September 23, 2008

Celebrate Your Unsung Heroes

THERE are some great schools and some great staff helping our children realise their potential.

They don't always get the recognition they deserve - but that is all about to change.

We've launched the Birmingham Mail School Awards 2008 in association with the Pallasades and welcome YOUR entries.

The Schools Awards are designed to recognise the fantastic achievements being made by schools across the Midlands.

They cover community and curriculum-based projects, as well as individual achievement, and will honour schools, classes and individuals.

Our aim is to bring greater public awareness to the first class work that is going on in schools right across the West Midlands.

There are eight award categories as well as a School of the Year Award.

A panel of representatives from the Schools Awards sponsors, will judge the nominations for each category.

They will shortlist three schools/individuals for each award category who will be invited to attend the Schools Awards ceremony in December.

This awards ceremony will be held at Thinktank, an excellent learning an educational environment for children and their families.

The award winners will receive a glass trophy and a bursary for their school. The runners-up will also receive a small bursary and a certificate.

The award categories are printed in the panels below.

To nominate complete the form on the right and send to Becky Wilson, Schools Awards, Marketing Department, Birmingham Mail, Weaman Street, Birmingham, B4 6AT or email the details to [email protected] stating 'Schools Awards nomination' in the subject line. Alternatively, log on to schoolsawards to nominate and for a full list of rules. The



pounds 1,000 bursary to put towards the winning project and a special trophy to the winner of each category.

pounds 250 bursary to put towards two runners-up projects in each category.


pounds 250 for the school and a special trophy to the winner of each category

pounds 100 for the school to the two runners up in each category.


THESE awards are for projects that are to be carried out within the school, its grounds or the local community. The projects can either be ongoing or an idea for the coming academic year. They can be carried out by a class, year group or the whole school.

School Newspaper/School Website Award

Supported by the Birmingham Mail, this is open to all schools that have produced a newspaper/website in 2007/8. To qualify, schools must produce a publication/website that contains relevant news for their audience.

Go Green School Award

This award is supported by Legal and General. Judges will be looking for how the school has made or is making changes to become more sustainable. These might be changes made by the efforts of one class, the whole school or an eco-committee. We would like to see how you have managed to raise awareness and instigate changes within the school, for example, using poster campaigns, research, setting up eco-committees, class environmental champions, etc. Areas to be considered are water and energy conservation, walking buses/ transport, recycling, etc.

Healthy Living Award

This award, supported by Thinktank, will recognise work by a class or whole school to prioritise healthy lifestyles. This could be by exercising more, drinking more water, eating healthy foods, having an anti-bullying campaign or growing vegetables to use in the kitchen. We would like to see how you have managed to raise awareness and instigate changes within the school - for example, using poster campaigns, trying a new activity/food session, water being readily available throughout the day, etc.

Sporting Initiative Award

Supported by Kingsmill Midlands Region Bakery, this will be awarded to a school that can demonstrate how it attracts its pupils to get involved in sporting activities. This could be setting up a new sports club, encouraging/moulding school kids to be potential sports stars or even providing the means for children to take part in more hours of sports and exercise.


THESE awards recognise the individuals within schools who have really made a difference to the pupils. This may be inspirational teachers who make learning exciting and relevant. They may be classroom assistants, support or admin staff or caretakers who make a difference to the children and their school through their enthusiasm and commitment.

Or maybe it is a head teacher whose guidance and leadership has helped create a dynamic learning environment where the pupils are happy and encouraged to reach their full potential.

Inspirational Primary Teacher

This award is supported by Drayton Manor Theme Park. For a teacher in a nursery, first or primary school that goes the extra mile to give children the best start in their education.

Inspirational Secondary Teacher

For a teacher in a middle, high or secondary school who goes above and beyond the call of duty to get the best out of their children, regardless of ability.

Head teacher of the Year

This award is supported by Print Design Team. For an outstanding school leader whose guidance and leadership has helped create a dynamic learning environment, where the pupils are happy and encouraged to reach their full potential.

School Support Staff of the Year

This award is for any member of non-teaching school staff who plays a vital role in the running of the school and the happiness and security of the children. It may be a caretaker whose dedication makes them an invaluable member of the school community. Or maybe a teaching assistant or any other member of support or administrative staff who makes a real difference to individual children, classes or the whole school.

Perhaps you would like to nominate your child's lunchtime supervisor who has been instrumental in their schooldays.

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