Sheffield teacher shortlisted for top education award

A Sheffield education worker has been shortlisted for an award in a ceremony that honours the extraordinary commitment, quality and innovation shown by teachers and support staff.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 6:07 pm

The Tes Schools Awards, now in its 13th year, celebrates the extraordinary commitment, quality and innovation shown by teachers and support staff across the UK and is one of the biggest nights in the UK education calendar – pioneers, passionate educators and persistent campaigners are among the extraordinary education talent honoured each year.

Emma Smythe, from Parkwood Academy in Sheffield has been named on the shortlist and is in the running for the classroom support assistant of the year award.

After the year it has been for anyone and everyone in education, to be featured on this year’s shortlist is a huge achievement, showcasing the very best of what the UK education sector has to offer.

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Chief judge of the Tes Schools Awards and Editor of Tes magazine, Jon Severs, said: “It is more important this year than ever before to celebrate the fantastic work schools do because in the past 12 months they have gone above and beyond to ensure pupils were able to be educated and be kept safe in extraordinary circumstances.

"We were inundated with entries that demonstrated just how hard the pandemic made the work of schools and just how amazing the response from staff has been. We are looking forward to showcasing, as we do every year, just how vital our education professionals are to every facet of this country.”

This year there are 16 categories as well as two special awards, honouring a Lifetime Achievement and Overall School of the Year.

Categories for the awards include Best use of technology, Classroom support assistant of the year, Community and collaboration award, Creative school of the year, English teacher or team of the year, Environment champion of the year, Headteacher of the year, Maths teacher or team of the year, and New teacher of the year.

After a very successful online awards ceremony last year, this year’s awards ceremony will once again be held virtually. Winners will be announced on Friday, June 25.

Entry for nominations is free and open to state schools in the UK.

To find out more about the awards, visit