Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Simon Bayliss

Oxford Spires Academy

The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year


Simon is an exceptional Science teacher whose fascinating lessons ensure that his students are
drawn into his subject, grow in confidence and exceed expectations as a result. His classroom is
characterised by an intense air of focus, an easy rapport, a very high level of enjoyment and the
school pet, Aristotle the Mexican salamander! Although still an NQT, his school has supported
him in undertaking a Masters in Teaching and Learning, such is his promise as an outstanding teacher.
As his Headteacher said of him, “in 34 years of teaching, I have never come across such an exceptional