A TEACHER from Hartford received a distinction in the National Teaching Awards. Kathryn Figg, a Year 4 teacher at Hartford Junior School, was nominated for the Becta Next Generation Learning prize, which recognises innovative teaching in ICT. Becta (British Educational Communication and Technology Agency) is a government body which promotes IT teaching in schools. Mrs Figg was invited to the Eastern of England finals of the National Teaching Awards in Norwich this month. She was narrowly beaten to the top award, the silver plato, but her excellence was recognised with a distinction award. Miss Figg was nominated by a member of the school's friends committee for her work in enthusing pupils in ICT. She was then inspected by the competition judges, who observed lessons, and spoke to pupils and teachers. Headteacher Mim Piper said Miss Figg's nomination was well deserved.