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From BBC News

A teacher who has brought Japanese to the West Country is one of the winners of this year's teachers' awards.

The so-called "teachers' Oscar" for secondary teacher of the year has been won by Crispin Chambers of Tavistock College, a comprehensive in Devon.

The languages teacher was praised for his inspirational lessons, high results and for building links with Japan.

Mr Chambers's first experience of teaching was in Japan and he says he was captivated by the respect shown to teachers and that it was seen as a "pleasure to study".

"Parents would thank you in the street for teaching their children," he says.

The role of teaching in the UK also needs to be recognised for its importance, he says.

"One teacher can be the dominant feature in someone's life," he says.

There were 24,000 nominations for this year's Pearson Teaching Awards, which were launched in 1998 to celebrate the achievements of the teaching profession.

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