Still time to help celebrate teaching ‘magic’

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There is still just enough time left in which to submit nominations for the 2020 London Teacher of the Year Awards.

And as the clock ticks down to Sunday’s nominations deadline, one of the judges responsible for picking the winners has spoken of his pleasure at being able to help celebrate the ‘magic’ that teachers do.

Michael McKeaveney, interim head of standards, safeguarding and inclusion at the London Borough of Croydon, said: “Croydon’s Inclusion and Opportunity agenda for our young people is seen most obviously in the tremendous work that teachers in our schools carry out day in, day out across the borough.

“Having had the pleasure of visiting our schools and academies and early-years settings, I can truly say that this is where the magic happens.

“Inspirational lessons, care, guidance, support ‑ with a little tough love, too ‑ come together to ensure that all of our young people are equipped for whatever they want to do in life.

“The London Teacher of the Year Awards is a way that this rich work can be celebrated and recognised, and we are wholeheartedly behind it.

“As part of the judging panel, I am really looking forward to finding out how much of a difference teachers have made to the lives of children and young people, and also to visibly share my thanks for all their work.”

Organised by children’s charity Inspire Schools, the awards recognise excellence across the primary and secondary education sectors.

The awards ceremony will take place in June, with winners being announced for the capital as a whole as well as its separate districts, and in categories including school leaders, senior and newly qualified teachers, support staff, volunteers and sport and science teachers.

Besides the London Borough of Croydon, the judges also include Principals by CH&CO, the University of Greenwich, KCS and Towergate Insurance.

Submit nominations at www.inspireschools.org.uk/teacher-of-the-year by 11.59pm on Sunday (March 8).

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