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Nottinghamshire teacher recognised with national award

James Willis accepting his award for primary school teaching this morning Photo: ITV News Central

It's National Thank a Teacher Day, and across the Midlands schools and pupils are showing their appreciation for their classroom leaders.

In Nottingham, primary school teacher James Willis was overwhelmed at a surprise assembly when he was presented with a prestigious national award.

The Year 6 teacher from Netherfield Primary School won a Silver Award in the Pearson Teaching Awards - one of 55 teachers honoured out of more than 20,000 nominations.

His parents had even travelled up from their home in Somerset - without his knowing - to be at the presentation.

It completes an amazing double for the school, whose headteacher Sharon Gray won the ITV Pride of Britain Teacher of the Year Award last year.

James Willis teaching his year 6 class Credit: ITV News Central

Mr Willis's citation read:

This Award-winning teacher of year 6 pupils at Netherfield Primary School, inspires and transfixes the children in his care with both a love of learning and a love of his specialist subject Mathematics!

Standards are exceptionally high in his classroom and his professionalism and expertise is respected and mirrored throughout the school. He is a highly valued newly qualified teacher mentor, helping the next generation of teachers learn from his expertise and he takes the time to get to know parents and carers, ensuring that the needs of every child are met.

His care, wisdom and good humour make him respected, admired and beloved by the whole school community.

James Willis with his award outside Netherfield Primary Credit: ITV News Central

Mr Willis will now go on to the UK ceremony in London in October, where he could be line to win one of ten Gold Awards.

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