London Irish maths teacher could win £700k

London Irish maths teacher could win £700k
A secondary school teacher, whose online maths tutorials brought extra help to those who can’t afford private tuition, could be in line for a £700,000 award in a Global Teacher prize held in Dubai

Colin Hegarty, a Kilburn native and whose parents hail from Mayo and Clare, came runner-up in a nationwide Virgin business awards last year with his Dublin colleague Brian Arnold.

We featured them last June, when they told us about Hegarty Maths, an initiative they came up with while working at Queensmead School in Ruislip, to aid students finding it difficult received support in class rather than falling behind when doing their homework alone in the evenings.

He is now on a shortlist of 10 for the Global Teacher prize – an annual $1m (£700,000) award given to teachers who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession.

The pair wanted to implement Hegarty Maths as a nationwide tool, and at present it is used by 5,000 children a day in 200 different territories around the world.

The awards take place in a ceremony in Dubai next month. If he wins he will receive the fund over five years, in which time he has to commit to stay working within the profession.

They are sponsored by the Varkey Foundation which is dedicated to improving education for underprivileged children.

Find out more about the project here: www.hegartymaths.com

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