Social School Awards
June Week 3 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…
Teacher and deputy head Claire Jones of Layton Primary (@DepHead_Jones), who very kindly shared some of her personal tips with trainee teachers who may be worried about not yet securing an NQT position. Thank you Claire – we are sure your wise words and powerful advice will have been so helpful to many!
This week’s runner up is…
The Tattooed Headteacher (@KyrstieStubbs), who shared photos of her beautifully calm and inviting office to inspire other teachers to pay attention to their environment. Thanks Kyrstie – we think all offices should be as soothing as yours!
1. This week we have had the privilege to interview a very strong field of teachers for September.— Claire Jones 🌈 #TVTTagTeam (@DepHead_Jones) June 12, 2020
If you don't have a job yet please 'try' not to panic! Here are some points that might help with the application and interview #NQT #NQTjobs #EduTwitter #TeacherTips #EduNQTconnect
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 Goodwin (@Miss_Goodwin_1), who created this wonderful chart of behaviour incentives for her class to promote teamwork and achieving set goals. We think lots of teachers could benefit from her resource, well done Miss Goodwin!
Busy morning creating my whole class behaviour incentives🤩 This is a resource that promotes team work and the desire to achieve a set goal. When the expectations are met for a month, whole class rewards will be given personalised to my class🎉🏅 #NQT #primaryschool pic.twitter.com/rsJqoceOIM— Miss Goodwin (@Miss_Goodwin_1) June 10, 2020
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…
Informed Teaching, run by Lead Science & P.E teacher Andrew (@InformedTeach1). Informed Teaching offers evidence-based teaching tips and methods, including resources for trainee teachers and NQTs.
We particularly loved his post on project-based learning, which argues why teachers should seize the opportunity to integrate this approach into their classrooms now.
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 winners are…
The infant school children at Westholme School (@WestholmeSchool), who have been working hard on their French lessons online and put together this beautiful video of themselves singing the colours of the rainbow. We think this is a beautiful way to learn colours in a new language!
This week’s runners up are…
Y7 class at St Mary’s College (@Stmarys_college), who have been cooking up some delicious American food in the kitchen including pancakes, burgers, and even waffles with bacon and toffee sauce! We’d love to stop by your kitchen someday – well done Y7!
LEO Academy Trust’s Y5 Mandarin Clubs (@LEOacademies), who have been learning common Chinese names and their meanings, and got to try out new names for themselves over Zoom!
The Infant School children have been working hard in their French lessons online and together with the help of teachers, family and friends they have created this wonderful video. It is absolutely beautiful we're sure you will agree. 🌈 @WestholmeIJHead #rainbows pic.twitter.com/ZbMeB3uHe8— Westholme School (@WestholmeSchool) June 18, 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 winner is…
Parish CE Primary School (@ParishSchool1), who created this awesome wall display for the #ReadingisSTEMsational campaign, celebrating their focus on literacy and science in December. We think it looks absolutely fantastic!
This week’s school of the week runners up are…
LEO Forest School (@LEOForestSchool), who have been running a Wellbeing Challenge for all their students to encourage activities that boost mental health and positivity. This week the children were making planters, and other schools can access the #LEOWellbeingWeek activities here.
Manorfield Primary (@ManorfieldPri), who have been helping to organise food parcels and donations for their local community in London. Well done Manorfield!
Just look at this beautiful #ReadingisSTEMsational display which celebrates the wonderful science and literacy focus we had back in December. Can’t wait to have all classes back and to be celebrating more exciting initiatives 💛 @allaboutstem @_Reading_Rocks_ pic.twitter.com/mutgb2bhm4— Parish CE School (@parishschool1) June 15, 2020