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School

Harrow, Middlesex

It is rare to be truly humbled when observing a lesson but this is the feeling one gets when walking into Shalina’s classroom. Her lessons are engaging and inspiring on a completely different level to any other teacher. Not only are the students truly engaged and excited by the learning, the academic rigour is present throughout, leading to outcomes which are truly exceptional over the course of the lesson.

Shalina is tireless in her work to promote effective teaching and learning, and is equally passionate about her subject (History) and its teaching. It is no surprise to go into Shalina’s lessons and find her dressed as a medieval nun or Elizabeth I to inspire her pupils! No child in her class ever feels like a failure or that they cannot achieve their potential.