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On Sunday 22nd October, Hayley will attend a glittering awards ceremony at The East Wintergarden, London, where she will find out if she has won a prestigious Gold Plato Award.  Hayley was nominated for the accolade by pupils, parents and colleagues in the St Pauls Catholic School community.

The ceremony, hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty with Countryfile’s Sean Fletcher, will be broadcast on BBC TWO at 6pm on 29th October, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, and is an annual event that celebrates the very best of the UK’s teaching profession. Eleven Gold Plato awards will be presented across categories such as Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School, Excellence in Special Needs Education and Lifetime Achievement.

In June this year, Hayley was recognised for her exceptional contribution to the teaching profession as one of just 56 Silver Teaching Award winners in the UK, winning her award in the category The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School.

Hayley started her teaching career in 1992, and joined St Paul’s in 2014, firstly on a part time basis and then as a full-time class teacher. She successfully combines being a mother of 4 children and an outstanding class room teacher. Hayley’s students adore her. More importantly they trust her and this has allowed Hayley to ask them to perform their very best. Their parents know that there is something magical unfolding and they are only too eager support the efforts within class. What sets Hayley apart is her desire to keep learning. Thus, when new initiatives are being trialled she is at the front of the line looking to participate. The progress that her children make is strong and this is because Hayley constructs lessons and learning opportunities specifically for the needs of her children.

The Pearson Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching. Founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam, they recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

Michael Morpurgo, Children’s Author and President of the Pearson’s Teaching Awards said: “Teachers are the quiet heroes. By telling their stories, by highlighting their skill and dedication, we can do some justice to them and to the whole profession. Through the Teaching Awards, we hope to enhance the reputation and value of the teachers in our lives, their importance in our society, and thus help to encourage the most talented and committed young people to become teachers.”

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: “Great teaching improves the life chances of our children. It’s an incredibly tough, pressured and wearing job. Teachers deserve all the support we can give them, now more than ever. That’s why these Pearson teaching awards are important, and that’s why I’m delighted once again to lend our support to giving teaching the recognition it deserves.”

Parents and students alike can recognise and thank the teachers who are making a difference by visiting to thank a teacher. Doing so means they will be in with a chance of winning at next year’s ceremony.

For more information please contact:

Mary Palmer at the Pearson Teaching Awards

[email protected]

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انظر الى هذا  Leading children’s hospice charity, Shooting Star Chase, want you to channel your inner Santa and Ho, Ho, Ho through the trees with our new festive challenge Santa Skywalk to help raise vital funds for sick children and their families.

The brand new event takes place at Skywalk Adventure, Esher on Saturday 2nd December, where participants shall don a Santa suit and take to the trees to complete an exciting obstacle course with a difference! The whole family can take part, with each participant receiving a Santa Suit, certificate of completion and a Christmas stocking goodie bag.

Shooting Star Chase hope to raise £12,000 from this exhilarating event to help make every moment count for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

خيار ثنائي اليابان Kate Law, اريد المتاجرة بالذهب Challenge Events Fundraiser at Shooting Star Chase, organises the Santa Skywalk and said:
“We’re so excited to hold our first ever Santa Skywalk and hope everyone will channel their inner Santa’s and come join us to zip through the trees. It’s something the whole family can take part in and is a great fun festive way to help raise vital funds to help families at a time of year where family is so important.”

Registration is £20 which includes your Santa suit and a Christmas stocking goodie bag and those who reach their fundraising target by 24th November will be entered into a free prize draw to win a Festive Family Hamper!

موارد إضافية To find out more about Shooting Star Chase’s Santa Skywalk and to sign up visit or contact via email on [email protected] or call 01932 823100.


With fireworks night on the horizon, Surrey Wildlife Trust is appealing to all bonfire builders to think about hibernating hedgehogs when constructing and lighting their wood piles. Unfortunately bonfire night coincides with the season when small mammals are looking for cosy places to hide, which can be disastrous.

“A stack of dry wood and leaves piled up for a bonfire might look to a hedgehog like the perfect place to overwinter and sadly we fear many animals do perish in fires every year,” said Dawn Fielding, the Trust’s Wildlife Gardening Officer.

“Gardeners love these adorable prickly creatures, as they eat bugs and slugs and are great for natural pest control. But hedgehogs are undergoing an unprecedented decline, with some experts recently warning of possible extinction within ten years! So it’s vitally important we all do what we can to protect them.”

