Japanese teacher reaches final in Teacher of the Year Award
AN INSPIRATIONAL educator is in the running to be named the nation's Teacher of the Year.
Modern languages teacher Crispin Chambers has been selected as a finalist in the regional South West Secondary School Teacher of the Year Award.
Crispin, who is head of Japanese at Tavistock College, has been teaching at the school since 1996 – and was promoted to his current role in 2002.
Part of his work included establishing the college's Japanese exchange programme that gives students a unique cultural experience.
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Helen Salmon, principal of Tavistock College, said: "I am delighted that Crispin's attitude, experience and skills as a teacher have been recognised by the 2013 Pearson Teaching Awards.
"We are all incredibly proud to have Crispin at Tavistock College and this is reinforced by the fact that it was not only me who nominated him for this award, but students too.
"Tavistock College has changed considerably over years and the positive attitude and dedication and passion that teachers like Crispin show have a huge impact on the college's success.
"I am delighted that the hard work of teachers and students alike is being recognised externally by awards such as these and we are all keeping our fingers crossed that he makes it to the live finals in London."
The Teaching Awards encourage pupils to praise those who have helped make a difference to their education.
As a regional finalist, Crispin will be visited at school by the judging panel.
But he will have to wait until May to learn whether he has made it to the televised awards ceremony in October.
Rod Bristow, president of Pearson UK and sponsors of the 2013 Teaching Awards, added: "All young people deserve the very best chance to make progress in their lives through education.
"That is why we believe it's vital to recognise inspirational teachers, for their commitment to teaching and learning and improving the life chances of the next generation."
Meanwhile, a team of Tavistock College business studies students have made it through to the national finals of Coca-Cola's Real Business Challenge.