Woolley & Wallis were very pleased to support the Salisbury Journal Education Awards for the second year running – last year the nursery/infant teacher category and this year the secondary school teacher. In presenting the award to Rebecca Foster, who is Head of English at St. Edmunds Girls School in Salisbury, Clive Gregory, a Partner at Woolley & Wallis, said the standard of the nominations was exceptional. He went on to say that people often thought teaching was a ‘walk in the park’ but as a former secondary teacher himself he suggested otherwise! There was also confusion between knowledge and education. Often pupils were regarded as vessels which needed to be filled with certain knowledge – simply unzip the pupil’s head, find the correct knowledge area of the brain, pour in the knowledge, zip the head back up and give the pupil an award in the form of an examination grade or diploma. Clive went on to say that was only a small part of education where we should be encouraging inquisitive minds and critical thinking. We should be promoting a thirst for knowledge and a desire for life- long learning. Education doesn’t end when we leave school, college or university.
Clive congratulated Rebecca on her inspirational teaching and he told her that one reason she was selected in favour of the other nominations was one pupil had said, amongst other things, that Rebecca gave her pupils confidence in their own ability to achieve and as a consequence enabled them to do things they had previously thought were not possible. One of her pupils also said ‘At times I have hit real lows and it is coming to English, doing something I enjoy and reading helps me feel better about myself. I owe a lot more to her than she realises’. High praise indeed! Well done Rebecca.