TIME is running out to nominate your education heroes in this year’s Basingstoke Gazette Education Awards.

Nominations for this year’s awards are still being received, but the deadline of Thursday, 23 May is fast approaching in just one week's time.

The awards, which were set up last year, are to recognise those who play a part in the learning process across the borough.

It is a chance to honour some of the tremendous work that goes on in our schools and colleges at all levels, from those who volunteer their services right up to those who provide great leadership.

In 2018, we had a huge reaction from the education sector and the community as a whole with heart-warming tales of nominees going above and beyond, culminating in a gala evening where the awards were presented.

This year’s awards event takes place at The Apollo Hotel on July 4.

The 12 categories available for nomination this year are: Nursery/ Primary School Teacher of the Year, Secondary School Teacher of the Year, Trainer / College Teacher of the Year, Teaching Assistant/ Support Staff Award, Leadership Award, Voluntary Contribution Award, Community Involvement Award, Innovation Award, Special Educational Needs Staff Award, Science and Technology Award, Apprentice of the Year, and the Business in Schools award.

Nominations come from a variety of sources, from parents of pupils at the school, to the pupils themselves.

One of last year’s winners has since moved on from the area, but was the first winner of the Business in Schools Award last year.

Klara Reddy, then associate assistant headteacher at Aldworth School, was given the award for her work in building partnerships with local businesses.

Ranging from sessions on interviews and CVs, to getting volunteers from businesses to brighten up the garden, there were numerous achievements that led to the nomination.

Speaking at the ceremony last year, Klara said: “I’m really honoured to be recognised.

“I didn’t start teaching to win awards but it feels really lovely to feel valued for the work you have done.

“It has been such a good night to get together with other teachers as that is the best way to improve, to learn from each other.

“Basingstoke needs that teaching community together.”

All of the awards are available to people in the educational sector in the Basingstoke and Deane area, and nominations can be made by anyone.

To make a nomination for any of the award categories, go to form.jotformeu.com/80294391678367 and fill out the form before May 23.