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José Picardo from Surbiton High School in Kingston Upon Thames has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Pearson Teaching Awards

Spotlight shines on outstanding education professionals as the “Oscars for teachers” selects finalists for 2015!

José Picardo from Surbiton High School in Kingston Upon Thames has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Pearson Teaching Awards.

Finalists were selected from thousands of nominations from across the UK and José joins a list of 67 exceptional teachers who are the Teaching Awards “stars” of the education profession for 2015.

Finalists will find out if they have received a Pearson Teaching Awards on Thank a Teacher Day, 12 June 2015. Winners will then be invited to the star-studded UK final to be held at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in October 2015 which is filmed and broadcast by the BBC.

The Pearson Teaching Awards were established by David (Lord) Puttnam in 1999, to celebrate and recognize outstanding educational professionals.

Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, president of the Teaching Awards said: ‘I am genuinely proud and honored to be the president of the Teaching Awards. I owe so much of what I’ve done to my fantastic teachers at school and university and it is exciting to join in celebrating what is probably the most important profession of them all.’

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK and Core Markets, said:

"Pearson is proud to support the Teaching Awards and the finalists should be so proud of their achievements. This is a moment to celebrate their incredible commitment to the profession and the hundreds of lives they are changing for the better."

José Picardo is Assistant Principal of Digital Strategy at Surbiton High School. With a Masters degree in ICT & Education, José has always had a passion for technology in teaching.

José’s mission is to support teaching and learning in a creative, engaging way which uses the tools of the present effectively. He combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience of how to use these tools to heighten learning.

He leads the use of technology at Surbiton High School: from pupils to peers he encourages all to constantly evolve and improve learning; educating teachers how digital platforms can be powerful academic tools.

The result has been that technology and digital tools are now second nature at Surbiton High School. Teachers use them where appropriate to add value to their lessons, aid teaching and maximise learning time. This has in turn encouraged more creative and effective teaching, evaluation methods and a more engaged classroom.

Fundamentally, this has meant that educators at Surbiton High School have been able to become even more tailored to developing its pupils’ individual strengths and learning needs.

Ann Haydon, Principal of Surbiton High School said:

“I am delighted that José Picardo has been recognized for his innovative work putting Surbiton High School at the forefront of using technology to advance and enhance the learning of our pupils. José follows in the footsteps of Surbiton High School teacher Suzy Pett who last year was awarded the Pearson Gold Award for Outstanding New Teacher. Suzy is the first ever Independent School Gold Award winner in the 15 year history of the awards”.

José Picardo, Assistant Principal (Digital Strategy) said:

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected as a finalist for such a prestigious award. It is wonderful that all the hard work towards pupils’ digital learning experiences at Surbiton High School is acknowledged in this way”.

Posted: Apr 20, 2015,
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