Red carpet time for schools: nominations deadline for 2013 Scottish Education Awards

Friday 22nd February is the deadline for nominating local schools, nurseries or individuals for a 2013 Scottish Education Award.

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’s Argyll and Bute winners were Port Ellen Primary School for Learning through Technology; and Alison Robertson at Furnace Primary School who was Educational Supporter of the Year.

Councillor Michael Breslin, Lead Councillor for Education and Lifelong Learning at Argyll and Bute, says:

‘The dedication and hard work of our staff, children and young people deserve to be recognised.  The Scottish Education Awards give us the opportunity to celebrate the areas brightest education stars. I encourage everyone to nominate local schools and individuals they feel have worked exceptionally hard to achieve their goals and deliver an outstanding educational experience for pupils.’

The Scottish Education Awards are open to all publicly funded schools, including secondary, primary, nursery and special schools. There are also categories to recognise and reward the dedication of teachers, head-teachers and support staff across the country.   

Nominations are currently being invited from across all 17 categories – given below – including Teacher of the Year, Global Citizenship, Literacy and Numeracy across Learning and Sustainable Schools. 

For further information and to make a nomination visit the Scottish Education Awards website here.

A specially selected panel of judges will select three finalists in every category. The finalists will be invited to attend an awards ceremony on Monday 10th June 2013. 

2013 Scottish Education Awards Categories:

  • Health & Wellbeing Award – schools and pre schools that are developing a holistic approach to health and wellbeing
  • Active Nation Award – schools and pre schools that have developed opportunities for pupils to be active
  • Literacy Across Learning Award – schools and pre schools that have developed effective approaches to delivering literacy skills across learning
  • Numeracy Across Learning – schools and pre schools that have developed effective approaches to delivering numeracy skills across learning
  • Enterprise and Employability Across Learning (Primary & Early Years) – recognising schools and pre schools that are focusing on the development of enterprise and employability skills
  • Enterprise and Employability Across Learning (Secondary) – recognising schools that are focusing on the development of enterprise and employability skills, including entrepreneurship, business and commerce
  • Aiming High Award – schools and pre schools that are providing opportunities and removing barriers for children who require more sustained support
  • Sustainable Schools Award – recognising schools and pre schools that have developed environmental awareness and sustainable development across all curriculum areas
  • Global Citizenship Award – celebrating how pupils are being encouraged to be responsible citizens at a local , national and international level
  • Learning Through Technology Award – schools and pre schools who are innovative in their use of technology to support learning and teaching
  • Educational Supporter of the Year – recognising those who support children, young people, staff and the wider community
  • Probationary Teacher of the Year – probationary teachers who are bringing learning to life for their pupils
  • Teacher of the Year – celebrating teachers who are engaging and inspiring children and young people to fulfil their potential
  • Headteacher of the Year – Headteachers that provide inspirational leadership and motivate staff to encourage staff, children and pupils to fulfil their potential
  • Lifetime Achievement – open to all qualified teachers and headteachers who are approaching the end of their career to recognise their leadership, commitment and achievements. 
  • Parents as Partners in Learning Award – parents who are playing an important role in education in schools and nurseries
  • Gaelic Awareness Award - schools and pre-schools that are providing opportunities for children to develop awareness of Gaelic language and culture
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