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Teachers celebrated at Essex Teaching Awards

12 February 2016

Essex County Council is congratulating the winners of the 2016 Essex Teaching Awards.
The annual awards, which are in their third year, took place at Anglia Ruskin University’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School in Chelmsford last night.
The Essex County Council-run event provides the opportunity to celebrate excellence in education and recognise the outstanding work of teachers and other staff in Essex schools.
This year’s award winners were:
The Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year
Highly commended: Kieran Wooler (Clacton Coastal Academy)
Winner: Belinda Burt (Maltings Academy)

The Award for New Teacher of the Year
Highly commended: Kathryn Scannell (The James Hornsby School), Jonathan Hoyle (The Deanes School) and Laura Townsend (Clacton County High School)
Winner: Lewis Alderman (Freshwaters Academy)

The Award for Primary Teacher of the Year
Highly commended: Tracy Cooke (Great Bentley Primary School) and Jo Mullane (Freshwaters Academy)
Winner: Amy Dias (Cooks Spinney Primary School)

The Award for Secondary Teacher of the Year
Highly commended: Cheryl Cox (Maltings Academy)
Winner: Vicky West (Chelmer Valley High School)
The Award for School Team of the Year
Highly commended: The PE Department (Tendring Technology College) and The Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Department (Notley High School)
Winner: The STEM Team (Clacton County High School)

The Award for Governing Body of the Year
Winner: Governing Body of New Rickstones Academy and Maltings Academy
The Award for Primary Headteacher of the Year
Highly commended: Emma Lane (Northwick Park Academy)
Winner: Karen Hammond (Ravens Academy)

Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary or Special School -
Winner: Jo Hodges (Shorefields School)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winners: Richard Foster (Grove Wood Primary School), Eve Sargent (Highwoods Community Primary School) and Nigel Hookway (Highwoods Community Primary School)
Student Choice Award (Primary)
Highly commended: Dave Snoddy (Janet Duke Primary School) and Elaine Dingwall (Highwoods Community Primary School)
Winner: Gemma Hooks (Janet Duke Primary School)
Student Choice Award (Secondary)
Winner: Ed Seager (Clacton Coastal Academy) 

The winners will again be put forward for the Pearson Teaching Awards.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I was very proud to hear some of the inspiring stories behind this year’s nominations.
“We have some fantastic teachers and support staff working at the county’s schools, and these awards are a great way of acknowledging their hard work and commitment.
“With our teacher recruitment campaign now underway, they are also a further illustration of the excellent opportunities and support awaiting teachers coming to Essex.”
Last month, Essex County Council launched the Teach in Essex teacher recruitment campaign, which seeks to attract teachers to Essex from other parts of the UK by promoting the county as an excellent place to teach and live.
Vacancies and more information about teaching in Essex can be found at