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Recognising achievement in outstanding education
Taking place on 13 July, the 2016 Education Business Awards will once again reward outstanding achievements in the UK education sector. With the shortlist for 2016 recently released, Education Business lists the categories and nominees vying for the trophies.
The 2016 Education Business Awards, supported by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), will once again recognise outstanding achievements in the UK education sector, and the hard work and dedication of teachers, department heads, business managers and support staff that are instrumental in contributing to the success of the school.
This year, 21 categories focus on academic progress, facilities, best practice, specialisms and innovation. Shortlisted organisations are given free tickets to attend the glittering awards ceremony, which includes a champagne drinks reception and four course luncheon, before the winning schools are revealed. The Awards, which take place on 13 July at London’s Grange Hotel in St Pauls, will be presented by television presenter Konnie Huq. Huq is best known for presenting the BBC children’s television programme Blue Peter, on which she worked from 1997-2008.
The following three awards are presented to the schools that have made outstanding progress in the management of its facilities, finances and human resources and can demonstrate an increase in the educational performance of the school. Sponsored by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, St Joseph’s College, Reading; Bromley High School, Kent; Shrewsbury High School, Shropshire; Epsom College, Surrey; and Wolverhampton Grammar School make up the shortlist in the Independent School category.
In the Outstanding Progress Primary School category the shortlist consists of: Moreland Primary School, London; Ark Bentworth Primary Academy, London; Burton Primary, Dorset; Cotsford Junior School, Durham; and Harris Primary Academy Kent House, London.
The Secondary School category for Outstanding Progress, sponsored by School Business Services, includes: Ashcroft High School, Bedfordshire; Matravers, Wiltshire; Prendergast School, London; Attleborough Academy, Norfolk; and St Matthias School, Deansfield as potential winners.
Excellence in Health and Safety Award
This award, sponsored by IOSH, recognises the valuable work that responsible managers do to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment for teachers and pupils. Nominated for 2016, Irby Primary School, Maltings Academy, Pensby Primary School, Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet, or St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School will win the award.
Academy Partnership Award
Sponsored by HotBoard by Ward Hendry, this award is presented to the established specialist academy that can demonstrate benefits to the community through a partnership with an existing establishment. The nominations this year are: Dalziel High School, Motherwell; Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, East Sussex; and Banovallum School, Lincolnshire.
Awards for ICT
Sponsored by Stratasys GmbH MakerBot Division, the ICT Innovation Award will be contested by: Bolsover Church of England Junior School, Derbyshire; Shrewsbury High School, Shropshire; The Studio Schools, Merseyside; Westmorland Primary School, Lancashire; and Plymouth School of Creative Arts, Devon.
The ICT Facility Award will be won by either Westmorland Primary School, Lancashire, Portway Junior School, Hampshire, or Clevedon School, North Somerset.
Educational Visits Award
Sponsored by The Rainforest Cafe, the Educational Visits Award is given to the educational establishment that can demonstrate a commitment to providing students with a range of subject specific educational visits in order to further their learning experience. Springfield School, Portsmouth; Ashby School, Leicestershire; and LVS Ascot, Berkshire will all be hoping to win.
School Catering Award
Sponsored by ParentPay, the nominees for this award include: St Thomas Primary School, Huddersfield; Haberdashers Monmouth School for Girls, Monmouthshire; North Liverpool Academy; Ballard School, Hampshire; and Bishops Stortford College, Hertfordshire.
The SEN Inclusion Award and the SEN Provision Award are both sponsored by nasen.
St James CE Primary, Northamptonshire; Eversley Primary, London; Marine Primary Academy, Plymouth; Matravers, Wiltshire; and Woodhouse Primary Academy, Birmingham will all compete for the Inclusion Award.
Parkside Complex Needs School, Norwich; Catcote Academy, Hartlepool; Westmoorland School, Lancashire; Greenside School, Hertfordshire; and The Moat School, London will all hope to win the Provision Award.
Awarded to the educational establishment that has excelled in the provision of a first class environment for teaching STEM subjects, the nominations in this category are: Plashet School, London; Dalziel High School, Motherwell; Highgate School, London; Bromley High School, Kent; and Parkfield Community School, Birmingham. This award is sponsored by Ultimaker.
Sponsored by Technogym, the Sports Award will be the prize for one of: Ellesmere College, Shropshire; Beech House School, Manchester; Wolverhampton Grammar School; The Kingsway Academy, Wirral; or Matravers, Wiltshire.
School Procurement Award
Recognising where a school has externally worked to refine its buying practices and increase value to the taxpayer, this category, sponsored by ESPO, includes: Prince’s Mead Preparatory School, Winchester for its waste rebate; Coplestone Primary School, Suffolk for its reprographics tender; Academies Enterprise Trust for Cloud migration; and Astor College, Kent for a communications tender.
School Recruitment Award
Sponsored by eTeach, Herts for Learning – Recruitment Fair, Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School Alliance, and Hillside High School/Liverpool Echo are the nominees in with a chance of bagging the School Recruitment Award.
This award recognises schools working in partnership with other public sector bodies on projects that bring specific benefits to the local community. Beddington Park Primary School, Surrey; Parkwood Academy, Sheffield; Shrewsbury High School, Shropshire; North Liverpool Academy; Nansen Primary School, Birmingham; and Plymouth School of Creative Arts, Devon fill the category shortlist.
School Security Award
Recognising outstanding efforts to increase security, this award will be contested by: Monkton Combe School, Bath; Yatton Junior School, North Somerset; and Sir Thomas Abney Primary School, London.
Environmental Practice Award
Awarded to the school project that can demonstrate a benefit to the environment and the environmental education of its pupils, this award will be handed to Mellor Primary School, Cheshire; Benenden School, Kent; or King’s Ely, Cambridgeshire.
School Music Award
Showing a commitment to improving the quality of musical learning, the nominees for this award are: Ellesmere College, Shropshire; Lindley Junior School, Huddersfield; and Chipping Norton School, Oxfordshire.
School Building Award
Presented for technically advanced building construction for the purpose of teaching present and future pupils, the School Building Award category contains: Mellor Primary School, Cheshire; Epsom College, Surrey; Chalgrove Primary School, London; Plymouth School of Creative Arts; and Prestwood Infants School, Buckinghamshire.
Art & Craft Award
Looking at first class learning environments and modern, flexible facilities for students of art & craft, this category contains: Nansen Primary School, Birmingham; Matravers, Wiltshire; Hangleton Primary School, Hove; King’s Ely, Cambridgeshire; amd University Church of England Academy, Ellesmere Port.