Rewarding innovation and excellence

The 2018 CYP Now Awards were revealed on the 21st November on a night of celebration and pride for the sector.

This was the year in which schools truly entered the limelight, underlying their importance at the heart of communities and children’s wellbeing.  Kirton Primary School in Lincolnshire emerged triumphant in two categories – the Learning Award, and the Advice and Guidance Award – for its Learn and Earn initiative to get children engaged in maths through an understanding of money. The school is now in the top two per cent of schools in England for progress in mathematics.

In addition, Queen’s Park Primary School in London won the Mental Health and Wellbeing Award while Park Community School in Hampshire secured the Family Support Award for its MUNCH Community Food Project.

Elsewhere, Leeds City Council scooped two accolades: the Play Award for its Play Streets initiative; and the Recruitment and Professional Development Award for its social work career pathway.

Other winners included Children England chief executive Katy Evans, who was awarded Children and Young People’s Champion; The Children’s Sleep Charity, which won the Charity award category; The Lowry, which picked up the Youth Work award for its Youth Employability and Skills programme; and Cambridgeshire County Council’s NCS SEND Summer programme, which won the National Citizen Service Award.

Delivering the opening address, CYP Now Editor-in-chief Ravi Chandiramani said:
“The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty delivered a devastating verdict after his fact-finding mission across the UK. He found levels of child poverty in 21st Century Britain to be ‘not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster’.

“It was noted how massive cuts to council funding and big rises in demand for social care had led to the closure of libraries, parks and youth clubs.

“However, against this backdrop you’ve all shown your enthusiasm for these awards like never before. In the face of this perfect storm, the 2018 CYP Now Awards managed to attract a record number of entries, so the drive for recognition, shared pride and shared learning appears stronger than ever.”

TV presenter Zoe Salmon compered the evening while Alan Dedicoat, who is the ‘Voice of the Balls’ on the National Lottery and voice of Strictly Come Dancing, was on announcing duties for all the finalists.

The West London Free School provided the evening’s entertainment.

As well as the 23 category winners, 10 ‘High Commendations’ were awarded.

Interested in entering next year? Please click here to register your interest for 2019, and we will contact you when the awards are open for entries.