Teacher Awards speaker confirmed

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Rebecca Clark, regional schools commissioner for the south west, has been confirmed as opening speaker for the 2017 Cornwall Teacher Awards.

The awards, which take place at Truro Cathedral in April, have once again been attracting plenty of interest.

Nikki Baron, business development director at the event organiser, EMPRA, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Rebecca is speaking at the awards, she’s such an important figure in the education sector.”

The regional schools commissioner is responsible for overseeing the growth of academies in the region and is responsible for monitoring their performance to ensure children receive the best possible education.

Previously national education director and south west regional director for Oasis Community Learning, Clark has also held a senior leadership position in Exeter before moving to a vice principal position in Bristol. More recently, she held two headships as principal and executive principal in Bristol.

Confirmed sponsors so far for the event include: The University of Exeter, The University of St Mark and St John (MarJon), Truro and Penwith College, Cornwall College, Holywell Bay Fun Park, The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Enterprise Adviser Programme, Chaos Group, Business Cornwall magazine and national publication, Schools Week.

The Cornwall Music Services Trust is providing a string orchestra for the event. Gareth Churcher, the trust’s head of service, said: “We’re proud to be providing the opening entertainment at the Cornwall Teaching Awards this year.

“We employ over 100 teachers, so we recognise how important it is to acknowledge the hard work, determination and commitment not just of our learners but those who raise aspirations and inspire others to learn.”

The 2017 Cornwall Teacher Awards will take place at Truro Cathedral on April 21 and recognises excellence in education in Cornwall. Entry is free and the deadline for submissions is December 31.