Teaching assistant Sue lifts top honour

Sue Sullivan
Sue Sullivan

EASTBOURNE Academy teaching assistant Sue Sullivan has been honoured for her contribution to education at an exclusive reception at the House of Commons.

Sue was presented with the award for Teaching Assistant of the Year in London and the South East after being shortlisted from a record number of nominations made by pupils, past and present, parents and colleagues as part of the Pearson Teaching Award’s annual Thank A Teacher Day.

She joined winning teachers and four awarded schools from across Northern Ireland, England and Wales at the prestigious Pearson Teaching Awards ceremony which will be aired on BBC2 in the autumn.

Will Wyatt, chair of the Teaching Awards Trust said, “The difference a good teacher can make to pupils’ lives is beyond measure and a good teacher is never forgotten.

“All the regional winners have shown exceptional dedication to their pupils and it’s a pleasure to take the opportunity to say thank you to them.”

Academy headteacher Keith Pailthorpe said, “Sue is an outstanding teaching assistant whose commitment and dedication to her students knows no bounds.

“Loved, admired and valued by her whole school community, she is a mainstay of the Eastbourne Academy.

“The main focus of her work is to adapt and to differentiate work to ensure that all students can achieve their full potential. She works closely with colleagues and parents and is a dependable and reliable force for good in their lives.

“Sue inspires confidence in student, is always smiling, sunny and positive and never doubts the ability of the students she supports.

“Her work is with many students who have a wide range of complex and challenging needs and with each student Sue is able to find the key to unlock their potential to support them to grow and learn.

“Sue makes an incredible difference, is the teaching assistant of all teaching assistants and her inspirational personality is a powerful motivating factor in classes and across the school at which she is held is such high esteem.”