Published: 06:00, 08 February 2019
One of the country’s best-loved children’s authors has joined the search to find Kent’s best educational talent.
Nick Butterworth, the creator of the classic Percy the Park Keeper and Q Pootle 5 series, is throwing his weight behind the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards.
Mr Butterworth said: “I’m delighted to support the awards as they celebrate and showcase the hard work and dedication of school staff, whether they are teachers, support staff or volunteers within school.
“I am particularly keen to see nominations linked to literacy.
“Well done to all those who go well beyond the call of duty to excite children with their subject.”
Organised by the KM Charity Team, the awards recognise school staff’s expertise, dedication and vital contribution to the community. There are separate categories for primary, secondary and further education.
They are supported by the University of Kent, Kent Further Education, Ashford International Hotel, Three R's Teacher Recruitment, the University of Greenwich, Kreston Reeves, Project Salus, Diggerland, Towergate Insurance, Social Enterprise Kent, the Medway Youth Trust, Canterbury Christ Church University, Loop CR, Edukit, Kape HR, Kent Sport, the Education People, Medway Council, Kent County Council and KCS.
Awards coordinator Karen Brinkman said: “There can’t be too many people in the country who have done more to encourage children’s educational development than Nick Butterworth.
“He is a giant of children’s publishing, and his books are loved by children and families across the county.
“So it’s fantastic to have him involved with these awards. His support is real confirmation of their value and significance.”
Anyone can make nominations for the awards by March 1 at kentteacheroftheyear.co.uk.