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Terrific teaching assistant wins national award


Gloucestershire County Council's hospital education service is celebrating one of their own today as Emma Stevenson is a National Silver Plato award winner as teaching assistant of the year.

Emma will now be entered in the Teaching Awards UK ceremony, which takes place in October, for the Gold Plato Award. The ceremony is filmed by the BBC and broadcast as "Britain's Classroom Heroes" on BBC2.

The awards, now in their seventh year, recognise the outstanding contribution to education made by teams and individuals both inside and outside schools.

Judges visited Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service (GHES) on 28th April to observe Emma at work and see if she could be the national winner.

Annalise Price-Thomas, head of Gloucestershire hospital education service, said: "I am so proud of the Emma and the whole GHES team. Everyone is passionate about the outcomes of the vulnerable young people that we support. "

"Emma truly deserves this award for her constant drive and enthusiasm to delivering education to young people who need the help of our service."

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "It's fantastic to see Gloucestershire's officially 'outstanding' hospital education service leading the way. 

"To see Emma Stevenson even shortlisted as TA of the year really was an incredible moment anyway, but to know she has won the silver award is just overwhelming. I am so proud and hope everyone will join me in congratulating her."

Emma Stevenson, winner of the award, said: "I am overwhelmed by this award. I am really proud to be able to work with such amazing young people and be part of such a brilliant team."

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