The finalists have been announced for the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru, with two education professionals from the Vale shortlisted for awards.
Over 100 nominations were collated earlier this year from pupils, colleagues, and parents who want to celebrate the extraordinary teachers in their lives. The nominees have now been shortlisted to 26 finalists across a range of categories.
A spokesperson for the awards said:
"After what has been an incredibly challenging year for teachers, staff, pupils, and their families, it has never been more important to recognise the commitment and hard work of our education professionals across Wales."
Twenty six education professionals in Wales have been revealed as finalists of the fourth annual Professional Teaching Awards Cymru, with two of the nominees coming from the Vale of Glamorgan.
Gavin Packer from St Cyrus, Penarth has been shortlisted for the "Youth Work in Schools" award and Yvonne Hawkins of Palmerston Primary School, Barry has achieved a nomination for the "School Business Manager" category.
The winners from each of the nine categories, including Pupil (or Pupils’) Award for Best Teacher and Headteacher of the Year will be announced at a special virtual ceremony on Sunday 29th November at 6pm. Schools, pupils, and families can support the finalists by watching the ceremony on the Education Wales Facebook page from 6pm.
The Pupils' Award for Best Teacher, one of the new awards for 2020, will see a teacher or other member of staff recognised by a pupil (or group of pupils) past or present for the huge difference they have made to their life in school. The Headteacher of the Year award will go to an individual who is exceptional at their job, whilst demonstrating an ability to engage the school in the wider community and make a real difference for every pupil.
Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, said of the awards:
“It has been an incredibly tough year for parents, pupils and schools across Wales, but the education sector has shown immense resilience.
“Determination and innovation have shone through this year and our education workforce have been working tirelessly to keep Wales learning.
“It is a privilege to announce these remarkable finalists and to read their stories of hard work and commitment. This year, more than ever, the awards are a celebration of the finalists themselves and the schools, teachers and pupils they represent.
“I look forward to celebrating each and every one of you and thank you all for the spirit and perseverance you have shown through this tremendously difficult year.”
You can watch the ceremony from home live on Sunday 29th November at 6pm at www.facebook.com/educationwales.