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Inspirational Knowsley school support star recognised at the Educate Awards

by Gemma Melling

A very special member of staff from a Knowsley school was honoured at the Educate Awards on Friday 19 November.

Mr Damon Murphy, who is an IT co-ordinator at Plantation Primary School in Halewood, took home the School Support Star of the Year award.

Mr Murphy has worked at the school for over eight years and has is an integral part of the team. Without him, many aspects of the school would struggle to operate at the high standards that they currently do, especially during pandemic.

No job is too big or too small for Mr Murphy. He is loved by all the Plantation community because of the countless times he puts the wellbeing of others before his own and has often sacrificed his own free time to support staff and children.

Speaking about Mr Murphy, one teacher said: “Nothing is ever too much trouble and he’ll always stop whatever he’s doing to help you out. You can email him with a question and within seconds he’s in your classroom supporting you!”

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Very often the school support staff like Mr Murphy are the unsung heroes who make everything happen – so I’m delighted that these awards are a chance to put him in the spotlight!

“it’s clear that Mr Murphy’s work at Plantation makes a big difference to everyone – staff, pupils and parents. The pandemic, and the sudden need for children to be able to work remotely has only cemented just how valuable it is to have someone like him around. A successful school is always a true team effort, and this award is a big “thank you” from everyone. Congratulations Mr Murphy.”

About the Educate Awards

The Educate Awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, took place at the Liverpool Cathedral.

This year was particularly special as the event celebrated its 10 year anniversary and over 550 guests brought glitz and glamour to proceedings as they donned tuxedos and glamorous dresses.

The night included live entertainment, a sumptuous three course dinner and the awards ceremony itself. Broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross hosted the evening and even made one lucky guest’s night after they won a pair of diamond earrings in a prize draw.

The Educate Awards has 21 categories which focus on different aspects of school life, including careers and enterprise, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, SEND (special educational needs and disabilities), as well as sport, the arts and mental health and wellbeing.

Inspiring individuals are also recognised through the Teacher of the Year Award, School Support Star of the Year Award and the School Governor of the Year Award.

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, said: “Congratulations to all the winning schools and colleges, you should be very proud of what you have achieved.

“A huge well done to the runners-up, those who were shortlisted and everyone who took the time to enter this year. The past two years have not been easy and your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Kim added: “Over the past 10 years, the Educate Awards has proudly shone a spotlight on the individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond. Senior leadership teams, teachers and staff have really gone the extra mile for their pupils, colleagues and wider community, and we can’t thank you enough for all the hard work and dedication.”

Associate sponsors of the Educate Awards 2021 include: All About STEM, Angel Solutions, CER, CPMM Media Group, Hidden Strength, LCR Careers Hub, Liverpool John Moores University, LSSP, Progress Careers, SupplyWell and Winstanley College.