We are proud to announce that our Campaign Co-Chair, Dame Kathy August, has been nominated for a prestigious award for her role in setting up Teach Cancer A Lesson!

Dame Kathryn August, Co-Chair of Teach Cancer A Lesson, has been nominated for a 2024 Northern Power Women Award for her work in setting up the campaign.

Northern Power Women is a community of 95,000 individuals and organisations with the combined aim to accelerate gender equality, social mobility, and wider inclusion in the North. Their annual awards ceremony is Europe’s largest celebration of gender equality.

Kathy helped to launch Teach Cancer A Lesson in September 2023. The campaign, which aims to secure better educational support for young people diagnosed with cancer, has already gained an impressive number of high-profile supporters, experts, and celebrities.

Kathy has long been a champion for professional women. She was appointed to her first headship in 1988 – after which she featured in Manchester Evening News as a trailblazer for gender equality.

More broadly, Kathy has more than 45 years’ experience working in public education, serving in multiple high-level positions including as the “super-head” Principal who turned Manchester’s Ducie Academy from one of the worst performing schools in England into one of the best.

Last year, Kathy published an account of her experiences at Ducie Academy in Becoming an Academy School in the UK: With Principal.

Kathy said:

“I am proud to have launched Teach Cancer A Lesson and am honoured to be nominated for such a prestigious award. Of course, the campaign remains my sole focus.

No young person should have their life chances impacted by illness, especially something as devastating as cancer. They must be fully supported in their education – my mission is to ensure that is the case.”

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