The Awards, once again have attracted plenty of interest and submissions have been rolling in.

Rebecca Clark, Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West, has been confirmed as opening speaker for the 2017 Cornwall Teacher Awards.

Nikki Baron Business Development Director at the event's organisers, EMPRA said: "We are absolutely delighted that Rebecca is speaking at the Awards, she's such an important figure in the education sector."

The Regional Schools Commissioner is responsible for overseeing the growth of academies in the region and is responsible for monitoring their performance to ensure children receive the best possible education.

Ms Clark was previously National Education Director and South-West Regional Director for Oasis Community Learning. Earlier in her career, she held a senior leadership Image removed.position in Exeter before moving to a vice principal position in Bristol. More recently, Rebecca has held two headships as principal and executive principal in Bristol.

Ms Clark ‘tweeted' her delight at being asked to be part of the event, she posted: ‘@CTAwards [Cornwall Teacher Awards] brilliant recognition for individuals and indeed our whole profession. I feel privileged to be involved.'

Confirmed sponsors so far for the 2017 event include: The University of Exeter, The University of St Mark and St John (MarJon), Truro and Penwith College, Cornwall College, Holywell Bay Fun Park, The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Enterprise Adviser Programme, Chaos Group, Business Cornwall and national publication, Schools Week.

Image removed.The Cornwall Music Services Trust is providing a string orchestra for the event, Gareth Churcher the Trust's Head of Service said: "We're proud to be providing the opening entertainment at the Cornwall Teaching Awards this year. We employ over 100 teachers, so we recognise how important it is to acknowledge the hard work, determination and commitment not just of our learners but those who raise aspirations and inspire others to learn."

The 2017 Cornwall Teacher Awards  will take place at Truro Cathedral on the 21st April and recognises excellence in education in Cornwall. Entry is free and the deadline for submissions is 31 December 2016.