A teacher from Coventry experienced the ‘highlight of her career’ when she attended a prestigious event hosted by the Prime Minister to celebrate the hard work and dedication of those in the profession.

Laura Gibson, from Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, was one of just 100 teachers from across the UK invited to a reception at 10 Downing Street, in London.

The event was held by Prime Minister Theresa May and Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening to celebrate the work of outstanding teachers and their commitment to giving every child an excellent education.

Both gave speeches paying tribute to those in the profession and also spoke to those invited about their views on the education sector and if there are any issues that need addressing.

Year 4 teacher Laura has been at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, which is part of the Romero Catholic Academy, for three years and was nominated to attend the event by her colleagues.

She said: “The reception was such an incredible experience – the highlight of my professional career so far - and I’m so lucky to work with such amazing people who nominated me.

“We were able to chat to Justine Greening and others from the Department for Education who were all really keen to get our opinions and find out if there is anything that can be done to make teachers’ working lives more manageable.

“We also heard from Theresa May who spoke about her passion for education and how she will be looking at doing even more to support the sector.

“It was such a great opportunity to celebrate the profession as well as meet other teachers from across the UK, hear ideas and share best practice. I am extremely proud to have been able to represent Sacred Heart at the event.”

Paul Madia, Principal of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, said: “We are all delighted that Laura was selected to attend the reception. She is an extremely hard-working and dedicated teacher, and it is excellent that her efforts were recognised at such a prestigious reception to celebrate the profession.”