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Former student wins 2018 Global Teacher Prize

27 March 2018

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) alumna and former Leadership CoLab student Andria Zafirakou has won the 2018 Global Teacher Prize.

Andria Zafirakou accepting the Global Teacher Prize award

Along with her community work and teaching, Mrs Zafirakou was nominated for leading Professional Development at Alperton Community School in Brent which was awarded the UCL Institute of Education Professional Development Quality Mark 'Gold Award' in 2015 and 'Platinum Award' in July 2017 - one of only 10 schools to win Platinum.

The Professional Development Quality Mark was developed by experienced Professional Development Leaders in partnership with specialists at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning to improve professional development practice in schools across London, and beyond.

The Platinum award recognises the school as a centre of innovation and excellence in Professional Development.

In 2014, Mrs Zafirakou was also one of the first cohort of leaders to successfully complete and be awarded the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) studying at UCL Institute of Education with Leadership CoLab.

The NPQSL equips leaders with the skills and professional knowledge they need to deliver educational excellence in a self-improving system, so they can improve outcomes for pupils and students in the communities they serve.

Following her victory, Andria Zafirakou paid tribute to her pupils and colleagues and teachers throughout the world: "I want to share this honour with my fellow teachers and wonderful students at Alperton Community School in Brent, London."

Andria Zafirakou was awarded the prize at the Global Education and Skills Forum on 18 March 2018.

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