Educate Awards is delighted to announce associate sponsor, SupplyWell will sponsor the highly-coveted School Support Star of the Year Award.
This category recognises an individual within the school setting for their outstanding contribution in supporting pupils, students, teachers and the life of the school. Examples of support roles include; teaching assistants, receptionists, technicians, community coordinators, general assistants, administrators and business managers etc.
The Liverpool-based teacher wellbeing and retention specialists match supply teachers that are in need of cover by using its advanced tech solution to showcase a teacher’s skills beyond a CV to match intelligently to a school’s needs.
As advocates for supporting the mental health and wellbeing of teachers and school staff, SupplyWell helps schools save money and in turn, invest in other areas such as support staff in classrooms who are, for example, trained counsellors, cover managers, multilingual or specialise in working with children with SEND.
For schools this level of support for teachers is crucial in terms of getting the very best outcomes for all children, narrowing gaps in areas of high deprivation and ensuring that teachers work in the most optimal way for pupils and students, whilst also ensuring good mental health and wellbeing support for teachers.
Co-founder of SupplyWell, Michael Heverin, said: “We co-founded SupplyWell to keep teachers, support staff and money in education. During my 12 years as a teacher and leader it became clear that support staff are the lifeblood of schools. Unfortunately, they are most at risk when difficult budget decisions have to be made. SupplyWell works with our partner schools to keep money in classrooms enabling schools to ensure that the vital roles support staff play don’t have to be compromised.
Michael added: “We have chosen to support this particular category due to a close alignment with our values and we look forward to hearing who has been shortlisted later this year.”
Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, said: “The School Support Star of the Year Award is a particularly special category as it recognises an individual who goes above and beyond their role and is a treasured asset in the team.
“Often it is headteachers, colleagues and parents who make the nominations and the entries are always beautifully written from the heart. SupplyWell is the perfect sponsor for this category as they understand the importance of the wider team within schools.
Kim added: “You have until midnight Sunday 21 June to get your entries in, so if you have someone in mind why not make their year and nominate them.”
For more information about SupplyWell, visit www.supplywell.co.uk