Dedicated teacher is named as one of the best in the country

Meshelle Headley and children from her current class

Meshelle Headley is one of the best teachers in the country – and that’s official!

The Year 2 teacher at Sharnbrook Primary School has been named as a Silver Winner, in the Pearson National Teaching Awards. 

Meshelle, who has been at the school for 30 years, was heralded by headteacher Hannah Bennett for the positive impact she has on the entire school from pupils to her fellow teachers.

She said; “Listening to so many people describe what a difference Meshelle had made to them and their children, as we went through the application process, was real pleasure.

“The judges said that it shone through how she always makes time for her colleagues and the children without it ever seeming like it’s too much trouble.

“One judge asked how you could clone her and make more Meshelles – but the truth is you don’t need to! She’s always cheerful, she’s always there to provide help or to solve a problem, and that encourages everybody else to up their game too. It’s impossible not to do your best, not to go that extra yard, when you’ve got a colleagues like her.”

Meshelle is also assistant headteacher, the school lead in history, music and maths, and deputy designated safeguarding lead (DSL).

Miss Bennett added; “This is such a friendly, welcoming school, where everybody wants the best for every child and their families.

“We’re a village school at the centre of the community, and Meshelle is at the heart of that.”

The award winners were announced as part of National Train a Teacher Day, which is designed to shine a light on the amazing work done by staff at schools across the country, from teachers and lecturers, to leaders, support staff and caretakers.

National Thank a Teacher Day and the Pearson National Teaching Awards are run by the Teaching Awards Trust, an independent charity established over 25 years ago. They aim to celebrate the transformative impact of education across the UK, and shine a spotlight on the pivotal roles teachers, support staff, colleges, schools and early years educators play in inspiring young people, every single day.

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