R.I.C. Publications named Primary Publisher of the Year by the APA for second year in a row
Major honours for R.I.C. Publications at the Australian Publishers Association (APA) Educational Publishing Awards
AUSTRALIA’S largest supplementary resource publisher, R.I.C. Publications, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in style, scooping the top award for the second year in a row at the Oscars for the educational publishing industry. R.I.C. Publications was crowned Primary Publisher of the Year 2016 at the Australian Publishers Association (APA) Educational Publishing Awards in Melbourne on 6 October.
The prestigious annual awards have been running for 23 years and reward excellence and innovation in the industry. The event offers colleagues and industry professionals the opportunity to network and celebrate achievements. Awards are judged by a panel of peers, and each year teachers and booksellers vote for the coveted Publisher of the Year (Primary and Secondary) awards.
R.I.C. Publications is a highly regarded supplementary resource publisher in Australia and also owns operations in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Malaysia and New Zealand. The awards are a massive coup for a publisher that started out from a backyard shed, when three teachers began creating some resources that they thought were more relevant to Australian teachers than what was then available.
While a lot has happened over those 30 years, and the products today bear little semblance to that first produced back in 1986, the very same ground rules that applied then apply today—creating new products to solve problems and challenges that teachers encounter every day in the classroom.
According to R.I.C. Publications new Managing Director, Seamus McGuinness, ‘Tailoring engaging resources with teachers, for use in classrooms all over the world, is the cornerstone of everything we do. This remains the fundamental premise which underpins our decision-making at all levels and will always remain so.
‘We are privileged to be honoured by the industry for the second year in a row. We have grown organically and strategically over the years and this great endorsement from the industry, booksellers and the teachers who use our resources every single day in their classrooms, makes all the work and effort so worthwhile.’
R.I.C. Publications’ top-selling series The Maths box was shortlisted in the Primary Student Resource – Mathematics category. ‘It is a big hit across the globe’, Mr McGuinness explained. ‘The affordable series fully supports the teaching and learning of Australian Curriculum Mathematics from Year 1 to Year 6 and covers all mathematics strands and sub-strands for each year level. To win the overall award once more and to be shortlisted in a second category is valued enormously by the industry.’
The awards were co-founded in 1993 by the APA and Professor Mike Horsley, the current President of the International Association for Research on Textbooks and Educational Media.