Barton Peveril’s Teaching Award Nominees

Pearson Teaching Awards

Nominees Julie and Laura
Nominees Julie Ryman (left) and Laura Stephens (right).

Two Barton Peveril members of staff have been nominated for Pearson Teaching Awards. Julie Ryman was nominated for Teaching Assistant of the Year Award and Laura Stephens was nominated for Excellence in Special Needs Education.

Director of Learning Support Julie Stickland nominated both Laura and Julie in March, with the winners of both categories to be announced in October at an awards show shown on BBC Two.


Julie Ryman was nominated as a result of her work with one particular student for three years, who she supported in various ways; Julie went on a college trip to Berlin with the pupil to give them the same opportunities other students can benefit from.

Julie Stickland, who nominated both nominees, praised Ryman on her work:

“Julie is particularly successful in her support of students with autism. With her support students have been able to develop organisational skills, be independent in college and further their aspirations by going to university or gaining employment.”

Laura Stephens was also nominated for dedication to her role. Stephens helped the Learning Support Department embrace technology by learning how to use software that offers support to Dyslexic students, prior to introducing it to her students.

Julie Stickland also praised Stephens on her work:

“Laura is an inspirational Learning Support Tutor, empathising with all of her students and providing personalised support that helps them use strategies to remove their barriers to learning; Laura has led the way in the Learning Support Department by using technology to help students remove these barriers.”

Speaking on her nomination, Stephens said:

“I’m incredibly happy to have been nominated for this award. Helping the students at Barton Peveril is very rewarding and to be recognised for my work in Special Needs Education is an added bonus.”

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