We attended the very first Education Awards on Friday, and what a night it was!
Education establishments, industry and business came together in one room to celebrate what’s great about the education sector. It was fantastic to share a room with 400 people that, together had one common goal: To skill today’s children, for tomorrow.
On the night we were privileged to meet so many outstanding people and to present not one, but FOUR very deserving awards:
Teacher/Lecturer of the year, presented by Michaela Powell
Most Innovative Teacher of the year, presented by Daniel Dawkins
Outstanding support for Students, presented by Conal Powell
University of the year, presented by Kelly Steadman-Hope
The venue was gorgeous, as you’d expect for the ‘Oscars of the Education Sector’, it was draped in black and purple, and sparkled beautifully as tiny lights shone in the background.
Organiser Jas Rohel, pulled out all the stops in a bid for a fantastic night, and that it was! Jas arranged for a choir performance by Alston Primary followed by stunning classical music performances by children at Leigh Perry Music School. Master Magician Chris Priest later followed, and the guests were in awe at the end of night as the awards were closed by an incredible performance by undercover waiters who stole the show with a beautiful rendition of Nessun Dorma.
The evening was presented by Comedian Patrick Monahan and naughty school boy Raj. The hosts brought a hue of comedy and entertainment throughout the night, whilst recognising the unsung heroes among us.
There were speeches from Andy Street, Mayor of Birmingham who said “There is nothing more important than education and skills” and pledged his commitment to the education sector. He also thanked Jas and the sponsors (including our very own Aspire People team) for making the event possible.
Paul Faulkner, Chair of the Chamber of Commerce and Julian Beer, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Birmingham City University shared gratitude and thanks towards the event, with Paul describing the event as “an event that feels as though it should have lasted forever”.
Congratulations to all the winners of the night and also, to all the nominations.
We are already excited for the Education Awards 2018 and hope to see you there! So, who’s in? You can nominate here.