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Wimbledon teacher wins Jack Petchey Foundation Most Inspirational teacher Award

On Wednesday 23rd February 2017 the Evening Standard School Awards 2016 were held at the newspaper’s headquarters. The Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP presented the awards to the winning London primary and secondary schools, selected by OFTSED using strict criteria. For the first time a new category was added for “The Jack Petchey Foundation Award for Inspirational Teacher of the Year”. A shortlist was produced out of hundreds of Jack Petchey Leader Award nominees by the Foundation and the Evening Standard picked the final winner.

The winner of the “The Jack Petchey Foundation Award for Inspirational Teacher of the Year” for 2016 is Angelina Di Passio who teaches History at Ricards Lodge in Wimbledon. Ms Di Passio is also a volunteer staff member of the school’s Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) working group made up of students and staff. Throughout 2016, she has taken an active role leading the group on a range of extra-curricular activities.

Ms Di Passio helped kick 2016 off to a terrific start by organising the first ever Ricards Lodge Model UN Conference in January. In preparation for the exciting event, Ms Di Passio organised lunchtime sessions with the students, helping them to research their countries and resolutions. She also took students to two other Model UN Conferences over two weekends at other schools to help them understand how they were run. The Model UN Conference was a complete success and an excellent opportunity for students to take part in research of current events, give a speech and discuss topical global issues with students from other schools.

Ms Di Passio has also played a key role in supporting students who have identified as LGBQT+. She has helped to set up a support group which meets fortnightly after school and regularly attends to help students discuss a number of LGBQT+ issues. Ms Di Passio has supported the group to plan and deliver assemblies as well as arranging LGBQT+ film nights. On top of organising all of these extra-curricular activities, Angelina is an excellent form tutor and helps support her students with revision and any issues that concern them. She is a valuable member of the staff team and an excellent teacher, always providing her students with support and encouragement, with an infectious enthusiasm for the activities she organises.

Ms Di Passio said “I feel honoured to have been chosen for something so prestigious, especially being the first to win this award, it is really amazing. I want to thank my school for giving me the opportunity to be able to support the students and get them involved in as many different things as possible.”

Read more about the Evening Standard School awards here: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/education/our-awards-honour-london-state-schools-who-succeed-against-the-odds-a3475356.html

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