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Northern Ireland schools win at Teaching Awards

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Northern Ireland schools have won two major prizes in the Teaching Awards.

David Stinson, a computers teacher at Sullivan Upper School in Holywood won the award for next generation learning.

Judges found the subject had grown since Mr Stinson's arrival in 2008, with improved facilities, higher take-up by pupils and better grades.

Fleming Fulton School in south Belfast won the outstanding team award for its work in integrating disabled pupils into mainstream schools.

Its Linked Independent Living and Advice Centre (Lilac) team is made up of seven experts, working with more than 80 mainstream schools.

The team has supported more than 120 pupils, many of whom have left schools with top grades.

The judges said the team was "unique" and "doing a tremendous job".

The Teaching Awards, founded by Lord Puttnam 12 years ago, are open to every school in the UK and reward excellent teachers, headteachers, teaching assistants, governors and schools.

Although Northern Ireland schools have had national winners in the past, this is the first time the region has won two "gold platos", which are reserved for the overall UK champions.

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