Aimee Jackson and Barbara Grant

Local teacher honoured in national celebration of teaching


Aimee Jackson of Henshaws Specialist College in Harrogate wins a Silver Teaching Award in the category, The Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education.

Selected from thousands of nominations, Aimee is one of just 65 winners who was celebrated on 22nd June – ‘Thank A Teacher Day’, as the national Teaching Awards marks its 20th year of celebrating excellence in education.  Celebrations will take place in schools and colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland as the prestigious Silver Pearson Teaching Awards trophies are presented to outstanding teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and lecturers.

The Pearson Teaching Awards are 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.

Aimee has worked at Henshaws for 17 years and is Programme Leader for The Starting Point, which was established three years ago to educate, care and support students at the College with more profound autistic needs.


Barbara Grant and Aimee Jackson


Aimee said:

It is my pleasure and privilege to work at Henshaws Specialist College and I am humbled to be nominated for the Pearson Teaching Awards.

I gain a huge amount of satisfaction when the students I work with make progress towards a more independent life, no matter how small the steps are.

I am proud of all my students and their achievements and admire the staff team that I work with for their dedication and commitment.



Deputy Principal Lisa Hart said:

Aimee teaches with respect and integrity for each one of her students.  She knows their full potential and makes it her aim to ensure that the students know their potential too.

She is the champion for teaching autistic adults and she enables us to see outstanding teaching every day.


Aimee will now join fellow Silver Award winners, along with 3 Scottish Education Award winners and 3 winners of the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru, at the 20th UK Ceremony of the Pearson Teaching Awards, a glittering ceremony held in central London on 21st October.  There they will find out which of them has won one of just 12 Gold Plato Awards, the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”.

The October ceremony, titled “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education.


Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said:

A huge congratulations to all those receiving a silver trophy today.  They should feel extremely proud of their achievements and join an inspirational group of Teaching Award winners from the past two decades.

It’s an honour for Pearson to support these Awards each year – it’s so vital to recognise and celebrate those in the teaching profession, for their commitment to education and for the impact they have on young people’s lives.



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