Julie has been praised by her colleagues for her unwavering enthusiasm and energy. In her role as Librarian, she has provided engaging and fun opportunities for all students, bridging both the attainment gap and the poverty gap.
Feedback from pupils describe Forrester High School library as a 'safe space' before and after school. Julie has been commended for treating pupils as individuals and taking the time to get to know their barriers to learning, their personal situations and their personalities, so as to provide a better service for them. Her library is open for so many clubs that she runs herself, including Film Club, Animation Club and Gaming Club. Julie's never-ending enthusiasm and personal interest in the young people of Forrester High School has helped students feel part of the bigger school picture and that their opinions and ideas are important and heard. Julie also supports her colleagues, having built a mini library in the staff room, so that all those working in the school have access to books at any time.
The Learning Professional Award, now in its sixth year, recognises a teacher or librarian who has had a powerful impact on the reading culture of young people and adults in their community. Run by national charity Scottish Book Trust, in partnership with Browns Books, the winner receives £500 worth of books to help continue their outstanding work.
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:
'Many congratulations to Julie Sutherland on winning this year's Learning Professional Award. It was clear from her nomination that Julie has worked tirelessly to build a reading for pleasure culture in Forrester High School. She has also created a safe, comforting environment for many pupils who need a place to escape into a book. Our thanks to Browns Books for making this important award possible.'
Scottish Book Trust would like to highly commend Irene Lumsden from Armadale Academy, Claire Gilligan from Coatbridge High School and Jill Queen from Netherburn Primary School. You can also read the full list of learning professionals shortlisted for the award(this will open in a new window).
Scottish Book Trust would like to thank Browns Books (this will open in a new window)who sponsor the Learning Professional Award. Browns Books is the UK's leading supplier of books, eBooks and DVDs for schools, colleges, universities and businesses.