Birmingham executive principal honoured in prestigious UK celebration of teaching

Submitted by Pearson National Teaching Awards

Sukhbir Farar, executive principal at Hamstead Hall Academy in Birmingham, West Midlands, has today been named as one of 80 Pearson national teaching silver award winners across the country today (May 26).

Sukhbir has been honoured with a silver award for lifetime achievement for his outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children he works with every day.

Mr Farar was born a-mile-and-a-half from Hamstead Hall Academy and grew up in the area, proud of his humble beginnings.

He began working at the school as a probationary maths teacher in 1989 and has spent the last 24 years on the leadership team.

He has been the joint executive principal since 2017. He prides himself on being a teacher, regardless of status and leads by example in this regard.

Mr Farar has always been dedicated to school improvement. He has been instrumental in affecting change in underachieving schools and has championed national projects such as ‘raising the achievement of black boys’ and played a significant role in the national college programme for aspiring leaders from BAME backgrounds. He has also been an Ofsted inspector since 2014.

Mr Farar has inspired generations of young people and the wider community through his love of Bhangra dancing and cricket.

He is a member of the globally recognised Bhangra dance group, ‘Nachda Sansaar’, and often performs at whole school events to influence a positive culture.

Mr Farar will be presented with the trophy in an assembly which he will be delivering to some students, they are intending to gate crash this assembly with some dhol drummers and bhangra dancers and they have asked Prof Colin Diamond CBE, who is a previous executive director for education within Birmingham and who has worked for the DfE, to come in and present the award alongside some other dignitaries and honoured guests.

They will play a video of some ex and current students also saying thank you to him.

As a silver award winner, Sukhbir has now been shortlisted to win one of just 16 gold awards later in the year.

Recognition of this once-in-a-lifetime achievement will be broadcast on the BBC’s The One Show as part of a week-long celebration of teaching, which sees famous faces honour award winners every night in the run up to the ceremony.

This is an opportunity to celebrate the exceptional school teachers and leaders who have worked wonders to bring together their local communities despite the challenges of the past few years.

The silver award winners are being honoured as part of the wider celebrations for national ‘thank a teacher day’, bringing together everyone across the country to celebrate the schools and colleges at the heart of our communities.

The Silver Award winners are being honoured as part of the wider celebrations for national ‘Thank a Teacher Day’, bringing together everyone across the country to celebrate the schools and colleges at the heart of our communities.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with. This year marks its 23rd year of celebrating our school teaching staff across the UK.

Sharon Hague, Managing Director of Schools at Pearson UK, said: “Congratulations to today’s Silver Award winners on their incredible achievement, they should all feel very proud of themselves. And thank you to all the incredible educators and support staff across this country who really do make our schools and colleges so special. I am delighted that we can take this opportunity to say how much we appreciate all that you do for the young people in your care.”

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said: “Congratulations to Sukhbir on this incredible achievement, and for the hard work and dedication which led up to it. Winning this award is impressive, well-deserved and shows Sukhbir’s commitment to helping students achieve their full potential.”

Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: “For so many of us, it was someone at school who changed our lives, was at our side through hard and difficult times, who lifted us up when we were down, helped us find our voice, gave us confidence when we needed it most, and set us on a path that we have followed ever since.

“No matter who we are, school has touched our lives and played a central role in our childhoods. School is about so much more than learning, and we see that now more than ever before. Schools really are the beating heart of our communities. Every person that cares for our children in schools should be celebrated loud and clear on Thank A Teacher Day 2022.”

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