This award is supported by Oxford University Press in conjunction with UK 3B Scientific Ltd and the National STEM Learning Centre. The award aims to recognise the very best and most inspiring teachers of biology.
The School Biology Teacher of the Year Award is open to all teachers who are: working with students aged 11-18 years old, teaching pre-university level biology programmes of study, currently employed in a UK based school or college.
The nomination procedure has two stages, an initial detailed proposal, supported by a senior colleague, followed by a short-listing of up to three candidates who will be assessed in further detail. The second stage of assessment includes a school visit.
Nominations may be suggested by: teachers themselves, their teaching colleagues, parents of students, school governors and head teachers. The teacher being nominated needs to be involved in the nomination process and nominees will typically have at least 5 years' experience of classroom teaching. This year's winner will receive £500 for themselves and £500 of Oxford University Press resources for their school in addition to a prize from UK 3B Scientific Ltd.
Rob Walker from High Tunstall College of Science, Hartlepool, has won the Secondary School Biology Teacher of the Year Award 2016.
The winner of the 2012 Award was Mrs Bev Goodger CBiol MSB, a teacher at Sir John Deane's College, Northwich.
Dr Richard Spencer CBiol MSB of SRC Bede Sixth Form in Billingham was the runner-up for the award. Mrs Goodger and Dr Spencer both presented case studies of their work during their assessment for the award.
UK 3B Scientific Ltd and the National Science Learning Centre are also supporting the Royal Society of Biology Award and are both offering prizes to the winners of the School Biology Teacher of the Year Award.