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As an off-shot of the London Schools and the Black Child conferences, I decided it was vital to highlight high achievers. It was clear that many young black people were receiving exceptional results and I wanted to recognise their success. Furthermore, the idea behind the awards is to counteract the negative press that young black people can get in the media. The young people recognised at the Awards are held up as role models to other young people.
Each year there are 24 shortlisted candidates in the categories: GCSE boy, GCSE girl, A Level boy, A Level girl, Higher Education boy and Higher Education girl. One girl and one boy is awarded the winner in each level category. Every year my office receives hundreds of nominations. As such the academic standard is very high and so candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their academic achievements but also on their presence as a role model – be it through overcoming hardships, taking part in extra-curricular activities, contributing to their school or wider communities, or helping others.