Move over Oscars and BAFTA because the real awards season is upon us and my what a bumper few weeks it’s been for our educational establishments.
Last week we had three finalists and one winner at the Scottish Education Awards, organised to celebrate the successes and achievements taking place within Scottish education.
On the day (June 5th), Larbert High School picked up the 'Parents as Partners Award' for promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects through its vocational programme and advisory board.
It was also recognised for its Family Learning for National Qualifications scheme designed to help parents support their children through their National 5 qualifications in English and mathematics.
Woodburn Early Learning & Childcare Centre was a finalist in the 'Family and Community Learning Award' for is work to support families with mental health issues, additional support needs and looked-after children.
St Mungo’s High School – a Microsoft showcase school - also featured on the 'Digital Learning and Teaching Award' being shortlisted for its adoption of computer programs for teaching and administration.
Denny High School chemistry teacher, Katie Sharp, fought off stiff competition from across Scotland to be a finalist in the 'Teacher of the Year Award' at the event held in Glasgow.
Katie made it into the top three for her role in encouraging more pupils to study STEM subjects and for her innovative teaching style that includes taking first-year classes to the swimming pool to investigate forces and the use of LEGO® to help pupils understand atoms.
The winners of the first Scottish Government’s Early Learning and Childcare Innovation Award were announced earlier this month and Bowhouse Early Learning & Childcare Centre (ELCC) was one of only six to take home a prize.
The Grangemouth nursery was recognised for setting up creative experiences that challenged children and improved their social and language skills and self-confidence. This includes its creative use of photography to illustrate children's experiencees such as visiting Jupiter Urban Wildlife or creating a boat outdoors.
The ELCC took home £5000 and the offer of specialist support to develop ideas further.
Two local primary schools have also picked up awards in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge and another won the Church of Scotland’s Moderator’s Prize for its inclusive café.
Well done to one and all!
Pictured: Representatives from Larbert High School with their trophy at the Scottish Education Awards.