The Ebbsfleet Academy in Swanscombe school teacher, Gemma Creed, joined the Prime Minister and Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, alongside teachers and headteachers from across the UK at Number 10 Downing Street on Monday evening  (12th May) in a unique celebration of excellence in state education.

Gemma was chosen as an education ambassador by charity Teach First to represent her school – The Ebbsfleet Academy – and the hundreds of teachers across Kent who work hard every day to support the aspirations and achievements of all young people.

Gemma was nominated for her passion for science. In just three years she has transformed science at the school and was made Subject Leader of Science in her third year of teaching. Her dedication to the students and the department is admirable and her passion for education is second to none.

Founded in 2002, Teach First is helping to break the shocking link between family income and educational attainment, by recruiting inspiring graduates of all ages, to teach in low income communities.

The charity supports each trainee with the skills they need to support the achievement and aspirations of children, whilst developing a growing network of leaders in all fields committed to ending educational inequality.

Gemma Creed, Subject Leader of Science, at The Ebbsfleet Academy, said: “I was very proud to represent my fellow teachers and Kent at Downing Street. Ebbsfleet Academy was my first placement after graduating from the Teach First programme three years ago. The Academy is going through such a positive change at the moment under a strong leadership team.

“There is a clear vision and it’s exciting to be part of this momentum that is making a real difference to the kids and the school. I hope I can inspire others to work with Teach First and share its commitment to change lives. My pupils were very excited about me coming to Downing Street, but more nervous about their exams!”

Brett Wigodrtz, CEO and Founder of Teach First, said: “Teach First has played a crucial role in raising the status of teaching profession, so that working in schools in challenging circumstances is now seen as the most prestigious and popular destination for the country’s best graduates. It is through the crucial support and expertise of our valued partner schools that we are able to make a significant impact to pupils in schools.

“But, there is much more to do. Whilst we have seen change for some pupils across some schools, all too often, if you grow up in a low-income community in the UK you are still less likely to do well at school, find a decent job and lead a happy, healthy life.”

Last year Teach First became the largest graduate recruiter in the UK. Working where the need is greatest, Teach First works in Wales and nine English regions, in both primary and secondary schools where more than half of the pupils come from the poorest 30% of families in the UK.