Hertfordshire teacher named NASUWT Young Activist of the Year

Tamsin Clube, a 29 year old dance and drama teacher from Stevenage in Hertfordshire, has been named the NASUWT Eamonn O’Kane Young Activist of the Year 2014.

Tamsin, who teaches at Lakeside School in Welwyn Garden City, was presented with her award today at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union.

She received the award from Tristram Hunt, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, at the Conference in Birmingham.

The award was introduced by Daphne O’Kane, wife of the late NASUWT General Secretary Eamonn O’Kane, in whose memory the award was established.

Tamsin is the NASUWT Representative in her school and is also active in promoting the cause of teachers and the NASUWT in her local area.

Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“This is the tenth anniversary of the award and Tamsin is a worthy winner.

“Young teachers are the future of the teaching profession and lifeblood of the trade union movement.

“At a time when teachers and trade unionists are all too often subjected to unjustified and negative comments, it is important to celebrate the excellent work they do.

“Tamsin is a worthy recipient of this prestigious award.”

Tamsin Clube said:

“It’s an enormous honour to be recognised in this way. I think it is absolutely vital for young teachers to benefit from the support and collegiality which the NASUWT provides. Teaching can sometimes be quite isolating and I have found the shared experience, professional expertise and guidance from other teachers absolutely vital in my career. I would love to use the recognition of this award to help recruit more young teachers into the union.”


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Notes to editors

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The NASUWT’s Annual Conference is being held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham from 18-21 April.

The NASUWT Eamonn O’Kane Young Activist of the Year Award was created to:

·         encourage activism amongst young members;

·         recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution of young members to the work of the NASUWT;

·         provide award winners with opportunities to broaden and develop their knowledge and experience of the NASUWT and the wider trade union movement.

The award is sponsored by UIA Home Insurance which supports the winner’s participation in the NASUWT-organised activities during the following year.