THE prestigious Golden Apple Awards have returned to the county for 2024, celebrating all the best that Cumbria has to offer in the education industry.

The special evening is a key date in the education calendar to toast those who are top of the class, and rewards excellence in education and learning in all of its forms.

The awards ceremony recognises the talent, resilience and achievements of the education sector and its inspiring people.

Whether it be amazing teachers, fantastic apprentices, pioneering initiatives or students who go the extra mile, we want YOU to help Newsquest Cumbria shine a spotlight on the best in the industry.

The awards have again been launched in association with University of Cumbria - a lead player in delivering top quality, professional higher-level learning.

The Westmorland Gazette: Dr Jonathan Eaton, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of CumbriaDr Jonathan Eaton, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Cumbria (Image: Supplied)

Dr Jonathan Eaton, pro vice chancellor, University of Cumbria, said: “As a university of, for and from Cumbria, we work across all levels of education in partnerships.

"These include the establishment of the Pears Cumbria School of Medicine with Imperial College London and our well-established relationships with schools, colleges, key employers and NHS trusts.

"These partnerships open up exciting opportunities for the training of future professionals for the benefit of our region, young people, and communities.

“With educators, businesses, employers and many more, our collaborations are helping to increase much-needed and higher-level skills across our region and beyond, and working to raise participation in higher education locally.

"We do this through our flexible and progressive programmes delivered to a diverse student body that’s currently around 14,000 students, driving our mission to equip our learners and communities, enabling them to thrive for generations to come.

“We are particularly proud of our service to the education sector and workforce via our strong partnerships with schools, networks and settings along with our long-established Initial Teacher Education which is judged to be ‘good’ by Ofsted. Our trainees ‘benefit from well-structured curriculums’ and via our ITE are ‘very well prepared’ for their future careers.

“Therefore as the 2024 Golden Apple Awards are launched, the following period of time provides us all with the opportunity to consider and nominate those who we know dedicate themselves to supporting others through learning, practice and research right across Cumbria.”

Award category sponsors also include Energy Coast UTC, Furness College, BAE Systems and Cumbria Education Trust.

The awards will be held on Thursday, October 10 at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal. To find out more or nominate someone for an award you can click this link: or the QR code below.

The Westmorland Gazette: Scan this code for the Golden Apple Awards nomination form Scan this code for the Golden Apple Awards nomination form (Image: NQ staff)

We’d like to take a moment to talk about our Charity Partner the NSPCC. The NSPCC makes a huge difference to the lives of the children and young people they support, particularly through their Childline Service which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to give children and young people a voice when no-one else is listening.

There are so many issues facing children and young people with Childline receiving a call from a young person every 45 seconds on average. From these calls mental and emotional health and wellbeing remains a top concern for children and young people.

Every penny we raise will help Childline give children and young people the help they so desperately need. Thank you all for helping us support such a vital Charity.

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