Teach Portsmouth have introduced a brand new awards category for local residents to nominate a teacher, support team or leader in a school, college or organisation for the first time. The new category celebrates the achievements of school staff who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic.
An annual awards ceremony for teachers in Portsmouth is set to introduce a new people’s choice category designed to celebrate teachers, support teams and leaders who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic.
Every year, Teach Portsmouth and Portsmouth Education Partnership celebrate the achievements of the city’s teachers at an awards ceremony. Due to COVID-19 and restrictions placed on large scale events, a digital awards ceremony will be held instead.
Teach Portsmouth Awards Live will take place on Thursday 11th March, inviting friends, family and colleagues of those shortlisted to share the experience online in nine award categories.
Councillor Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council reaffirmed the importance of such an event: “The Teach Portsmouth Awards are always a fantastic way to celebrate the achievements of Portsmouth’s superstar teachers. More so than ever before, COVID-19 has shown the resilience of colleagues across the city.
The introduction of the people’s choice award gives the local community a chance to say thank you to the school staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.”
This year, The News, Portsmouth will be sponsoring the people’s choice award category to highlight the incredible support offered by teachers in the city.
Alongside The News, other category sponsors include Portsmouth College, The National Education Union (NEU), Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), Kier Construction, The University of Portsmouth, Caterlink and BAE Systems, working in partnership with Teach Portsmouth to raise the profile of education in the city.
Mike Stoneman, deputy director of children, families and education at Portsmouth City Council said: “Recognising the efforts of school staff in the city is more important than ever before. It has been a challenging year for school staff across the sector. The Teach Portsmouth Awards are a great way to showcase teaching excellence but also the care and attention colleagues have shown families, young people and children during this time.”
Local residents can nominate a teacher, support team or leader online in the people’s choice category by visiting the Teach Portsmouth website: https://www.teachportsmouth.co.uk/teach-portsmouth-awards-peoples-choice. Nominations close on Wednesday 13th January at midnight. After this time, all nominations will be prepared for a shortlisting panel.
Teach Portsmouth work to recruit, retain and grow the best teachers and leaders for Portsmouth. It is part of the Portsmouth Education Partnership which is supported by Portsmouth City Council and education providers across the city.