Nominate your Teacher of the Year in Bristol

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People are being encouraged to nominate a teacher in a newly launched Teacher of the Year competition, with £1250 in Bristol Gift Cards as a possible prize.

Led by the three central Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), the Love Bristol Gift Card can be spent with more than 170 businesses in the city, including shops, restaurants, theatres and salons, 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.

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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 Love Bristol 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.

The Love Bristol Gift Card is backing a new Teacher of the Year competition.The Love Bristol Gift Card is backing a new Teacher of the Year competition.
The Love Bristol Gift Card is backing a new Teacher of the Year competition.

Bristol City Centre BID, Redcliffe & Temple BID and Broadmead BID are behind the Love Bristol Gift Card.

Steve Bluff, head of Redcliffe & Temple BID, said: “With the end of the school year fast approaching, the Teacher of the Year competition is a great chance for people to give deserved recognition to teachers and schools who are positively impacting pupils’ lives in our local community.”

Vivienne Kennedy, head of Broadmead BID, said: “£1250 in Love Bristol Gift Cards is a fantastic prize. The Teacher of the Year could use their £500 gift card on everything from meals out to pampering and shopping with over 170 businesses in the city. The choice and flexibility of the card means there are lots of options for schools to spend their £500 gift card too, from a school trip to a staff celebration.”

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Vicky Lee, head of Bristol City Centre BID, adds: “We know how many hard working teachers there are in Bristol. It takes just 2 minutes to nominate a teacher and give a reason that they deserve to win, and you could receive a £250 Love Bristol Gift Card if they are crowned as Teacher of the Year.”

The Love Bristol 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 Love Bristol Gift Card is available to buy on the GiftRound store.

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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 Love Bristol 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 at midnight. The Teacher of the Year will be announced in September. 

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