University of Leicester eBulletin

Award for Teaching Assistant

October 2002
No 213

A teaching assistant currently studying for the University of Leicester Foundation Degree in Educational Studies has recently won the award of Teaching Assistant of the Year in the East Midlands.

Mrs Glenis Smith is not only studying for her Foundation Degree at Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln, she obviously packs everything she can into her job as teaching assistant at Glenbrook Primary School, Bilborough, Nottingham.

According to the teaching colleague who nominated her for the award, she “works with small groups and individual children. She takes booster classes both before and after school, is among the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave in the evening, puts up displays in her own time, supports LSA colleagues, and carries everything out with superb professionalism, enthusiasm and care for the children.”

As if all that were not enough, Glenis runs two under-11s football teams, helps to organise camping trips, works with the school’s art club and has had considerable influence on teaching children to read at the school.

The judges concluded: “Her drive is always to bring all children on to the best of their ability. She understands totally how to develop children’s learning, and, as you might imagine, always goes beyond what you might expect.”

Glenis herself commented: “I was as astounded as anybody. I really didn’t expect to hear anything more after I was nominated.”

The prize included £2,000 plus £1,000 ICT package for the school, and £500 for Glenis’s own professional development in an area of her choice.

As winner of the Regional Award Glenis now waits to see how she will do in the National Awards, for which she can look forward to three nights in London for herself and her partner.

NOTE TO EDITORS:   Further details on the Teaching Awards 2002 are available on website

For more information please contact Mrs Glenis Smith through the University of Leicester Press and Publications Office,

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