We need more sponsors!

Outstanding School of the Year, Governor of the Year, STEM Teacher of the Year and Sports Teacher of the Year are amongst the categories that still require a sponsor for the 2019 Cornwall Teacher Awards.

Ruth Sparkes, one of the event’s organisers said: This year it’s been an uphill struggle to get external support for these fabulous teachers, support workers and their schools.

“Schools and colleges are important to the county’s economy, they’re large purchasing organisations and sizeable employers - I’ve been a little disappointed that commercial companies earning £000s from schools’ budgets are not prepared to give back, to support this event.”

Sponsors that have signed up for the 2019 event include: Cornwall College Group sponsoring Lifetime Achievement, NOCN sponsoring FE Lecturer of the Year, University of Exeter sponsoring Outstanding NQT, Cornwall Healthy Schools sponsoring Student Wellbeing Initiative of the Year, Plymouth Marjon University, sponsoring Headteacher / Principal of The Year, University of Plymouth sponsoring Student Nominated Teacher of the Year, Cornwall Music Service Trust sponsoring SEN Teacher of the Year and Truro and Penwith College sponsoring Outstanding Teacher of The Year.

Organisers at Cornwall Teacher Awards have also announced a brand new category for the 2019 event: Careers Leader of the Year, sponsored by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Careers Hub.

Ms Sparkes added, said: “Within minutes of voting going live we had our first entry! The 2018 event saw over a thousand nominations, and the 2019 event, looking at the entries so far, promises to be even bigger– we’re very excited about it and have extended the deadline for entries until the 18th Jan.

“Sponsors enable the event to stay free; they help keep it free to enter and free to attend, and I’m delighted that so many are keen to work with us, but we do need more.”

Gareth Churcher, Head of Service at Cornwall Music Service Trust said: We’re delighted to be supporting the Cornwall Teacher Awards (CTA) for the third year in row. The acknowledgement that this annual celebration gives to hard working teachers and schools is something we feel strongly in advocating for.

“Excellent teaching should always be shared and the CTA allows for this on a wide platform.”

Sally Butler, Head of marketing at the Cornwall College Group said: “The Cornwall Teacher Awards is a great opportunity to celebrate and provide a spotlight for teaching and teachers.”

Professor (Dr) Tanya Ovenden-Hope, Professor of Education at Plymouth Marjon University said: ‘Plymouth Marjon University is committed to supporting high quality university accredited professional learning and development for educators in Cornwall. Our new centre for CPD, Marjon University Cornwall at the Old Cathedral School Truro, is testament to this commitment. We are therefore proud sponsors of the Cornwall Teaching Awards, which recognise best practice across the teaching profession in Cornwall.’

The event is supported by Cornwall Today magazine and The Sunday Independent, as well as national specialist publications: Schools Week and FE Week.

If you would like to sponsor the awards, or see an inspirational teacher, lecturer, headteacher , teaching assistant, support worker or volunteer recognised for their contribution to teaching and learning in Cornwall, make a nomination for the 2019 Cornwall Teacher Awards. To nominate your special person, please visit cornwallteacherawards.org.uk/nominate

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