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Vote for Newport's Teacher of the Year


A NEWPORT teacher could be voted the best in Britain in a new competition being backed by the city centre’s Business Improvement District (BID).


The UK-wide Teacher of the Year competition could see £1,250 in Newport Gift Cards handed out if the winner comes from the city.


Delivered by Newport Now BID, the Newport Gift Card can be spent with over 50 businesses in the city centre, including high street stores and independent businesses, giving people an easy way to support local.

 

All types of teachers are eligible to be nominated for the Teacher of the Year award, including primary school teachers, secondary school teachers, special educational needs teachers, early years teachers, teaching assistants and headteachers. To nominate a teacher, people simply give the teacher’s name and a reason that they deserve to be the Teacher of the Year.


The teacher who receives the most votes will be crowned as Teacher of the Year and will receive a massive £500 Town & City Gift Card of their choice, such as the Newport Gift Card. One person who nominated the Teacher of the Year will also win a £250 Town & City Gift Card, and there will be a £500 Town & City Gift Card for the school that the winning teacher works at. 


Newport Now BID manager, Kevin Ward, said: “From the first day of school through to the last day of university, teachers have a transformational impact on children and young people’s lives. We know how many fantastic teachers and schools we have right here in Newport and I urge everyone to take two minutes to nominate a teacher that you think deserves to be crowned as Teacher of the Year.”


The Newport Gift Card is part of the award winning Town & City Gift Card concept from fintech Miconex. 


Colin Munro is the managing director of Miconex and said: “Schools, and teachers, are at the heart of our communities, and our Teacher of the Year competition is a celebration of the teachers who are going above and beyond to educate, help and inspire young people. We’ll be telling the stories of the nominations as they come in, giving teachers the recognition they deserve.” 


The Teacher of the Year competition is sponsored by group collecting platform GiftRound. Founded in 2018, GiftRound gives people an easy way to collect money for various occasions, including end of term gifts. The Newport Gift Card is available to buy on the GiftRound store


Craig Forsythe, CEO & founder at GiftRound, said sponsoring the Teacher of the Year competition was a natural fit for the company.  

“GiftRound makes it easy for groups of parents to collect money and buy the perfect gift for teachers without the hassle of sharing bank account details and endless WhatsApp messages.  We started working with Town & City Gift Cards because a group of parents collecting for a teacher’s gift asked for their local gift card to be added to the GiftRound store, leading to the onboarding of local gift cards across the UK and Ireland, including the Newport Gift Card. We’re delighted to sponsor the Teacher of the Year competition and we look forward to reading the entries.” 


Nominate a teacher in the Teacher of the Year competition at teacheroftheyear.co.uk 


The closing date for entries is August 31 with the Teacher of the Year announced in September 2024.  

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