Excellent teachers, dedicated support staff, committed school governors and hard working young people can now be nominated for an award to recognise their efforts.
The first ever Raising the Bar Awards, launched as part of Suffolk County Council’s response to the ‘No School an Island’ enquiry into educational standards in the county, will celebrate success and endeavour as a way of sharing best practice.
Whether you value a brilliant school governor, the effort a member of the community makes to ensure young people get the best possible learning experience or are proud of a young person’s determination to learn, the Raising the Bar judges want to hear from you.
People can nominate to twelve categories in total with the winners being announced in March 2014.
Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education, skills and young people, said: “Individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to delivering high quality education in our county should receive the recognition they deserve.
“The Raising the Bar Awards are about rewarding ambition, hard work and excellence within Suffolk’s education system.
“By celebrating success, we hope to raise awareness of these achievements across the county and see best practice adopted more widely.”
The awards categories are as follows:
Innovation in Education and Skills
Excellence in Achievement
Educational Leader of the Year
Governor, Trustee or Non-Executive of the Year
Partnership in Education (Sponsored by East of England Co-op)
Support Staff of the Year
Young Person of the Year (three awards based on age groups)
Business Partner of the Year Sponsored by Spring
Volunteer of the Year Sponsored by Mark Harrod
Significant Contribution to Education in Suffolk
The awards are open to all publicly-funded educational establishments including Early Years Foundation Stage providers throught to colleges within Suffolk. Nominations can be made by anyone (teachers, support staff, governors, parents, pupils, community members) and can be self nominations or nominations of others. To make a nomination or to find out more about the criteria for each award, please visit: www.rtbawards.co.uk
Nominations close at 11am on Wednesday,February 12.