A maths tutor from a Wembley school has been awarded with a prestigious teaching awards at London’s Guildhall in front of prime minister David Cameron.
Colin Hegarty, whose father hails from Co. Mayo and his mother from Co. Clare, works at Preston Manor School and is the mastermind behind HegartyMaths.com which features online tutorials for Year Seven to Year Thirteen pupils.
The 32-year-old spoke of his delight at winning the ‘Outstanding use of Technology in Education’ accolade at the annual Pearson Teaching Awards.
“It was a surreal experience to receive the award in front of television cameras but I am extremely happy about it,” he said.
The online tutorials, in video format, aim to make students feel they are receiving one-to-one tuition from a teacher who is passionate and knowledgeable about maths, and is based around practising techniques rather than revising.
He previously used £20,000, won from The Shine Trust’s national teaching competition, to develop his website to make it more interactive and personal for pupils.
Mr Hegarty continued: “The children here (Preston Manor) have bags of energy and are receptive to good teaching, especially when working with technology.
“The website is all about ensuring that the children have a free resource, which they can access on their computer, mobile or tablets from wherever to help with their education. It is something I am extremely proud of.”
Mr Hegarty was one of only 11 nominees from all over the UK who came up trumps across different categories at the award ceremony, which recognises and celebrates excellence in education.