A teacher from South Tyneside is top of the class when it comes to winning awards.
Kelly Waugh, a PE co-ordinator at Forest View Primary School, in Whiteleas, South Shields, has scooped the National Schools’ Advocate Of the Year Award.
Ms Waugh received the accolade through Create Development, a teaching programme, for her exceptional work and making an impact on the lives of children.
She was nominated by Lesley Doughty, national child development lead for Create, who worked with her to deliver Real PE lessons – a scheme which promotes fun classes for youngsters – at the school.
Ms Waugh said: “I was really surprised to have been nominated, and when I found out that I’d won at an awards ceremony in Coventry, I was so proud.
“But to be honest, the children love the changes we have made in PE, so it’s very easy to be an advocate for something the pupils really enjoy doing.
“It’s been amazing working with Lesley and I’m very grateful that she nominated me.”
Create Development works with thousands of teachers and schools across the country to transform teaching methods.
Ms Doughty said: “Kelly has driven Real PE throughout the whole school with passion and enthusiasm.
“The result is that the school has taken Real PE fully on board with fabulous results.
“During an OFSTED inspection the inspector commented on a colleague’s lesson as being the best PE lesson she has ever seen in her whole career.
“The teacher in question attributes this purely to Kelly’s enthusiasm and support in selling Real PE.”