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Social School Awards

May 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 Award

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…

Miss R Fazackerley (@LhpFazackerley), who has given her staff outstanding support during this difficult period. We received the nomination from one of Miss Fazackerley’s colleagues: “With a number of senior staff shielding, our Assistant Head Miss Fazackerley has been incredible. She is teaching at least once a week in every two. She handles our daily issues, any that arise through home learning, requests, concerns, training, organising, websites, meetings…the list quite frankly is endless. In all this, she is incredibly modest and self-effacing referring back to the team. It would be amazing if this unsung hero could have a shout-out!” Wow – you couldn’t ask for more!

This week’s runners up is…

Dean Boddington (@Misterbodd), who created tube maps that signpost different books suitable for lower and upper key stage 2, to encourage students to read as part of #readingforpleasure. You can download the maps, here.

NQT of the week award Social School Awards

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 Gray (@MissGray444), who has been supporting those who are struggling to secure their first teaching job and has even offered to share a copy of her personal statement – such a kind gesture! It’s great to see the community coming together to support one another, particularly during this difficult period.

EduBlog of the Week Social School Awards

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 (@InformedTeach), who aim to build a bridge between education research and teachers. The site provides teaching tips, strategies and advice from the combined perspectives of an experienced, outstanding teacher and educational researchers in a quick and easy read. Blog posts include top tips, advice for your NQT year, coping with workload and project-based learning. Perfect posts to read during lockdown!

This week’s runner-up is…

Mr Gordon Teacher (@MrAWGordon_), who is a London-based secondary teacher blogging about all things teaching and learning, educational research and professional development. Mr Gordon recently shared a guide on how you can ‘GEL’ together your planning in order to create an effective scheme of work. It’s a fantastic piece that teachers will find extremely beneficial!

Global Class of the Week Award

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 winner is…

Year 3 at Anfield Road Primary School (@AnfieldRoadY3), who have been learning all about Fair Trade and researching food from around the world during their home learning. The pupils shared some wonderful pieces of work – excellent drawings and writing Year 3!

This week’s runner up is…

7C at The Ongar Academy (@MissTayMFL), who have been working hard in their French lessons. Charlie and Phoebe were at the top of the Year 7 French Memrise scoreboard for the second week running – very impressive!

School of the week award

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…

Feversham Primary Academy (@FevershamSchool), who have been sharing a poem a day with their pupils, sending special messages from teachers, as well as showcasing the fantastic work of their students during their home learning. We were particularly impressed with Jibran’s math work using balloons – you’re a superstar!

This week’s school of the week runners up are…

St George’s Church of England Primary School (@stgeorgeprimary), who recently shared a heartwarming video of the St George’s family singing for all of the pupils who they miss dearly. What a wonderful school community you have!

Sneinton St Stephen’s C of E Primary School (@sneintonprimary), who have been named as one of the best in the country for reading – what a fantastic achievement! Reading lead and reading recovery teacher, Julie Doyle, believes this achievement is down to early intervention from the school as well as the support of parents and governors.

St Mark’s Catholic Primary School (@StMarksHalewood), who put together a beautiful window display to showcase their support for the amazing key workers and the wider community.

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