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From Yardley to 10 Downing Street – Celebrating teachers nationwide

Birmingham teacher meets the Prime Minister at special reception

The home of the British Prime Minister regularly welcomes VIPs from around the world including royalty, presidents and celebrities.  This week there were some very special guests as Theresa May invited a number of the country’s best teachers to a reception to ‘celebrate the outstanding work of teachers’. 

One of those special guests was Oasis Academy Hobmoor’s Assistant Principal, Joseph Darnley.  Mr Darnley was nominated to represent the Oasis Community Learning multi-academy trust’s 5000 teachers across the UK, in recognition of his huge contribution to Oasis Academy Hobmoor’s success in raising pupil progress and attainment. 

Oasis Academy Hobmoor’s pupils last year made above average progress in reading, writing and maths, and 72% of pupils met the expected standard in all three subjects, far above the national (61%) and Birmingham-wide (57%) average.  

One hundred teachers from across the country were welcomed to Downing Street for a reception with Theresa May and Education Secretary, Damian Hind, to celebrate their hard work, talent and commitment to giving every child an excellent education.

Talking about the event Assistant Principal, Joseph Darnley says, ‘It was an absolute privilege to attend 10 Downing Street and to be one of a select few to talk to the Prime Minister about my role in providing a first class education for all.’

 ‘It was great to see that teachers’ efforts were being acknowledged by the Prime Minister and I feel that it is imperative that within the teaching profession, we all feel wanted, needed and appreciated for our efforts in transforming the lives of our young learners.’

Principal of Oasis Academy Hobmoor, Darren King commented, ‘I am delighted that Joseph has been recognised for the first class work he does. It is my privilege to work with such an inspirational school leader, teacher and human being. His outstanding work has benefitted the lives of so many young people in our wonderful community’.