The Teaching Assistant Award 

'Julie Atkinson ' 
Longton Primary School, Preston 
Nominated by: John Coxhead  
Local Teaching Assistant snags national award for dedication to learning! 
Julie Atkinson of Longton Primary in Halton found herself waking up to a pleasant surprise early July as she’d won the national Community Education Award for ‘Teaching Assistant of the Year’ after her school had [unbeknownst to her] put her forward for her ‘ outstanding commitment to students learning’. 
Mrs Atkinson, who has been with Longton School for a number of years, was nominated for her tireless effort and innovative approach to teaching students.  
Her ‘think on her feet’ method allows for students that are in need of focused learning to be taken aside to help them with gaps in their understanding. 
It’s not online during school hours that Julie shines, but also during late hours when she insists on attending a host of school events, from play and discos to a night school for adults.  
Mrs Atkinson’s expertise at the night school was hugely appreciated by colleagues and parents alike. 
John Coxhead, Governor of staff at Longton wrote during his nomination for Julie “One thing that makes Mrs Atkinson stand out is her positivity, humility, and unassuming nature. She does not seek praise for her work but cares passionately about helping children to succeed. She does all she can to support the work of the class teacher and is incredibly flexible. 
I can guarantee that she will be shocked and surprised to win this award. In fact, she will probably believe that she doesn’t deserve it. The reality is that she really does deserve this recognition!” 
For her sheer dedication to her school and to teaching, Julie has been awarded the ‘Teaching Assistant of the Year’ unanimously by the Community Education Awards Judges. 
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