TODAY is your last chance to nominate your school, your teacher or an inspirational classmate for The Northern Echo Schools Award 2014.

Schools are at the heart of our communities and play a vital role in ensuring the next generation is ready to play a full and active part in the life of our region.

To recognise the hard work and achievements of our school students – and the staff who teach them – we are holding the first ever Northern Echo Schools Awards 2014.

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Nominations for nine categories close today (Monday, March 3).

Full details of how to nominate a school, pupil or teacher are available online by visiting northernecho.co.uk/education