Belfast teacher in prize shortlist

Peter Ferris, a 49-year-old drama teacher from Mercy College, Belfast, who has been included in the top 50 shortlist for next year's Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize. Photo courtesy Apollo Strategic Communications/PA Wire
Peter Ferris, a 49-year-old drama teacher from Mercy College, Belfast, who has been included in the top 50 shortlist for next year's Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize. Photo courtesy Apollo Strategic Communications/PA Wire

Peter Ferris, a 49-year-old drama teacher currently at Mercy College, Belfast, has been included in the top 50 shortlist for next year’s Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.

Should he win he’ll net an educational prize of one million US dollars, the equivalent of £790,000.

Mr Ferris lists Louise Redknapp, Russell Brand, Martine McCutcheon, Claire Sweeney and Lisa Snowdon as former alumni.