A Wembley maths teacher has been included in a list of the top 10 teachers in the world in a Global Teacher competition.
Colin Hegarty, from Preston Manor School in Wembley has been included in the top 10 shortlist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2016.
Now in its second year, and known as the Nobel Prize for teaching, the $1 million award is the largest prize of its kind.
The top 10 teachers have been narrowed down from 8,000 nominations and applications from 148 countries from around the world.
Professor Stephen Hawking announced on Wednesday (February 17) that Colin had made the final 10.
Colin Hegarty, who is the only UK finalist, grew up in a one-bedroom London council flat with his Irish immigrant parents emphasising the importance of education.
He went on to became the first person from his family to go to university, gaining a first-class degree in Mathematics from Oxford University.
Colin uses a flipped classroom approach to teach maths to students aged 11 to 18.
He believes there is no such thing as being ‘bad at maths’, it is simply a case of hard work and receiving the right kind of tuition and support.
Colin set up a series of online teaching aids to help a student who was forced to move abroad to care for his father.
He has created 1,500 online videos which have been viewed almost 5 million times and the free resources on Colin’s website have been used in at least 65 UK schools.
'Can really open doors for young people'
At the time, Colin told getwestlondon : “I love teaching maths, it can really open doors for young people.
“I'm up until 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning but my school has supported me throughout.
“I had a child who was absent for a long time, and missed lessons, and I started videoing what I had taught to allow them to catch up.
“It started off for a year at Queensmead and I have expanded it. Children in other classes like it and then children in other schools liked it.”
The videos are shot from the point of view of a pupil looking at an exam paper or study material and feature Mr Hegarty completing the exercises or questions and talking through the reasoning.
He said: “It's a free resource and all the kids in school use it to revise for exams and work outside the classroom at home.
“Sometimes the one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work. Kids in lessons don't always 'get it' first time round.
“This allows them them to take their time and take notes at their own pace.”
The winner will be chosen from 10 finalists by a Global Teacher Prize Academy.
All 10 finalists will be invited to Dubai for the Award ceremony at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) in March this year where the winner will be announced live.