Record breaking year for The Educate Awards

Highest volume of entries for the annual awards celebration

The Educate Awards 2015 promises to be even bigger than 2014, thanks to a record number of entries submissions.

Hundreds of entries have been submitted for this year’s annual awards celebration, taking place on 20 November at Liverpool Cathedral.

The awards has hit new heights this year, breaking previous records from the last three years as well as signing up three new judges and expanding in to Lancashire and Cheshire.

This year schools from all of the boroughs in the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, St Helens, Halton, and Knowsley), and in the areas of Lancashire and Cheshire have entered the prestigious awards, which has categories including Innovative and Creative Literacy, Eco School Project of the Year, Science Project of the Year and Teacher of the Year.

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, says: “The Educate Awards keeps growing year on year, and the number, and level of entries this year is testament to the high standard of teaching throughout the North West, and the inspirational projects taking place in our schools and colleges.

“This year we have received hundreds of entries from schools in all of the boroughs in the Liverpool City Region and from schools in the new areas of Lancashire and Cheshire. It’s brilliant to see so many schools get involved and share their inspiring efforts with us. We’re looking forward to revealing the shortlist very soon.”

The judging panel are now busy shortlisting the entries, which will be revealed ahead of the awards ceremony this November.

This year, new judges include football icon Robbie Fowler, Radio City breakfast host Leanne Campbell and Olympian and managing director of Raise The Bar, Steve Smith. While returning judges include 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.