The annual German Teacher Award and the ‘Sommerfest der deutschen Sprache’ pay tribute to and recognise the best and most committed champions of German in primary and secondary schools across the UK. This year’s ‘Sommerfest’ was attended by over 250 teachers and representatives from the education and language teaching sectors, as well as from the business sector and the media from all over the UK.

The German Teacher Award is jointly organised by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in London, the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom, the Goethe-Institut London, the Austrian Cultural Forum London, UK-German Connection, the Deutsche Schule London, the Departments for Education in England and Wales, and the Association for Language Learning.

On Wednesday, 3 July, Ambassador Dr Peter Wittig welcomed the Anglo-German award-winning duo behind the best-selling children’s book “The Gruffalo” Julia Donaldson CBE and Axel Scheffler at his Residence to celebrate the outstanding achievements of teachers of German across the UK.

This year’s German Teacher Awards were presented to Sally Conroy (Cardinal Newman 6th Form College, Preston), Verena Margarete Cavalier (Southend High School for Boys, Southend-on-Sea) and Nicholas Waters (St Paul’s Church in Wales Primary School, Grangetown). Marion Sabine Lübbeke (St Columb’s College, Derry, Northern Ireland) was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Recognising an exceptional teacher at the start of their career, the Peter Boaks Award was given to Natalie James (Marling School, Stroud).  A “Special Mention” was awarded to Emma Whittle (Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham), Verena James (St Hilda’s C of E High School, Liverpool) and Deborah Morgan (Osbaston Church in Wales Primary School, Monmouth).

For further information on the awards, please visit the German Embassy website.

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