A headteacher from Ayr has been recognised by the prestigious Teaching Awards for her work with children with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). At a star-studded ceremony in London this October, Lorraine Stobie, Headteacher of Southcraig Campus, was presented with the Ted Wragg Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Lorraine is well known throughout Scotland and beyond as an expert in the education of children and young people with PMLD and complex physical conditions. During a 35-year career in her hometown of Ayr, she has been an inspirational leader who has challenged the previously held view that some children could not be educated.
Many of Southcraig’s pupils suffer from life-limiting conditions and Lorraine has become an expert in bereavement and ways to support families when children die. The judging panel referred to the “immense impact” of Lorraine’s work locally, nationally and internationally. Colleagues described her as “a visionary” who is much admired and widely respected.