Deadline looms to nominate Edinburgh education stars

People in Edinburgh are being urged to submit nominations for this year’s Scottish Education Awards before the deadline on Monday 16 February 2015.

The awards, which celebrate the achievements of schools and teachers across Scotland, have attracted hundreds of nominations so far, but many more schools and individuals are worthy of acknowledgment.

Last year, Tollcross Primary and the Literacies for Employability East programme were named as finalists at the Scottish Education Awards 2014.

Councillor Paul Godzik, City of Edinburgh Council Education Convener, said: "The capital has a wealth of talented teachers and staff working across the education sector illustrated last year with both Tollcross Primary School and our Literacies for Employability East programme being shortlisted.

“Each school has its own projects and successes involving both pupils and teachers and it would be great for as many of these to be recognised nationally at this year’s Scottish Education Awards.  I would encourage people in Edinburgh to come forward and nominate the people, schools and projects that have made a difference to education in their local communities."

There is a wide variety of award categories which recognise and reward the dedication of teaching staff and educational supporters who go the extra mile. Entry is open to all publicly funded schools including secondary, primary, nursery and special schools.

Nominations can only be accepted online. To nominate a school, teacher, headteacher or support staff member, or for more information on the award categories, go to www.scottisheducationawards.org.uk.

Winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony in Glasgow later on this year.

Additional information:

The 17 categories at this year’s Scottish Education Awards are:

· Health and Wellbeing Award – recognises establishments that are developing a holistic approach to health and wellbeing of children and young people.

· Creative Learning Award – recognises the achievements of establishments which promote creativity for pupils and staff.

· Educational Supporter of the Year Award – recognises those within the establishment setting that support children, young people, staff and the life of the school and wider community.

· Teacher of the Year Award (sponsored by Voice) – recognises teachers who are bringing learning to life by engaging and inspiring all children and young people to fulfil their potential.

· Headteacher of the Year Award (sponsored by Education Scotland) – recognises headteachers who provide inspirational leadership, who motivate and involve staff, children and young people across the whole school.

· Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Education Scotland) – open to all qualified teachers and headteachers approaching the end of their careers, and aims to recognise their work in providing leadership and commitment for colleagues, the establishment and the wider community throughout their education career.

· Parents as Partners in Learning Award – recognises the important role that parents play in education, in establishments, in their local area, nationally and in individual children’s learning.

· Gaelic Education Award (sponsored by Bord na Gaidhlig) – recognises establishments who are providing opportunities for all children to develop fluency in the Gaelic language and culture.

· Transforming Lives Through Partnerships Award – recognises establishments who have transformed the life chances for young people through effective partnership working.

· Learning for Sustainability Award (sponsored by Caledonia Play) – recognises the achievements of establishments who have made connections between the different aspects of learning for sustainability and embedded these across the four contexts for learning.

· Sciences, Technologies, Engineering and Maths Award – recognises the establishments who are helping children and young people develop STEM skills and apply these across the four contexts for learning.

· Making Languages Come Alive Award (Primary) – recognises establishments who are working effectively to implement the 1+2 policy for language learning.

· Literacy Across Learning Award – recognises establishments who are developing an innovative whole school approach to literacy learning for children and young people.

· Numeracy Across Learning Award – recognises establishments who are developing an innovative whole school approach to numeracy learning for children and young people.

· Employability Across Learning Award (Primary and early years) – recognises the establishments who are developing children’s skills for learning, life and work across learning and engaging with businesses and industry to develop children’s understanding of the world of work.

· Employability Across Learning Award (Secondary) (sponsored by SQA) – recognises the establishments who are developing children’s skills for learning, life and work across learning and engaging with businesses and industry to develop children’s understanding of the world of work.

· Learning Through Technology Award (sponsored by XMA Ltd) – recognises establishments who are innovative in their use of technology and maximise the potential of information, communications and other technologies.

The Scottish Education Awards 2015 is delivered in conjunction with Education Scotland.

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