The celebrity ambassador for this year’s Teaching Awards has been unveiled as stage, television and film actress Anna Friel.
Ms Friel’s mother Julie is a deputy head of one of the largest special needs school in the country and her father Des is a head of modern languages, something which has inspired the actress to take on the role.
The Pearson Teaching Awards national ceremony takes place on October 28 and will be aired on BBC2. Ms Friel, pictured, said: “It’s easy to take your teachers for granted when you’re at school because you don’t always appreciate just what an important role they play in your life.
“As a child it can seem like they are simply to teach you about a subject or prepare you for an exam, but in reality they do far more than that. They help shape you as a person – your personality, what’s right and wrong, guiding you onto your career path, and also, when you need them to be, they are there to offer advice.
“Both of my parents were teachers so I got to see just how much dedication and care it takes to teach. Being a teacher doesn’t start and end with the school bell, it’s a true vocation and one which doesn’t always get the recognition or thanks it deserves.”
Ms Friel will be at this year’s ceremony and will present the 2012 Ted Wragg Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The ceremony will be hosted by Clare Balding and will see regional Teaching Award winners compete for the famous Plato trophies across eight categories, including teacher, headteacher, outstanding new teacher and teaching assistant of the year.
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