South Bristol teacher Emma Buckley from Venturers Academy shortlisted for national award

May 25 2018
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TEACHER Emma Buckley from Venturers’ Academy in Withywood will take tea at the House of Commons on June 5 after being named a finalist as the Times Educational Supplement New Teacher of the Year.

TEACHER Emma Buckley from Venturers’ Academy in Withywood will take tea at the House of Commons on June 5 after being named a finalist as the Times Educational Supplement New Teacher of the Year.

 Emma teaches children aged six to eight at Venturers’ Academy, an autism special school for children from across the area. 

The parents of one of her pupils said: “Mrs Buckley is a fantastic educator, enthusiastic, supportive and encouraging. She is not only committed to meeting the whole of our child’s needs but goes above and beyond that by encouraging our child to try things that he may not think are possible.”

Emma said teaching had always been her dream job and working with children with special educational needs provided her with daily challenges and rewards.

“When I found out I had been nominated for the award I was in complete shock because what I do comes naturally to me. It was amazing to be recognised for doing a job that I love,” she said.

Venturers Academy principal Trystan Williams said it was a privilege to work alongside Emma, who joined the school in September 2016.

“The dignity of the workforce and the rights of children is paramount in all of the actions taken directly or indirectly by Emma Buckley in her role as a key school professional. Teaching is what she does, intuitively, thoughtfully and wisely,” he said.

Ann Mroz, editor of TES, said there had been a record number of entries for the awards this year and the standard was at an all-time high. The winners will be announced at the gala event at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane. 

“It is wonderful to see such innovative ideas and best-practice emerging from our schools and teachers, despite the current squeeze on funding. All those shortlisted should be very proud: it’s an extraordinary achievement,” she said.

Venturers’ Academy is run by the Venturers Trust and sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol.