Portsmouth recognise top teachers in people's choice award

Peoples-choice-submissions--TPA21-2 Meet two of the nominees from the people's choice award category

A list of top teachers, support teams and leaders have been revealed in the people's choice category for the Teach Portsmouth Awards Live. In January, those who live in Portsmouth were asked to nominate a school or college team member who had gone above and beyond to support their community during the pandemic.

The category was created in response to the unique and challenging situation COVID-19 presented for those working in education settings. Inspirational stories of teachers calling home to check on children and head teachers delivering food parcels have featured in supporting statements submitted for the category.

Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council, said:

Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education

"Schools and colleges have done an amazing job supporting vulnerable families as well as making sure everyone remains connected in a safe and secure way. This has made a huge difference to local residents home-schooling children during each lockdown. It was only right that we allowed local residents to nominate a teacher, support team or head teacher in an all-new category.

"When looking online, it is clear that those who feature in the list have left a lasting impression on the local community."

Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education 

Parents and carers of children and young people in the city have shared their experiences of those who have gone above and beyond. Annaliese Campbell, learning mentor and wellbeing lead at Langstone Junior Academy has supported the whole school during the pandemic. One parent said:

Annaliese Campbell was put forward for the people's choice award for supporting students during the pandemic with wellbeing activities.

"Langstone Junior Academy is always excellent at supporting their pupils but they have worked especially hard during the pandemic.

"Mrs Campbell works tirelessly to support pupils and parents alike and has consistently been available. She sends out regular and carefully thought out wellbeing exercises, resources and advice."

Parent at Langstone Junior Academy

While many pupils were learning from home, schools never closed, with many teachers supporting keyworker children and young people in the classroom. Another parent said head teacher, Jackie Collins at Devonshire Infant School had made their child feel comforted: 

Jackie Collins was nominated for the award for going above and beyond when pupils arrived at the school

"Since the start of the pandemic, parents were not allowed to bring their children into the school.

"Ms Collins personally greeted every child outside. She knows every name, deals with every query, every forgotten packed lunch and every tearful child. This daily undertaking is appreciated. Thank you for caring so much, Ms Collins."

Parent at Devonshire Infant School

In previous years, the Teach Portsmouth Awards has only allowed head teachers in schools and colleges to take part in nominating their staff. For the first time, local residents could nominate a teacher, learning support assistant or head teacher in an education setting.

Mike Stoneman, deputy director for children, families and education at Portsmouth City Council, said: 

Mike Stoneman, deputy director for children, families and education

"The last 18 months has been a challenging time for many of us, including teachers. The introduction of the people's choice award category is a natural next step in recognising the amazing contributions from those who work in education.

"Each entry has a personal story attached to it with many instances of colleagues supporting families in profound ways. This new category provides Portsmouth with an opportunity to say a collective thank you to those who work in education."

Mike Stoneman, deputy director for children, families and education

The Teach Portsmouth Awards Live will take place on Thursday 8 July featuring celebrity host, Reverend Richard Coles. There are 9 award categories which showcase the talents and dedication of Portsmouth's education community.

The awards are sponsored by local organisations including Portsmouth College, National Education Union (NEU), The University of Portsmouth, Caterlink, BAE Systems, Kier Construction, Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), Express FM and The News. 

Get ready to meet the nominees 

Did you nominate someone in the people's choice award category? The full list has now been published on the Teach Portsmouth website. See who has been recognised alongside supporting statements for each nominee. 

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