Jane named Global Educator of the Year

Date: Friday 28th July 2017
Jane Yates (second from right) with other finalists Nathan Atkinson, Lottie O’Brien and Andrew Christie.
Jane Yates (second from right) with other finalists Nathan Atkinson, Lottie O’Brien and Andrew Christie.

ARMATHWAITE Primary School teacher Jane Yates has been named Global Educator of the Year at a special event celebrating global learning.

Running for the third year, the award recognises educators who have gone above and beyond in raising awareness and deepening understanding of the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) and encouraging people to take action.

The event was attended by the finalists and their families, staff and trustees from Think Global, award judges and others in the global learning community.

Jane, who is subject leader in English and lead practitioner for global learning at Armathwaite School, was introduced by Mark Herbert, head of schools programs at the British Council.

Jane challenged those attending to think about who they do global learning for and explained how she has embedded global learning throughout the curriculum at her school, and inspired and encouraged students to be active citizens and critical thinkers.

She has also made a significant impact to develop awareness of the SDGs beyond Armathwaite through their 23 Global Learning Program partner schools and other GLP expert centres across the country.

Think Global chief executive officer Jess McQuail announced Jane as the winner and said: “We were moved, inspired and awe-struck by the amazing work each of the finalists have done, ‘going above and beyond’ in promoting global learning and the SDGs in their schools and wider communities.”

Jane said: “I am thrilled to be awarded the Global Educator of the Year Award for 2017. I’d like to think the award represents my role as a small cog in a big wheel that is continually driving global learning forward — a wheel that not only includes the pupils, staff and parents at Armathwaite School but also the multitude of amazing and committed GLP educators whose teaching is focused on the global goals for sustainable development.”

Paul Langley, from Oxfam, said: “The Global Educator of the Year award, and the work of Think Global in inspiring, equipping and recognising the role teachers at the heart of global citizenship education is fantastic. Oxfam is delighted to be part of such an important event, congratulates all the finalists and looks forward to seeing what teachers will be doing in 2018.”

Mark Herbert added: “It was a real privilege to be part of the judging panel for this year’s awards. The standard of nominations was superb but the commitment and passion that our four finalists showed for bringing the world not only into their own classrooms but to their whole schools and beyond, really set them apart.

“It was tough to choose a winner, but Jane Yates stood out as a remarkable teacher and wonderful example of what a global educator can be.”

ABOVE: Jane Yates (second from right) with other finalists Nathan Atkinson, Lottie O’Brien and Andrew Christie.