EXCELLENCE in the world of education will be rewarded at the inaugural Daily Echo School Awards 2016.

Members of the public are being urged to nominate those who make their local schools special.

Nominations are sought in nine different categories and include not only teachers and school leaders but all the support staff who go the extra mile to enhance the education of young people across Dorset and its borders.

Your nomination could range from your child's favourite teacher or lollipop lady to a hard-working governor or school lunchtime supervisor.

Alternatively it could be a colleague who constantly impresses you with their devotion to their job or someone who demonstrates a genuine interest in the pastoral care of the young people in their care.

From now until the February 5 deadline we will be searching for excellence, innovation, inspiration and endeavour in education.

Freestyle, guitars and accessories in Poole have also signed up as partner for the Daily Echo School Awards. Visit www.freestyle.guitars

Global education company School Business Services Ltd (SBS) has signed up as second partner for the awards. Visit schoolbusinessservices.co.uk

After the deadline expires, a specially-selected panel of judges will whittle the nominations down to three in each category.

Nominations are now closed. 

The 27 people who are shortlisted, along with a guest of their choice, will be invited to a glittering awards ceremony, due to be held at Bournemouth's Cumberland Hotel on the East Cliff on Thursday March 17 2016. Additional tickets can be purchased by family, friends and colleagues who want to support the nominees – more details to follow.

At the ceremony, short films of each nominee will be shown to attendees before the winners are announced.

Announcing the launch of the awards, Daily Echo Editor Andy Martin said: "We know there is a huge amount of exciting and hard work going on in our schools every day and we feel that should be celebrated.

"We hope these awards will put a spotlight on the achievements of the people who work at all levels in schools across the area."

The categories are:

1. Nursery/Primary Teacher of the Year

2. Middle/Secondary Teacher of the Year

3. Newcomer of the Year (nominees in education for less than two years), supported by Teachers Building Society

4. Supporting Staff Member of the Year (eg lunchtime supervisor, school crossing supervisor)

5. Art/Creative Team Member of the Year

6. Teaching Assistant of the Year

7. Lifetime Achievement Award

8. Leadership Award (Head Teacher or Senior Leadership team member)

9. PE Teacher of the year



If you're a business and would like to support the awards, please contact Angela Boyer on 01202 411221 or email angela.boyer@bournemouthecho.co.uk