OUR sponsors

Head Teacher of the Year

Sponsored By

Schoolwear Solutions

"We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Head teacher of the year award for the 4th consecutive year.

Sponsoring this award allows us to show our appreciation to head teachers who provide inspirational leadership and also motivate and involve staff, children, parents and partners across the school and its community to bring learning to life and inspire all to fulfil their potential.

As a retailer of school uniform, we have the privilege of working closely with Head teachers from around the country and we’re extremely proud to directly contribute to the image of their schools.

We’re very much looking forward to learning of the achievements of this year’s nominees and meeting them on the evening."



Sponsored By

Hastings Direct

Inspirational Teacher of the Year AWARD

Sponsored By


"Inspiration happens every day in every classroom, almost all of which goes unacknowledged. Teaching demands relentless energy, empathy, organisation and resilience, yet is all-to-often only measured in on points of progress made in core subjects. So, whilst this award may only recognise a handful of shortlisted teachers, it’s the least we can do to thank the thousands of inspiring teachers who are making a real difference through their innovations and ideas right now.
Eteach is the education recruitment site created by teachers for teachers. We believe that teachers and support staff, like nurses and social workers, are the unsung heroes in society and we are passionate in our support for their great work every day all over the country.

It’s more important than ever that we seek ways to celebrate the teachers who have brought a new idea or way of working to the sector, to make teaching more productive or enjoyable for teachers. By sponsoring an award like the Education Awards Inspirational Teacher of the Year, we can use our network of 1.8 million education professionals and over 7,500 schools to spread the good practice even further across more schools, and directly impact more teachers and learners everywhere."

rhiannon burrowes, marketing manager - eteach

student of the year award

Sponsored By

The Mead Educational Trust

Music Excellence Award

Sponsored By


"PPL PRS Ltd is delighted to sponsor the Music Excellence Award at the Leicester Mercury Education Awards 2018. Music is at the very heart of what we do, we believe passionately that musicians deserve to be fairly rewarded and recognised for their hard work. We want to ensure that young musicians continue to learn and where better to start than with our own music students and teachers here in Leicester. The city has a fantastic music and arts culture, and we are very proud to be a part of that community. Supporting the Music Excellence Award enables us to recognise these talented musicians and celebrate the power of music."

alexandra burns, PR & Communications Manager - ppl prs ltd

Apprentice of the Year Award

Sponsored By

Loughborough College

Newly Qualified Teacher of the Year

Sponsored By


"We are an innovative, school-support organisation with a strong track record of delivering

outstanding outcomes to a wide range of education settings, locally, regionally and
nationally. Our team and associates provide the specialist expertise and experience that
make us an obvious and unique partner for schools.

A ‘not for profit’ organisation, we embrace and support the work of educationalists across
the full breadth of the system, offering a wide range of services and bespoke training,
consistently underpinned by an ethos of trust and collaboration. We are regularly
commissioned to support the sector in a number of ways. Often, this is facilitating groups of
schools to work together to share ideas and solve problems collectively with an aim to build
professional partnerships, leading to sustainable improvements that will impact and
improve the lives and aspirations of all young people, regardless of their background. In
order to unlock the potential in every child and maximise their future capabilities, we work
under the guiding principle and belief that for every student, in every school, every teacher

We have chosen to sponsor this award as we fully recognise and value the hard work and
commitment that our new teachers make in inspiring students across the city. These NQTs
are our future school leaders. It is therefore essential that we not only celebrate all of their
achievements, but continue to provide them with all of the support, development and
guidance necessary enabling them to be the best that they can be for all of our young
people for years to come."

peter sloan, school strategy manager - sdsa

healthy schools award

Sponsored By

The Life Multi Academy Trust

School of the Year Award

Sponsored By

Aspire People

"Aspire People will always support a positive change in the education sector. When we heard about these awards we knew we had to be a part of them. They are amazing for the education sector and being a sponsor was an easy decision to make. These fantastic awards are a great opportunity to celebrate successes with people we know. Working with hundreds of schools every week, the School of the Year award was the perfect award for us to sponsor. Schools and their staff go above and beyond every day, for no other reason than they want to do their best in helping our future generation. That in itself is heart-warming and reminds us that life is about making a difference."

conal powell, marketing manager - aspire people

Science and Maths Award

Sponsored By

Fullhurst Community College

"We are extremely proud to be part of the Leicester Mercury 2018 Education Awards, recognising outstanding work by students and staff throughout Leicester and Leicestershire. To be part of Fullhurst Community College is to transform lives; developments in Science and Mathematics have brought about many positive transformations across the globe. This is why for the third year in succession Fullhurst Community College has chosen to sponsor the Science and Mathematics Achievement Award, because of the importance these subjects have in our ever-changing world. Not only do they help open doors to future pathways and careers for young people, but touch every part of our lives.

By teaching the application of both logic and analytical methods and developing investigation skills, we ensure that students are confident and self-assured when dealing with numbers in real life, able to make sense of the world around them, able to make informed decisions, resilient when problem solving and socially responsible. The continued achievement of Fullhurst students across Science and Mathematics is a reflection of the hard work that goes on in classrooms every single day. 

The priority of the college is to provide the highest quality education for every student in a supportive and inspiring environment. It is our aim that students leave Fullhurst Community College as successful, confident and responsible young people equipped with academic qualifications as well as the personal and social skills to enable them make a positive contribution to society."

steve piggot, community principal - FULLHURST community college

Sport Excellence Award

Sponsored By

Morningside Pharmaceuticals

“We’re passionate about education, which is why we have recently launched an Apprenticeship Programme with Loughborough College and have discovered first-hand the benefits of employing and developing young people.

We’re also sponsoring this year’s Careers Speed Networking event by the LLEP, which will see 300 students from 20 schools network with over 150 local employers to gain valuable careers advice.
“Sports is another area we actively support and we’re very proud to be the headline sponsor for Leicester’s 3,000 capacity Morningside Arena, which provides state-of-the-art gym and sports facilities for our local schools, colleges and the universities. 

This is why we’re delighted to be supporting the Education Awards and the Sports Excellence category. If you know of a sports teacher or a supporting educator who goes the extra mile, then please take a few moments to nominate them for this amazing award.”

DR Nik kotecha OBE, Chief Executive - Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd

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