The finalists of the 2016 Golden Apple Awards, celebrating Cumbria’s heroes of education, skills and learning, have been chosen.
Judges gathered in Carlisle on Wednesday, August 17 to decide who should win this year’s CN Group Education and Learning Awards.
The awards are once again supported by the University of Cumbria – a partner of Choose Cumbria – and career guidance organisation Inspira.
Dr Jackie Moses, director of the university’s institute of education, and Mark Bowman, chief executive of Inspira, were on the judging panel, with Kelly Pattison, education reporter at Cumbrian Newspapers.
They were joined by chairman Marie Whitehead, director of cnevents, and Megan Norwood, also of cnevents, part of CN Group.
Members of the panel spent hours debating the nominations before reaching their final decisions.
Dr Moses said: “It has been a privilege to read so many fantastic stories about the impact of education on young people and learners of all ages.
“We as judges have found it very difficult to do our job.”
Shortlisted finalists will be revealed on Friday, September 2.
They will be invited to attend a gala dinner at Carlisle Racecourse on Friday, October 7, where award winners will be announced.
There are 19 award categories with sections awarding staff and learners as well as individuals, teams and organisations.
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