One of the country’s best-loved children’s authors has joined the search to find the south-east’s best educational talent.
Mr Butterworth said: “I’m delighted to support the awards as they celebrate and showcase the hard work and dedication of school staff, whether they are teachers, support staff or volunteers within school.
“I am particularly keen to see nominations linked to literacy.
“Well done to all those who go well beyond the call of duty to excite children with their subject.”
Organised by Inspire Schools, the awards recognise school staff’s expertise, dedication and vital contribution to the community. There are separate categories for primary, secondary and ‑ in Kent and London ‑ further education.
They Kent awards are supported by the University of Kent, Kent Further Education, Ashford International Hotel, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, the University of Greenwich, Kreston Reeves, Project Salus, Diggerland, Towergate Insurance, Social Enterprise Kent, the Medway Youth Trust, Canterbury Christ Church University, Loop CR, Edukit, Kape HR, Kent Sport, the Education People, Medway and Kent councils and KCS.
The Sussex awards are supported by Sussex Newspapers, 3D Recruit, Kreston Reeves, Jurys Inn, Orbit, The Education People, Imperial College London, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove councils and EduKit.
And the London awards are supported by the Royal Aeronautical Society, the University of Greenwich, KidZania London, KCS, Principals, eTeach, Imperial College London, Havering Academy of Leadership, the London Chamber of Commerce, Century Tech, The Education People, EduKit, No. 4 Hamilton Place and Bexley, Sutton, Hounslow, Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea councils.
Awards coordinator Karen Brinkman said: “There can’t be too many people in the country who have done more to encourage children’s educational development than Nick Butterworth.
“He is a giant of children’s publishing, and his books are loved by children and families across the country.
“So it’s fantastic to have him involved with these awards. His support is real confirmation of their value and significance.”