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Merthyr teacher wins national award

Eight education professionals from South Wales win at the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru 2019!

Ten inspirational teachers and education professionals have been revealed as winners at the third Professional Teaching Awards Cymru.

29 finalists from all four corners of Wales, were invited to celebrate excellence in education in a special ceremony held at Soughton Hall, Mold. Welsh comedian Tudur Owen and Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams revealed the winners of the ten categories.

Mark Morgan from Pen Y Dre High School in Merthyr Tydfil took home the award for Inspirational Use of the Welsh Language. Nominated by his school who call him ‘one in a million’, Mark impressed the judges with the way he inspires pupils, staff and parents to speak Welsh wherever they can.

Mark said, “I feel delighted, it’s lovely. I feel it’s more important it’s recognised that what we’re doing with the Welsh language in Merthyr Tydfil and Pen Y Dre especially is working. That’s the real bonus of it all.”


Youth Work in Schools – Amy Bolderson, Pontypridd High School, Pontypridd

Supporting Teachers and Learners – Emma Gray, Bassaleg School, Newport

Best Use of Digital Learning - Phil Meredith, Caerleon Comprehensive, Caerleon

Inspirational Use of the Welsh Language – Mark Morgan, Pen Y Dre High School, Merthyr Tydfil

Teacher of the Year – Allison Pope, Cwm Primary School, Ebbw Vale

Promoting Collaboration to Improve Learning Opportunities – Gemma Carr Evans, Bridgend College, Bridgend

Promoting Wellbeing, Inclusion and Relations with the Community – Cadoxton Primary School, Barry

Headteacher of the Year - Rhian Morgan Ellis, Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda, Porth

The Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, said: “A huge congratulations to all ten of this year’s Professional Teaching Awards Cymru winners. The calibre of nominees was so high that all of those who made it to the ceremony today deserve a massive round of applause for all their hard work and dedication.

“The awards are a testament to the winners’ outstanding commitment to our education system in Wales. When we launched the awards three years ago it was because we wanted to celebrate the professionals dedicated to teaching our children day in and day out, and making our schools great places to learn.

“Every year we have the opportunity to celebrate different aspects of teaching. This year we introduced the first Youth Work in Schools award, which recognises those who provide outstanding youth work and have an exceptional impact on the lives of young people in their school.

“Our support workers, teachers and education professionals are integral to our education system and continue to put young people at the forefront of everything they do”

The awards ceremony will be available to watch on Facebook @EducationWales from 6pm on Sunday 19 May.

All ten winners were presented with bespoke, hand-crafted Griffiths Jones trophies.

To view the full list of finalists and winners, visit: Join the conversation with #TeachingAwardsCymru and keep an eye on the Education Wales social channels @WG_Education/@EducationWales.

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