Search is on for county’s Teacher of the Year 2014

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update -

The search for the Kent Teacher of the Year is un­der way af­ter the 2014 con­test was launched at the start of this month.

Nom­i­na­tions have opened for mem­bers of the pub­lic to nom­i­nate Ash­ford’s best teach­ing and non-teach­ing staff within schools, in­clu­sive of vol­un­teers such as gover­nors.

Each Jan­uary, par­ents and oth­ers with in­volve­ment in lo­cal schools ea­gerly nom­i­nate those out­stand­ing ed­u­ca­tors who go above and be­yond the call of duty for the ben­e­fit of their pupils.

Award cat­e­gories in­clude pri­mary, sec­ondary, newly qual­i­fied teacher, non-teach­ing staff in­clud­ing din­ner ladies and care­tak­ers, plus a vol­un­teer award.

A panel of judges se­lect win­ners from each lo­cal au­thor­ity ar­eas, and the win­ners are an­nounced at an awards cer­e­mony in May.

The launch for this year’s con­test – or­gan­ised by the KM Char­ity Team – was held at Hemp­stead House Ho­tel near Sit­ting­bourne, which will later host the awards bash. Other com- mu­nity-minded spon­sors of the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion at­tended the launch, in­clud­ing Amy Wood of Three R’s Teacher Re­cruit­ment based in Hen­wood, Sally Wil­liamson from Project Salus based in Smeeth, and Pa­trick Tootal OBE of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain Me­mo­rial Trust based at Capel-le-Ferne.

“Kent Teacher of the Year was started to mark the vi­tal con­tri- bu­tion that teach­ing staff make to our com­mu­nity,” said KM Char­ity Team chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Dolby. “The awards recog­nise the ex­per­tise and ded­i­ca­tion that is the hall­mark of an out­stand­ing teacher.”

Ad­di­tional spon­sors of the awards in­clude Can­ter­bury Christ Church Univer­sity, Brachers, In­de­pen­dent Mu­sic Pro­duc- tions, Nova IT So­lu­tions, South­ern Ed­u­ca­tional Lead­er­ship Trust, So­cial En­ter­prise Kent, KCC, Questor Insurance, and The Mar­lowe The­atre.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to nom­i­nate, visit www. kent­

The Quan­tum PR team, left to right stand­ing: Char­lie Vava­sour, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Re­becca Keys, Sana­nur Meric and Si­mon Robin­son; left to right sit­ting: Adri­enne Robins, Craig Fran­cis and Emma Brace

Kent Teacher of the Year 2014 launch – the win­ners will be an­nounced in May

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