Screen capture from Esther Rantzen introduces new Community Awards

Esther Rantzen introduces new Community Awards

TV presenter, ChildLine founder and campaigner Esther Rantzen is one of the ambassadors for the Community Education Awards. She is well aware that children have a great deal of interest in fundraising and helping their communities and says these projects encourage them to be part of something bigger, working within their schools and with their teachers:

"Anything that celebrates the achivements of young people within their community is wonderful" - Esther Rantzen CBE

"Teachers are looking outside the school playground, outside the school walls and are aware that if they can build bridges between the generations, between the school and the community, it's in everyone's interest."

The Community Education Awards aim to help schools and pupils become positive community members and do more for their local areas. The awards categories range across environmental issues to anti-bullying, internet safety and sports and there are categories for individual as well as group prizes. Many schools already work on issues and projects that fit within the Community Awards categories within their PSHE or Citizenship classes and they make an excellent way to reward schools for ongoing projects and work within their area.

The Awards are organised by The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain (PCCGB) and grew out of work they were doing with schools; from organising amateur boxing clubs to developing education resources. The Awards have been devised to not only recognise the efforts of schools and pupils but to show the most innovative and effective school/community projects.

Kelly Griffiths, Awards Coordinator, highlighted the community focus of the scheme. "The Community Education Awards will set a benchmark for schools in preparing children to become community members in the widest possible sense. They have been designed to cover a range of areas crucial to community life from money management and careers to the environment and attitudes to alcohol."

The inaugural Awards are currently being judged with the first winners given their prizes at a ceremony hosted by Esther Rantzen in July. But schools are encouraged to look at the website and apply later in the year for the 2012 awards. They are open to all schools both primary and secondary as well as pupil referral units and along with acclaim for the schools, the scheme's sponsors offer education resources and cash prizes.

For more details see the website:


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