OUP launches award for 'lockdown learning heroes'

OUP launches award for 'lockdown learning heroes'

Oxford University Press is launching the Oxford Owl Lockdown Learning Heroes Award to recognise those who are going above and beyond during the latest lockdown in tackling the challenges of home-schooling.

The publisher is now asking for nominations from young people, parents, carers and teachers via the OxfordOwl website for anyone who is a "lockdown hero" – whether it's a teacher who has gone the extra mile to help children with their school work, a special friend who has listened to worries and provided a "virtual" shoulder to cry on, or a child who has shown great resilience or who has managed to help support others.

Entries explaining why a chosen person should be recognised should be no more than 1,000 words.

The winners will be selected by OUP and a special guest judge: mum and early years expert, Claire Russell, who founded playHooray, a community sharing easy and educational play ideas for babies, toddlers and young children. Russell's first book, The PlayHooray! Handbook, published with Seven Dials this week, with publication brought forward by two weeks to help support parents during the latest lockdown.

Winners in each category will receive £100 of Oxford books for their chosen school plus a Fire 7 Kid Tablet (children) or a Samsung Tablet (adults). Runners up in each category will receive £50 of Oxford books for their school.

The competition runs until 14th February and the winner will be announced on 19th March.

Russell said: "I’m hugely excited to be working with Oxford Owl on this campaign. Parents, teachers, and children have been so resilient and creative through these very tricky times, and I can’t wait to celebrate their achievements – big and small – and hear all about the brilliant learning heroes out there!"

Helen Freeman, director of Home publishing at Oxford University Press, said: "Covid and national lockdowns have impacted so many people. We’ve seen how adaptive and resilient schools, teachers, parents/carers, and learners are under difficult circumstances.  We want to highlight the positives coming out of this experience, and the remarkable people that have helped makes this easier, in big and small ways. We know there are incredible people making a big difference through tough times, and we want to celebrate the important contribution they’ve made."