A much loved teacher said he was “overwhelmed“ after winning an award for the hard work and effort he puts into helping his pupils.
IT teacher Ray Chambers, from Uppingham Community College, was awarded a Bafta Young Game Designers Award after pupils nominated him for mentoring young people, getting them into coding and helping them with their GCSEs.
This is a new award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) for 2015. It recognises individuals that have made an effort to help, inspire and mentor young people to learn more about programming and game skills. Earlier this year Ray was also awarded the Silver Teaching Award in the Pearson Teaching Awards 2015. This recognises and celebrates the outstanding work of teachers.
Ray said: “Just to be short-listed and for my students to think of me like this was a huge shock and it was really humbling.
“You encourage students to do their best but you never expect to be rewarded for it. The students doing well is a reward itself.”
He said his department always gets good results and are very close with all their pupils. Ray’s year 11s learned about the award after being entered for a Bafta games award by the school. This is an award for children all over the country who have made games. This year Bafta decided to honour mentors who are encouraging children to get into coding. The pupils were not prompted to nominate Ray, they did it all themselves.
Bafta have contacted Ray and invited him and other teachers/mentors to London for a ceremony.
Over the past year Ray has gone to many different primary schools in the area to get them into coding. He does coding sessions at Uppingham Community College on a Saturday to get pupils ready for secondary education.
Ray said. “It’s great to see the students getting so engaged in something a lot more complicated.”