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The winners are out.

Not even a royal wedding is as good at lifting the gloom as hearing about the inspirational work going on in our schools. While the economic downturn is squeezing budgets everywhere – and more cuts are on the way - schools across the UK are still managing to push the boundaries.

Now in their third year, the TES Schools Awards – or Tessas – aim to celebrate this work. This year’s awards attracted a record number of entries, extolling the achievements of teachers, school leaders, support staff and pupils alike. If there is one principle underlying the awards it is that success is a team effort. It is rarely the product of one person acting alone. Having said that, one individual will receive the Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of a career devoted to education.

This year, one of the categories, Outstanding Community Partnership, attracted such a large number of high-calibre entries that we decided to split it in two. One award will recognise a community partnership; the other will acknowledge community partnerships with a business link. Another innovation this year is that the judges will choose a School of Schools from the winners of the three school categories, for primary, secondary and special needs.

The winners will be announced at a gala lunch at the Park Lane Hilton in London on 8 July. We hope to see many of you there.

Gerard Kelly

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