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Teacher wins award for supporting students through COVID-19 crisis

Ms Chapman, Highcliffee School

Highcliffe School & Sixth Form School teacher Samantha Chapman has won the Lockdown Lifeline Award at the University of Bath’s Teachers’ Awards 2021, held on February 25.

Ms Chapman won the prize for supporting students both academically and emotionally throughout the Covid-19 crisis after being nominated by student Lucy Rook.

I’m humbled and overwhelmed to have received an award, and very grateful to the young lady who nominated me who is herself an incredible student. One of the things that motivates and inspires me as a teacher is that I can help mould people on their journeys; when someone says ‘I want to go to university and study,’ it’s just phenomenal as I know how much impact they’re going to have in the future. Even being just a small part of their path makes all the hours feel worthwhile

Samantha Chapman

In their nomination, aspiring chemist Lucy said:

I’d like to say a massive thank you on behalf of myself and all the other Year 13 chemists, we’re so incredibly grateful for all the help and support you gave us in the lockdown. At Highcliffe School we’re so incredibly privileged to have such a gifted and talented teacher such as yourself.

Ms Chapman’s student, Lucy

Each year The University of Bath Teachers’ Awards recognise and celebrate the important role school and college teachers play in guiding students on their path to university. The Awards are led by the Widening Participation Team and have a particular emphasis on celebrating teachers who work within schools and communities where moving on to university isn’t always seen as a natural ‘next step’.

First-year undergraduates at Bath, along with all the current sixth form participants in the University’s Widening Participation programmes On Track to Bath, Pathway to Bath and Discover Bath could nominate a teacher for one of five awards, which recognise teachers for outstanding teaching, dedication to and inspiration of their students.

This year the awards received more nominations than ever before and an additional “Lockdown Lifeline Award” was up for grabs for supporting students both academically and emotionally throughout the COVID crisis.

Mike Nicholson, University of Bath Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach, and a member of the judging panel, said:

This year more than ever we need to recognise the incredible work of the teaching profession in supporting students to successfully navigate their transition to university.

We received the largest ever set of nominations for this year’s ceremony and it was clear that it was the influence and support from their teachers that was a key factor in students seeing university as both an attainable and worthwhile outcome after their school or college course.

This is a reflection on how much students have valued their teachers’ resilience, empathy and adaptability in the face of the COVID pandemic. Sincere congratulations to all those teachers who have been nominated this year and to all our winners.

Mike Nicholson, member of the judging panel

Teachers, nominating students and their guests were invited to the virtual University of Bath Teachers’ Award ceremony on 25 February where awards were presented by Mike Nicholson and Anne-Marie Canning, MBE, CEO of The Brilliant Club.

The event culminated in this short video poem as a tribute to the shortlisted teachers, from their students. Teachers’ Award Celebration Video on Vimeo.

The Teachers Awards have been a bright moment in a tough year. The event was a celebration of the incredible efforts of our teachers across the UK who have gone above and beyond to support their students. It’s great that The University of Bath has chosen to recognise the contributions of teachers in this way and shows how much we value their contributions in creating educational opportunity and success.

Anne-Marie Canning, CEO of The Brilliant Club and awards judge
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