Profiling the finalists in the Educator category
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It may have started in 1997 as a small drama group in a Swansea community hall, but today the Mark Jermin Stage School encompasses nine schools in South Wales, and a further four in key locations across the UK.
Its eponymous founder lives to see his pupils achieving their dreams on stage and screen, a tireless effort that’s seen him nominated for several industry and Press awards.
As headteacher at Ysgol Gwynedd Primary School, Mr Griffiths developed a training module to help and encourage those in other schools reduce waste and add value to their pupils’ learning, crucial in these times of growing austerity.
Inspired by a Japanese manufacturing ethos espoused at the local Toyota plant, Griffiths’ work is also designed to empower staff and make their jobs more efficient and, therefore, more fulfilling.
A teacher since 1988, Ms Webb’s vision began seven years ago when she became headteacher at Hafod Primary, going to great pains to ensure the children in her care could enjoy learning in an exciting and stimulating environment.
Promoting tolerance and inclusion, pupils are instilled with advice on the best way to settle disputes without resorting to anger or violence,
Based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Webb’s policies have proved influential and been highly commended.