Mitcham special needs teacher top of the class with national award

A Mitcham special needs teacher was named one of Britain’s Classroom Heroes in the ‘Oscars of the teaching world’ on Sunday. 

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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He was one of only ten teachers across the UK to be honoured for his dedication to the job, and found out when actor Timothy West CBE dropped into a drama class to tell him last week.

Richard is a Key Stage 3 teacher and head of performing arts at Cricket Green School, and has shown that he not only understands children’s learning needs, but also sees and meets their emotional needs.

He won the award for Excellence in Special Needs Education at a glittering ceremony on Sunday 23 October hosted by star of Outnumbered and Mock the Week Hugh Dennis.

The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC2 on 30 October at 6pm in the show Britain’s Classroom Heroes which will feature an appearance from Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan Cole.

The Pearson Teaching Awards celebrate the very best of the UK’s teaching profession. The ceremony saw ten Gold Plato awards handed out across categories such as Headteacher of the Year, Outstanding School Team and Lifetime Achievement.

Cabinet member for education, Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah said: “I would like to congratulate Richard on his award, what a fantastic achievement for not only him, but the children of Cricket Green School as well.”

Headteacher Celia Dawson said: “We are all delighted Richard has won this award and were there to support him on the night. He is an incredibly dedicated and passionate teacher and always goes above and beyond for his pupils at Cricket Green School.”