Brent is home to Best Teacher in the World!
Andria Zafirakou has been announced the winner in the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2018.
Ms Zafirakou, an Art and Textiles Teacher and Senior Leader at Alperton Community School, was selected from over 30,000 nominations with applications from 173 countries globally.
Bill Gates announced the top ten and the overall winner was announced in Dubai where Ms Zafiarkou was presented with the award by the city's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. She was praised by the Prime Minister Theresa May for her dedication and creativity.
Working in a school in one of Britain's most diverse boroughs, Andria learnt the basics of 35 languages in order to better relate with with pupils and redesigned the curriculum in order to improve engagment.
Alperton, one of the partner schools in the HCTSA and an active member, is now in the top 1-5% of schools in the country for qualifications and accreditations.
The award includes a $1 (£717,000) prize.
Ms Zafirakou said:
“By getting pupils to open up about their home lives, I discovered that many of my students come from crowded homes where multiple families share a single property. In fact it’s often so crowded and noisy I’ve had students tell me they have to do their homework in the bathroom, just to grab a few moments alone so they can concentrate. I also found that some were being forced to play truant to cook meals in the allocated time slot they were permitted to use their shared home kitchen. Others could not participate in extracurricular activities after school because they had to take on parental responsibilities like collecting their brothers and sisters from other schools. Discovering all this prompted me to organise additional provision within the school day and often at weekends to help students have the opportunity to progress. This included giving them access to a quiet place to do their art work, as well as time to participate in extracurricular activities.”
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