A Portrush teacher has scooped a top UK award - for Primary Science Teacher of the Year.
Deirdre Doherty has been working to promote science in MIllstrand Primary School for the past five years. In that time she has been awarded funding from various bodies to encourage children to get involved in science.
Deirdre’s drive to promote science, not just in her own school, but in others, saw her being nominated for the UK Primary Science Teacher Award. Deirdre then travelled to a glittering ceremony in Manchester where she was named as the overall winner.
Thanks to Deirdre’s success, Millstrand were given a cash prize and Deirdre became a fellow of the Primary Teaching Trust.
Deirdre, who has been a teacher at Millstrand for the past 16 years, said that she has really been inspired by science: “I have an Art and English background. I got into science a few years ago, and I was really inspired by how the children could learn from our own environment.
“Back in 2011 Millstrand won a Rolls Royce science prize for a project called ‘What’s in the Water?’. This involved the whole school community working with many outside agencies - the Environment Agency, RSPB and the DoE. The children then had the chance to test the water at West Strand and visited a lab in Belfast to see it being tested for the blue flag award. We used this project to promote science to other schools, encouraging them to promote the outdoor classroom.”