The Pearson Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Gold Winners

Hayley Francis, ARK Oval Primary Academy

Hayley Francis is quite simply an outstanding educator who seeks every opportunity to enable all the children, families and colleagues in her care get to exceed their own and national expectations of what they can achieve through her aspirational, unwavering belief in them. She is admired and respected by colleagues, parents and children alike. The youngsters in her care respond with great enthusiasm to her warmth, her support and her expertise; safe in the knowledge that they can succeed with Miss Francis! The school faces its share of challenges with 50% of the children with English as an additional language and above the national average of youngsters with free school meals, however, the challenge in narrowing the achievement gap for children in these groups is a challenge Hayley tackles with confidence and determination. No child is left behind and she has equally high expectations of her most vulnerable children as she does any child in her class. Her professionalism is celebrated throughout her school community and the children take a great pride in their teacher being visited by so many colleagues in order to share her knowledge and expertise. She is truly a worth winner of this prestigious Award.