Watch the 2021 Islington Education Awards

Celebrating innovation and excellence in Islington education

The University was proud to sponsor the Teacher of the Year category at the third annual Islington Education Awards.

Date: 20 July 2021

London Met was delighted to sponsor the category for Teacher of the Year at the 2021 Islington Education Awards. Now in their third year, the awards are a celebration of the ambition, innovation and excellence in teaching and learning in the borough.

Hosted by children's author and TV personality Konnie Huq, and with awards announced by Christopher Eccleston, Tamzin Outhwaite and Denise Welch, this year's ceremony honoured the work of the incredible teaching and support staff in Islington's schools during an unprecedented time.

With many challenges faced by schools and students alike, the past 18 months have seen education professionals rise to the huge task of evolving, inventing and adapting to completely new ways of working, in addition to providing an essential link to normality for children during lockdown. The awards recognise and applaud those achievements and also help to inspire an Islington pride within our excellent schools.

Sophie Cloutterbuck, Director of London Engagement at London Met said, "Teachers have worked incredibly hard to continue educating students throughout a very challenging year. London Met has a long-held commitment to enhancing opportunities through education, and we are delighted to celebrate the achievements of our extraordinary local schools and colleges at the Islington Education Awards through sponsorship of the 2021 Teacher of the Year category."

"It's probably no surprise that this year's nominees were universally inspiring, but I continue to be awestruck by the dedication of those working in Islington education" said Maggie Elliott, Chair of the Islington Community of Schools. "I hope that this awards event goes a little way to thanking everyone in our community for pulling together for the children and young people of Islington in this pandemic year."

The awards are supported by Islington Council, whose leader Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz said: "It's an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to celebrate Islington's inspiring teaching and support staff, who have risen admirably and continued to educate and nurture our young people through the profound difficulties that the pandemic and government action has forced on them.

"We are determined to give Islington's young people the best possible start in life and our settings are at the heart of that ambition. They equip our young people with the skills, confidence and resilience to give them the best chance to go on and succeed."

Cllr Michelline Safi Ngongo, the council's Executive Member for Children, Young People and Families said: "For the last 18 months, staff working in Islington's educational settings have overcome unparalleled professional challenges. These awards are a very welcome opportunity to celebrate their dedication, creativity and determination to support and inspire Islington's children and young people."

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