Education Awards 2017

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The Wigan Observer and Wigan Post are proud to announce their Education Awards 2017.

These awards will celebrate primary and secondary education in the Wigan Borough.

Sponsored by Wigan and Leigh College, the awards will showcase and celebrate the very best students, teachers, schools and employees in the area.

The campaign will recognise the achievements that schools and pupils make within the education sector on a daily basis.

There are ten categories.

They are:

Primary School of the Year Award

Recognition of a school for their positive contribution to the community, raising pupil achievement or collaborative work with other schools to raise standards and inspire learning.

Secondary School of the Year Award

Recognition of a school for their positive contribution to the community, raising pupilachievement or collaborative work with other schools to raise standards and inspire learning.

Inspirational Teaching Award

This award recognises teachers who have made a significant contribution to the success of their students and provided an inspiration to children.

Primary School Pupil of the Year

Recognition of a pupil who has made an outstanding contribution, academic or otherwise.

This pupil exerts a positive influence on other students, is approachable by staff and pupils alike and is happy to get involved in activities for the school. An all round good citizen for your school.

Secondary School Pupil of the Year

Recognition of a pupil who has made an outstanding contribution, academic or otherwise.

This pupil exerts a positive influence on other students, is approachable by staff and pupils alike and is happy to get involved in activities for the school. An all round good citizen for your school.

Sports Achievement Award

Rewarding an individual or team for excelling in a particular sport or sports at school or through their dedication and commitment outside of school hours.

Career Aspiration Award

This category recognises schools that are inspiring young people to develop an understanding of the different career pathways and opportunities open to them, in particular the hands on experience offered by apprenticeships.

Health and Wellbeing Award

This category recognises schools that are developing a holistic approach to health and wellbeing of children and young people, involving knowledge and understanding, skills and attributes necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing.

Unsung Hero Award

This award pays tribute to those who make a significant contribution to the school community behind the scenes and have a positive impact on day-to- day life.

Young Engineer/Scientist Award

This award will recognise an individual who has displayed outstanding achievement, or improvement, in science or engineering.

Innovation in Technology Award

This category recognises schools who are innovative in their use of technology and maximise the potential of information, communication and other technologies to support effective learning and teaching.

Sustainable School Award

This category recognises schools that have developed environmental awareness and sustainable development education across all the curriculum areas and the life of the school.

We are inviting our readers to be actively involved and support these awards by nominating worthy candidates.

Editor Janet Wilson said: “We are delighted to unveil our fourth education awards.

“The awards are a fitting way to celebrate the quality and diversity of education and students that exist across this part of the borough. The awards are designed not just to reward high achievement, but to also recognise the efforts of all levels and sectors of the education system.

“We want as many nominations as possible so we can honour schools and individuals and celebrate the undoubted young talent that exists in our area.

“But for people to get the recognition they deserve we need you to tell us about them.

“So please get nominating now and help make our special awards evening an event to be remembered.”

To nominate a school, pupil, teacher or member of staff couldn’t be easier.

Simply send in your nomination to Education Awards, Wigan Observer, Martland Mill Lane, Wigan WN5 OLX. Or you can email your entry to competitions@lancspublications.co.uk.

Your nomination should consist of your name and contact details, plus the name of the school/person you are nominating, explain in no more than 250 words why they have been nominated and include their contact address and telephone number.

Closing date for nominations is Friday 26th May at 9am.

A panel of judges will examine all nominations and select shortlisted finalists in each category. All finalists will be invited to a prestigious presentation evening, where the winners, as chosen by the judges, will be announced.

The awards presentation evening will be at the Wigan and Leigh College on Monday 19th June.

It is now over to you to let us know who you would like to nominate for an award and be in with the chance of winning one of these prestigious titles.

The Awards are open to primary and secondary schools only. Sixth forms and nurseries are not eligible for this competition.

A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR

Wigan and Leigh College has a proud history of serving its community and working with students and schools across the borough. The College has recently been recognised as a ‘good’ College by Ofsted and boasts a successful track record in student achievement across a full range of vocational programmes, Apprenticeships and Higher Education courses which see our students step onto their chosen degree pathway or into employment. 

The College blends its commitment to high quality vocational teaching with industry experienced staff and provides the very best state of the art facilities so that students’ progress with the highest academic skills along with skills that employers really need. Whether it is cutting edge Engineering facilities at our Centre for Construction and Engineering, our purpose built nationally renowned Image Centre for Hair and Beauty or our Sports facilities as part of Leigh College, our students really get a head start in working with the best technology that the industry has to offer. 

This year we have also welcomed our A Level Professional Honours Programme students. Through partnership with employers, this programme provides students with a unique experience that offers much more than a qualification and will ensure that our students have a head start in the competition for degree places and jobs. 

We are also the largest College provider of Apprenticeships in Greater Manchester and provide opportunities for young people and adults to establish careers in engineering, construction, business administration and accounting, plus many more careers, working with more than 1,000 local and national employers.

The College has been delivering Higher Education courses for 70 years and is excited to be launching a University Centre in 2017 to enhance the experience and opportunities for Higher Education students.

It is our belief that education has the power to transform lives so it is an honour to be able to sponsor the Education Awards. To be a central part of these celebrations is a proud moment in the College’s history.