The inclusion team at London South East Academies’ Horizons Hub has been presented with three accolades at the London Teacher of the Year Awards 2020, recognising their hard work and commitment.

Pastoral Support co-ordinators - Emma Slater, Jack Stephens and Leanne Mitchell - based at Horizons Academy Bexley and Aspire Academy won Bexley Team of the Year and Kathy Spillane, Safeguarding Liaison Officer, was named as Wellbeing Champion for both Bexley and as the overall winner for the whole of London.

This is the third consecutive year that the New Horizons Hub Inclusion team has been recognised externally for its work. They are relentless in their support of the most vulnerable, complex young people across Horizons, Aspire and Endeavour Academies in Bexley where they focusing on consistent attendance, promoting student wellbeing and raising student engagement. The award recognises how they all go above and beyond often working outside of their remit to ensure children to not fall through the gap, whilst promoting robust partnership working across all agencies.

Congratulating her team on their fantastic achievement, Head of Inclusion at the Trust - Jane Baldwin - says: “I am delighted that once again, this committed team has been recognised for its ongoing hard work and dedication to students at our Bexley schools. 2020 has been a challenging year but our staff are so committed and I am lucky to be surrounded by such special people. Each one of them always puts the child at the heart of everything they do and I congratulate them all on this special achievement.”

Kathy Spillane, who won the overall Wellbeing Champion Award, added: “I am quite overwhelmed to have received this recognition, which is so unexpected but incredibly welcome. I am grateful for the support of my wonderful colleagues and pupils and congratulate them all on their hard work and success.”

The virtual award ceremony took place earlier in October and can be viewed by clicking here.  


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