Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council said: “The Teach Portsmouth Awards is an opportunity to recognise teaching excellence, reward best practice and showcase staff who have helped families in different ways. It’s also a chance to come together and reflect on our successes as a city.”
“This year, we’ve introduced new categories to ensure more people can be celebrated for their efforts. These include early years practitioners and childminders who play an important role in the early development of children as well as governors who draw upon their own life experiences to support leadership teams in a school or college.”
The introduction of two new categories, the early years and childcare award and governor’s award shone a light on those who don’t always get the recognition they deserve.
Other categories included the people’s choice award which allowed parents and carers to nominate a teacher, learning support assistant or head teacher who had gone above and beyond for them.
Mike Stoneman, deputy director for children services and education at Portsmouth City Council said: “Parents and carers will always have a special place in their hearts for school and college staff who support their children. It couldn’t be more obvious in the people choice award category where those accomplishments that sometimes go unnoticed, shine brightest.
“The Teach Portsmouth Awards are the perfect way for us to recognise those successes. By doing so, we can use these inspirational examples, to encourage others to join the profession, helping pupils in Portsmouth’s classrooms.”
In May, a shortlisting panel of education professionals met to review the nominations to draw up a shortlist. The winners were announced at the awards ceremony in the following categories:
Teaching and learning support award – Sponsored by the University of Chichester Academy Trust
Analiese Campbell – Langstone Junior Academy
Early career teacher award – Sponsored by University of Portsmouth
Camille Lahon – Admiral Lord Nelson School
People’s choice award – Sponsored by The News
Michelle Chadwick – Priory School
Innovation award – Sponsored by HSDC
Portsmouth Digital Champions (14 champions across Portsmouth schools)
Early years and childcare award – Sponsored by Home-Start Portsmouth
Sarah Jayne Whatling – Parade Community Preschool
Inclusion award – Sponsored by Salterns Academy Trust
Anne Ormston – The Harbour School
Community award – Sponsored by Gunwharf Quays
Beacon View Christmas lunch team – Beacon View Primary Academy
Unsung hero award – Sponsored by City of Portsmouth College
Shireen Hawkins – St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School
Governor’s award – Sponsored by Portsmouth City Council
Phil Harris-Bridge – Castle View Academy
Progress award – Sponsored by Nation Radio
Alison Spicer and Thomasina Bingley – Stamshaw Infant School
Outstanding contribution award – Sponsored by Mountjoy
Giri Nair – The Flying Bull Academy
In addition, over 90 people received long service awards for 20 years of service to the city. There is no overall winner in this category and everyone receives an award.
The Teach Portsmouth website has been updated to include information on the winners and shortlist. Visit: www.teachportsmouth.co.uk/awards.