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A Larbert High School teacher has been shortlisted for a prestigious national education award, after she was nominated by one of her peers.

Rebecca Elliott, a Design & Technology teacher at Larbert High School, is one of eight UK teachers in the running to be named New Teacher of the Year – sponsored by the National Education Union – at this year’s TES Schools Awards.

The award aims to recognise the most inspirational new teacher in the country, based on the impact they have made since joining the teaching community. Reserved for truly exceptional teaching staff, Miss Elliott is the only Scottish-based nominee on the shortlist.

Miss Elliott was nominated by Mr Nick Tait from Knox Academy for her work in promoting STEM subjects. The pair worked together at Grangemouth High School in 2016, during Rebecca’s fourth year University of Glasgow placement.

The Larbert High teacher’s achievement in encouraging families to discuss and consider future careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects led to her recognition.

Testimonies from pupils, families and her fellow teachers helped to seal Miss Elliott’s spot on the final shortlist.

Speaking prior to the awards ceremony, Miss Elliott said:

“It’s very humbling to be recognised by teaching colleagues, our pupils and their families.

“By starting conversations with pupils and their families, we can get the message out there about how important STEM careers are – for the pupils and the country.

Award winners will be announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, on the evening of Friday 21 June 2019.

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Rebecca (centre of pic below) travelled down to London last week with a number of her colleagues to attend tes' glittering ceremony. Although she didn't bring home the trophy, being one of just eight teachers shortlisted from across the whole of the UK is an outstanding achievement in itself.

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