It was announced earlier this year that the Awards would be expanding to recognise young people who have excelled in technical education, alongside academic education. For the first time, the awards will also recognise the hard work of teachers, tutors and other educational professionals in the North East who are helping young people to achieve their potential.
As such, Schools North East are delighted to be supporting the new Pastoral Care Award, for a teacher or team. Given the charity’s strong focus on pupil mental health, both through the work of the Healthy Minded Commission and our annual Healthy MindED Conference, we firmly believe in recognising the excellent pastoral care across the region.
The prize will be awarded to a teacher, tutor or team who are dedicated to supporting student and staff mental health and wellbeing, support ‘at risk’ learners, educate others about importance of pastoral care in schools, and who have built respect and trust of both students and the school community.
Schools North East Director of Operations, Chris Zarraga, said ‘Pupil welfare and mental health is constantly cited as a growing concern by Head Teachers, and as such has been established as one of the charity’s four pillars. We know there is excellent work happening to support the welfare of students in the region and we are delighted to be able to recognise the teachers, tutors and teams who are achieving this.’
Nominations open on 1st October 2019 and close on 4th November 2019.
An awards ceremony will take place in 2020, hosted by Durham University, to celebrate prize-winners.