Rothesay Academy youth worker Ailsa Cassidy says she was “overwhelmed” to discover she’d been nominated for a top educational award.
Ailsa is one of three finalists in the ‘educational supporter of the year’ section of this year’s Scottish Education Awards.
“I’m struggling to get my head around it,” Ailsa, told The Buteman.
“It’s me who does this sort of thing for other people – not to get them into the finals of awards exactly, but to encourage them to achieve big things. For somebody to do it for me is a very strange feeling. I’m overwhelmed.”
Ailsa was nominated as a result of her work with pupils in the Academy’s XL group, a project set up by the Prince’s Trust to improve the chances of young people at risk of not completing their compulsory education by increasing their confidence, social skills, self-esteem and employability.
There are three other Argyll and Bute finalists in this year’s awards - Alison Currie from Dunoon Grammar School is nominated for the ‘teacher of the year’ prize, while Port Ellen Primary on Islay and Lochdonhead Primary on Mull are both in the running for the Enterprise and Employability Across Learning award for primary and early years.
* More on Ailsa’s nomination in the April 25 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.