Sponsors announced for the 2019 Raising the Bar Awards


A range of businesses and organisations have agreed to sponsor and support the Raising the Bar Awards 2019.

The Raising the Bar Awards, taking place Wherstead Park in Ipswich on Wednesday 10th July, is one of the biggest celebrations for the education sector in the county.

Bringing together more than 100 people for an afternoon tea of celebration and inspiration, the Raising the Bar Awards showcase the talent, hard work and determination of those who continually go the extra mile to inspire others and improve levels of educational attainment, ensuring that every child and young person in Suffolk can achieve their full potential.

Our Award Sponsors are:

Opus Teach

Opus Teach is a supply service which provides high quality supply staff to schools in Suffolk.

They work closely with both schools and supply staff to ensure that they offer the best service to both; providing schools with talented, fully compliant teachers, who are able to deliver what’s needed in the classroom and paying teachers in line with main teacher pay scales.

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Suffolk County Council, they are committed to making a difference. Any profits made after the cost of running the service are retained within the public sector, with a proportion reinvested into education in Suffolk.

For more information, visit www.opusteach.co.uk


Vertas Group Limited is one of the fastest growing facilities management companies in the UK, employing 3,000 staff across 400 sites.

The group specialises in total facilities management services including catering, cleaning, energy management, equipment maintenance, passenger transport, security, property management, design and print, courier and postal, grounds maintenance and design, waste management and pest prevention.

For more information, visit www.vertas.co.uk

Schools’ Choice

Schools’ Choice, which joined the Vertas Group in April 2018, has been providing expert, flexible and affordable services to schools since the 1990s.

They work closely with schools and academies and have developed innovative packages to ensure that their services positively impact children’s and young people’s outcomes. These include cloud-hosted toolboxes packed with advice, guidance and templates, alongside personal, on-site support for Finance, HR, GDPR, Attendance, Governor Services and Children’s Services.

For more information, visit www.schoolschoice.org

The Suffolk Primary and Secondary Headteachers’ Associations

The Suffolk Primary and Secondary Headteachers’ Associations are dedicated to serving headteachers/principals in Suffolk.

They strive to support their members by helping them to achieve the very best outcomes for Suffolk’s children and young people. Their work is shaped by headteachers/principals, but their core principles are very simple: To give Suffolk Headteachers a “voice” both locally and nationally.

To offer confidential support to Headteachers. To champion Headteachers’ well-being both locally and nationally. To provide high quality CPD and opportunities to network with colleagues. To communicate and keep members abreast of current educational thinking and developments.

For more information, visit www.spha.org.uk and http://suffolk-heads.uk/about-sash/

The awards this year are also supported by Suffolk County Council Apprenticeships, Suffolk Local Safeguarding Children Board and The Source advice service for young people in Suffolk.

We are delighted to be working with all our sponsors and supporters at this year’s Raising the Bar Awards, and look forward to welcoming them to Wherstead Park on 10th July 2018.

The Raising the Bar Awards nominations are still open, the closing date is Monday 22nd April.

Visit www.smartsurvey.co.uk to find out more.

Go on nominate because this is your chance to say well done and thank you to a pupil, student, colleague, governor, volunteer or business partner who deserves recognition.