London,
13
November
2015

Winners of 2015 CIPR Education Journalism Awards announced

Awards for the most talented journalists specialising in the field of education and skills were presented on Thursday 12 November at an annual event held in London attended by leading figures in education journalism and communications with top sponsors from the sector.

These Awards celebrate the very best education and skills reporting for the academic year 2014/15 from across the UK, along with emerging talent. They are organised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ (CIPR) Education & Skills Group.

This year’s ceremony, sponsored by City & Guilds Group, was held in the splendid surroundings of Dartmouth House, Mayfair – home of education charity the English Speaking Union.

The winner of the 2015 Ted Wragg Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education Journalism – the most prestigious award of the evening – was former Daily Telegraph Education Correspondent (now Transport Correspondent for The Times) Graeme Paton.

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham, former Master of Wellington College and a leading contemporary historian, educationalist, commentator and political author gave a provocative, entertaining keynote presentation. He expressed concerns about school governors and how they have the power either to support or isolate head teachers in a “lonely” role.

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham
University leaders can learn a lot from school heads. Both should be ‘leaders of teaching and learning’, but too often VCs seem more interested in the ‘Higher’ part of ‘HE’ than what the ‘E’ stands for. University teaching must improve.

I’ve been asked whether I mind that I might be upsetting other VCs. I thought carefully about this and answered ‘No, because I’m speaking the truth’. The best people I know have enquiring minds and restless determination – just like the education journalists in this room.
Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham
Simon Butt-Bethlendy, CIPR Education & Skills Group Chair
The CIPR Education & Skills Group enables communications professionals in universities, colleges, schools, sector organisations and freelance practice to share insights and experiences.

 We’re delighted to be able to salute the professional excellence of specialist education and skills journalists since we rely so much on those recognised in this year’s Education Journalism Awards and their many esteemed colleagues to help make sense of educational news and developments.

This year’s competition included new categories and a record number of high quality submissions from a wider range of entrants than ever before. Congratulations to all our winners and runners-up.
Simon Butt-Bethlendy, CIPR Education & Skills Group Chair

Four journalists won two awards each. Stephen Exley, Further Education Editor of the Times Educational Supplement won both Outstanding National Education Journalism and Outstanding Further Education Journalism; Julia Belgutay, also from the Times Educational Supplement, won Outstanding Apprenticeship & Skills Journalism and was runner-up in the FE Journalism category.

Sophie Scott from Schools Week won for Outstanding Data Education Commentary and was runner-up in the Most Promising Newcomer to Education Journalism category. John Morgan from Times Higher Education was runner-up for Outstanding Higher Education Journalism and Outstanding Data Journalism Commentary.

Full list of winners and runners-up

The Ted Wragg Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education Journalism

Sponsored by Communications Management.

Graeme Paton, formerly Daily Telegraph, now The Times.

Outstanding National Education Journalism

Sponsored by Loughborough University

Winner: Stephen Exley, Times Educational Supplement (TES)

Runner Up: Helen Ward, Times Educational Supplement (TES)

Outstanding Regional Education Journalism

Sponsored by Worcester University

Winner: Christine Alsford, ITV Meridian

Runner Up: Lauren Hall, ITV Regional News

Outstanding Business Education Journalism

Sponsored by CEMS Global Alliance

Winner: Sal McKeown, Freelance for Primary Teacher Update

Runner Up: Stephen Hoare, Freelance for The Independent

Outstanding Data Education Commentary

Sponsored by Cardiff University

Winner: Sophie Scott, Schools Week

Runner Up: John Morgan, Times Higher Education

Outstanding Higher Education Journalism

Sponsored by ifs University College

Winner: Nic Mitchell, Freelance for BBC News Online

Runner Up: John Morgan, Times Higher Education

Outstanding Further Education Journalism

Sponsored by Association of Colleges

Winner: Stephen Exley, Times Educational Supplement (TES)

Runner Up: Julia Belgutay, Times Educational Supplement Scotland (TESS)

Outstanding Apprenticeship and Skills Journalism

Sponsored by Tideway

Winner: Julia Belgutay, Times Educational Supplement Scotland (TESS)

Runner Up: Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week & FE Week

Outstanding Schools Journalism

Sponsored by World Challenge Expeditions

Winner: Louise Tickle, Freelance for The Guardian

Runner Up: Greg Hurst, The Times

Most Promising Newcomer to Education Journalism

Sponsored by CIPR Education & Skills Group

Winner: John Dickens, Schools Week

Runner Up: Sophie Scott, Schools Week

Notes to editors

For more information, please contact:

Anne Nicholls
Mobile: +44(0)7973 49143. Email: ancommunications@hotmail.co.uk

Simon Butt-Bethlendy
Mobile: +44(0)7939 639875. Email: simon@consonantcommunications.com

Visit the website
Education Journalism Awards 2015 or follow @CIPR_EdSkills on Twitter

About the CIPR

The Chartered Institute of Public relations (founded in 1948) is the professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK. With over 10,000 members involved in all aspects of PR, it is the largest body of its type in Europe. The CIPR advances the public relations profession in the UK by making its members accountable through a code of conduct, developing policies, representing its members and raising standards through education and training.

The CIPR Education & Skills Group was established in June 2003 to support PR and communications professionals working within the education and skills sector. It is the only professional network to reflect the needs of the whole sector – incorporating schools, further education colleges, higher education institutions, workforce development and adult learning. The group’s aim is to promote best practice and support the professional growth and knowledge of PR practitioners working in the education and skills sector, at the same time helping to improve perceptions of the PR profession as a whole.

Members include both in-house and consultancy-based PR professionals working in higher education, further education, schools, skills, and education-related government bodies/agencies. The group is non-profit making and is run by a volunteer committee elected from amongst a membership of full CIPR members. Membership is open to all CIPR members with a professional interest in the education and skills sector.

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