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Grace Nominated for Inspirational Mentor Award

20 May 2020   |   Lucy Donald   |   Oakwell Rise Primary Academy

Grace received an email from the Sheffield Hallam University stating she has been nominated for the Inspirational Mentor Award.

At the Sheffield Institute of Education, trainees complete evaluations at the end of their placements where they are given the opportunity to nominate a mentor for an Inspirational Mentor Award if they so wish, and to comment on how this person has been influential to their training.

Grace was nominated by Shannon Stephens who she has helped to mentor through her teacher training at Oakwell Rise. Shannon said: “Over my time at school on BA3 placement, Grace has made me feel extremely welcome into school and made my experience on placement much better than I could ever have imagined my last placement to be. Throughout my time at Oakwell Rise, Grace has been nothing but supportive from day one and always had my best interests and wishes at the heart of everything that she allowed me to do within Year 5. This has been my best placement throughout my time at SHU and even though I was put through my paces and been challenged to the best of my abilities I feel as though each hurdle I came across allowed me to grow in confidence and pride in myself that I couldn’t possibly not nominate her for this award.  I just want to take this opportunity to show my appreciation and to thank not only Grace but the whole Oakwell Rise team as they all (especially the KS2 team) made me feel the most welcome and I couldn’t have got this far without them there to support me in my final placement. I would nominate the whole team if I could!”

All nominations will be forwarded to a panel of senior academic colleagues and the winners will be invited to the prize giving event of this year’s Graduation Ceremony at Sheffield City Hall.

The Inspirational Mentor Awards provide the University’s Initial Teacher Education Partnership with a wonderful opportunity to
acknowledge the remarkable contribution mentors make to the progress of students on placement.

Congratulations on your nomination Grace, it is an amazing achievement!

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