Awards for Sheffield schools’ forgotten heroes

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Sheffield’s school support staff will have their place in the spotlight at a new awards ceremony to be launched this month.

Stars in our Schools has been organised by trade union Unison to celebrate the contribution support staff make to teaching and learning, pastoral care, school administration and the health and safety of pupils.

But the union says their roles and contribution to society tend to lack the status enjoyed by teaching staff.

The Sheffield awards will be presented on Thursday, December 11 at 4pm and headteachers and their teams have been asked to make nominations. Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, has agreed to present the awards and gifts to the winners.