Mr King Shortlisted for RSB School Biology Teacher of the Year Award 2021

9th June 2021

Three teachers have been shortlisted for the Royal Society of Biology School Biology Teacher of the Year Award 2021. The teachers selected for the final are Amber Barnard from Ark St Alban’s Academy, Birmingham; Paul Downie from Hyndland Secondary School, Glasgow, and Matthew King from Westcliff High School for Girls, Essex.

The award seeks to identify the UK’s leading secondary education teachers, recognising the invaluable role they play in educating and inspiring the next generation of biologists.

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This year’s shortlisted teachers, from left to right: Amber Barnard, Paul Downie, and Matthew King

Matthew King, head of biology at Westcliff High School for Girls, has been teaching for 11 years.

King was shortlisted for his various uses of technology and tools in lessons and providing a comprehensive programme of entrance exam workshops for students.

He also delivers a Science CPD programme in schools across Essex.

King said on being shortlisted: “I enjoy being able to promote the subject and teaching strategies through my work with STEM learning to a national audience. 

“Despite the difficulties of the last year, teaching has been my constant, it is such a special job, and we have many amazing young people who I know will make a huge impact on the world.”

All three teachers will now submit a short case study, explaining how they have enhanced their students’ learning. The Award’s judging panel will also make online visits to the shortlisted teachers’ schools.

The winner will be announced in the summer, and will receive £500 for themselves and up to £500 of free Oxford University Press resources for their school.

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