The annual awards, which are run by Essex County Council, are in their fourth year and provide much-deserved recognition for the county’s teachers and support staff.
This year’s categories are:
- New Teacher of the Year
- Teaching Assistant of the Year
- Primary School Teacher of the Year
- Secondary School Teacher of the Year
- Special School Teacher of the Year
- Primary/Special School Headteacher of the Year
- Secondary School Headteacher of the Year
- Governing Body of the Year
- School Team of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Student Choice Award.
Winners will again automatically be put forward for the Pearson Teaching Awards – a national awards scheme that celebrates excellence in education.
Ten of this year’s Essex Teaching Awards winners were awarded Pearson Teaching Awards Certificates of Excellence last month, while Essex Teaching Awards finalist Laura Townsend (Clacton County High School) won a silver award in the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year category.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “With another excellent academic year now coming to an end, now is a great time to be thinking about the outstanding contribution of teachers and support staff in the county’s schools.
“We have some fantastic staff working in schools in Essex and these awards provide the ideal opportunity to acknowledge their commitment and hard work.
“Whether you work in a school yourself or are a governor, pupil or parent, if you know someone deserving of an award, I would encourage you to nominate them.”
Nominations opened today and will close on Friday, 18 November 2016.
The Essex Teaching Awards 2017 will take place in February 2017.
For more information about the Essex Teaching Awards or to make a nomination, please visit www.essex.gov.uk/teachingawards