A Smith's Wood teacher has been awarded a top education award for her efforts towards encouraging more pupils to achieve better grades in Religious Education.
Ellie Ellis, who is head of Religious Education at Smith’s Wood Sports College, has been awarded the Peatson Prize for Pupil Impact for increasing the numbers of students leaving school with a GCSE in Religious Education.
Ellie recently celebrated graduating from a leadership development programme ran by education charity Teaching Leaders, alongside a group of other teachers who all work in schools in ‘challenging contexts.’
Teaching Leaders is a national charity that addresses educational disadvantage by developing middle leaders in schools in disadvantaged areas.
Ellie focused on increasing the numbers of students leaving school with a GCSE in Religious Education, whilst still ensuring that grade quality was not compromised. In previous years, pupils had not continued with the qualification if they were likely to achieve a low grade.
Ellie designed new methods of assessment to encourage pupil progress.
“The Teaching Leaders Fellows programme has enabled me to focus and lead my team to support pupils in completing their qualification and give them the best chance of success. The programme offers unique training, with every session providing me with ideas I could apply in the classroom.”
By the end of the programme, Ellie’s pupils’ achievements had notably improved.