Professor Sam Twiselton, academic lead for South Yorkshire Futures and Director of Sheffield Hallam's Sheffield Institute of Education, attended the recent Global Education and Skills Forum.

As well as a Sheffield Hallam teaching graduate making the final of the Global Teacher Prize, Professor Twiselton used the opportunity to promote the University's government-backed social mobility partnership, South Yorkshire Futures, which focuses on improving educational attainment and raising aspiration – particularly for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Professor Twiselton said: "At Sheffield Hallam we believe that a good education provided by passionate and skilled teachers is vital to giving young people the best start in life."

"South Yorkshire Futures addresses the educational attainment and wellbeing of learners, whilst also developing a dedicated and talented workforce to support them. These values certainly chime with those of the Varkey Foundation and Global Teaching Prize and I look forward to discussing the programme with fellow educationalists in Dubai."

"I'm also thrilled to see a Sheffield Hallam alumnus make the final of the Global Teaching Prize. Koen's projects, in a very short amount of time, have already made a huge impact across the world. He is a credit to himself and the teaching profession - and we are very proud that he is one of our alumni."

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