Stephen Spender Prize: Outstanding Teachers 2021

Collaboration with teachers is at the heart of all that we do at SST, and we are now working to build and support a community of educators inspired by creative translation.

Photograph of a Creative Translation in the Classroom teacher event

Partnership with translators, teachers and poets has fuelled our growing bank of virtual resources, from e-booklets of poetry in eighteen languages to ready-made lesson plans and video masterclasses. We are grateful to the wonderful teachers who continue to advise and assist us, including Katrina Barnes, Candida Javaid, Nadia Siddiqui, Crista Hazell, Ann Coulter, Steven Fawkes, Kate Thirlwall and Stephen Walsh, to all the teachers involved in our education programmes, and to all who engaged their pupils in this year’s Stephen Spender Prize.

This year for the first time we enabled teachers to register for the Prize, and were thrilled that over 200 did so – the majority engaging for the first time. We sent fortnightly bulletins to all who registered, with virtual resources and ideas for bringing poetry translation into the classroom. It was always a pleasure to receive the responses to those newsletters, often from teachers trying poetry translation with their pupils for the first time, and surprised by the enthusiastic responses and broad appeal to students of all backgrounds and abilities.

We’re delighted to recognise this growing collaboration with teachers and schools through our new Stephen Spender awards for teachers, which we introduced last year. The group of teachers highlighted here engaged huge numbers of their pupils in poetry translation, and it is particularly pleasing that a primary school teacher is amongst them – reflecting the great rise in entries from primary schools this year. Congratulations to our Outstanding Teachers and to all who took part. We look forward to more collaboration in 2022 and beyond!

Céleste Robillard

Stephen Spender Prize: Outstanding Teachers 2021

Céleste Robillard and colleagues

The Holt School, Wokingham

Stephen Spender Prize: Outstanding Teachers 2021

Liz McWatt, Joe Sykes and Jen Serjeant

Loreto Grammar School, Altrincham

Cara Bleiman

Stephen Spender Prize: Outstanding Teachers 2021

Cara Bleiman, Olivia Senensieb, Martin Chmielecki and Vienna Goddard

Swire Chinese Language Centre (Harris Federation), London