THE Worcestershire Education Awards are back.

It will soon be time again to celebrate the best teachers, most outstanding heads and brilliant childminders that Worcestershire has to offer.

We’re bringing the Awards back for a second year to shine a spotlight on the people who work tirelessly to help inspire and educate our children.

We will be teaming up with the University of Worcester once again to make sure the hard work, passion and dedication seen across the county’s nurseries, schools and colleges - and in the wider community - is showcased and rewarded.

We’ll be officially launching this year’s awards next week and opening nominations.

You can put forward anyone involved with educating young people through early years, schools, colleges or post-18 education and training providers - or as a volunteer in community organisations.

Our team of judges will shortlist the finalists who will be invited to a black tie gala ball this summer where the awards will be presented.

The event is a chance for our community to say thank you to all those who inspire or encourage young people to widen their horizons, to aim high and to be the very best they can be.

Michael Purton, acting editor for the Worcester News, said: “Last year, we received hundreds of nominations and heard so many inspirational stories which we were privileged to be able to share with you, our readers.

“The awards culminated in a wonderful evening of celebration - showing just how many people are out there making a real difference and transforming the lives of children and adults.

“We cannot wait to hear more this year. Please nominate those who deserve to be recognised and help us give them the public credit they so deserve.”