First-year European and Middle Eastern Languages undergraduate Olufisayo (Fis) Noibi has nominated her former teacher John Course for the Oxford University annual Inspirational Teacher Awards.
Mr Course, who is head of sixth form at Robert Clack School in Dagenham, was named as one of 10 inspirational state school teachers from across Britain. In an interview with the Barking and Dagenham Post, Fis said Mr Course is ‘more than deserving of the award because, if not for him, I would not be doing my current course, let alone in this university. Mr Course is such an inspiration’
The winning teachers were honoured at an awards ceremony at St Peter’s College. The award scheme, which was established six years ago, recognises the crucial role teachers and careers advisers play in encouraging talented students in their schools or colleges.
A selection of current first-year Oxford undergraduates were asked to nominate teachers or careers advisers who inspired them to apply to Oxford, fostered their passion for a particular subject or supported them through the application process. The students were all from selected UK state schools or colleges with a limited history and tradition of sending students to Oxford.
For an interview with both Fis and Mr Course, please watch the video below at the four minute mark.