High­light­ing good work of teach­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SOUNDS GOOD -

TEACH­ERS play a vi­tal role in the com­mu­nity and en­sur­ing their work is high­lighted is es­sen­tial in at­tract­ing new re­cruits to the pro­fes­sion.

Can­ter­bury Christ Church Univer­sity’s Dean of Ed­u­ca­tion, Pro­fes­sor So­nia Bland­ford, will be on the judg­ing panel of the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards and is urg­ing read­ers to nom­i­nate pri­mary and sec­ondary teach­ers who have im­pressed over the past year.

Can­ter­bury Christ Church Univer­sity is one of a num­ber of spon­sors back­ing the 2007 awards. Denne Con­struc­tion, Pfizer and Kent County Coun­cil will join the Kent Mes­sen­ger in stag­ing the event.

Lo­cal win­ners will be se­lected at both pri­mary and sec­ondary level in each coun­cil area and then the judges will have the dif­fi­cult task of pick­ing the over­all Kent Teacher of the Year for 2007, as well as Science Teacher of the Year and Head Teacher of the Year.

Win­ners will be named at a cer­e­mony to be staged at the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel on Tues­day, July 17.

Nom­i­nat­ing a

teacher is easy – sim­ply cut out the form on this page or visit www.ken­ton­line.co.uk/teacher to send your nom­i­na­tion to the judg­ing panel. The clos­ing date for nom­i­na­tions is Thurs­day, May 24.

Prof Bland­ford said: “There are many qual­i­ties and skills which con­trib­ute to be­ing a good teacher and we will be look­ing for those teach­ers who make a dif­fer­ence. Good teach­ers be­long to a com­mu­nity of learn­ers, they cre­ate a place and space where they and their pupils can learn.”

Ed­u­ca­tion is at the core of Can­ter­bury Christ Church’s pro­vi­sion, with the univer­sity re­ceiv­ing in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion for its teacher train­ing and de­vel­op­ment.

Now the univer­sity of­fers a spe­cific Masters level ac­cred­ited scheme for newly qual­i­fied teach­ers, sup­port­ing them in their ini­tial year of teach­ing. Other ed­u­ca­tion pro­fes­sion­als are sup­ported through­out their ca­reers with a variety of MA pro­grammes to sup­port them in tack­ling the chal­lenges en­coun­tered on a day-to-day ba­sis in the class­room.

For in­for­ma­tion on the awards con­tact Si­mon Dolby or Jane True on 01227 475966.

Prof So­nia Bland­ford

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