The Trust wants bonfire night to be a safe night for all concerned – but especially hedgehogs. So it’s put together these top tips to help protect these prickly visitors:

  • Consider piling material near the site of your fire and building your bonfire just before lighting. This will give small creatures less chance to move in.
  • Check your bonfire carefully before setting it on fire and remove any small inhabitants – rehome in a safe area away from dogs or cats, such as under a hedge or large bush and well away from your bonfire.
  • If you do have to build your bonfire beforehand, consider constructing a fence around it made of chicken wire, to help deter any mammals looking for a cosy home.

Hedgehogs were voted as the UK’s national species in 2013 but since the 1950s their numbers have seen a startling 95% decline. They’re disappearing from our landscape as fast as tigers are worldwide and there are thought to be fewer than a million left in the UK.

The declining quality of hedgerows, over-management of parks and the loss of gardens to paving and decking have been partly to blame for the hedgehog’s decline. The increased use of chemicals in gardening and farming means there are fewer insects, slugs and snails for hedgehogs to eat.

Surrey Wildlife Trust is working to improve habitats for hedgehogs and trying to raise awareness of their plight. It’s launched a new هنا ‘Adopt A Hedgehog’ pack to help support conservation work, which includes an adorable cuddly toy hedgehog, official adoption certificate and a fact sheet for £25.

The Trust has also set up a اخبار الذهب Hedgehog Hotspots campaign to survey numbers of hedgehogs in the county. Animal lovers are asked to keep an eye out for the prickly mammals and report their findings on the Trust’s website, which is hosting a map of recent sightings.

Adult hedgehogs travel up to two kilometres a night hunting for food and they need to be able to move between gardens and green spaces.  You can help them by cutting a hedgehog-sized hole in your garden fence.  Or why not build your own hedgehog house out of a wooden box or pile of logs or sticks with some warm dry straw or leaves inside?

The Trust is also working to conserve and create habitat for hedgehogs with its new بوب إلى هذا الموقع ‘Hedgerow Heroes’ citizen science project. Volunteers are needed to help survey, monitor and conserve hedgerows and plant new ones. Why not help hedgehogs where you live by signing up as a volunteer?

For more information about all the Trust’s work to help hedgehogs, including لدينا نظرة خاطفة هنا Hedgehog Adoptions, Hedgerow Heroes and ثنائي الخيار مسرد Hedgehog Hotspots, visit

A Cobham-based firm has received a business boost from Retail Entrepreneur Theo Paphitis. Last week, Jo Mitchell Long, founder of Dib Dab Art Club, tweeted Theo about her business during ‘Small Business Sunday’ and was one of six weekly winners to gain a retweet by Theo to his 500,000 Twitter followers. The weekly initiative, set up by Theo in 2010, now has over 2000 #SBS winners and supports small businesses in the UK.
Business and retail entrepreneur and self-confessed Shopkeeper, Theo re-tweeted Dib Dab Art Clubs message to his almost 500,000 followers and as a result, has received many new enquiries and enrolments for their art clubs. They are also profiled on the #SBS website ( that is exclusive to all Small Business Sunday winners.
Jo Mitchell Long said, “We were delighted but in total shock! It means so much to win a business award from one of the most respected entrepreneurs in the UK. We work very hard to keep Dib Dab a hugely creative, inspiring, fresh and fun experience for all local children from 8 months to
10 years and we can’t thank Theo enough for choosing us!”
“We are now very excited for the next stage in the Dib Dab journey and are keen to spread the Dib Dab bug far and wide”!

On Sunday 30th July the world’s greatest festival of cycling returns to Surrey!  There will be lots of road and bridge closures, so if you are heading out and about check

Up to half a million children to learn outside on Outdoor Classroom Day on May 18th 2017

اسعار الذهب العالمية مباشر  School children across the UK will join thousands of other schools all over the world to celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day- a global initiative that encourages teachers to take lessons outside.

Outdoor Classroom Day will be celebrated across the world in as many as 52 countries on May 18th 2017, with the aim of getting over half a million children learning and playing outside of their classroom.

The initiative is being led globally by Project Dirt with the help of the charity Learning through Landscapes, that will lead the campaign in the UK & ROI.

If you’re a parent, you can sign up – and communicate the importance of outdoor learning directly to your child’s school with downloadable letters and posters and tips on how to support them. This year’s campaign aims to deliver the message to more schools, more children and more communities than ever before, with a record number of lessons being taught on the day in various countries around the world.

