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Medway Finalists announced for 2008 Teaching Awards

Date: 06/06/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Three exceptional teachers from Medway have been named as finalists at the 2008 Teaching Awards, which will take place on Tuesday, 10 June at Canterbury Cathedral. Among the finalists are Carole Juniper, Assistant Head Teacher at Luton Junior School, who has been nominated for Special Needs Teacher of the Year. Kerry Scargill from Byron Primary School, Byron Road, Gillingham. Kerry has been nominated to receive The South East of England Development Agency Award for Enterprise. James Fernie, also from Byron Primary School has been nominated the NCSL Award for Head teacher of the Year in a Primary School. The finalists, in 11 categories, will be cheered on by pupils, parents and colleagues at a heart-warming ceremony hosted by BBC presenter Beverley Thompson. Celebrating 10 years of recognition for unsung heroes, the awards will focus on 34 finalists - head teachers, teachers, teaching assistants, governors and schools - from the South East. Each winner will receive a Plato - the Teaching Awards symbol of excellence in education. Congratulating the shortlisted finalists, Caroline Evans, Chief Executive of the Teaching Awards said: 'The influence of these outstanding individuals on the lives of children and their families cannot be underestimated. Society needs to recognise their contribution and that teaching is a fulfilling career. The Teaching Awards is a great way to say thank you and we are proud to recognise such excellence and passion.' Chris Kirk, Director of Succesion Planning, National College for School Leadership, said: 'Being a head is a great job with many challenges and rewards. As sponsors of the Teaching Awards category Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School, NCSL is pleased to be celebrating the immense achievements of these three finalists in the South East. These outstanding headteachers are a great example of what can be achieved for students, schools and communities throughout the UK, and we are sure they will inspire others to step up to the role.' This year an additional award, the GTC Award for Excellence in Professional Development, will be presented by the General Teaching Council to a finalist who has made a special contribution in this field. The Teaching Awards were founded by Lord Puttnam CBE in 1998 to focus on inspired professionals who make the positive achievements of pupils possible. For further information please contact Lisa Caleno on 01634 338308 or email lisa.caleno@medway.gov.uk