Bedford Academy teacher wins top National Film Award Bedford News

A film starring a Bedford Academy math and physical education teacher has won a prestigious national award.

Filmmakers from Teach First – a charity that tackles educational disadvantage – filmed the inspiring work of Bedford Academy teacher Albert Adeyemi.

In the film – titled Representation – he is seen mentoring groups of boys and speaking to them about the importance of open and honest discussions about race and representation.

Bedford Academy teacher Albert Adeyemi, deputy principal Pete Roberts and two Bedford Academy students, Muthir Jamal and Theodore McKoy-Campbell, receive the award

And this week the seven-minute film won fierce competition to win the ‘audience choice’ category at the national Charity Film Awards.

Albert said: “It shows that representation really matters for so many reasons, from challenging stereotypes and misconceptions to enriching the experiences of all students. Representation benefits everyone.”

And along with Bedford Academy deputy head Pete Roberts and two students featured in the film – Muthir Jamal and Theodore McKoy-Campbell – Albert received the award at a ceremony in central London.

He added: “The whole experience has been so positive, especially because it was so unexpected.”

Albert – who taught at the school for four years – said the film vividly conveyed “the impact and power of mentorship”.

Chris Deller, Principal of Bedford Academy, part of the HEART Academies Trust, said: “As a school community, we are delighted that Albert has received the recognition he deserves.

“Our mentoring sessions are an important part of the support we provide to students throughout their time at Bedford Academy.”

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This notice was published: 2022-03-25 17:15:56

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