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Friday, 08 July 2016
Mr David Teasdale, Biology Teacher at Bolton School Boys’ Division, has been awarded the runner-up spot in the Royal Society of Biology Teacher of the Year Award, which seeks to identify and recognise the very best and most inspiring Biology teachers in 11-18 education in the UK.
Judges on the awards evening said of Mr Teasdale, a former pupil of Bolton School: “From the innovative use of e-learning to provide effective methods of self-study and prompt feedback, to the establishment of an exotic animal club and a slime mould club, David uses his passion and enthusiasm for biology teaching to engage, motivate and inspire his pupils. He generously shares his ideas and expertise as a Biology teacher with local schools and in a variety of educational contexts on a national and international level.”
Post-awards ceremony, Mr Teasdale said: “It was a tremendous honor to receive such recognition from the Royal Society, particularly in a venue of such historic significance. I would like to thank the school and especially my department for all their support. None of the projects which I have been praised for were solo efforts, all relied on the support of others. As such the award is a reflection of the strength of the school and the Biology department as much it is of my individual endeavor. In particular, the Biology technicians Julie Hartley and the retiring Jill Pledger, often unsung heroes, deserve to be singled out for praise. Almost everything the Biology department does would be impossible without their help”.
Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Biology, said: “Excellent teachers have a profound and positive effect on their students’ learning; widening their knowledge and skills base, increasing their self-confidence and raising their aspirations. The entrants for this year’s award are teaching outstanding and innovative lessons which inspire and enthuse their students.”
The venue of the awards ceremony was the Royal Institute which is a venue of huge historic scientific significance. Fifteen scientists who have been attached to the Royal Institution have won Nobel prizes, arguably the most famous scientists to have worked there are Michael Faraday and Sir Humphry Davy. Ten chemical elements including sodium were discovered there; the electric generator was devised at the Institution, and much of the early work on the atomic structure of crystals was carried out within it. There is still a working laboratory at the venue and the Christmas lectures which are televised on the BBC are filmed in the Faraday Lab which is where the awards ceremony was held. Throughout its history the Royal Institute has been associated with Public Engagement with science as well as research.
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