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German language teachers honoured with prestigious German Teacher Award 2021

German Teacher Award 2021 - illustration of a lion, an eagle and a unicorn by Axel Scheffler

German Teacher Award, © Axel Scheffler

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Following nearly two particularly challenging years for students and teachers alike, the German Teacher Award celebrates the best and most dedicated champions of German in primary and secondary schools across the UK.

Today the awards went to Linda McLean (West Calder High School, West Lothian, Scotland), Erica Schwiening (Saffron Walden County High School, Essex), Stamatia Kalogeropoulou (The Sixth Form College Farnborough, Hampshire) and Alexandra Brown (King David High School, Liverpool).

Jennifer Hopper (Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, Marlow) was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Peter Boaks Prize, which recognises an exceptional teacher at the start of their career, was given to Kate Chandler (George Abbot School, Guildford).

Showcasing excellent teaching of German in UK schools, the German Teacher Award is organised by the German Embassy in London. It honours first-class and inspiring language teaching inside and outside the classroom. Usually, the awards are presented at a ceremony at the residence of the German Ambassador in London. However, due to the pandemic, this year the winners were announced online.

Andreas Michaelis, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Kingdom, congratulated the winners and nominees:

The ongoing decline in the numbers of pupils studying German in UK is truly sobering. It is therefore particularly important to pay tribute to all the schools and teachers who work tirelessly to encourage and champion language learning – especially in challenging times like these.

Teachers of German are key custodians of our bilateral relations. This is the reason why we celebrate their remarkable dedication with this award every year. My heartfelt congratulations go to all the winners and nominees.

The award is a prestigious accolade within the UK teaching profession, organised by the German Embassy with the help of long-standing partners: the Association for Language Learning (ALL), the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Departments for Education in England and Wales, the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom, Education Scotland, the German School London, the Goethe-Institut London and UK-German Connection.

Two of the prizes are specially donated by the Austrian Cultural Forum London and the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom. The Peter Boaks Prize, which recognises outstanding young teachers of German, is sponsored by the Goethe-Institut London. This year, one of the awards is donated by the German Embassy London in memory of Dr Geoff Brammall, an inspirational champion of the teaching of languages and especially German in the UK.

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