Danny honoured in ‘teacher of year’ awards

Teaching award for Mr Daniel Breen of Bowland High School. (s)
Teaching award for Mr Daniel Breen of Bowland High School. (s)

A science teacher from Bowland High School has been selected from over 20,000 national nominations to receive a silver teaching prize in the Award for ‘Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School’ category of the 2014 Pearson Teaching Awards.

The awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching, founded in 1999 by Lord Puttnam. They recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the young people they teach.

Head of Science at Bowland and father-of-three Danny Breen (47) was nominated for the award by four of his students.

The nomination detailed his “dedication and sheer hard work to bring out the best in pupils who work hard for him because they respect him and don’t want to let him down.”

Bowland’s headteacher Mr John Tarbox commented: “Mr Breen is an inspirational teacher who has a fantastic relationship with his students and fellow members of staff.

“He is a credit to the school and we are all very proud of him. He is a teacher who past students remember for years after they have left school and who those who have gone into teaching want to emulate.”

Mr Breen was presented his award in an assembly to mark “Thank a Teacher Day” by some of the pupils who nominated him.

He commented: “The fact I was nominated for this award by my students is a great feeling.

“Teaching is so very rewarding and the best thing about the job is when the penny drops for a student while you are teaching a really complicated topic.”

Comments from the judges included: “Passionate about education, deep thinking, admired and loved by both children and colleagues, Danny is indeed an outstanding teacher and a very worth recipient of this prestigious award.”

Mr Breen will now join fellow silver award winners at the UK final of the teaching awards at London’s Guild Hall in October, where 10 silver award winners will receive a gold award. The ceremony will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC.