Kent Teacher of the Year Awards 2019

All winners of Kent Teacher of the Year 2018 plus sponsors and (front, centre) special guest children’s author Nick Butterworth.

With the holidays a distant memory and the new term stretching out ahead, now is the time to show our teachers, school support staff and volunteers how much they are appreciated.

The Kent Teacher of the Year Awards is open to nominations from anyone associated with a school including staff, parents and students. The event celebrates the excellence and achievement going on every day in schools across the county.

Award categories include primary, secondary, further education, and newly-qualified teachers. Support staff such as caretakers or dinner supervisors are also recognised, as are volunteers – ranging from school governors to reading helpers.

Last year, a record-breaking 1,200 nominations were submitted for individuals and teams going above and beyond their roles. It was also the first year to expand the categories to include those making a difference in further education colleges.

Simon Dolby, CEO of the KM Charity Team, which organises the awards, said:

Simone Miles from Medway Youth Trust presents Overall Kent Secondary Teacher of the Year Award 2018 to Aneela Govender of Wilmington Academy, Dartford.

“Sound teaching can make a huge difference to a young person’s personal development, especially to their confidence and self-esteem. It helps create well-rounded individuals who in turn give back to their community.

We strongly believe that teachers and their colleagues deserve to be honoured for their hard work and dedication that ultimately benefits us all. For many of these very humble people, just being nominated is deeply appreciated, so I hope that staff and families will help us to praise the stars of their schools.”

Winners for each district and overall county champions will be announced at a glittering awards dinner in May. Details of who has won and why will feature in a best practice booklet distributed to all schools.

Nominate at before March 1.

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