Hertfordshire Teacher recognised for work with children and young people in care

Published: 02 Aug 2018

Today (Thursday 2 August) we hosted the Young People’s Awards at Hertford Castle, the award ceremony is held annually and gives children and young people who live in care an opportunity to thank the professionals who have helped and supported them.

Organised by The Children in Care Council (CHICC), young people in care nominated social workers, carers and other children’s services professionals for the awards and all winners and runners up were judged and decided by them.

CHICC is run by and for young people in care and care leavers in Hertfordshire; they listen to the views of young people and aim to improve the experience of being in care. They also help young people in care to meet other young people in similar circumstances and arrange events and activities throughout year where they can meet up, talk to each other and have some fun.

Kamran Ali was nominated by student Daniel* aged 15, who said; “I believe Mr Ali should receive this award because of his ongoing support with my education and his dedication to see that we all do well, to the extent he keeps his classroom open till 6’oclock for us to revise and do work”

Kamran Ali is a newly qualified teacher from Watford, he teaches Computer Science at The Cavendish School in Hemel Hempstead and is also Daniel’s form tutor, he said;

“It is so surreal to have won this award, Daniel told me he’d nominated me and I thanked him but I never thought it would come to anything. When I found out I’d won, I asked if they were sure; as a newly qualified teacher it was an honour to get this recognition.”

“I didn’t come from the same background as Daniel growing up, but the thing we have in common is that we both went to school and school life was also a struggle for me. There are teachers that just teach and teachers that care; I want to be a teacher that is there to help them learn, and also to be there for my students as those were the teachers I looked up to.”

“It’s been a pleasure teaching Daniel and seeing him achieve, he could have coasted and got by, but he’s determined to do well, and at the end of the day its him that comes and puts the work in each day, I just provide the space and a friendly face.”

Winners and runners up were presented with their awards by Teresa Heritage, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Hertfordshire County Council, she said; 

“I’m delighted that so many children and young people in care have taken the time to thank the dedicated social workers, carers and other professionals who have supported them through their transitions and some difficult times.”

“Teachers have a challenging role and so to receive this recognition from the young people they are supporting is invaluable. We have great working relationships between social care and those working in education; I cannot thank Hertfordshire’s teachers enough for all their hard work in achieving the best possible outcome for these young people."

For more information about the CHICC visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/chicc

*Any children and young people mentioned in this story have had their names changed to protect their identities