Outdoor Classroom Day, now an annual event, is designed to raise awareness of the fact that the outdoors is not just good for health and wellbeing, it also has strong links to improved attention and concentration, increased productivity and learning, better behaviour, and more positive teacher/pupil relationships.

Juno Hollyhock, Chief Executive at Learning through Landscapes explains, “The real aim of Outdoor Classroom Day is to inspire the world by letting children and teachers experience the true benefits of outdoor learning and play. No matter where you are in the world, learning outdoors will help children focus, it will boost their creativity and enhance their imagination -and it’s also more fun! Whether its maths, music, science, art, drama or a language- being outdoors makes lessons truly memorable- and adds to the enjoyment of childhood.”

To inspire schools to participate, organisers of Outdoor Classroom Day have made a vast number of free materials and resources available, to encourage teachers and schools in various ways. Put together by industry professionals, working together for the first time to promote this initiative, these resources will inspire, encourage and provide a safe and supportive framework for schools to teach outside.

Parents, teachers and schools can get involved simply by going online and signing up on the Outdoor Classroom Day website, where they can access everything they need. Whether its outdoor lesson ideas, resources to encourage others to get involved, or guidance on making outdoor learning and play part of everyday life in their school.

Everything parents and teachers need can be found at:


Lorraine backs call to get Britain baking and hit £1million target

TV star Lorraine Kelly is calling on Britain to get out the aprons, wooden spoons and mixing bowls to help the annual Bake for Heroes campaign smash the million-pound mark.

Supporters of all ages and all around the UK have cooked up more than £850,000 for Help for Heroes (H4H) since the Bake for Heroes fundraiser began in 2009.

Now, as H4H prepares to mark its 10th anniversary in October, Lorraine says this year is the perfect opportunity to rise to the occasion and make the 2017 event the biggest ever.

The ingredients for success are simple – supporters simply sign up for a free fundraising pack through H4H to bake cupcakes, sponges, biscuits, flapjacks or whatever tasty treat they fancy, and sell them off to colleagues, family and friends.

All money raised goes to H4H supporting wounded, injured and sick personnel, veterans and their loved ones.

The Bake for Heroes campaign runs between April 15 and April 30, but supporters can take part whenever it suits them.

Lorraine said: “I’m so proud to be a Patron of Help for Heroes. Every time I sit down and talk to our brave men and women, they tell me how much it means to know the public is behind them and their families throughout their recovery.

I’m determined to help make sure that this vital support is there whenever it is needed. So please join us, it’s very simple to sign up and bake a difference! You could just get some friends together for a cup of tea, have a laugh and have a chat. You really will be helping to rebuild lives and continue the amazing work that Help for Heroes does.”

Bake sales can be as big or small as you want – it could be a tea and cake event at work or school, a coffee and cake morning at the local community centre, or simply an invitation to friends to come round for a slice of cake and a catch-up in return for a donation.

Funds will support the work of Help for Heroes and their four Recovery Centres, which have been purpose-built and support around 4,000 people every year.

Throwing her full support behind Bake for Heroes is Sally Amoore, 62, who lives near Tenby in Wales and has raised around £37,000 for H4H by selling cakes over the past eight years.

Her son, Captain James Amoore, now 32, was seriously injured in Helmand province in Afghanistan after stepping on a Taliban mine in 2009.

James, a platoon commander with 2nd Battalion The Rifles spent four months in hospital, undergoing 15 operations.

With the prospect of more treatment ahead of him, Sally has pledged to do all she can to raise money for H4H.

Sally said: “James should have been a triple amputee, but he somehow managed to keep all of his limbs.

“He is among 66,000 ex-military personnel who will need support to deal with life-changing injuries and illnesses.

“Without charities like Help for Heroes, these brave men and women who we ask so much of would never get the support they deserve and so badly need.

“These men and women look strong and capable, but behind the brave façade, they face daily challenges. For some, the first challenge of the day is to fit their prosthetic legs or arms, for others it may even be battling their anxiety of leaving the house.

“As the public and media focus is no longer on Afghanistan or Iraq, it is critical we maintain support for them for years and years to come.

“I love Bake for Heroes because it’s something that everyone can take part in and do their bit. It’s not a huge effort to bake a cake! It’s just a very friendly and fun way of raising a bit of money for a good cause.”

To register to take part visit or call 01980 846459.

Everyone who registers has the chance to win a Kenwood kMix (kindly donated by Debenhams).

A free fundraising pack will be sent to every Bake for Heroes organiser to help make each event a success.

