Meet the 2022 winner: Chiara Fraser, Liv Fox and Sam Devoil

Literacy Innovators team at The Portsmouth Academy

Over the last few months, we have been showcasing the winners of the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022. Returning annually, the awards celebrate the achievements of teachers, support staff and leaders across the city.

In our final article of the series, we catch up with the winners of the innovation in teaching award. Chiara Fraser, Liv Fox and Sam Devoil from the Literacy Innovators team at The Portsmouth Academy (TPA) tell us more about the success of their literacy project.

Thank you for taking time out to talk to us. Could you tell us more about your project?

We've worked hard to ensure that literacy is accessible for all pupils at home and in school. To achieve this, we used digital learning through the 1:1 project which was launched at The Portsmouth Academy. Through using Microsoft applications, we have shown that reading ages can be improved and maintained for all students.

Congratulations on winning the innovation in teaching award. How did you feel when you found out the team had been nominated?

As a team, we were delighted! This was not necessarily for personal reasons, as wonderful as it was to be nominated and then receive the award, we were all just thrilled that the importance of literacy is still being recognised. We are so proud of our pupils at TPA. COVID-19 has impacted literacy levels - the project has meant that pupils have made staggering progress during challenging times.

What did it mean to you to win the award and where is the trophy kept?

It really meant a lot to the school, as we try hard to ensure literacy is strongly embedded across our curriculum. The award sits pride of place in our school library. The library is more of a hub at TPA - so it makes sense for it to be showcased in a place where staff and pupils can appreciate it.

How important are events like the Teach Portsmouth Awards in recognising achievements in education?

Awards, such as these, continue to remain important in education. As education professionals, it brings us closer to our community and encourages us to remember that our role is integral in developing Portsmouth's social fabric.

Can you tell us a little bit about why you chose to teach in Portsmouth?

Portsmouth is a multicultural and welcoming city. It isn't always given the credit it deserves. A major part of our role is encouraging students to know they are valued and that they can make a difference. It's a pleasure to be a part of their journey.

What would you say to anyone who is thinking about teaching in Portsmouth?

Go for it! This is a fantastic and innovative place to work, and you will be valued!

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