This week the annual Inspirational Teaching Awards was launched in Cardiff. The event, organised by recruitment specialists New Directions Education celebrates the contribution of outstanding staff throughout the education community across Wales.
A launch party was held in Cardiff on March 12th to kick off the nomination process. The awards, which will be held in June at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff, will recognise 11 individuals who have been nominated by their peers, colleagues and wider school communities.
Speaking about the event, Gary Williams, Director of Business Development for New Directions said ‘Our job, as a partner to the sector is to help reward and recognise those special individuals who go above and beyond. This event marks our gratitude as business partners, parents, colleagues and as a community’.
The launch event also saw guests vote for their favourite school choir in a competition organised by New Directions to find the entertainment for the awards ceremony which will be held in June.
Choir Factor invited schools and colleges throughout Wales to submit a video of their school choir to win the opportunity of singing at the Inspirational Teaching Awards. Over 25 schools from across Wales entered. The final three schools Treorchy Comprehensive, Ysgol Maes Garmon and Ysgol Gynradd Gymunedol Gymraeg Llantrisant were voted for by guests at the launch, with the eventual winners announced as Treorchy Compreshensive from Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Ruth Dalton, Group Communications Manager for New Directions said ‘Choir Factor came about as a direct result of the success of Kitchener Road Primary School choir singing at last year’s event. We had a number of schools contact us after the awards, asking if they could perform at our 2015 ceremony. We decided to create Choir Factor – a competition to find the best school choir to sing at our awards. The quality of the entries was exceptionally good. I was happy to hand over the voting process to our guests at the launch’.
Nick Bristow, Head of Music for Treorchy Comprehensive said of the win ‘we are delighted to have been selected to sing at the awards. Our choir sings in a variety of styles – our entry was very contemporary and a little different, so we are overjoyed that it was selected as the winning piece’.
This year the event is sponsored by The Western Mail, Lloyds Bank and The Consortium. A number of other local businesses are also individual category sponsors including NAHT, ASCL, Audi Cardiff, DWA Chartered Accountants, Ashford Solicitors, Cardiff Bay Office Furniture, Thomas Carroll, Pinnacle, Colorfoto, Macron, Allens Printers and Sabre Computers.
For more details visit https://www.new-directions.co.uk/education/teaching-awards/