Glengormley High School teacher wins UK Award

Mrs Lynn Kerr, Glengormley High School, was honoured with a Silver Award in The Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education at this year’s Pearson National Teachers Awards.

GHS Silver Award Excellence in Special Needs Education - Lynn Kerr

Photo: Mrs Lyn Kerr, Glengormley High School and Mark Baker, Assistant Director of Education, School Development, Department of Education Northern Ireland

Mrs Kerr, is one of just 76 Silver Award winners across the United Kingdom, selected from thousands of nominations for her outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children she works with every day.  

Mrs Kerr is a dedicated SENCO who has tirelessly worked to support and develop students within her school including launching a specialist Autism Unit. Her approach to teaching has always been pupil-centred and she recognises the need to partner with each family to ensure a consistent approach to meeting the varying needs of every child. She is an advocate for all students in Glengormley High School and a vital support to all the teachers in her school and ensures that they are properly trained and utilise the latest strategies to ensure no student is disadvantaged by a specific need. Her colleagues remark on her positive and consistent sharing of best practice. 

Mrs Kerr is now in the running for one of just 14 Gold Awards later in the year, in a programme which will be broadcast on the BBC. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the exceptional school staff who have worked wonders during an incredibly challenging time for educators across the country. 

Gavin Williamson, UK Education Secretary said,  

“My warmest congratulations go to all this year’s silver award winners. They should be proud to receive this recognition of their commitment to the profession, and the outstanding education and guidance they provide for their students. 

“Teachers and school staff up and down the country consistently go above and beyond for their students, and this is especially true over the past few months. It is down to their hard work that schools have been able to open their gates to all pupils again for the start of the new term, and I cannot say thank you enough for everything they have done.” 

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with.  


1 October 2020