The headteacher at Slough's Khalsa Primary School in Wexham Road and one of his teachers have scooped silver awards for their 'outstanding commitment'.

They were selected from thousands of nominations for the Pearson National Teaching awards which were founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have.

Raminder Singh Vig won as 'headteacher of the year in a primary school', while Sakara Foot won as 'primary school teacher of the year'.

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A special celebration event was held at Khalsa Primary School last Wednesday.

This year marks its 22nd year of the awards which celebrate teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and lecturers across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Raminder had been nominated for leading the once struggling school to success with top ratings from Government inspectors, while Sakara Foot was awarded for her efforts as a teacher and mentor. As well as her teaching work she is a moderator with the creative writing programme KS2 - helping train teachers in the assessment of good writing in Slough’s schools.

Both are now in the running for gold awards later in the year in a programme that will be broadcast by the BBC.

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Raminder Singh Vig said: "I am so proud and happy that the work of our wonderful school has been recognised in this way. No one person could achieve what we have done here and this award is for all of us, our teachers, parents and brilliant children. Well done everyone and well done Sakara."

Sakara Foot said: "I feel honoured and overwhelmed. I am so lucky to work in such an amazing school where we treat each other like family. I want to thank Mr Vig for the nomination but also all the wonderful children at Khalsa Primary School - this award is because of you."

The Pearson company which runs the awards is a worldwide publishing and education training company that employs more than 24,000 employees.

Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former children’s laureate is President of the Teaching Awards Trust.