TIME is running out to nominate your favourite teachers, teaching assistants, schools and community groups with the deadline for the Worcestershire Education Awards just a week away.

Since the launch event on January 17, nominations have been coming in thick and fast celebrating excellence in education across the county in the third education award competition to be run in partnership between the Worcester News and the University of Worcester.

Nominations close for the awards on April 18, and all teachers, schools, education providers and support staff in the county can be nominated.

Once all the nominations are gathered, the panel of expert judges will go through them and create a shortlist.

The winners will be formally announced at an awards evening at the University of Worcester Arena on June 20.

Anyone can nominate an individual or an organisation for a Worcestershire Education Award and there are 12 categories:

• Early Years Education Award

• Community Involvement Award

• Primary / Middle School of the Year

• Head Teacher / Principal of the Year

• Secondary School of the Year

• Teacher / Lecturer of the Yea

• College, or Post-18 Education & Training Provider

• Newcomer of the Year

• Special Education Needs (SENCO) Award

• Support Staff of the Year

• Independent School of the Year

• Unsung Hero.

If you would like to nominate someone who goes the extra mile to educate and inspire across Worcestershire, go to www. worcesternews.co.uk/awards/worcestershire_education_awards