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A teaching assistant at the College is to attend a glittering awards ceremony on Sunday to find out if he has won a prestigious Gold Plato Pearson Teaching Award.

Mr Tills won a silver award in the Teaching Assistant of the Year category in June and will be joining fellow winners at the UK final of the Teaching Awards at London’s Guildhall on 23 October 2016.

The October ceremony - which is entitled Britain’s Classroom Heroes - which will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education.

Selected from thousands of nominations received by the Pearson Teaching Awards in 2016, Mr Tills was surprised with his award at a special assembly at the College on 17 June 2016 - Thank A Teacher Day 2016.

The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching, founded in 1999 by Lord Puttnam, they recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

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Mr Tills, who is a teaching assistant in the College’s specialist provision, said he felt “completely overwhelmed” to have won.

“I feel so honoured to have been recognised for doing something which I love so much," said Mr Tills,  who has worked at the College since 2011.

A film of students he supports was shown during the special assembly and Mr Tills said it was “humbling” to see them describe the impact he has had on their lives.

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Mr Tills was recognised for his "exceptional contribution" to the teaching profession as one of just 52 Silver Teaching Award winners in the UK.

Since joining the school's Special Needs Department in September 2012  Mr Tills has worked tirelessly to ensure all his students receive the very best teaching, dedicated support and enriched learning opportunities.

Parents value his practical advice, guidance and influence on their children’s development seeing him as a positive role model. 

"He is known for his creative approach to customising and differentiating learning activities for our most vulnerable students. He is a much loved and admired member of staff and colleague who goes out of his way to make a difference - it is an absolute privilege to work with him" said Mrs Barrett, the College's SENco.

"He is a 21st Century TA, putting our ASC students first, setting and expecting high expectations so that they can reach their full potential."

The ceremony, hosted by star of Outnumbered and Mock the Week Hugh Dennis, and broadcast on BBC2 on 30 October, is an annual event  celebrating the very best of the UK’s teaching profession. It will see 10 Gold Plato awards handed out across categories such as Excellence in Special Needs Education and Lifetime Achievement.

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