Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards: Excellence in Education nominees


Winners of the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards, in partnership with The Harpur Trust, will be announced on 25 March 2021 and we can’t wait to celebrate their achievements.

In the build-up to the event, which will be broadcast at 7:30 pm on our website, Facebook Page and YouTube channel, each day we’ll take a closer look at each category and those who have been nominated.

While each of the nominees received glowing nominations and testimonials, we have included a short description of their work.

Excellence in Education – sponsored by Bedford School

Natasha Carey

During the last ten years, Natasha has worked passionately, round the clock, delivering West End style theatre training to children who come from all walks of life. Many of the children have special needs and they focus on allowing everyone to have equal lines to learn and as many songs and dances as they want to do.

Sarah Stott

Sarah is a teacher at Scott Primary. Sarah tirelessly advocates for the arts within her school and beyond and has worked with Bedford Creative Arts on a number of projects, all designed to increase the cultural engagement and enjoyment of her pupils.


SSG Education & Training support young people aged 16-18 delivering programmes that cater to entry-level students right the way through to Level three qualification. They support people aged 16-18 who are not in employment, education or training and are not suited to a large college environment.

Times Tables Rockstars

Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS) is an award-winning maths programme and one of the leading ed-tech maths products in UK schools. It is used in 15,000 primary and secondary schools to help solve the perennial problem of youngsters not knowing their times tables.

Tracy Jakins

Tracy is not only an excellent and dedicated science teacher, but her commitment as STEM Coordinator goes above and beyond expectations. Her drive and enthusiasm mean she has established and builds on strong partnerships with local STEM employers, enabling her students to not just wish for, but receive a vast array of extra activities.

Richard Compton

Since 1986, Richard has supported people in training, education and employment across a number of sectors including construction, security and customer services. He has also supported offender rehabilitation with Bedfordshire Probation Service, helping connect local companies with offenders, so they have a chance to work again.

You can find out who has been awarded the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes – Excellence in Education Award on 25 March 2021 at 7:30 pm on our website, Facebook Page and YouTube channel.

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