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Date: 11/11/2016

DO you know a super teacher, outstanding head or brilliant childminder? Our new education awards could be your chance to show them just how much their hard work means to you.

These awards will put the spotlight firmly on those who work tirelessly to improve the futures of our young people across the county.

Worcester News have teamed up with the University of Worcester to celebrate the hard work, quality, passion and dedication we know exist in our nurseries, schools and colleges.

Peter John, editor of the Worcester News, said: “The Worcestershire Education Awards will give the best of the best in education the opportunity to shine on a county-wide stage.

“This is probably one area in which we can all point to someone we know in our community who has inspired or encouraged young people to widen their horizons, to aim high and to be the very best they can be.

“By changing one person’s life in this way, they will also have had an impact on many more of us in the whole community. This is our chance to say thank you.”

The awards cover all those who have an impact on our children’s education including early years, schools, colleges or post-18 education and training providers.

Their hard work will be rewarded at a black-tie gala event next summer where awards will be presented for a series of categories such as primary school of the year, headteacher of the year or newcomer of the year.

Support staff will also be recognised along with those working with pupils with special educational needs and a special unsung hero award will recognise those who go the extra mile.

People demonstrating an outstanding commitment to getting children active can apply along with those working in the community, such as football coaches, brown owls or scout leaders or youth club leaders.

Those working at all Worcestershire government-funded and independent private educational settings have been asked to nominate those the people they feel are most worthy of the awards.

However, anyone who has contact with schools or community groups can nominate, whether that be parents, employers working with schools, governors or even pupils themselves.

Once nominated, all entries will be assessed by a panel of judges before a shortlist is created.
Three finalists per category will be invited to the awards ceremony in June.

Full details of how to enter, including the closing date, will be announced shortly. For more information about making a nomination visit