The Professional Teaching Awards Cymru are back to celebrate the very best in Welsh education

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced the return of the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru to celebrate the commitment, dedication and hard work of teachers across Wales (Fri 22nd Sept).

Students, parents, colleagues and employers are being urged to nominate teaching professionals from across Wales that have made a real difference in their school or education setting.

The inaugural awards were held in 2017 with over 100 nominations being cast across the country. This year, the nine categories you can vote for include Teacher of the Year, Headteacher of the Year and Inspirational use of the Welsh Language.

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said: “I am absolutely thrilled to confirm the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru are back for a second year. Last year we recognised some incredibly dedicated teachers and staff from all corners of the country and we’re looking forward to meeting even more inspiring individuals this year.

“Our teachers are central to our national mission to raise standards and make sure our children and young people reach their full potential.

“Nominations are now open and we would love the people of Wales to take a moment to put forward teachers and staff so we can recognise the best from across Wales.”

Lynsey Wangiel from Deighton Primary School in Tredegar won the Award for Teacher of the Year in 2017.

She was commended for her inspirational approach to teaching the children in her Year One and Two classes.

She said: “Being nominated was such an honour, let alone winning. I love my job at Deighton Primary and am extremely proud of the achievements of my students. I want to wish the best of luck to other teachers across Wales, I’m sure the next winner will be truly deserving of the accolade!”

Nominations are open until November, with the winners being revealed at an exclusive Awards ceremony in May 2018.

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The Professional Teaching Awards Cymru 2018 categories:

Supporting Teachers and Learners

School Business Manager/Bursar

Promoting Collaboration to Improve Learning Opportunities

Promoting Wellbeing, Inclusion and Relationships with the Community

Teacher of the Year

Headteacher of the Year

Outstanding New Teacher

Best use of Digital Learning

Inspirational use of the Welsh Language