Calling all Sefton schools! The Educate Awards launches for 2018

The Educate Awards is thrilled to announce entries are now open for 2018’s ceremony, in association with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh as title sponsors.

Many Sefton schools were celebrated at last years ceremony including Netherton Moss Primary School, Formby High, St Michael’s CofE High School and Bedford Primary.

The awards, founded by Kim O’Brien in 2012, is the largest education awards in the North West and celebrates every aspect of the school’s curriculum, teaching and staff.

From inspiring teachers, superb support staff to innovative projects across the curriculum, the awards recognise the work of schools and colleges which are delivering outstanding education and helping students achieve their full potential.

The awards are free to enter and open to all government funded and independent private educational establishments, including primary, secondary, further education providers and special needs schools in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Lancashire.

Kim O’Brien says:

“The Educate Awards is an important platform to celebrate education and give those working in schools who transform learning, the credit they deserve.

“We would love to hear about the teachers, support staff and exciting projects happening in schools right across the Liverpool city region!

“We are delighted to launch the call for entries for 2018 and are looking forward to celebrating another year of outstanding education in the North West.”

Associate sponsors include Winstanley College, All About STEM, Liverpool John Moores University, CER, Progress Schools, Liverpool Learning Partnership, School Improvement Liverpool, The Foundry Agency, LSSP, The Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt. Revd. Paul Bayes, DMR David M Robinson Jewellery & Watches and BMD Law.

The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 24 June 2018. The shortlist will be announced prior to the awards ceremony and the winners will be revealed on 16 November at Liverpool Cathedral.

For further information including full details of how to enter, please visit

 Award categories

  • The Communication Award
  • Eco School Project of the Year
  • Spirit of Enterprise Award
  • SEND Provision Award
  • Innovative and Creative Literacy Award
  • STEM Project of the Year
  • Outstanding Arts in a Primary School
  • Outstanding Arts in a Secondary School
  • Career Aspiration Award
  • Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Primary School
  • Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Secondary School
  • Community Partnership Award
  • Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills
  • Innovation in Education Award
  • School Support Star of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Leadership Team of the Year
  • Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider
  • Most Inspirational Secondary School
  • Most Inspirational Primary School
  • Wow Recognition Award

The 5th ADHD Foundation National Annual Symposium presents: “ADHA in the Twenty First Century” – 9th & 10th November 2017

The 5th ADHD Foundation National Annual Symposium
“ADHA in the Twenty First Century”
9th and 10th November 2017
The Rum Warehouse Conference Centre, Titanic Hotel, Liverpool

A two day conference exploring new ideas, approaches and best practice in Health, Social Care and Education for children, young people and adults with ADHD, ASC and other neurodevelopmental conditions.

PRESENTATIONS INCLUDE: The crisis in transition from paediatric to adult services, Medication: new applications, ADHD and Early Years, ADHD and challenging behaviour in schools, Improving accuracy in ADHD screening, ADHD and Literacy, ADHD and Attachment, ADHD and Gene􀆟cs, ADHD and Parenting, Well Being Tool Kits for schools, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Nurse led ADHD Services and others to be confirmed.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Rory Bremner (Patron of the ADHD Foundation), Simon Weston OBE, Bill Colley, Professor Edmund Barke, Professor Phil Asherson, Dr Jeremy Fellick, Dr Ruairi Gallagher, Dr Peter Mason, Professor Susan Young, Fintan O’Regan, Dr Melanie Gill, Elly Wright, Dr Madeleine Portwood, Dr Astrid Janssens, Tamsin Ford, Teresa Jennings, Professor Philip Calder, Dr Madeline Marczak, Emily Le Proust, Professor Anita Tharpar, Dr Joe Johnson.

One day: £140
Two days: £260
Bursary places available at £90 per day

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Formby pupil bags Big Bang prize for engineering effort

A high school pupil from Formby has engineered himself a big win at a national convention.

Ben Pott, of Formby High School, got more than just a fun day out when he attended the national Big Bang Fair at Birmingham’s NEC recently.

There were a variety of tasks at the civil engineering stand, including looking into greener waste management systems, building a mini wind turbine, trying to build a Leaning Tower of Pisa that doesn’t lean, and more.

All the pupils who completed their tasks had their names put into a draw, and Ben was one of the four lucky ones picked as a winner.

During assembly at the school last week, Ben was presented with a pair of coveted Beats headphones as well as a certificate of merit from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), one of the world’s oldest professional bodies.

After presenting the award Darrell Matthews, North West Regional Director of the Institution of Civil Engineers, said: “Ben and 3,000 other young people got the chance to show their creativity and ingenuity in tackling a range of activities on the civil engineering stand, and Ben was one of just four awarded a prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers.

