A Merton teacher has been named one of London’s top practitioners at an awards ceremony.
Tracey Lewis, a post 16 Advisory Teacher for Merton’s Virtual School received a ‘Commitment Award’ at the AimHigher London Practitioner Awards ceremony, hosted by St Mary’s University in Twickenham this July. Tracey was commended and praised for the support she gives individual students and how she overcomes barriers for Looked After Children and Care Leavers to access university.
The Practitioner Awards celebrates the achievements, and endeavours of staff within schools, colleges, universities and local authorities who go the extra mile in the spirit of opening up educational opportunities to all and selects staff who have shown exceptional achievements.
Merton’s cabinet member for education, Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah, said: “I would like to congratulate Tracey on winning this award. Her hard work and dedication to the pupils she works with is commendable and a reflection of the wonderful education services in Merton.”
Director of Aimhigher London South, Catherine Fenwick said: “We really do value Tracey’s commitment to championing the needs of young people in care, working tirelessly and consistently with us to ensure young people’s needs are understood and met within targeted programmes and more widely.”
Notes to editor:
Merton’s Virtual School does not exist in a building, and children and young people do not attend. It is a service provided by Merton Council whose work is to promote and co-ordinate educational support for Looked After Children and Care Leavers to succeed at nursery, primary and secondary school, college and university; wherever their place of learning. Its purpose is to ensure that all who work with Merton’s Looked After Children and Care Leavers have high educational aspirations for them so that its pupils and students are given the best opportunities to engage, progress and achieve to their full potential.