Published: 06:00, 18 April 2019
One of the county’s biggest providers of social housing has called on schools to submit entries for the Kent Literacy Awards before the May 1 deadline.
Sarah Leipnik of awards judging organisation Golding Homes highlighted the importance of literacy skills to employers like her organisation, and urged schools to submit nominations for “any project” that they felt might be worthy of an award.
She said: “This is a chance for schools to promote all the fantastic work that they’re doing to encourage literacy among their children.
“Literacy is such a key skill that we want our children to have when they leave school. Employers look for literacy skills, and it’s not just about reading it’s about speaking, listening and writing as well.
“So we want to see all of your projects that you’re doing to help those skills with your pupils within your classes.”
Organised by the KM Charity Team, the literacy awards are for primary and secondary schools, and recognise initiatives that develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
There will be separate awards for Kent’s individual boroughs, Medway, Bexley and Bromley, as well as for the county as a whole.
The categories include: best school library; most successful programme for engaging pupils with English as second language; and most inspiring book corner. There will also be prizes for literacy initiatives using IT, drama, the arts and cross-curricular opportunities.
In addition to Golding Homes, the judging organisations include Coram Beanstalk, the Crown Foundation, Tribeca Technology Group, the University of Kent, Hempstead House, Reed Education, McCabe Ford Williams, The Education People and KM Facilities Management.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony at Hempstead House in Sittingbourne in July.
Nominations can be submitted by teachers, support staff and management here.
Watch a video of Sarah Leipnik and other judging organisation representatives talking about the awards here: