Childwall Sports and Science Academy

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Britain’s Classroom Heroes

Mrs Christine Williams of Childwall Sports & Science Academy in Liverpool attended the prestigious UK grand finale of the Pearson Teaching Awards in London last weekend, following her Silver award win in July.

Christine was nominated for the accolade by pupils, parents and colleagues in the Childwall Sports & Science Academy community.

The ceremony was hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty with Country file's Sean Fletcher, will be broadcast on BBC TWO at 6pm on 29th October, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, and is an annual event that celebrates the very best of the UK’s teaching profession. Awards will be presented across categories such as Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School, Excellence in Special Needs Education and Lifetime Achievement.

In June this year, Christine was recognised for her exceptional contribution to the teaching profession as one of just 56 Silver Teaching Award winners in the UK, winning her award in the category The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School.

Christine Williams has been at Childwall Sports & Science Academy since September 2005. She is an outstanding teacher who inspires every child that enters her classroom with creative approaches to teaching and learning and a passionate belief in the potential of every child. She became an Assistant Headteacher in 2013 and has become the ‘face of Childwall’; she has totally transformed the transition process from primary to secondary school and improved the school intake numbers. Students and parents have made Childwall their school of choice due to Christine and her impacts on whole school teaching and learning and achievement are huge. She is changing children’s lives daily.

The Pearson Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching. Founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam, they recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

Michael Morpurgo, Children’s Author and President of the Pearson’s Teaching Awards said: “Teachers are the quiet heroes. By telling their stories, by highlighting their skill and dedication, we can do some justice to them and to the whole profession. Through the Teaching Awards, we hope to enhance the reputation and value of the teachers in our lives, their importance in our society, and thus help to encourage the most talented and committed young people to become teachers.”

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: "Great teaching improves the life chances of our children. It's an incredibly tough, pressured and wearing job. Teachers deserve all the support we can give them, now more than ever. That's why these Pearson teaching awards are important, and that's why I'm delighted once again to lend our support to giving teaching the recognition it deserves."

Parents and students alike can recognise and thank the teachers who are making a difference by visiting to thank a teacher. Doing so means they will be in with a chance of winning at next year’s ceremony.

Silver winner, Mrs Williams with Headteacher Mr Kerfoot


The Pearson Teaching Awards are open to every school in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  The awards were established by Lord Puttnam CBE in 1998 and are managed by the Teaching Awards Trust, an independent charity. The Trust’s mission is to celebrate excellence in education.

About Pearson

Pearson, the sponsor of the Pearson Teaching Awards, is the world’s learning company, working in countries across the globe to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning.

Pearson has expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and offers a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology.  Its mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning.  It believes that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more, visit