“Those fun challenges were a taster of what Ben and his fellow pupils at Formby High School could be doing in a few years’ time if they choose a career in civil engineering.

“It could be a career designing tunnels, bridges, flood defences, or coming up with new ways of handling waste or modernising our energy supply. And with a growing population, a changing climate and new technologies emerging – we need civil engineers more than ever.”

Ben, 13, said: “I really enjoyed my experience at the Big Bang Fair and am looking forward to using my new Beats headphones!”

Miss Atherton, who led Formby High School’s trip to the fair, said: “I was thrilled to hear that Ben had won a competition he entered whilst on the Big Bang trip.

“It is great to see that students are inspired about STEM-related career opportunities and that there are lots of avenues for them to take.”

Mr Mackenzie, headteacher at Formby High School, said: “We are delighted to see Ben rewarded for his creativity and ingenuity at the recent Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.

“The school places particular importance on STEM, recognising the importance these educational paths have on future innovation and development in Britain and beyond.

“We would like to congratulate Ben on his accomplishment and living up to the school motto ‘Determined to Achieve’.”

The Big Bang Fair is the UK’s largest event to celebrate science and engineering with young people, and this year’s event at Birmingham NEC attracted over 80,000 visitors.

Working Futures project offers help and support for local, young unemployed people

Working Futures is a new project, part funded by the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative to provide a personalised, flexible package of support to help young people aged 16 to 29, who are currently not in employment, education or training (NEET), to move towards a better future.

The programme will be delivered by a partnership of 22* not-for-profit training providers spanning the six boroughs of Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Halton and Wirral, with the ability to offer localised delivery in key areas of need

Led by Greenbank College, in collaboration with VOLA Consortium, the proven multi-agency approach, founded on partners that really care about their local communities, will ensure that those in need of additional support to help develop their skills and find work will receive the best possible service; whatever their starting point.

Assistance will include employability and skills development, work experience and wider barrier removal and the time on the programme will be dependent upon the needs of the individual.

Gerry Kinsella, Greenbank’s Chief Executive said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and to be able to offer this vital service to young people and make a real difference to local communities.

All of the partners have a vital role to play in ensuring the programme’s success and it is an honour to be leading such an experienced partnership.”

Stuart McGrory, Consortium Manager at VOLA added:

“This funding is fantastic news for Liverpool City Region and all its young, unemployed adults. As a collaboration of community based, not-for-profit organisations, we understand the needs of young people in our local communities and are fully committed to helping them find work, or move in to education or training as a stepping stone to the labour market.”

CCGs make the final of prestigious student awards

A joint scheme between NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG made it into the final shortlist at the Student Nursing Times Award.

The CCGs were nominated along with seven others in the ‘Student Placement of the Year – Community’ category, after becoming the first accredited hub in the country to offer bespoke placement opportunities to student nurses.

Through the placement scheme the CCGs provide students with a structured learning environment, offering them the support and experience they need for their future careers. The placements that the CCGs offer introduce pre-registration student nurses, student quality ambassadors (SQAs) and care makers into a commissioning setting in order to improve quality of care.

The collaborative work the CCGs have been doing with Edge Hill University and the North West Placement Development Network (NWPDN) means that students are mentored by the quality team at the CCGs with the opportunity to interact with board level professionals and attend high level strategic meetings. They are also given the opportunity to input into the development of the CCGs’ strategic plans and commissioning priorities to ensure that quality of care of patients remain at the centre of what they do in a complex commissioning environment.

Brendan Prescott, deputy chief nurse for both CCGs, said: “We were so thrilled to have been shortlisted for this award.

“We are proud of what we have achieved and have worked extremely hard to put the student placements together working with Edge Hill University and NWPDN, so it means a lot to us all that this has been recognised.”

Sheila Ollerhead, Associate Head of Nursing at Edge Hill said: “The collaborative work Edge Hill University has been doing with the CCGs and the NWPDN means that students have developed an understanding of how a CCG operates within a local economy and have gained first-hand experience of how decisions are made at a strategic and commissioning level.

“The scheme enhances student understanding of the skills to being an effective leader and an ability to form relationships within and across agencies. Importantly, it provides an avenue for newly qualified nurses to explore a future career within a CCG.

“The ability to offer students such high level placement opportunities is a great platform for attracting potential students to undertake a degree in Nursing at Edge Hill. A huge well done to the CCG for making it into the final shortlist.”

These awards are the only one of its kind to celebrate the very best in student nurses and nurse education. They pay tribute to student nurses who have demonstrated the academic achievement, clinical prowess and personal qualities that will make them brilliant nurses.

The event was held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 28 April. For more details see: