Award for deaf teacher

Brimsdown Primary School teacher Alysha Allen with her pupils
Brimsdown Primary School teacher Alysha Allen with her pupils

A deaf primary school teacher has been commended for her “outstanding contribution to teaching”.

Alysha Allen impressed judges at the Teacher of the Year Awards with her confidence and ability to inspire children at Brimsdown Primary School. She teaches pupils using a combination of British Sign Language (BSL) and lip reading, with many becoming fluent in signing as a result.

Alysha was presented with the Special Contribution Award at the Teacher of the Year ceremony hosted by Maths Hub London North East, a programme involving around 600 schools which helps to lead improvement in mathematics.

Deputy headteacher Eleanor Painter, who nominated Alysha, said: “The children absolutely love learning sign language. Not only does this create a really inclusive environment at the school, research has shown it can help with language and speech development.”

Alysha said: “It’s an absolute honour and a privilege to have received this award.”

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