Networking with Safi Coffee in the House of Commons

Celebrations are getting started ahead of the tenth anniversary of the Tes awards.

With just over two weeks to go until the Tes Schools Awards, Chris Wainman, Deputy Head, and Carrie Mertens, External Relations Officer, joined the nominees and their local MPs for afternoon tea in central London on Tuesday.

MP Lucy Powell

Hull Collegiate School is shortlisted for the International category for the amazing Safi Coffee project.

The pre-ceremony event at the Houses of Parliament was hosted by Lucy Powell MP and Tes editor Ann Mroz.

Tes Editor Ann Mroz

The awards, one of the biggest nights in the education calendar, celebrate the dedication of teachers and other professionals working in schools and early years settings – and the innovation, creativity and commitment they bring to their job.

This year, the awards are marking their tenth anniversary.

Al Murray, the comedian also known as the Pub Landlord, is due to host the 2018 Tes School Awards at a glamorous ceremony in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday 22 June where Safi Coffee will be served after the meal.

Chris Wainman and Carrie Mertens

Lord Jim Knight, chief education adviser at Tes Global, said: “People are starting to realise that, beyond the wonderful journalism, Tes does a lot to help teachers find a job, find the resources they need and train teachers.

“That’s because we believe in the power of great teaching – and what better way to celebrate that than through the Tes awards.”

Chris Wainman, Deputy Head, said, ‘’We were humbled and honoured to represent Hull Collegiate School and Safi Coffee on behalf of our pupils and communities in the UK and Uganda. Our pupils are outrageously ambitious and this has given them the opportunity and exposure they need to be the change they want to see in the world and to make a real difference in Uganda. It also acts as an inspiration for our younger pupils and gives them something to aspire to. We are very excited for the Awards Ceremony.’’

Chris and Carrie talked with Lord Jim Knight and gave a bag of Safi Coffee to Lucy Powell who was delighted to take it home. #sipsfortheMPsoul