Teachers who bring colour to our classrooms

DO you know a teacher who inspires and makes learning fun?

DO you know a teacher who inspires and makes learning fun? If yes, why not nominate them for one of our prestigious awards?

During the half-term break, we are appealing to pupils and parents to nominate their favourite teacher who makes lessons come to life.

For the seventh year running, we have teamed up with our sister paper on Teesside, The Evening Gazette, to bring you the North East School Awards.

The aim of the campaign is to celebrate the great work taking place in the classroom and to sing the praises of the unsung heroes who make it happen.

The Inspirational Secondary School Teacher category is once again being sponsored by the University of Sunderland. Last year’s winner was Peter Atkinson, an innovative maths teacher from Fyndoune Community College in County Durham.

Professor Gary Holmes, pro vice-chancellor at the university, said: “We are proud to sponsor the Inspirational Secondary School Teacher award in recognition of the difference inspirational teaching can make to the lives of young people.

“This award allows the university and its wider community the opportunity to recognise and celebrate excellent teaching, to forge even stronger links with schools, colleges and academies, and to further inspire the pupils and students with whom the teachers work.

“The University of Sunderland has offered a wide range of programmes for in-service and trainee teachers for more than 100 years.

“Our secondary provision has been rated outstanding by Ofsted for more than a decade. We currently offer a range of PGCE and undergraduate programmes, a hugely successful Graduate Teacher Programme, are developing School Direct provision with a number of local schools and our partners include several Teaching School Alliances.

“Through the strong links that we have with our partner schools, colleges and academies in our programmes, we recognise those who work with us and with their pupils for their outstanding and untiring work in schools in the region.”

There are nine award categories to choose from – five for individuals and four for class projects.

The individual awards are: Inspirational Primary School Teacher of the Year; Inspirational Secondary School Teacher of the Year; Inspirational Headteacher of the Year; School Support Staff of the Year; and Caretaker of the Year.

The project awards are: Sustainable/Environment School; Healthy School; Best School in the Community; and Learning through the Internet and ICT.

Together with the University of Sunderland, the awards are sponsored by Northumbrian Water, Nexus and Newcastle’s Life Science Centre.

A ceremony hosted by Metro Radio’s breakfast show presenters Steve and Karen, will be staged at Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club on July 18. The winners will be presented with a trophy and there will be a cash prize for the project awards. To find out more, or to enter, log on to www.journallive.co.uk/schoolawards. Alternatively, nominations can be sent by post to Ashleigh Smithson, ncjMedia Ltd, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED. Closing date for entries is June 7, at noon.

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