A school business manager has won an ‘unsung hero’ award for his “commitment to changing the lives of the children he works with every day.”

Duncan Marshall, of St Edburg’s CE Primary School in Bicester, was selected from thousands of nominations to win a Pearson National Teaching Silver Award.

Headteacher at St Edburg’s Primary Andy Terrey said: “As school business manager, Duncan has led the school through the challenges of building works, expansion, and relocation.

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“He has maintained a sound surplus budget, whilst ensuring that colleagues and pupils have everything that they need. He writes successful bids for funding and is creative in how he brings income into the school.

“As a Headteacher, Duncan is the best school business manager that I have worked with in 24 years, but it is for his loyalty and commitment beyond his paid role that he deserves recognition.”

Mr Marshall has now been shortlisted to win one of just 16 Gold Awards, which will be announced and celebrated at a gala ceremony in London on November 25 and televised on the BBC, with winners showcased on The One Show.

The honours have been announced on National Thank a Teacher Day, an annual event celebrating the role of educators across the UK for the valued role they play in communities and shaping young people.

This year, students were joined by celebrities including Sir Michael Morpurgo, Edith Bowman, Bobby Seagull, Ore Oduba and Nadiya Hussain to mark their teachers' achievements.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education run by the Teaching Awards Trust, an independent charity now in its 25th year, that recognises the life-changing work that takes place in education, highlighting the vital role educators play and the work that’s delivered in schools and colleges every day.

Michael Morpurgo, author, former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: “I am inspired by the devotion of teachers and the huge impact they have on the lives of the young people they tutor, support, encourage and motivate day in and day out. “The valuable role they play both inside and outside the classroom has inspired generations of young people across the country to achieve their potential. “I am delighted to congratulate the winners of the 2023 Awards and thank them all for the amazing contributions they have made to our communities.”

Sharon Hague, Senior Vice President of Schools at Pearson UK, said: “We would like to congratulate today’s silver winners on their incredible achievements. “We can’t underestimate the huge contribution schools make to our young people’s lives and Duncan Marshall is an inspiring example of the positive impact an individual can have on pupils and communities.”


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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