Award proves teacher is in a class of his own
A SWANSEA-BORN teacher has been labelled one of the best in the business.
Jonathon Churchill, who grew up in Birchgrove, has won the Pearson Award for Outstanding use of Technology in Education.
Judges of the award said he had developed the learning of every student and that he is an ambassador for computer science teaching since joining Uxbridge High School in west London four years ago.
The 29-year-old former Birchgrove Comprehensive pupil did his teacher training in what was Uwic in Cardiff before gaining classroom experience in Bishopston Comprehensive.
He later moved to London after being offered a teaching post near the capital.
Proud father Brian, who still lives in Swansea, said: "The judges comments read as though he wrote them himself.
"My wife Elaine and I are both thrilled to bits and extremely proud."
Judges said: "Students admire Mr Churchill not just as a teacher but as a human being; they see him as a role model and describe him as cheerful, motivating, encouraging, likeable and enlightening. One year eight student smiled and told the judges: He's like a really, really cool uncle."
The judges added: "As head of ICT — and before becoming head of computer science — Jonathon researched students' opinions and needs; the slow speed of equipment was a big issue and so frustrating that some were avoiding ICT and the technology.
"The majority of students had little or no technological help at home.
"Promoted to overall head of department, he found solutions – getting a significant upgrade of all hardware and software and introducing wi-fi across the school which radically affected all subjects.
"Interactive white boards, laptops, tablets and an inspirational 'learning zone' are all part of teaching and learning now. Jonathon set up sites for web-based homework and revision which everyone, including parents, can access."