Fiona Whitney, Associate Assistant Headteacher wins Pearson Prize for Pupil Impact, awarded by Teaching Leaders at the TL Fellows Graduation on Thursday 27th November 2014.
TL Fellows is a prestigious leadership development programme run by the education charity Teaching Leaders. Teaching Leaders is a national charity that addresses educational disadvantage by developing middle leaders in schools in challenging contexts.
The Pearson Prize for Pupil Impact is awarded to a middle leader who has shown outstanding commitment and made the greatest impact on pupil achievement. Through a variety of initiatives, Newham prize winner Fiona saw a 14% increase in the number of her pupils achieving A*- C in GCSE Geography; results shifted from 72% in 2012 to 86% in 2014 despite it being a challenging year for GCSE results across the country. As well as improving attainment, Fiona’s work helped to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers so that the gap narrowed from 11.3% to 3%. She introduced a one-to-one mentoring system and was also determined to ensure that disadvantaged students were given equal access to Geography trips and revision materials so that they could achieve to the best of their ability.
She says of the programme:
“When I embarked on the Teaching Leader Fellows Programme, I was determined to raise our pupils’ expectations of themselves. The programme has enabled me to transform my leadership skills and I have been able to apply everything that I have learnt in my classroom. This has meant that I have been able to see our students flourish and reach their full potential.”
Schools Minister, David Laws says:
“Congratulations to Fiona on winning the Pearson prize for impact on pupil outcomes. I’m impressed by her relentless focus on improving her leadership in order to raise the achievement of her pupils. Middle leaders are the engine room of every school and the Teaching Leaders Fellows programme helps develop those high-potential middle leaders like Fiona and help them make a measurable difference for pupils in their schools such as Sarah Bonnell School”
Jill Duffy, Vice President for UK Schools at Pearson, said:
"The stories we’ll hear this evening are testament to the important work that they do. I would particularly like to congratulate the winner of The Pearson Prize for Pupil Impact, Fiona Whitney, whose achievements are truly inspirational."
A big congratulations to Fiona who fully deserves this award.