Celebrating Our Exceptional Local Teachers

It is always a good day in Westminster when constituents come to the House of Commons to be celebrated for the work they do or the contribution they make to their community.

On Wednesday I had the privilege of welcoming Helen Reddy of Ivybridge Community College and a number of her students to the House of Commons, to celebrate Helen’s Silver Pearson Teaching Award.

Now in their 20th Year, the National Teaching Awards are often known as ‘the Oscars for teachers’ and are awarded in recognition of excellent professionalism in teaching.

Mrs Reddy (pictured above with me and her boss, Rachel) received her award in a surprise presentation in school on Thank a Teacher Day - 22nd June. However, she was also invited to a special reception on the Terrace of the House of Commons, along with the  other 70 winners, to enable their achievement to be celebrated in Westminster. It was a pleasure to meet her and hear about her role at Ivybridge Community College where she’s a key part of the sports department.

A group of students from Ivybridge Community College also came for a tour of Parliament on Wednesday and I was able to meet with them at the end of their tour. Even after 26 years as a Member of Parliament, a highlight of the role for me is engaging with children and young people from across South West Devon. Coming to Parliament for a tour gives such a unique perspective on British politics and I hope it makes a lasting impact on our future voters.