Two teachers from Wales have beaten thousands of nominations to be named among Britain’s most inspirational educators.

Hannah Lewis, from Troedyrhiw Community Primary, and Abigail Chase, from Bassaleg School, New- port, won Gold Awards in the Pearson National Teaching Awards.

Hannah was named Outstanding New Teacher of the Year and Abigail Chase was named Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School.

Judges described Hannah as a vibrant, enthusiastic and committed teacher.

During lockdown she trained parents as well as children in using digital devices.

She coached parents over the phone and invited them and members of the local community into school for support sessions, including cyber security,CV-writing workshops, and digital skills.

English teacher Abigail is also associate head teacher for pedagogy and reflective practice at Bassaleg.

Judges said she “inspires the whole school community with her infectious passion for learning and genuine care for pupils’ wellbeing”.

Winners were chosen for repeatedly going above and beyond their role to change the lives of their students and helping them move towards a brighter future.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with.

Sharon Hague, managing director of Pearson School Qualifications, said: “Throughout the awards we’ve heard so many inspirational stories of school and college staff who show such exceptional dedication to their students, to their colleagues, and to their communities.

“Our congratulations go to all winners on their award.”

After the awards, Abigail said she was “overwhelmed”.

“I am so lucky to work every day in a profession I love, alongside the most inspiring and brilliant young people,” she added.

“I have to say a massive thank-you to all of our pupils and staff at Bassaleg School – they really are incredible.”

Sir Michael Morpurgo, author, for- mer Children’s laureate, and president of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: “People will always remember that wonderful teacher who made such a difference in their lives. The teacher will never know how many lives they have changed, but our hope is that these awards help show our gratitude.”