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Top marks for teachers

Winning headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants, governors, sustainable schools and school teams each received a Plato, the Teaching Awards symbol of excellence in education.

Other finalists were rewarded with a distinction or commendation and an engraved award.

All were cheered on by a 250 - strong audience, including pupils, parents and colleagues at The Waterfront Hall, Belfast, this week.

Caroline Evans, chief executive of the Teaching Awards, said: ‘This is an exciting day for individuals who have been recognised and rewarded. Congratulations to them all and to their schools where the brilliance rubs off. I am delighted to meet the new class of 2010 who are Teaching Awards’ ambassadors for education at its best.

Local winners include:

The Becta Award for Next Generation Learning — David Stinson, Sullivan Upper School, Holywood

Outstanding School Team of the Year - Fleming Fulton School, Upper Malone RoadDistinctions were awarded to: Julie Lee, Grosvenor Grammar School Belfast, in the new teacher category;

Diana Press, Aquinas Grammar School, Ravenhill Road, Belfast, for Secondary head teacher of the year

Fiona Cregan, St Rose's High School, Beechmount Avenue, Belfast for teacher in a secondary school

Anne McGrath, St Rose's High School, Beechmount Avenuefor governor of the year

Commendations were awarded to: David Manning, Strathearn School, Belmont Road, Belfast, in the head teacher category

Gary Donaldson, Ashfield Girls' High School, Holywood Road, Belfast for teaching assistant.

Nuala Kinney, Holy Rosary Primary School, Sunnyside Crescent, Belfast, in the governor of the year category.

The winners go forward to the UK Awards in October.

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