Parents and members of the public are being invited to help uncover the best teaching staff in Sussex.
The dedication and expertise of school staff across the county are set to be celebrated at the 2020 Sussex Teacher of the Year Awards, and the awards judges are urging people to start submitting nominations now.
Organised by educational charity Inspire Schools, the awards have separate categories for primary and secondary education and for school leaders, senior and newly qualified teachers, support staff and volunteers.
And the judges will select winners for the county as a whole as well as for East and West Sussex’s separate districts.
Last year’s countywide winners included: Lesley Dyer from Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School in Horsham, who was named top head teacher in Sussex; Emma Gale from Coldean Primary in Brighton, who won the overall primary school teacher award; and Sussex science teacher of the year Janina Stromfield from Sackville School in East Grinstead.
Inspire Schools acting general manager Karen Brinkman said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be launching the 2020 Sussex Teacher of the Year Awards.
“It is simply impossible to overstate the contribution that teachers make to Sussex and the wellbeing of all of the people who live in the county. And that’s why it is such an honour for us to be in a position to recognise their work through these awards.
“Day in day out, school staff go the extra mile to maximise the life opportunities of young people.
“Their work is made that much harder by a combination of regulatory, social and budgetary constraints that pose a formidable challenge to the morale and resilience of both teachers themselves and their pupils.
“Given that context, it is so important that we make the effort to show just how much we appreciate their work. And awards like these provide people with a fantastic cost-free means of doing just that.
“The online nomination process is easy to complete, and I sincerely hope as many people as possible submit nominations.”
Anyone can submit nominations here, and the deadline for doing so is March 1.