A BRADFORD teacher and CEO are just two of 76 people across the country to pick up a Silver Award as part of an annual celebration of education.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards have been running since 1998 and they recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people.

Shamshad Azad, Design and Technology Lead at Horton Park Primary, was honoured with a Silver Award in The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School category.

The teacher successfully leads on cooking and nutrition, which was considered a key priority for the school due to being in one of the most deprived areas of the country.

He has built a number of partnerships with local businesses, restaurants and nutritionists to help his pupils learn more about cooking and healthy eating.

Mr Azad has even run sessions with local parents to help them understand how to prepare nutritious meals.

He said: “I am so pleased to have won this award, not just for myself but our children, staff, parents, carers and wider community.

"I’ve worked here for just over five years and enjoyed every moment.

"Knowing I've made a difference to the lives of the children I've worked with who have now moved on to secondary school is a huge achievement.

"It’s wonderful to feel acknowledged and know that people have appreciated my efforts.

"It’s such a great privilege, definitely a high point in my career and my life."

Meanwhile, David Horn, CEO at the Beckfoot Trust, was given a Silver Award in The Award for Lifetime Achievement category.

The former Beckfoot School headteacher has spent the past 23 years working in Bradford education.

Over this time he has helped thousands of young people and hundreds of staff develop and reach their full potential.

He has committed himself to the principle that no child should be left behind and has a legacy of school improvement.

This ethos led to the development of the Bradford Partnership, that Mr Horn chaired.

The initiative allows secondary schools to work collaboratively and transparently to develop models of improvement based on school-to-school support.

John Winkley, Beckfoot Trust Chair of Directors, said: "David came to Beckfoot School 23 years ago as a new headteacher.

"Over two decades he led the school to achieving Outstanding status with Ofsted and developed the Beckfoot Trust into a group of ten schools working together to provide remarkable education for our children.

"Alongside leading schools through some of the most exciting and turbulent times, David has been a tireless champion for the children of the Bradford district, and the need for really great comprehensive education.

"I am proud to have worked with such an inspirational leader.

"On behalf of our Trust community, I congratulate him on receiving this Pearson National Lifetime Achievement Award, so fitting for a life dedicated to serving others in our Bradford communities."

Both award-winners are now in the running for further recognition.

They could pick up two of just 14 Gold Awards available later in the year, in a programme which will be broadcast on the BBC.