The Educate Awards have announced it will now accept entries from schools in the boroughs of Lancashire, West Lancashire and Cheshire West and Chester, in addition to schools in the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral, St Helens and Halton).
Now in to its fourth year, the awards are growing due to the volume of entries and increased demand from schools to take part and win one of the prestigious education accolades.
Kim O’Brien, executive editor of Educate Magazine, says: “Last year’s Educate Awards was a huge success, we saw a big increase in not only the number of entries but the standard too; the ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral really showcased the innovation, creativity and passion that is evident throughout the Liverpool City Region.”
“We’ve had schools outside of the Liverpool City Region express great interest and are keen to be involved in the awards, so with this in mind, we’re thrilled to announce we will now accept entries from schools and colleges in the boroughs of Lancashire, West Lancashire and Cheshire West and Chester. This expansion marks an exciting time for the awards, we hope this will again raise the bar in terms of entries and make 2015’s awards the best yet.”
With this expansion also comes three, brand new award categories for 2015. These are the Leadership Team of the Year, Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills and Innovation in Education awards.
An expert panel of judges are already confirmed for this year’s awards, which takes place on 20th November at Liverpool Cathedral, with more to be announced soon. Joining the panel for 2015 is Olympian and managing director of Raise the Bar, Steve Smith. Raise the bar works with different organisations to deliver cutting edge learning solutions and Steve has had the opportunity to work with some of the leading businesses in the country, he hopes to bring this unique insight to this year’s panel.
Returning once again are Councillor Gary Millar, Liverpool’s cabinet member for business, enterprise and investment; Chris Walker, regional managing editor of Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales; Lesley Martin-Wright, chief executive of Knowsley Chamber; Mark Beedles, managing director of Connex Education; Fiona Barnet, director of The Foundry Agency; Andrew Pimbley of Claremont Farm and Wirral’s Farm Feast; and the education team at the respected Everyman and Playhouse Theatres.
The sponsors already confirmed for this year’s awards are Connex Education, returning as a title sponsor, alongside the associate sponsors Adlib Solutions and The Foundry Agency, all have supported the awards since its inception in 2012.