Primary teacher wins top DfE award

A teacher at St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School in Prudhoe, has been awarded a top accolade from the Department for Education.

Dr Michelle Saunders, who teaches Year 6 and is Science/Curriculum Lead, received a Lord Glenamara Memorial Award for Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Dr Saunders, who has been teaching at St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School for five years, says the accolade was a complete surprise.

“It was rather a shock when I found out I’d won this award as I had no idea I’d even been put forward for it," she says. "I have worked in science education for over 20 years and have always looked for opportunities to enthuse and engage students with real science.

“I am part of a fantastic team at St Matthew’s who have fully supported me in my endeavours to develop our science curriculum and the science capital in our school and community."

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