Social School Awards
April Week Two 2020
Every week, we see so many inspiring posts from students, teachers and educational bloggers sharing their incredible work in classrooms and beyond. The Social School Awards are designed to recognise those making waves in teaching and learning, and celebrate their achievements.
Every Friday we will announce the winners for each of our five categories on @TrueEducation_P’s Twitter page. To be in with the chance of becoming one of our winners, use the hashtag #SchoolAwards in your posts!
Click an award to see the winner below…
Teacher of the Week
Our Teacher of the Week category will showcase some of the most dedicated and inspiring educators across the social media community.
Whether it’s finding creative ways to inspire students or going out of their way to solve a problem, Teachers of the Week are resourceful, hard-working and generally passionate about teaching.
This week continues to raise new challenges for teachers as they work on educating children at home and also taking care of the children of key workers. We have admired the great work that they’re doing to support students and the wider community, whilst also continuing to support one another on Twitter to share useful tips and resources. We salute you all!
This week’s winner is…
Zane Powles (@ZaneyTeacher), who has been walking up to five miles a day every weekday to deliver free school lunches to vulnerable children who are self-isolating at home.
Zane has been doing this since the coronavirus crisis began and shows no signs of stopping! His heroic gesture has gathered nationwide attention and has even gained coverage on local and national news.
This week’s runners up are…
Mr Withers (@MrWithers2020), who created this fun video for Wood End School to stress the importance of staying safe to children. Lots of members of the school faculty took part, and the video invites others to #jointhechain by creating their own video!
As you can see Mr Withers has been working hard all week! I think the rest of us (including Mr Barker 😂😂) need a bit more coaching! Please create your own video and we shall add you in. #JOINTHECHAIN. Enjoy!! pic.twitter.com/eMWJHeJfYi
— Wood End School (@wesharpenden) April 3, 2020
Mrs Swindlehurst of Ladymount Primary (@LadymountNews), who handcrafted some beautiful scrub bags for NHS staff. Her generosity and creativity is inspiring – well done Mrs Swindlehurst!
Mrs Penberthy at The Ongar Academy (@TheOngarAcademy) has also been out delivering Easter eggs this week, leaving them on the doorsteps of some lucky students. We are sure this put a huge smile on their face!
NQT of the Week
Our NQT category aims to recognise the excellent work of those at the initial stage of their teaching career. From going to great lengths to increase their own teaching knowledge, to networking with teachers and finding new and innovative ways to connect with pupils, NQTs of the Week find the perfect balance between learning and teaching.
This week’s winner is…
Miss Wood at Princecroft Primary (@MissWoo84214513), who inspired her students to get the chalks out and create a beautiful mosaic to decorate their playground. We think this looks fabulous!
Edublog of the Week
The Edublog of the Week category is designed to bring attention to some of the best educational bloggers that share experiences and expertise with the online teaching community.
From insider tips and tricks to offering unique insight on educational trends, our Edublogs of the Week will be helpful, friendly and fascinating.
This week’s winner is…
Organised Chaos, which is run by mother and music teacher Elizabeth. Elizabeth recently shared some wonderful music teacher resources, as well as lots of practical ideas and tips to encourage music learning at home.
Global Class of the Week
In an increasingly global world, it’s more essential that ever that young people are equipped to tackle the global issues facing us today, including climate change, poverty and inequality.
The Global Class of the Week award aims to recognise those engaging in valuable conversation around international issues within the classroom. Whether it’s participating in shared projects, learning about the Sustainable Development Goals, learning a language, or getting involved with the local community, a Global Class is one that takes an active interest in protecting the world we live in.
This week’s Class of the Week are…
Oak Class at Elaine Primary (@OakEPS), who enjoyed learning about the work of street artist Shamsia Hassani who defied gender stereotypes to give women a voice in Afghanistan. We love the fantastic art they created inspired by her style.
We enjoyed learning how street artist #ShamsiaHassani defied gender stereotypes to give women a voice in Afghanistan. Her mission? “To beautify the city with colour, amid the darkness of war”. Here is some of our art, inspired by her style... 🧕🏼☮️🎹🌈🇦🇫 @EEC_Elaine @PrimaryElaine pic.twitter.com/8HKd13SbJT— Oak Class Elaine (@OakEPS) April 8, 2020
School of the Week
Our School of the Week award aims to celebrate those schools finding new and exciting ways to encourage learning.
This could be through a school trip, engaging in a school-wide project, fundraising or pulling off a performance or event. It could even be something as simple as making changes to students’ learning environment to boost motivation and increase productivity.
This week follows schools that are continuing to learn and study from home, whilst a small number of children will continue their studies in school. We have selected some of our favourite posts shared by schools this week, demonstrating their positive and creative approach to pieces of work.
This week’s school of the week is…
Great Sankey High School (@GreatSankeyHS), whose Design & Technology department have been creating face shields to donate to local hospitals. This is a tremendous effort all round and all of us are thankful!
This week’s runners up in school of the week are…
Robin Hood Academy (@RobinHood_Bham), who picked rhubarb from their school garden so that it could be given to a neighbour who is living alone at this time.
Martongate Primary (@Martongate_Sch) who had a visit from the Easter bunny and had a social distancing Easter egg hunt!
Bader Primary School (@BaderPrimary) who have been making Easter baskets ready for an Easter treasure hunt.
Parkstone Primary (@ParkstoneP) who have been learning all about Palm Sunday and even made their own palm leaves.