“Our education professionals work hard every day for our children, and they deserve to be publicly recognised and encouraged for their contribution,” Barbara Kuriger said.
“I want to see our local educators apply for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, which are now open. We have so many talented teachers in our area, who I have met during visits to our local schools and early childhood centres.
“The awards recognise and celebrate these people in our communities who are delivering the best teaching to children, those who raise the bar that bit higher.”
The awards cover early childhood education, primary, through to secondary schooling.
The four main categories are excellence in governing, excellence in leading, excellence in teaching and learning, and excellence in engaging.
The category winners will receive $20,000. The winner of the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for the partnership or group that has had the most impact on raising student achievement will receive an additional $30,000.
“The Education Focus Prize for next year is Collaboration across communities to develop initiatives that improve the health and well-being of children and young people.
“It’s for programmes where schools and early childhood services work with communities to encourage children to make healthy lifestyle choices around food, nutrition, and physical education. We want our children to get the best start in life.
“High-quality education provides the opportunity for any child from any background to get ahead and make the most of their life, and the teachers who contribute to this should be celebrated,” Kuriger said.
Entries close on 18 March 2016, entry forms and information are available at https://www.pmawards.education.govt.nz/enter/.