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Teacher awards are open for business

By Liz Nicholls

From finance to facilities, HR to hiring, a school’s business manager needs to be a master of many trades – so why not nominate yours for a Kent Teacher of the Year Award?

Rob Sellers from Kreston Reeves which is backing the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards 2018.
Rob Sellers from Kreston Reeves which is backing the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards 2018.

These multi-talented individuals take on whatever organisational work they can so that teachers can teach, yet their efforts aren’t always as visible as those on the front line.

This is why accountants Kreston Reeves are calling for nominations for the Business Manager category in this year’s Kent Teacher of the Year Awards.

“Business managers are generally the unsung heroes of the education world,” said Rob Sellers, a senior manager and academies specialist for the firm. “We’re there to support them – and we think they need to be recognised for the invaluable support they offer their schools. We look forward to celebrating their achievements!”

Colleague Phil Reynolds added: “Strained budgets and pressures on funding means we are guiding many in the sector on managing finance. We applaud them for their passion and dedication in continuing to make a positive difference to the future of our younger generation.”

The Kent Teacher of the Year Awards offer dozens of categories, covering not only primary, secondary and newly-qualified teachers of every subject, but also those who carry out other roles or unpaid work in a school – including parent helpers, lunchtime supervisors, caretakers, governors, and other non-teaching staff.

Anyone, including pupils, can submit a nomination up until the deadline of March 1.

A panel of judges will choose category winners from each Kent district, plus Bexley and Bromley, and these will be revealed at a ceremony in May at the Mercure Great Danes Hotel in Maidstone. They will also appear in their local KM newspaper and on KentOnline.

The panel includes representatives from Kent County Council, Medway Council, the University of Kent, Kent Sport, Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Greenwich, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Medway Youth Trust, Social Enterprise Kent, Beanstalk, Hornby, the Mercure Great Danes Hotel, CXK, Salus, LoopCR, and Diggerland.

For more information, or to make a nomination, visit www.kentteacheroftheyear.co.uk.

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