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A teacher at Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) has won a Pearson National Teaching Silver Award in the category Digital Innovator of the Year, supported by Google. Scott Hayden, who is a Creative Media lecturer and Digital Innovation Specialist at the college, is one of 68 Silver Award winners across the country and has been shortlisted for the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”.Selected from thousands of nominations, Scott’s outstanding achievement is being celebrated today [19 June], on ‘Thank A Teacher Day’ alongside his fellow Silver Award winners across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as the Pearson National Teaching Awards marks its 21st year of celebrating excellence in education.BCoT Principal Anthony Bravo who presented the prestigious trophy said: “I am extremely proud and delighted to present this award to Scott on behalf of Pearson UK. He has made an enormous contribution to the college and has been instrumental in our drive to deliver engaging teaching and learning experiences through the use of digital technology”.The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach – many of whom go on to train as teachers themselves thanks to the significant impact their teachers have had on them.Scott Hayden has been shortlisted to win one of just 13 Gold Awards at the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”. He will join fellow Silver Award winners, along with three Scottish Education Award winners and three winners of the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru, at the 21st UK ceremony of the Pearson Teaching Awards. The glittering event is to be held at the Roundhouse on 20 October and broadcast on BBC2 the following week, on 27 October, as part of “Britain’s Classroom Heroes” which showcases excellence in education.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “To be shortlisted for this award from thousands of nominations across the UK is a fantastic achievement and a testament to all of the winners’ commitment to the profession. "I’m delighted that we are supporting the Pearson Teaching Awards to recognise the life-changing effect inspirational teachers have on the lives of young people."
View the list of winners here.