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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Dowdales teacher Matt comes top of the class

JOB WELL DONE: Matt Barton picks up  his award

A DALTON teacher has won a regional award.

Matt Barton, a geography tutor at Dowdales School, was given the outstanding new teacher accolade at the North East and Cumbria Teaching Awards 2006.

The 25-year-old, who is a former Dowdales pupil, picked up the prize at a ceremony held at Sunderland Football Club’s Stadium of Light ground yesterday.

Mr Barton started work at the secondary school in September.

He has been promoted to the school’s head of geography, from September.

The teacher was nominated by his PGCE tutor Teresa Lenton, from St Martin’s College in Lancaster.

He will now compete at the National Teaching Awards on October 15.

Dowdales headteacher Liz Moffatt said: “Matt is an absolute star. He thoroughly deserves this. We are very proud."

Lindsey Ferrie, the headteacher of Grasmere CE School, won a commendation at the awards.

Julie Higham, Dowdales’ higher level teaching assistant in maths, was short-listed for the teaching assistant award.

The modest award winner, who is an ex-deputy head boy of Dowdales, said:“I’m unbelievably surprised and shocked. Obviously I’m really pleased but I just didn’t expect it."

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