THE Salisbury Journal Education Awards has become one of the highlights of the year across the region for all those who play a part in lifetime learning.

With KBR Aspire Defence as the primary sponsor, this awards ceremony is a chance to recognise some of the tremendous work that goes on in our schools and colleges at all levels, from those who volunteer their services right up to those who provide great leadership.

This year’s event takes place at the Stones Hotel on July 11.

Nominations are now closed.

Leadership award

A principal or head teacher with the skills and drive that can lead the way in forming a top education establishment.

Secondary Teacher of the Year award

A secondary school teacher who has gone the extra mile to help pupils take one step closer to their dreams of higher education.

College Teacher of the Year award

A special type of college tutor that can prepare students for the most important examinations of their career.

Supporting Staff Member award, sponsored by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

At times the unsung heroes of the classroom, supporting staff give that extra help to ensure that the day’s tasks are completed, and individuals can excel.

Community Involvement award, sponsored by Specsavers

A community group who has had a huge impact on the effectiveness of a school or college. The integration of a community and school is a prize worth shouting about.

Careers Education award, sponsored by primary sponsor KBR Aspire Defence

Any teacher who has advanced the career of an individual in a significant way either through further education or in direct employment, or someone who has worked with employers in an imaginative way to assist school or college students.

Innovation award, sponsored by Wiltshire college

A school or college that has clearly used its creativity for the benefit of the establishment.

Special Educational Needs Staff award, sponsored by Bishop Wordsworth’s School

A teacher with the essential acute skills to help those with special educational needs.

Nursery/Primary Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by Radiquip Media Services

A commendation for the teachers out there who can tap into the imaginations of the young ones in a way that opens their horizons.

Business in Schools award

An example of a school initiative in the business field with strategy and outcome, that has had the power to influence students.

Representatives from schools around South Wiltshire as well as business leaders and community representatives are invited to come together on the night to recognise both the winners and nominees, as they are all congratulated for their work and expertise.

Bill Browne, publisher of the Journal, said: “Anyone involved in our schools and colleges can nominate, whether they are parent, pupil, teacher or leader.

"We just want to hear about all the good things that are going on. The candidates from previous years that have been nominated were from across the region and, once again, we are anticipating some incredible stories.

"Our thanks go to our sponsors, including principal sponsor – KBR Aspire Defence who have been with us since the launch.”

All those who nominate will have their names put into a hat and one lucky winner will receive £100 worth of Love to Shop vouchers.