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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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Help us reward Cumbria education heroes

CN Group has launched the 2014 Golden Apple awards – our annual celebration of the people, innovations and teams in education, training and learning across Cumbria.

EM Golden Apples logo 2014

Nominations are open for the fifth CN Group Education and Learning Awards so now is the time to think about who is making a difference to the lives of Cumbria’s children and students.

There are 19 categories that aim to recognise excellence in all elements of learning, from those who care for the under fives, to leading educators and institutions working with students in further, vocational and higher education.

A new award has been added to the categories – the technology in learning accolade – which highlights the innovative work that is having an impact on teaching and learning in classrooms and workshops across the area, helping to prepare young people for future advances.

Jonathan Lee, editor and publisher of Furness Newspapers, said: “It’s always a pleasure to hear the stories of those who have achieved and are a great source of inspiration.

“The Golden Apples are a highlight in our calendar for recognising those who have achieved great things while studying and working in all areas of education and learning. Last year’s awards were a huge success with some very strong winners and finalists who were invited to enjoy the gala evening. We are looking forward to receiving a bumper crop of entries again this year.”

The climax to the awards will be a gala dinner and ceremony at Carlisle Racecourse on October 3 when the winners will be revealed. The awards are supported by the University of Cumbria and award-winning social enterprise Inspira.

Professor Peter Strike, vice chancellor of the University of Cumbria, said: “The CN Group Education and Learning Awards 2014 will showcase once again the commitment and ability of those involved in the sector across the region.”

Inspira works across Cumbria and the north west with schools, colleges and other learning providers to provide career guidance and advice to young people. Its staff also work to develop bespoke programmes to help young people build up their employability and life skills.

The Penrith-based organisation also manages the National Citizen Service across Cumbria and Lancashire – the government’s version of non-military national service for 16 and 17 year olds.

Mark Bowman, Inspira’s chief executive, said: “We believe the Golden Apples celebrate the very best in education, a subject we are passionate about.

“Young people are our future, they need dedicated teachers, support staff and volunteers helping them to grow and develop skills for life and employment.”

Anyone can submit nominations, not only those directly involved in education and training. Previous winners and entrants can take part too. The awards are free to enter and all entries must be submitted by July 25. Shortlisted entries will receive coverage in CN Group newspapers and websites, including the Evening Mail.

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