No time for heroes: if you want an award, get a life

As one of the judges of the Tes FE Awards, David Russell spots a worrying trend of teachers trying to ‘work miracles’ – at the cost of their free time

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For the past four years, it has been my privilege to sit on the judging panel for the Tes FE Awards. I also do the shortlisting for the FE Teacher of the Year category. The judging and then the awards ceremony are highlights of my professional year. It’s a cliché, perhaps, but it truly is inspiring to read of all the fantastic work being done by skilled and dedicated professionals all over the country, in all FE contexts.

The criteria used by the judging panel to choose the winner are simple and clear: we are looking for people who have made a tremendous difference to their learners; can ...

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