THE GOLDEN APPLE AWARDS 2017

FRIDAY OCTOBER 6, UNIVERSITY OF CUMBRIA, CARLISLE
in association with INSPIRA and the UNIVERSITY OF CUMBRIA
Recognising and rewarding excellence in education and learning

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BEST EARLY YEARS PROVIDER

This award will go to an innovative and successful childminder, childcare setting, nursery or school which can demonstrate:
• how their work has impacted on children in their care
• how they provide opportunities and support for families
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BEST PRIMARY SCHOOL

Judges will be looking for an exceptional primary school which stands out from the rest and can demonstrate:
high standards, significant improvements or strong performance over the academic year
creativity and innovation which help children aspire and achieve
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BEST SECONDARY SCHOOL

This award will go to an exceptional secondary school which stands out from the rest and demonstrates:
high standards, significant improvements or strong performance over the academic year
creativity and innovation which help children aspire and achieve
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BEST FURTHER EDUCATION PROVIDER

This award will recognise a college or university operating in the county which demonstrates that it:
delivers high quality courses and opportunities to students
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BEST LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING PROVIDER

This award will recognise a training or private provider of training, skills or education which demonstrates that it:
delivers high quality courses and opportunities for learners
forges strong partnerships with industry or other professionals to help offer creative solutions to developing skills for individuals and businesses
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BEST SUPPORT STAFF

This is an award for an individual or team of vital “backroom” staff in any setting which delivers education or training.
It must be shown how:
they always give exceptional service
they make a real difference to their establishment through their work
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BEST TEACHING ASSISTANT

This award will recognise a teaching assistant where it is demonstrated:
how they make an outstanding contribution to their nursery or school
how they provide inspirational and outstanding support to children or young people
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BEST EDUCATION PROFESSION NEWCOMER

This category is for teachers, lecturers or tutors who:
have been in the profession for less than two years
show outstanding promise in their workplace
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BEST TEACHING PROFESSIONAL

This award is for a teacher, lecturer, trainer or tutor who:
inspires, engages and raises the aspirations of students
makes an exceptional contribution to the life of their school, college, training setting or university
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BEST EDUCATION AND LEARNING LEADER

This award will recognise the leader of an education establishment or training provider. Judges will be looking for someone:
with exceptional and inspirational leadership qualities
who has had a significant impact or driven improvements over the academic year
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BEST STUDENT

This award will recognise an individual pupil, student or learner of any age who can demonstrate:
a commitment to their own personal or professional development through academic, practical or vocational learning or in areas such as sport or the arts
they must show improving their skills or qualification has made a real difference to their life
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BEST APPRENTICE

This award will go to an apprentice who has completed their apprenticeship this academic year (2016/17) or is working towards an apprenticeship.
Judges will be looking for an apprentice who:
has made outstanding progress in both their practical work and in their studies
makes an exceptional contribution to their workplace
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BEST COMMUNITY INITIATIVE

This award will recognise a school, college, university, training provider or other organisation which has successfully engaged its community and encouraged others to participate in learning. For example, judges will be looking for:
creative schemes which engage with and provide opportunities for hard to reach groups
the development of new skills among students or groups returning to learning
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BEST INCLUSION INITIATIVE

This award is to recognise an organisation, partnership or initiative which supports students of any age who face challenges to a mainstream curriculum. Nominations should demonstrate:
accessible opportunities developed for students
the positive impact on students and communities
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BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY

Judges will be looking for:
examples of creative and innovative use of technology that further students’ academic or vocational learning and achievement
evidence of how it has achieved its visionary aims
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BEST EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

This award is for employers who can demonstrate:
continued professional development opportunities for individual or groups of employees
how further training is beneficial to both the employee and business
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BEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN

This award is to recognise a creative initiative which meets a specific need of an education or training provider. This could be:
a recruitment campaign seeking staff or students
a campaign aimed at developing new learning and training opportunities in Cumbria
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BEST INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE

This award is for a school or training provider which forges relationships with employers and industry to ensure its students are ready for the world of work. Nominations must show:
how educators and business leaders work together to provide opportunities for young people or students
the range of “work ready” hard and soft skills being developed
how they help youngsters secure education, employment and training opportunities
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AGAINST ALL ODDS AWARD

This award will go to an individual or group of people who:
rose to meet an exceptional challenge which affected themselves or their education or training establishment during the 2016/17 academic year
experienced success after overcoming significant or increasing challenges
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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Judges invite nominations of quality for this prestigious award which will go to someone who, in their view, has had a significant and positive impact on education, training and skills development over a period of years.
There will be no shortlist published for this award and only the winner will be invited to the event.
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