The packs include collecting boxes, a sweepstake game, bunting, balloons and pricing stickers.

Participants can also enter H4H’s ‘Best Looking Cake Competition’ for the chance to stay at the Bloomsbury Hotel in London, together with breakfast and afternoon tea.

To enter, email a photo of your cake and your event registration number to [email protected] by 31 July 2017. This competition is open to everyone aged 18 or over.

A selection of easy-to-follow recipes, ranging from brownies to lemon meringue pavlova, are available at There are also downloadable cake toppers in four different H4H designs or a blank template for your own designs.

*People can share pictures on Twitter by using the hashtag #bakeforheroes


Bake For Heroes Five Facts

  • More than £850,000 has been raised since 2009. The aim is to break through the £1m this year.
  • Around 2,400 bags of flour are used every year for the bake sales.
  • Around 450,000 eggs are used every year for the bake sales.
  • Around 300,000 slices of Victoria Sponge are eaten every year during Bake for Heroes.
  • Kent is currently the most active baking county for Bake for Heroes.

For more information about Help for Heroes, please visit




Would you like to provide support for people being discharged from hospital with the aim of settling them back at home and in their community?

Can you provide an element of company to reduce the likelihood of their being socially isolated – Support them with attending appointments – Signposting to other agencies and advocating for them when they do not have the confidence to approach them – Shopping and collecting prescriptions – Supporting them with household tasks such as cooking if they have lost confidence or mobility – Where appropriate working with family and carers?

Where appropriate working with other agencies involved with them – Ensuring their home is safe and free from hazards and that they have enough food/heating – Transporting them from hospital and to appointments where this is possible.

If you would like to know more about this rewarding opportunity and others you may find interesting, contact the Volunteer Centre Dorking on 01306 640369, email [email protected] We are open Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10am-1pm.

Manor House School is reviving a tradition by making its award-winning Nursery co-educational again and welcoming boys from January 2017.

Earlier this year the Manor House Nursery was named one of the top 10 in the South East – one of only two in Surrey to gain this accolade.

Now the selective independent all-girls school in Bookham will turn the clock back by making Nursery places available to boys again.

New Headteacher Tracey Fantham said: “Manor House School will remain an all-girls school and retain the unique environment that makes it so special.

“But so many parents have asked if our Nursery could start accepting boys again – so we are happy to accommodate them.

“This may seem unusual for an all-girls school but it revives an old Manor House tradition. Our Nursery used to be co-educational in the past.”

The School’s ‘Music and Movement’ Toddler Group on Thursday mornings at 9.30am is currently enjoyed by both boys and girls, as is its ‘Stay and Play’ facility on Monday afternoons from 1.30-3.00pm.

Manor House School’s Nursery traces its origins back to the Spinney Nursery School which was at Merrylands Farm. It moved to join Manor House School in the mid 1980s.

The Nursery operated as a self contained unit and took boys from three years old until the late 1990s when it became an all-girls setting.

Last March, Manor House School’s Nursery was named in the South East Top 10 for its nurturing, caring and stimulating learning environment.

Manor House has been building on its Nursery’s excellent reputation by reviewing other pre-school settings in the area.

It is simplifying its Nursery fee structure (allowing the option for a morning, day or extended day) and also amending its opening hours, enabling parents to use the facility from 8am.

For further details of the forthcoming Nursery Open Morning, contact Mary Fowell, 01372 457077, [email protected],

The Takeover Challenge is a fun, exciting and engaging national project which sees organisations across the country open their doors to children and young people. It puts young people in decision-making positions and encourages organisations and businesses to hear their views.

For this year’s Takeover Challenge on Friday 18 November 2016, Surrey County Council is inviting children and young people aged 11-18 years (up to 25 with SEND – special educational needs or disabilities) to get involved in a variety of activities and workshops to share their ideas and help make decisions.

Some of the activities and workshops young people will have an opportunity to take part in include:

  • Help shape the future direction of Surrey’s approach to apprenticeships.
  • Work with the communications team to learn about what they do and how it works.
  • Share experiences and views with Surrey’s senior leaders.
  • Help shape the future of a children and young people’s website.

There will be lots of opportunities throughout the day for young people to get involved and gain insight into the work the council does, as well as getting their voice heard.

Places are limited and booking closes on 4 November so please visit the site below for further information and to book a space.

Please note that this event takes place during term time and will require your child to be absent from their school/college. When booking a space, please ensure that the school/college is aware of this.