DEDICATED hard work from teachers has been celebrated at an awards ceremony.
The event at the Gaiety Bar on South Parade Pier was part of Teach Portsmouth Week – a celebration of teaching and education in the city.
It was the first official awards ceremony run by Portsmouth Education Partnership and the city council.
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Individual awards were presented to teachers with more than 20 years of service and an Unsung Hero Award was presented by the editor of The News, Mark Waldron, in recognition of the title’s support for teaching across the city.
The winner of the Inclusion Award was Manor Infant School, who have developed an environment provision called The Rockpool, which has supported some of the most vulnerable pupils in the school with emotional and behavioural needs.
Over the past three years this has seen exclusions reduce from 31 in 2015 to zero in 2018. Similarly in the last academic year there were no children on part-time timetables compared to eight in 2015.
The design team at Admiral Lord Nelson School won the creativity and innovation award, while the accolade for health and wellbeing was awarded to Portsmouth Academy. Awards were presented to Lucy Ellis, from Northern Parade Junior School, in recognition of her work within the community and Josh Breach, from Charter Academy, winning an award for his work educating children about diversity.
The accolade of Unsung Hero went to Charlotte Hetherington from Arundel Court Primary Academy.
Attending the awards ceremony was Councillor Suzy Horton, cabinet member for education, and National Education Union vice-president Amanda Martin.
Cllr Horton said: ‘It was a real privilege to share in the celebrations for our motivational and dedicated teachers tonight and I congratulate them all.
‘The quality of the candidates for the awards was superb and the winners must be very proud to know they are held in such high regard by their pupils and peers.’
Ms Martin said: ‘It is an amazing opportunity to celebrate teaching in the city and to showcase the fantastic work our teachers do.’
The awards ceremony is part of an initiative to improve the perception of teaching as a career choice and to help attract professionals to the city.
Ms Martin said: ‘We need to start attracting people back into the profession. This has been an excellent event along with the rest of Teach Portsmouth Week.’
Event coordinator Sophie Venables said: ‘We are here to celebrate teaching because for too long I think it has become a bandwagon of negativity.’