Teacher is dubbed ‘hero of education’

Claire Langham
Claire Langham

A primary school teacher from Bulwell has been awarded for going above and beyond her call of duty at work and has been dubbed a ‘local hero of education’.

Out of thousands of nominations, Claire Langham was one of just 55 picked nationally for the Silver Teaching Award in the National Pearson Teaching Awards 2016.

The teacher, who works at Cantrell Primary and Nursery School, was nominated by a parent at the school.

When Claire started working with her class they suffered a saddening bereavement, and she helped the children to overcome their grief. More recently, Claire offered help and support to a family going through a very difficult time.

The Pearson Teaching Awards recognise the life-changing impact of inspirational teachers on the lives of young people.

Claire, who has been with Cantrell School for 18 years and has been with the same class for the past two years said: “When I first found out I didn’t believe it. It was a bit of a shock because you just do your job and get on with it.

“You don’t realise how much you mean to the parents until something like this happens.”

Headteacher Debbie Weaver said: “Through her outstanding professionalism and great personal charm, she has become a much-loved and respected member of the school. She is an excellent primary school educator and we are lucky to have her within our school.

“Claire has had an impact on the lives of the children that goes way beyond the classroom.

“She is so humble and everyone has so much respect for her.

“Not only does she have a great relationship with staff, she is loved by everyone in the local community.”