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A teaching assistant from north Essex, described as “a legend” by students, has won a prestigious national award for her work.
Clare Baldwin of the Maltings Academy in Witham picked up the award for Teaching Assistant of the Year at the Pearson Teaching Awards 2013 yesterday evening.
She was one of ten winners to be announced at a ceremony held at the Drury Lane Theatre in London who were picked from a record 24,000 nominations countrywide.
In her nomination, Mrs Baldwin, who started as a classroom assistant 12 years ago when her three children attended the school, was described as “an exceptional professional, a brilliant listener, whose calm, caring nature diffuses problems and safeguards young people.” A recent survey at the Malting Academy found 96% of students thought there was no bullying at school and many believe said that is down to Mrs Baldwin.
Two students nominated her and described her as “a legend” and “our favourite” while deputy head teacher Damian Lee said Mrs Baldwin was the ‘lynchpin’ between the school and outside agencies.
Often called the ‘Oscars for Teachers’, the awards were founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam, the film producer and former education minister, to thank the profession for inspiring generations of children. Last night’s ceremony was hosted by presenter Clare Balding and featured a host of well-known people including Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Esther Rantzen and Sir Terry Wogan.
A television programme showing the ceremony and the award winners at work in their classrooms, will be broadcast as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes” next Sunday on BBC2.