DO YOU know an inspirational teacher or innovative lecturer who deservses some recognition?

The South Wales Argus Schools & Education Awards 2018 are now open for nominations.

The awards are once again being held in partnership with the University of South Wales and aim to recognise the extraordinary commitment and dedication that so many staff bring to education every day.

We want to reward the innovation and creativity that goes into teaching every day in our schools and education establishments across Gwent and recognise the value of the schools themselves.

This year there are 15 award categories in the awards.

They are: Head Teacher of the Year, Digital Innovation of the Year, Primary Teacher of the Year, Above and Beyond Award, Secondary Teacher of the Year, Early Years Education Award, FE Lecturer of the Year, Primary School of the Year - sponsored by Roberts and Co, Teaching Assistant of the Year, Secondary School of the Year, New Teacher of the Year, Best Welsh Language Initiative - sponsored by St Johns College, Lifetime Achievement Award, School of the Year - sponsored by University of South Wales, and Welsh Medium Teacher of the Year.

The categories are open to people working within the Gwent area of Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Newport and Caerphilly.

You can send nominations via our website until 5pm, January 12 at