A Bradford primary school teacher has scooped up an award for the Pearson National Teaching award which has been running since 1998, they recognise and celebrate excellence in education on a UK wide basis.
Shamshad Azad, Design and Technology Lead at Horton Park Primary, was honoured with a silver award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School category.
Azad leads on cooking and nutrition which was considered a key priority for the school, being one of the most deprived areas of the country.
He has built several partnerships with local businesses, restaurants, and nutritionists to help his pupils learn more about cooking and healthy eating.
He also set up and runs a Fuels for Schools project selling healthy food donated by local supermarkets to families at discounted prices.
He said: “I am really pleased to have won this award, not just for myself but for the children and the community.”
“I am grateful for my family and colleagues for believing in me and supporting me in doing something I love and enjoy”.
Azad has been teaching at Horton Primary for over 5 years and said it is great to see children develop, and that it is rewarding to see them go beyond with their education.
He said: “The headteacher is really supportive. From doing day to day jobs and to be recognized is a boost and motivation.”
His colleagues say he makes a real difference to the lives of children and their families on a day to day basis.
Azad said: “It is not just my award, but it is for the community and everyone else.”
He expressed how excited the children were and how it has brightened the atmosphere at school which has been needed for them all.
“Knowing I have made a difference to the lives of children I have worked with, who have now moved on to secondary school is a huge achievement.”
“It’s such a great privilege, definitely a high point in my career and my life.”
Azad does not want to stop here, but excel further by aiming for the gold awards, which will be held in a few months.