Congratulations to Andria Zafirakou, the best teacher in the world

I am delighted by the news that Andria Zafirakou has become the first British winner of the Global Teacher Prize, beating teachers nominated from more than 170 countries.

The prize of $1million (£720,000), launched in 2015 by an education charity, the Varkey Foundation, was created to give more status to the teaching profession, with an Oscars-style awards ceremony in Dubai.

Mrs Zafirakou is a teacher not just from my country (United Kingdom), not just from my city (London), not just from my borough (Brent), but at a school in Alperton which is literally just down the road from where I live. Her success will be a huge inspiration to all teachers and pupils in my locality.


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