Pupils, parents and teachers are being encouraged to put inspirational school staff forward for much-deserved recognition after nominations opened for the 2018 Essex Teaching Awards.
The annual awards, which are run by Essex County Council, are in their fifth year and celebrate the outstanding work of 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
13 of the 2017 Essex Teaching Awards winners were also awarded Pearson Teaching Awards Certificates of Excellence last month, while the senior leadership team at St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School in Colchester were named as Silver Award winners and will now go on to the UK final in October.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Essex schools continue to perform fantastically well. More than nine in ten are currently rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted, while pupils continue to achieve some excellent results.
“With another fantastic academic year coming to an end, now is an ideal time to be thinking about the contribution of those working in our schools and the vital role they have played in the county’s continued successes.
“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 you think is deserving of an award, I would encourage you to nominate them.”
Nominations opened today and will close on Friday, 17 November 2017.
The Essex Teaching Awards 2018 will take place in February 2018.