Classroom hero receives award at Opera House

James Havbro, with Ark Blacklands Primary Academy Principal Lorraine Clarke SUS-151021-104106001
James Havbro, with Ark Blacklands Primary Academy Principal Lorraine Clarke SUS-151021-104106001
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An inspiring teaching staff member at a local Hastings school says he is “honoured” to have been named one of the top three teaching assistants in the country at a national awards ceremony.

Ark Blacklands Primary Academy Learning and Engagement Mentor James Havbro was named as runner up ‘Teaching Assistant of the Year’ at the Pearson Teaching Awards.

James was shortlisted from thousands for his outstanding contribution to children’s engagement and learning, including his work with children who have challenging behaviour or at risk of exclusion.

The awards ceremony, hosted by historian Dan Snow with awards presented by David Cameron, Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Begum and actress Sheila Hancock, was broadcast live from London’s Royal Opera House on BBC 2 last Sunday (October 18).

Lorraine Clarke, Principal Ark Blacklands Primary Academy, says James, has many special qualities. “Out of the thousands of nominations received by Pearson, James did remarkably well to make it to the final three, she said. “During the awards ceremony, each of the nominees were referred to as ‘classroom heroes’ – and James is certainly that at Ark Blacklands.”

James said: “It was an honour to make the shortlist and attend the ceremony.

“Being named as one of the country’s top teaching assistants felt amazing.”