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posted Oct 30, 2017, 5:27 AM by Nicholas Basson   [ updated Oct 30, 2017, 5:29 AM ]
A young and gifted teacher from an AET academy has achieved the highest possible commendation by being named as 'Outstanding New Teacher of the Year' in the widely acclaimed 2017 Pearson Teaching Awards.

At a spectacular celebrity even t in central London, Michael Grant, a 23 year old teacher at New Rickstones Academy, in Witham, Essex, was one of just 11 winners of a coveted  Gold Plato Award. Known as the 'Oscar of the teaching world,' the honour rewarded Michael for the outstanding contribution that he has made in the town where  he was taught and is now a teacher.

After the event Michael said: "It was a shock, I did not expect  it at all right up until they announced my name. I love the range of people that I work with in the job: 
 staff, students, parents and governors. I feel you get to make a real difference as a teacher. "

Mr Grant is the youngest of the 2017 Gold Plato Award winners. His citatation read: 'He has only taught for a year, but is already seen as an integral component of his English department and school. He has become known for his engaging teaching style, incredible subject knowledge and passion for learning. Mr Grant’s classes have become so popular students are regularly asking to join and his pupils make exceptional progress with their learning.'

Mr Damian Lee, Headteacher of New Rickstones Academy, said: “Having taught Michael whilst he was student in Witham I knew from a young age that he would become a successful teacher.  The passion he has for his subject combined with a calm and thoughtful manner with the students is second to none.  This is an amazing achievement for Michael and recognition of the great start he has made to his teaching career."

He added: "I’m sure everyone who knows Michael and is involved at New Rickstones Academy will be bursting with pride.”  Michael is a former student of the other AET secondary school in Witham, Maltings Academy.

Mr Grant received  his Award from Candice Brown, winner of 2016 'Great British Bake Off' title at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday 22 October. New Rickstones Academy is part of a national network of 64 schools sponsored by the multi-academy trust - AET. Since 2011 there have been no less than five national winners in AET academies of which four have been from Essex schools and two have been from Witham.
The recent AET winners are :- Richard Robb at Tendring Technology College, Frinton on Sea,  History Teacher of the Year 2011; Clare Baldwin at Maltings Academy, Witham, Teaching Assistant of the Year 2013; Benedick Ashmore-Short at Hamford Primary Academy, Primary Headteacher of the Year 2014; Joy Ballard at Ryde Academy, Isle of Wight,  Secondary Headteacher of the Year 2015; and Michael Grant at New Rickstones Academy  Outstanding New Teacher of the Year 2017.