A lecturer at Pembrokeshire College was invited to the Teaching Awards Trust 25th Anniversary Celebration at No. 10 Downing Street.

The Teaching Awards Trust, a distinguished independent charity dedicated to recognising the value and impact of education throughout the UK, celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a grand reception at Number 10 Downing Street.

Founded in 1998 by Lord David Puttnam CBE, the Teaching Awards Trust aimed to establish the 'Oscars' of the teaching profession, elevating and celebrating the status of teachers and their impactful work.

Over the past 25 years, the charity has become a cornerstone in the education landscape, organising two of the most significant events in the education calendar – National Thank a Teacher Day and the Pearson National Teaching Awards, both of which honour and celebrate hundreds of inspiring educators annually.

The milestone anniversary was commemorated with a prestigious reception at Number 10 Downing Street, hosted by The Rt Hon Gillian Keegan MP, Secretary of State for Education.

Distinguished guests in attendance included Lord Puttnam CBE, past and present supporters, and winners spanning the 25-year history of the Teaching Awards Trust.

Among the notable attendees was former gold medal winner Michael Butcher from Pembrokeshire College in Haverfordwest, a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Specialist Vocational Education. Mr. Butcher, having participated in the event, shared his thoughts on the profound impact of recognising and celebrating the contributions of educators.

Michael said, “It was a wonderful experience to be shown around the inside of number 10 and meet fellow gold teaching award winners and share stories of how our own teaching practices continue to make life changing opportunities for learners. On a personal level, it was a great way to celebrate 30 years of teaching at Pembrokeshire College.”

Professor Toby Salt, Chair of the Teaching Awards Trust, expressed delight in celebrating 25 years of the organisation and emphasised the vital role of education staff. He stated, “We want teaching and support staff across early years, schools, and colleges to feel appreciated, celebrated, and proud of the work they do and the difference they make. In a world that is constantly evolving, education remains our most powerful tool for transformation, and it’s never been more important that we celebrate the education staff who work tirelessly to change the lives of the young people in their care.”

For more information about the Teaching Awards Trust and its impactful campaigns, please visit the official website: www.teachingawards.com.