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Amanda Hipkiss wins the South West Region award

for the Ted Wragg Lifetime Achievement Teacher… of the Year and goes through to the National Final. The National Teacher Awards have been around for about 12 years now.  They are a bit like the Oscars for the Teaching profession.  This year saw the largest entry ever with over 24,500 teachers being nominated by their pupils, colleagues, governors or parents for one of 10 awards, in 7 regions around the country.

It has just been announced that Mrs Amanda Hipkiss, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator at Mullion School has won the Lifetime Achievement Award for the whole of the South West Region.

Mrs Hipkiss has worked at Mullion School for 25 years and in that time she has built up a superb knowledge and reputation about SEN issues, that has seen her inspire pupils to achieve national success in athletics and motivate colleagues to teach in a way that minimises the disadvantages that sometimes can challenge our most fragile pupils.  She has been a leading figure in her field for a very long time.  On top of her day to day responsibilities, she has also been a Staff Governor, She is an Advanced Skills Teacher and she has delivered training to other teachers at a local, regional and national level. As a result of her work, Mullion School was the first secondary school in Cornwall to achieve the Dyslexia Friendly School title.
Since 2001, Amanda has been a SENCO-forum subscriber, before joining the National Advisory Group in June 2008. In that role, she lobbied for the Forum to continue after the closure of BECTA and helped to ensure a smooth transfer to the new host, the DfE.  Currently, she is one of the rota of volunteer stewards.

Headteacher, Mike Sandford, who nominated Mrs Hipkiss for the award said: “Amanda is a very special teacher, who has been a leading figure in her field for a very long time.  To stay at the top of your game in an education world that is constantly changing is an amazing achievement. Regrettably, she has announced that she is going to retire at the end of this academic year.  In recognition of her years of service, achievement and success, I believed she would be a very worthy winner of the Ted Wragg Award for Lifetime Achievement.  In March, we had two national judges come in and meet a selection of pupils, parents, colleagues and governors and I am delighted that they have agreed that the quality of the work that Amanda does on a day to day basis is outstanding.”

Further information from Mike Sandford, Headteacher. Tel: 01326 240098