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Gloucestershire hospital education service is finalist for two national education awards


The hospital education service in Gloucestershire and a teaching assistant for the service have both been nominated for an award for their outstanding work.

t was announced on the 15th April that Gloucestershire hospital education service (GHES) has been shortlisted as a finalist for the TES (Times Educational Supplement) alternative provision school of the year award 2016.

The awards, now in their seventh year, recognises the outstanding contribution to education made by teams and individuals both inside and outside schools. Winners will be announced on 24th June.

Emma Stevenson, a teaching assistant at GHES, has been shortlisted and is a finalist for the Pearson Teaching Awards for teaching assistant of the year.

Judges will visit GHES on 28th April to will observe Emma at work and see if she could be the national winner.

The winner of the silver award will be announced on 17th June. If Emma wins the award, she will then be entered in the Teaching Awards UK ceremony, which takes place in October, for the Gold Plato Award. The ceremony is filmed by the BBC and broadcast as "Britain's Classroom Heroes" on BBC2.

Annalise Price-Thomas, head of Gloucestershire hospital education service, said: "I am so proud of the whole GHES team. Everyone is passionate about the outcomes of the vulnerable young people that we support. "

"We all believe that pupil wellbeing and achievement go hand-in-hand and aim to create learning experiences which are high challenge but low stress. Our Wellbeing and Enrichment programme in particular have really had an impact on the achievement of the pupils we work with.  It is great for the team to receive the recognition they deserve. "

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "It's fantastic to see Gloucestershire's officially 'outstanding' hospital education service leading the way nationally.  These nominations are so well deserved.   

"It's a tribute to the team that our children and young people do so well, often in the face of the most significant health challenges, and to see Emma Stevenson shortlisted as TA of the year really is the icing on the cake."

For further information about Gloucestershire hospital education service please visit our GHES page.

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