Nominees announced for inaugural Bernice McCabe award

The award is named in honour of an esteemed head of a north London independent school

The PTI have announced the nominations for the inaugural Bernice McCabe award, named in honour of a distinguished independent school headteacher.

Bernice McCabe OBE, who co-founded the PTI and was headteacher of the North London Collegiate School for two decades, passed away in February 2019. This new award is inspired by her legacy and recognises excellence in subject leadership.

The prize of £5,000 will be spent by the winner’s school to fund release time for the winning departmental head to disseminate their expertise.

The judging panel will consist of Prof Steve Munby CBE (chair of the Teaching Awards Trust), Carolyn Roberts (PTI co-director), Rod Mackinnon (Bernice’s husband, former headteacher and education consultant), Prof Dame Alison Peacock (CEO of the Chartered College) and Prof Helen Cooper (form head of the English faculty at Cambridge).

Chris Pope, co-director, the PTI, said: “We are so pleased to have this opportunity to celebrate the wonderful work these departments are doing in their schools.

“Bernice was proud of the inspiration that the PTI brought teachers, and every nominee has furthered those aspects of education that she was so passionate about – transforming life chances for children through high quality and passionate subject specialists.”

To read the full list of nominees, visit the PTI website.

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