EDUCATION AWARDS: Service behind the scenes in limelight

Theresa Earl from Peele Community College, Long Sutton, is presented with the 2014 Support Staff Award by Suzanne Smith of Coveris at the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Theresa Earl from Peele Community College, Long Sutton, is presented with the 2014 Support Staff Award by Suzanne Smith of Coveris at the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Perhaps the most important category of all at this year’s Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards is the one for support staff.

The ethos behind it was summed up best by Suzanne Smith, human resources director for award sponsors Coveris who said: “It’s really nice to offer some recognition to those staff who do really hard work but perhaps don’t get a lot of the glory.”

Coveris has more than 60 locations across the UK, Europe, North and South America where packaging is made for food products, medical equipment, building and agricultural materials, security and postal services.

Jeremy Ransome, editor of the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian, said: “We were really pleased when Coveris agreed to sponsor this category again because it is so important to recognise the support staff who work tirelessly for our children in schools across the county.”

Every pre-school, primary and secondary school in our coverage area, whether privately owned, academies, run by local authorities or independent, relies on a team of “unsung heroes” who support teachers in providing the highest standards of education to their pupils and students.

This year’s award winner will succeed Theresa Earl of Peele Community College, Long Sutton, whose unique and exceptional work with students who also care for family members with disabilities, long-term or even life-threatening illness.

Speaking about the Peele’s Young Carers Group, Mrs Earl said: “I think for some children it’s quite a private thing and they don’t like to talk about it.

“But what they do is quite phenomenal because we have kids whose parents are terminally ill, so they are wonderful young people.”

Nominations are open for our second Education Awards from schools in South Holland, Bourne, the Deepings and villages south of Boston.

The criteria, award sponsors and nomination details can be found by clicking on the Education Awards section on this website.

The deadline is 5pm on Friday, October 16, and for a nomination form, call Mark Stanford on 01553 817354.