The Citizenship Magazine Award for Outstanding PSHE/Citizenship Teacher 2011 

Winner: Julie McCann 
Broadgreen Primary School 
Nominated by: Carol Machell 
Julie is an outstanding practitioner and lead teacher for PSHE in Liverpool. 
 
Innovative methods used by Julie include the ‘Philosophical Enquiry’ so that pupils and staff can develop skills to discuss and explore often controversial topics in a reasoned manner reaching clear and improved understandings. 
 
A community health and well-being group has seen health workers, police, charity workers and parents involved in the development of pupils roles as ‘peer educators’. These pupils have helped support other children in delivering lessons on topics such as smoking and substance abuse. Such lessons aim to ensure everyone gains a better understanding achieving maximum impact for the future. 
 
Her dedication is evident in her clear planning and consideration of outcomes as shown in the development of an Action Plan for Enhanced Healthy Schools. Jane consistently challenges prejudice and promotes equal opportunities. This often means tackling difficult subject matters such as drugs and mental health, delivering lessons in a way that makes them accessible and understandable to all. 
 
“Children in her class always gain huge confidence in their own abilities. She is particularly skilled at including children with special educational needs and the higher achieving pupils are also inspired and challenged to make excellent progress,” said headteacher, Carol Machell. 
 
Julie has gained Advanced Skills Teaching Status for PSHE following a rigorous assessment supported by the local authority. A qualified trainer for Philosophy for Children with the national organisation SAPERE, Julie has trained teachers and support staff and other professionals within the Liverpool area as well as nationally and internationally. 
Sponsored by Citizenship Magazine 
 
Citizenship is a free online publication designed to help teachers deliver PSHE and citizenship lessons to children at key stage 1-2. By providing the latest news and in-depth features, the magazine keeps teachers up-to-date with both subject areas, while lesson plans and teaching ideas ensure they have the tools to deliver key information on a range of vital subject areas. 
 
Editor Luke Davis said he was delighted to support an award that celebrates PSHE and citizenship teachers’ efforts. “Everyone at Citizenship is very proud to be connected with this category,” he said. “We work very hard to form relationships with the teachers who read and contribute to the magazine and this is a brilliant opportunity to give something back. And hopefully it will help the teachers to gain some much deserved recognition for the incredible work they do.” 
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