Teachers receive national recognition for their contribution to science education

The winners of the inaugural ENTHUSE Celebration Awards were announced last night at a prestigious ceremony at the Wellcome Trust in London. Seven exceptional teaching professionals, who have made a significant impact on science teaching in their schools, were recognised for their excellence.

The ENTHUSE Celebration Awards were created to recognise improvements in the recipients' own practice and the impact that excellent continuing professional development (CPD) can have on pupils, colleagues and the wider school.

The winners of the ENTHUSE Celebration Awards are:

All of these teachers have taken part in science-specific CPD at the National Science Learning Centre and have received bursaries from Project ENTHUSE – a partnership between the Wellcome Trust, the government and industry, which provides funding for teaching staff from state-funded schools, academies and colleges in the UK to allow them to access CPD.

Since its inception in 2008, Project ENTHUSE has given more than 10,000 bursaries to teachers and technicians; independent evaluations of the effects of CPD at the National Science Learning Centre have shown a positive improvement in pupils' science attainment and an increase in retention of excellent science teachers. The bursaries contribute to course fees, travel and accommodation for teachers and the cost to schools of providing teaching cover.

Sir William Castell, Chairman of the Wellcome Trust, said: "As Project ENTHUSE reaches its fifth anniversary, we're delighted to recognise the outstanding efforts and achievements of those who have taken part. It is really encouraging to see that thousands of ENTHUSE alumni are making a tangible difference to science teaching and learning in their schools. Congratulations to each of our winners on their well-deserved awards.

"The funders of Project ENTHUSE – the Wellcome Trust, government and industry partners – share a vision of improving science education through transformative professional development for teachers and technicians. It is wonderful to see this vision becoming a reality with growing numbers of students in science, maths and related subjects.

"I hope that everyone shortlisted for an ENTHUSE Celebration Award, not just the winners, is proud of what they have achieved and will continue to inspire their students and build the next generation of workers in science and engineering – and a public that appreciates their work."