Lessons in life for little ones last forever

Inspirational Teacher of the Year (Primary) 2014 Katrina Randall wiith Laurence Reilly, headteacher of Bourne Academy.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Inspirational Teacher of the Year (Primary) 2014 Katrina Randall wiith Laurence Reilly, headteacher of Bourne Academy. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Does your child’s primary school teacher have the gift of bringing classes to life and making learning fun?

Has your son or daughter been helped through their Key Stage SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) by a teacher who gave up his or her own time to help them succeed?

It is so important that children have a fantastic start to their education at our primary schools so they can develop a love of learning and we are fortunate to have a number of outstanding teachers in this area of Lincolnshire.

Alistair Main, senior manager of Duncan and Toplis, Pinchbeck

Are conversations with your children at home dominated by the excitement of the classroom because of a teacher who makes them feel special?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes then the Inspirational Teacher of the Year (Primary) Award at our Education Awards may just be the recognition your child’s “Sir” or “Miss” deserves.

The Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian, in association with Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, Pinchbeck, are looking for the infant, junior or primary school teacher that has made a lasting and positive impression on their pupils’ lives.

Alistair Main, senior manager of Duncan and Toplis, Pinchbeck, which is sponsoring the award, said: “We can all remember the impact of a great teacher on us from our school days and we want to celebrate the time, care, commitment and talent that teachers in this area put into making learning fun and inspirational for our young children.

“It is so important that children have a fantastic start to their education at our primary schools so they can develop a love of learning and we are fortunate to have a number of outstanding teachers in this area of Lincolnshire.”

Katrina Randall, formerly of Spalding Primary School, was named 2014 Inspirational Teacher of the Year (Primary) after glowing praise from parents and fellow teachers for her “fun and enthusiastic lessons”, compassion, dedication and “persistence in seeing the good in everybody”. On receiving her award, Miss Randall said: “I’m so fortunate to have such wonderful children to work with and, really, I draw my inspiration from them.

“But I couldn’t have done (my work) without the support of my colleagues as well.”

So the search is on for the 2015 Inspirational Teacher of the Year (Primary) and Mr Main said: “We hope to see an even greater number of nominations this year than in 2014.”

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 on this website by clicking on the Education Awards section.

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