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Who is top of the class at your school?

By Liz Nicholls

Time is running out showcase schools’ stellar teaching and support staff by nominating them for a Kent Teacher of the Year Award.

Three R's Teacher Recruitment are supporting the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards which are now open to nominations. (7061802)
Three R's Teacher Recruitment are supporting the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards which are now open to nominations. (7061802)

Say a big thank you to anyone contributing to the success of a primary or secondary school or college across the county by nominating them for a Kent Teacher of the Year Award. But don’t delay, as the deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, March 1.

One of the contest judges, Alison Nightingale of Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, said: “Teachers, support staff and volunteers face so many challenges on a day-to-day basis in our schools, and we feel it’s very important that awards like these exist to recognise those challenges and all the efforts those people make. They really do deserve to be winners.”

Award nominations are being sought for primary, secondary, newly-qualified and further education teachers. Anyone associated with a school - including staff, parents, and students - can make a nomination until March 1.

Organised by the KM Charity Team, the awards also recognise non-teaching members of staff such as midday supervisors, caretakers or office staff, along with volunteers and teams.

Karen Brinkman, who is coordinating the event, said: “A successful school is the result of so many factors. Inspirational teachers can help pupils to flourish thanks to the backing of strong leadership and a supportive environment – and there are many individuals who contribute to that.”

She added: “Don’t forget you are not limited to one nomination. If you feel several people or indeed a whole team of individuals are worthy of recognition then why not nominate them all? It’s an easy way to show your appreciation for everything they do.”

The panel of judges, who will select winners for each local authority area as well as overall county champions, include representatives from the University of Kent, University of Greenwich, Kreston Reeves, Social Enterprise Kent, Medway Youth Trust, Canterbury Christ Church University, Loop CR, Kent Sport and Physical Education, Salus, Diggerland, Kent Further Education, Kape HR, KCS, Towergate Insurance, The Education People, EduKit, Kent County Council, Medway Council, and Hornby.

The results will be announced at an awards dinner staged at the Ashford International Hotel in May.

To nominate, visit www.KentTeacherOfTheYear.co.uk

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