The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the education sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the TES Schools Awards 2020.
It's been revealed that Mayesbrook Park School in Barking and Dagenham and PE Teacher Hannah Whitfield have been shortlisted for the Alternative Provision School of the Year Award and New Teacher of the Year Award respectively
Mayesbrook Park Executive Head Annie Blackmore says: ‘In what has been a really challenging year for all of us it’s absolutely brilliant to have the hard work of our whole staff team recognised in this way!
We used our award entries to highlight all the amazing ways that our staff and families work together to support the young people in our care. We highlighted our partnership with London Metropolitan University, which saw the percentage of our students getting a good pass in Maths triple in the space of a year.
We described our adventurous school visits programme, which may be the first our students have ever been allowed to go on in their school career and which have led to them gaining leadership experience for the future.
We put forward our partnerships with national organisations like The Difference, which places potential school leaders in AP schools to train them, and School Home Support, a charity which helps young people overcome barriers to education.
And we also told the judges about our teacher trainee scheme, which aims to show the full range of rewarding careers that can be had in Alternative Provision and make it first choice for teaching professionals. Our first ‘home-grown’ teacher, Hannah Whitfield has been shortlisted for the New Teacher of the Year Award!
It’s been a while since my team Arsenal did the Double, but I remember the feeling of those glory years well. All our fingers and toes are crossed that Mayesbrook Park will do the Double when the TES Award winners are announced in November!’
TES editor Ann Mroz said: 'It is always a highlight of the education calendar to see the best ideas and people lauded at the TES Schools Awards. But this year, it felt more important than ever to run an event that showcased and celebrated the hard work that teachers and school staff do for children and their local community every single day. This has been one of the most
difficult years in education, but – as ever – teachers continue to rise to the challenge.
'We had a record number of entries this year and the standard was very high, so all those shortlisted should be very proud: it's an extraordinary achievement to be on this shortlist.'
Sadly, we cannot hold the awards night in person this year as we had planned. For the very first time, award winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on Friday 13 November 2020.
To see the full list of who's in the running visit tesawards.co.uk