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The people of Suffolk are being invited to nominate their school, teacher, star pupil and many more, for the Raising the Bar awards 2015.

The Raising the Bar awards celebrate success and inspiration across the education system in Suffolk and Suffolk County Council wants nominations for people, places and projects that are Raising the Bar.

The Raising the Bar project is Suffolk’s response to tackling levels of education attainment. Although the project is led by Suffolk County Council, solving this challenge is not something any one person or organisation can do alone, success will come from collaboration.

Celebrating success and sharing best practice is an important part of the programme and members of the public can help by recognising the shining lights of Suffolk education by making a nomination for a Raising the Bar award.

You can nominate online at www.rtbawards.com

The council is looking for nominations for children and young people, people working in education, as well as education settings, business partners, collaboration and innovation projects, and an unsung hero.

To nominate a child or young person, there are three categories to choose from: Rising Star of the Year, Young Achiever of the Year and Inspirational Young Person of the Year. Each of these categories is then split into age groups of primary, secondary and post 16 education and training, as well as a category for a rising star for children in early years.

Educational Setting of the Year is a chance to nominate a nursery, pre-school, child minder, school, college or other learning provider that has achieved significant improvements for the children and young people that they work with.

People can also nominate a particular teacher, lecturer or educator who is excelling, or someone in middle leadership (for example a head of department, head of year, a room or curriculum leader) who is really inspiring their pupils or learners.

Educational Leader of the Year is the chance to nominate a pre-school leader, head teacher or principal for their inspirational leadership and educational impact.

There are also categories for governors and support staff (paid staff including teaching assistants, midday supervisors or administration staff), giving the chance to recognise the impact they have on education.

For unpaid volunteers or parents who make an outstanding contribution to a pre-school, school or other educational setting, the Unsung Hero of the Year category is the opportunity to show your appreciation for the commitment they have shown, often going beyond what is asked for or expected.

In the Business Partner of the Year category people can nominate organisations that promote and support education, especially in raising the aspirations of children and young people.

Nominations for the Raising the Bar Awards 2015 are open to all public funded educational establishments in Suffolk (or partners working with them); early years including child minders, nurseries and pre-schools, Local Authority maintained schools, colleges, academies, free schools and Pupil Referral Units.

After nominations close on April 21, an expert team of judges will have the task of narrowing down the entries to three finalists in each category. These finalists will then be invited to the awards ceremony at the end of June, where the Raising the Bar Awards 2015 winners will be announced.

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