Nurturing talent in the North West

It was great to see home-grown talent honoured at this year’s Emmy Awards as Liverpool-born actress, Jodie Comer won ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series’ for her role as Villanelle in Killing Eve.

The Television Academy on Sunday 22 September celebrated the 71st Emmy Awards, recognising excellence in primetime programming and individual achievement for the 2018-2019 television season.

Jodie took to the stage to accept her award and in her typical humble-style, Jodie apologised to her parents for not inviting them to the ceremony as she didn’t expect she’d win! This award win follows hot on the heels of her BAFTA win in May.

Jodie has become a firm favourite around the world and as a city, Liverpool couldn’t be any prouder! No doubt St Julie’s Catholic High School is equally delighted with its former pupil’s success to date, after all her love for acting is said to have begun during her school years.

As we head into awards season, the Educate Awards team is busy preparing for this year’s spectacular event which celebrates the arts in both primary and secondary schools. What’s more, on the night guests are treated to incredible performances by some of the shortlisted schools.

Each year, the awards recognise the hard work of teachers and school staff who put so much of their time in to spotting talent and developing students’ passion for acting, singing or performing.

From school productions and talent shows, to extracurricular clubs, students are offered many incredible opportunities and here at the Educate Awards, we love to shine a spotlight on all of the amazing things going on in schools and colleges, and identify the real standout work that takes place each academic year.

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, said:  “Seeing Jodie Comer take to the stage and accept these awards for her standout performances, really hits home the wonderful work that goes into the arts in schools around the North West.

“Many students are born with a desire to perform but for some their talent is often recognised by others. The Educate Awards gives thanks to the brilliant teachers and staff who go out of their way to ensure our young people get the best opportunities to shine.”

The shortlist for this year’s awards is due to be announced very soon! Keep an eye on Twitter for all the latest updates.