Raphael Heath, head of geography at The Royal High School Bath was nominated for Britain's Classroom Heroes 2016 following his receipt of a Pearson Silver Teaching Award earlier this year for his contribution to the teaching profession and for 'Outstanding Use of Technology in Education'.
On Sunday 23rd October, Raphael Heath attended a glittering awards ceremony at The Guildhall, London. Raphael was nominated for the accolade by pupils, parents and colleagues of The Royal High School Bath community.
The ceremony, hosted by star of ‘Outnumbered’ and ‘Mock the Week’ Hugh Dennis, and broadcast on BBC2 on 30th October, is an annual event that celebrates the very best of the UK’s teaching profession. It will see Ten Gold Plato awards handed out across categories such as Excellence in Special Needs Education and Lifetime Achievement.
In June of this year, Raphael was recognised for his exceptional contribution to the teaching profession as one of only 52 Silver Teaching Award winners in the UK, winning his award in the category ‘The Award for Outstanding Use of Technology in Education’. Since then, the Geography department has also been named a Geographical Association Centre of Excellence, one of just 16 schools to be presented with this award in the UK.
Raphael has shown significant innovation in his use of technology in teaching and has recognised the vast potential for technology to transform his pupils’ learning experience. His approach is described by Mrs Duncan, Head of The Royal High School Bath as ‘inspirational’ and has led to national recognition in his chosen field of geography, and the position of a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Chartered Geographer. A highly reflective teacher, Raphael is committed to sharing best practice with his colleagues and has recently been appointed to a consultancy role within the national organisation, the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), to work with the other 26 schools in the network to enhance the use of technology in the classroom.
The Pearson Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching, founded in 1999 by Lord Puttnam, they recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.
Actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, host of this year’s BBC Classroom Heroes said: “I am genuinely proud and honoured to be hosting this year’s ceremony. The inspiration and support of my fantastic teachers got me to where I am today, and I look forward to joining in and celebrating other teachers’ incredible achievements as well.”
Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: “A huge congratulations to the 2016 Teaching Award winners. Pearson is so proud to sponsor this celebration - Great teaching makes the biggest difference to a child’s education and it’s incredibly important that we take this moment each year to recognise that".
As part of his work, over the past year Raphael has also organised global mapping events – in which over 20,000 students from around the world have taken part. His next big event will be in November – The Great Geography Map Off Event – where students will collaborate on a global map with their views about climate change, and be able to analyse the patterns from the results. Around 20,000 have already signed up for this and you can find out more about it on his website: http://themapoff.wixsite.com/mapoff
You can watch the award ceremony on BBC Two - Sunday 30th October at 6pm.