Meet our past East of England Winners

2023 Gold Winner - Steph Lee-Vae

Watch 2022 Gold Winner Steph Lee-Vae be surprised by BBC One’s The One Show.

2022 Silver Winner - Michelle Butler

Michelle’s approach to conceptual and project-based learning has revolutionised how English is taught. Her vision for teaching has become standard practice for teaching in her department, and her inspiring professional development training has encouraged this approach to become embedded across the school. She has transformed the KS3 curriculum, introducing exciting, engaging, diverse, real-world units in each year group.

She is enthusiastic about planning inter-disciplinary units and discussing approaches to learning, and frequently updates schemes of work to be more modern and relevant for students. Her passion for teaching extends beyond the classroom where she has created and delivers whole school workshops. She has also presented at the International Baccalaureate conference, sharing her innovative ways for teaching the Middle Years Programme.

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Award winners say their win positively impacted their whole community.

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East of England award winners celebrated

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Education communities across the UK are recognised through our annual televised celebrations and prestigious awards ceremony.

  • Being nominated has a huge impact, not just on the winner, but on the wider community.
  • Award recognition can elevate your school’s reputation and increase opportunities to share good practice.
  • 16 individual and team categories covering early years, schools, and FE.

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Meet some more of our former winners from the East of England

Over The Rainbow Day Nursery

  • The Award for Early Years Team of the Year, (sponsored by the Department for Education)
  • Over The Rainbow Day Nursery
  • Romford, Essex

Arlene Dilloway

  • The Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year
  • Latton Green Primary Academy
  • Harlow, Essex

Michelle Butler

  • The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School (sponsored by Nord Anglia Education)
  • Hockerill Anglo-European College
  • Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire

Caitlin Hayward

  • The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School (sponsored by Nord Anglia Education)
  • The Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Science College
  • Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire

Nicole Alexandru

  • The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School, (sponsored by Randstad)
  • Millbrook Primary School Nursery Class
  • Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire

Melanie Burgess

  • The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School, (sponsored by Randstad)
  • Lincoln Birchwood Junior School
  • Lincoln, Lincolnshire

KYRA

  • The Award for Impact through Partnership
  • KYRA
  • Lincoln, Lincolnshire

VI6

  • The Award for Impact through Partnership
  • Clacton County High School
  • Clacton on Sea, Essex

Grainne McLaughlin

  • The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School (sponsored by Hays)
  • The Gateway Academy
  • Grays, Essex

Hilary Cook

  • The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School (sponsored by Hays)
  • Highfields Primary School
  • Manningtree, Essex

The Motor Vehicle Team

  • The Award for FE Team of the Year (sponsored by the Department for Education)
  • The Bedford College Group
  • Bedford, Bedfordshire

Steph Lee-Vae

  • The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year (sponsored by the Department for Education)
  • The Bedford College Group
  • Bedford, Bedfordshire

Melanie Hall

  • The Award for Digital Innovator of the Year
  • Chase High School
  • Westcliff On Sea, Essex

India Loveland

  • The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year
  • East Norfolk Sixth Form College
  • Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Daren White

  • The Award for Digital Innovator of the Year
  • New Rickstones Academy
  • Essex

Peter Hilton

  • The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • Millbrook Primary School
  • Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire

Sue Thompson

  • The Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Redden Court School
  • Romford, Essex

Kate Harrison

  • The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • Fishtoft Academy
  • Boston, Lincolnshire

Victoria Butler

  • The Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education
  • Mark Hall Academy
  • Harlow, Essex

St Margaret’s Primary Academy

  • The Award for Early Years Team of the Year
  • St Margaret's Primary School
  • Lowestoft, Suffolk

Lorna Cannon

  • The Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year
  • Margaretting CofE VC Primary School
  • Ingatestone, Essex

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