Inspiring teachers at Jewish schools around the country are to be celebrated with a new awards initiative launched today by Jewish News and Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS), writes Justin Cohen.
While GCSE and A-level results shine an annual spotlight on the achievements of students, there is no such public focus on the tireless work of the teachers that help to inspire that success year in and year out. But now the Jewish Schools Awards, sponsored by the Emmes Foundation, will highlight their work in around 120 Jewish primary and secondary schools across the country.
Awards will be presented in four categories – innovation in secular studies, innovation in Jewish studies, use of information and communications technology and inspirational leadership – at a ceremony in central London in January.
PaJeS executive director Rabbi David Meyer said: “Our community is rightly proud of our excellent schools. However, too often we forget to recognise the tireless dedication of the teachers and leaders responsible for their success.
“The Jewish Schools Awards is not a competition between schools but an opportunity to get together, celebrate the outstanding practise taking place in our community’s schools and say thank you to dedicated professionals who are educating our children and building the foundation of our future.”
Richard Ferrer, editor of the Jewish News said: “Behind every good student is a good teacher, someone dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation. Our community celebrates its outstanding students every year through consistently impressive exam results. Now we’re thrilled to be working with Partnerships for Jewish Schools to pay tribute to talented educators across the country.”
From today, teachers, students and parents can click HERE to submit nominations before our expert panel of judges select our eight winners – and the recipient of a lifetime achievement award – from the finalists.
Judges include Lord Winston; Sue Williamson, chief executive of the Schools, Students and Teachers Network; Alastair Falk, former head of PaJeS; Karen Harris, managing director of Intu.co.uk; Rabbi David Meyer, executive director of PaJeS and Richard Ferrer, editor of Jewish News.
A statement from Emmes Foundation said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring this exciting initiative for Jewish schools, which recognises the hard work and sacrifice of our teachers.”
Deadline for nominations is Friday 30 October.
CLICK HERE – To submit a nomination