The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with. The award winners are honoured and recognised for their outstanding work in supporting students across the country.

Tonight our very own Marie Lindsay was awarded the gold award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, for her contribution to teaching, to education and for her embracing the Shared Education Programme geared at overcoming religious and cultural divisions in Northern Ireland.

We all know that Marie has inspired generations of young people in Northern Ireland and also here in our own community. She has devoted her entire career to this.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said this award ‘is testament to Marie’s skill, commitment and passion for teaching.’ Bill Clinton thanked her for everything she has done for her students and the education world at large.

Now in retirement Marie continues to lead and to inspire in her very being. She has left a lasting legacy for young people to be inspired and motivated.

This Gold award has gone to a lady of pure Gold. Huge congrats Marie from everyone in Muff.