Futura’s chief executive Andrea Arlidge has been honoured with a Silver Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Pearson National Teaching Awards.

The win highlights the remarkable impact she has had on shaping the lives of thousands of children and young people across Somerset and the West of England.

Andrea, who will retire this summer after a varied 41-year career working with pupils across the 2-19 age range, has always had a passion for inclusion and a desire to improve life chances for children and young people.

She said: “My greatest memories are of the amazing things pupils can do when they are inspired and encouraged. A key role for schools is to give children opportunities and experiences they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Andrea is one of 102 deserving teachers, lecturers, leaders, support staff and institutions named as silver winners in this year’s awards. They will now be in the running for the Gold Award, which will be announced at a ceremony later in the year.

She was presented with her award by Futura’s chairman Malcolm Broad on National Thank a Teacher Day, an event that celebrates the education community and all those who work in it.

Mr Broad said: “I am delighted that Andrea has been recognised with this national honour. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who has dedicated their life to the teaching profession and made a real difference throughout their career, inspiring and enriching education for others. Andrea epitomises everything expected of someone achieving this award and more.”

National Thank a Teacher Day and the Pearson National Teaching Awards are run by the Teaching Awards Trust, an independent charity established over 25 years ago to celebrate the transformative impact of education, shining a spotlight on the pivotal roles teachers, support staff, colleges, schools and early years educators play in inspiring young people, every single day.

Michael Morpurgo, author, former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: “The work and devotion of all of those who play a role in educating young people is phenomenal. Not only do they play a vital role in shaping minds inside the classroom, often they continue to encourage, support, motivate and inspire beyond. That’s why it is important for us to take a moment on this National Thank a Teacher Day to recognise their efforts.

“I am also thrilled to be able to congratulate this year’s Silver Award winners and recognise the amazing contributions and commitment they have shown is shaping the lives of the next generation – thank you!”