The winners of the inaugural Eastern Daily Press Norfolk Education Awards will be announced later this year, recognising individuals and institutions that have excelled in the sector.

There are several categories open for entries and nominations, and the winner of each category will be automatically entered for the Overall Education Hero of the Year award, sponsored by Step Teachers.

This special award will go to a person or establishment that exemplifies an outstanding commitment to learning, students and teachers as well as the wider community, showcasing the dedication, innovation and passion shown throughout the county’s education sector.

Kim Shellock, regional manager for Step Teachers, shared her thoughts on education in Norfolk and what she will be looking for as a judge of the Overall Education Hero of the Year award.

What would you say are the benefits of being educated in Norfolk?

Norfolk is known for its excellent and diverse educational institutions, with many receiving high rankings and accreditation.

Providing students with many opportunities to pursue their interests, its rich cultural and historical heritage offers a unique learning experience; from visiting museums and historic sites to exploring the local art and music scene. Norfolk is also home to many thriving industries, including agriculture, tourism and healthcare.

We’re proud that being educated in Norfolk means our students have access to high-quality education, affordable living, beautiful natural surroundings, cultural opportunities and potential career prospects.

Eastern Daily Press: Kim Shellock, regional manager at Step TeachersKim Shellock, regional manager at Step Teachers (Image: Step Teachers)

Why is it important to celebrate our education heroes?

It is important to celebrate our education heroes because they play such a vital role in shaping the future of our society by empowering and inspiring the next generation.

By recognising their contributions, we acknowledge the significant impact they have on our communities and the world at large.

Celebrating education heroes also helps to foster a culture of appreciation and respect for teachers, which can improve the overall quality of education and attract more talented individuals to the profession.

What qualities are you looking for in this category?

I am looking for someone who has gone above and beyond to inspire and support students and their education.

The ideal candidate should be passionate about teaching and have made a significant impact in their field. They should have strong leadership skills, be innovative and creative, and have a proven track record of improving student outcomes.

Additionally, they should be dedicated, hardworking and committed to making a positive difference in the lives of their students.

What are your hopes for the future of education in Norfolk?

My hopes for the future of education in Norfolk are that it will continue to evolve and adapt to meet the changing needs of students, providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in their future careers.

I also hope that education in Norfolk will become more accessible and inclusive, providing equal opportunities for all students, regardless of their background or circumstances.

Finally, I hope that education in Norfolk will continue to inspire a love for learning and a curiosity about the world.


The entry deadline for the Eastern Daily Press Norfolk Education Awards is Sunday, June 11.

If you know an individual or establishment that deserves to win an award, or wish to enter yourself, make sure to nominate or submit an entry at before it’s too late.

There are 12 categories to enter in total:

  • Early Years School of the Year 
  • Primary School of the Year 
  • Outstanding Support for Students 
  • Secondary School of the Year 
  • Outstanding Commitment to STEM
  • Further or Higher Education Provider of the Year 
  • Student of the Year 
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Outstanding Commitment to Sport 
  • Teaching Assistant or Support Staff of the Year 
  • Teacher of the Year 
  • Outstanding Commitment to SEND