Why it’s time to thank teachers and support staff!

Paul Edwards from Cowley International College won Teacher of the Year in 2019 at the Educate Awards

The Educate Awards is encouraging students and parents in St Helens to recognise their favourite teachers and support staff who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic.

Whether they have been conducting lessons on video conferencing platforms, delivering work to the homes of families who are unable to access the internet or providing care packages to those receiving free school meals – many teaching and non-teaching staff from schools and colleges have continued to support their children non-stop through these unprecedented times.

Now, more than ever, it is time to give thanks and shine a spotlight on the education sector. This year’s Educate Awards has a number of categories that give recognition to those who have gone far beyond what is required of them.

The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 5 July, with the shortlist announced in September, and final winners revealed in November as part of a glittering ceremony at the Liverpool Cathedral.

Nearly in its tenth year, the Awards is the one night of the year where the excellence of schools in Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester is celebrated and rewarded in a unique fashion.

The Teacher of the Year Award and School Support Star of the Year Award are just some of the categories open for students and their families, or headteachers and colleagues, to nominate someone special.

The Teacher of the Year category looks for teachers who are continuing to bring learning to life, even during lockdown, by engaging and inspiring children and young people to fulfil their potential through their tireless efforts, patience, passion, encouragement, dedication and energy.

The School Support Star of Year category recognises an individual, inside and outside of the school setting, for their outstanding contribution in supporting pupils, students, teachers and the life of the school. Examples of support roles include: teaching assistants, receptionists, technicians, community coordinators, general assistants, administrators, business managers etc.

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, said: “The immediate response to the pandemic by schools and colleges should be widely applauded. The reaction from leadership teams, teachers, teaching assistants and non-teaching staff has been incredible and so we should be shining a spotlight on those who have continued to support our children and families, even when they haven’t been able to see them face to face.

“Therefore, we are urging anyone who thinks their teacher, or another member of staff from their school or college, should be celebrated at this year’s Educate Awards, to enter this year and let them know how much they truly mean to you.”

To enter, simply visit www.educateawards.co.uk and submit your entry for free, ensuring you don’t go over the 750 word limit.

For more information on the remaining categories, visit educateawards.co.uk/educate-awards-categories/

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