Mitcham teacher could be named one of Britain’s Classroom Heroes

A Mitcham teacher could be named one of Britain’s Classroom Heroes after he reached the final of the national Pearson Teaching Awards, which will be hosted by actor and comedian Hugh Dennis later this month.

Richard Brown, a teacher at Cricket Green School in Mitcham, was nominated by pupils, parents and colleagues in the school community for his exceptional contribution to the teaching profession.

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Richard Brown.

In June, he won one of 52 Silver Teaching Awards in the category Excellence in Special Needs Education but he hopes to go a step further and win a UK Pearson Teaching Award, also known as a Gold Plato Award.

On Sunday 23 October, he will attend a glittering awards ceremony at The Guildhall in London where he will find out whether he has won.

The ceremony, hosted by star of Outnumbered and Mock the Week Hugh Dennis, is an annual event that celebrates the very best of the UK’s teaching profession. The ceremony, which will see ten Gold Plato awards handed out across categories such as Excellence in Special Needs Education and Lifetime Achievement, will be broadcast on BBC2 on 30 October.

Headteacher Celia Dawson said: “I am delighted Mr Brown has been recognised for his fantastic work at Cricket Green School. He is an incredibly dedicated and passionate teacher and always goes above and beyond for his pupils. We wish him the very best of luck.”

Actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, host of this year’s BBC Classroom Heroes said: “I am genuinely proud and honoured to be hosting this year’s ceremony.  The inspiration and support of my fantastic teachers got me to where I am today, and I look forward to joining in and celebrating other teachers’ incredible achievements as well.”