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Annual awards celebrating teachers and schools broadcast on BBC2

25/10/2011 Joanna
The annual Teaching Awards are set be broadcast live on BBC2 this Sunday October 30th, with primary and secondary teachers as well as special needs teachers set to be awarded for their hard work.

Presented by British comedian, actor and mature student Lenny Henry, the 2011 UK Pearson Teaching Awards ceremony – often referred to as the 'Oscars for teachers' – will be held at the Palace Theatre in Cambridge.

Stars including Minnie Driver, Al Murray, David Morrissey and Beverley Knight will all present awards on the evening, which represents a yearly showcase for teachers and the education establishment.

Caroline Evans, chief executive of The Teaching Awards, said: "This is a record year for the Teaching Awards with more than 22,000 nominations.

"Each and every one has been thanked for making a difference to the lives of children and young people."

Every school in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is able to enter teachers into the Teaching Awards, which were established by Lord Puttnam CBE.

The awards, which are filmed by BBC2 every October, recognise and celebrate outstanding teachers who achieve exceptional results, often in very challenging circumstances.

Film producer and Labour peer, Lord Puttnam of Queensgate, said: "The Teaching Awards provides a unique opportunity for us to celebrate those who, tirelessly and often selflessly, dedicate their lives to securing a future for the next generation."

Through 11 different categories, teachers of all kinds will be celebrated at the career-defining ceremony.

Awards will be presented for Headteacher, Teacher, and Assistant Teacher of the Year. There are also awards for History, Science, and Special Needs Teacher of the Year.

The Teaching Awards are presided over by chairman Will Wyatt CBE, the former deputy director general of the BBC and Oscar-winning actress and writer Emma Thompson, who is the president.

Celebrity patrons of the award include Henry Winkler, Dame Kelly Holmes, John Snow and Kwame Kwei-Armah.

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