Colin Hegarty grew up in a London council flat and gained a first-class maths degree at Oxford
A maths teacher from a London comprehensive has reached the top 10 finalists for a global teaching prize.
Colin Hegarty, from Preston Manor School in Wembley, has reached the final stages of a competition to find the world’s most exceptional teachers.
The winner will receive a prize of a $1m (£690,000) at an awards ceremony in March.
Mr Hegarty said it was good to see a competition that “elevated the status of teachers”.
The Global Teacher Prize, set up by the Varkey Foundation, the charitable arm of the Gems international education firm, is aimed at “unearthing thousands of stories of heroes that have transformed young people’s lives”.
The final top 10 shortlist has been published, after entries were received from teachers in 148 countries.
Mr Hegarty is the only UK finalist, alongside teachers from the United States, Australia, India, Finland and Kenya.
Source:: BBC world news feed