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Head of Biology up for Teacher of the Year Award

Mrs Natalie Johnston, Head of Biology at Rendcomb College, is one of three teachers who have been shortlisted for the School Biology Teacher of the Year Award 2018 with the Royal Society of Biology. The award, recognises the very best and most inspiring biology teachers in 11-18 education in the UK, and the winner will be announced in July.

The three teachers have been selected as finalists are Robert Isaacs from Tormead School, Guildford, Natalie Johnston from Rendcomb College, Rendcomb and Richard Spencer from Middlesbrough College, Middlehaven.

Natalie Johnston, head of biology and key stage four at Rendcomb College has been teaching for 12 years. Johnston was nominated for her tireless efforts to seek out best practice in the classroom, including producing unique resources and hosting INSET training for heads of biology. 

Speaking about becoming a finalist, Natalie said: "Being announced as a finalist is really flattering but is also recognition for the work the whole department does. It is an exciting time for biology and at Rendcomb, we are fortunate to have great access to ecology resources - fresh water streams, ponds and woodland areas. Pupils also benefit from state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment enabling analysis to be carried out on site." 

Dr Mark Downs CSci FRSB, chief executive of the Royal Society of Biology said: “Congratulations to all those being shortlisted for this year’s school biology teacher of the year award.

“We’re proud to recognise those who exhibit outstanding commitment to teaching, inspiring the next generation of biologists and equipping students with the knowledge they’ll need in the next stages of their lives.”


The finalists Robert Isaacs, Natalie Johnston and Richard Spencer

The three finalists will now each submit a short case study, highlighting how they have enriched their students’ learning. Each will also be visited by the Award’s judging panel.

The winner will be announced at the Society’s annual Education Awards Ceremony, and will receive £500 for themselves and up to £500 of free Oxford University Press resources for their school.