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03 Apr 2020

NWLIS Teacher Shortlisted for Education’s Oscars 

Paul Morris, NWLIS Art Teacher is in the running to win Pearson National Teaching Award for Excellence in Special Needs category

At a time when schools are doing more than ever to support their communities, teachers across the country have discovered they have been shortlisted for Education’s Oscars.

Selected from thousands of nominations, Paul Morris, Head of Art, Graphics and Design at the North West London Independent Special School in East Acton is one of 87 extraordinary shortlisted nominees from lecturers, school staff and schools who have been entered for the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Awards. 

Paul, left, with artist Willard Wigan MBE during his 2018 visit.


Mr Paul Morris was nominated for a Silver Award for his highly effective work as a Head of Art, Graphics, and Design with some uniquely complex and vulnerable students. Creating an atmosphere of calm and interest in a classroom where all students can experience themselves as artists.

He is in the running to be one of the Silver Award winners. These will then compete to win one of just 14 Gold Awards which will be announced at the televised UK ceremony later in the year, broadcast on the BBC as ‘Britain’s Classroom Heroes’.  

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

Pupils and parents can show their appreciation for their amazing teachers, who are supporting children across the country in incredibly challenging conditions, by sending them a Thank You card for free via the Thank a Teacher campaign.

Paul with His Excellency Justice Anthony Carmona, 5th President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in 2018


Thomas Keaney, CEO and Schools’ Proprietor, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted that Paul has been shortlisted in these prestigious national awards. He is a fiercely loyal, kind and highly effective teacher who works with our SEND students whose feelings of failure, isolation and loneliness are acute. His belief that every young person has the possibility of finding themselves through Art, by being invited and being allowed, has enabled our students to achieve amazing successes; in formal exams they never thought they’d be able to take, and more generally in the school environment where they had given up hope of ever feeling accepted.

“The whole of the TCES Group has benefitted from Paul’s amazing success with students in Art. We started by seeing A grades in Year 11 and A Level. In 2019 students in Years 8 and 9 have been supported to achieve As at GCSE. This has lifted the teachers across all our schools and demonstrated what happens when you live our values of high expectations and hard work. These students have been shown a strengths-based perception of themselves, often for the very first time.” 

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: 

“Congratulations to every one of our teachers, lecturers and school staff who have been shortlisted for a Silver Award. At a time of unprecedented challenge, schools across the country are stepping up and playing a vital role for the wellbeing of our pupils and their families, and it is only right that we take this opportunity to say thank you. At Pearson we are delighted to support these Awards every year and to recognise and celebrate teachers for their commitment, dedication and passion.  

Steve Munby, Chair of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: 

“Congratulations to all of the amazing staff in the running to win a Silver Award. This is fair recognition of the outstanding job they are doing and their efforts in going well beyond their role to make sure their students get every chance in life. 

 “Now more than ever is the time to appreciate our teachers and the fantastic work they are doing. I am honoured to be part of these Awards and to play my part in acknowledging teachers for the incredible job they do.”