The good and the great in the world of education gathered in London tonight for one of the biggest evenings in the education calendar: the Tes Schools Awards 2019.
The awards, which celebrate commitment, quality and innovation shown by teachers and support staff across the UK, have 19 categories. They include primary, secondary, and healthy schools of the year. New for 2019 are the Teaching Assistant of the Year and School Business Manager of the Year awards.
Hosted by comedian Harry Hill, the gala ceremony took place at London’s Grosvenor House hotel, in Park Lane.
Education secretary Damian Hinds told guests: "It is truly a unique job being a teacher and, among that extraordinary group of people, we have in this room the winners and the nominees of the Tes awards - the yet more extraordinary - and I do think it is important that we take moments like this to celebrate these truly extraordinary exemplars – the teachers, the leaders, the support staff and the schools in what you do helping to inspire your colleagues and others schools, and most of all, of course, inspire the next generation.”
The overall school of the year award was won by Meadow View Farm School, Leicestershire, while Teresa Roche, headteacher of Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, in Derbyshire, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tes editor Anne Mroz said: "Schools and teachers are vital to the future of this country. What you do is so important for children, for families, for all of us. I for one am proud to work with you.
“This year, we have been inundated with entries. The standard has been sky-high. So, take a bow, all you shortlisted teachers and schools, because even if you don’t pick up an award tonight, as far as I’m concerned, you’re all winners."
The late Baroness Mary Warnock has been honoured with the Special Services to Education award. She remained one of the most influential voices in the area of special educational needs and disability (SEND) right up until her death, aged 94, in March this year.
The full list of winners is:
Early years setting of the year
Primary school of the year
Secondary school of the year
Alternative provision school of the year
New teacher of the year
Headteacher of the year
English teacher or team of the year
Innovative use of technology to influence outcomes
Maths teacher or team of the year
Science, technology and engineering teacher or team of the year
Sustainable schools award
Community and collaboration award
Healthy school of the year
Creative school of the year
Overall school of the year
Classroom support assistant of the year
School business manager of the year
Lifetime achievement award