Swanscombe teacher visits Number 10 Downing Street
PUBLISHED: 10:35 16 May 2014
A teacher went to Number 10 Downing Street as part of a unique celebration of excellence in state education.
Gemma Creed, who is subject leader of science at the Ebbsfleet Academy in Swanscombe, joined the Prime Minister and Michael Gove MP, as well as a number of other teachers and headteachers from across the UK.
Gemma was chosen as an education ambassador by charity Teach First to represent both her school and the hundreds of hardworking teachers across Kent who support young people.
She was nominated for her passion for science after her achievements in transforming the subject at the school.
Gemma said: “I was very proud to represent my fellow teachers and Kent at Downing Street. Ebbsfleet Academy was my first placement after graduating from the Teach First programme three years ago. The Academy is going through such a positive change at the moment under a strong leadership team.
“There is a clear vision and it’s exciting to be part of this momentum that is making a real difference to the kids and the school. I hope I can inspire others to work with Teach First and share its commitment to change lives. My pupils were very excited about me coming to Downing Street, but more nervous about their exams!”
Brett Wigodrtz, CEO and Founder of Teach First, said: “Teach First has played a crucial role in raising the status of teaching profession, so that working in schools in challenging circumstances is now seen as the most prestigious and popular destination for the country’s best graduates. It is through the crucial support and expertise of our valued partner schools that we are able to make a significant impact to pupils in schools.
“But, there is much more to do. Whilst we have seen change for some pupils across some schools, all too often, if you grow up in a low-income community in the UK you are still less likely to do well at school, find a decent job and lead a happy, healthy life.”
Last year Teach First became the largest graduate recruiter in the UK. Working where the need is greatest, Teach First works in Wales and nine English regions, in both primary and secondary schools where more than half of the pupils come from the poorest 30% of families in the UK.”