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Lifetime achievement 

This award will reward someone who has made a significant contribution to education. It could be a well-known education figure or an unsung hero. In your submission, explain exactly what the individual has achieved over their career in education and why you feel they deserve the trophy. 

Your nomination should include independent testimonials from a number of people. Please check with the nominee beforehand that they are happy to have their name put forward.

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Headteacher of the year

All schools benefit from great leadership – and if your school has an inventive and inspirational headteacher, we want to know. In your submission, detail their achievements and successes and state why you feel they deserve the trophy. It will help if your nomination includes independent testimonials from a number of people. Video submissions are welcomed, but these should not exceed 90 seconds. 

Nominations can come from heads themselves or from governors, teaching staff or parents. If you are nominating someone else, please check in advance that they are happy to have their name put forward.

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Teacher blogger of the year  

She or he must be employed as a practising teacher. The submission should include examples of three blogs that demonstrate intelligence, artistry and impact, as well as support for peers and the profession. A commentary of up to 200 words may be submitted to explain why you have chosen this person. People may nominate themselves. 


*If you are nominating someone else, please check in advance that they are happy to have their name put forward. 

Please use the three separate upload boxes or the submission text box for the three example blogs.

 

Bev Evans resource author of the year

We are looking for TES’ stand-out resource author. Anyone who has uploaded resources on the TES website will be automatically entered; there is no formal entry process.  

The judging team will look at not only the most popular resources throughout the year, but also at those authors who have best matched popularity with quality and delivered truly outstanding resources to the international education community. 

*The award is named after Bev Evans, a prolific author to TES Connect who died in 2014. Bev created more than 1,000 resources, which have been downloaded almost 5.2 million times around the world.

 

English teacher or team of the year

If you or your team has found an innovative way to teach literacy and English, we want to know about it. The judges will want to see clear, quantifiable evidence of the success of any initiative. 

Entries are welcome from school departments or any partner organisations you have worked with. The award will recognise both the school and the individual.

* The supporting documentation should contain a case study for at least three students (any school phase) who have progressed and shown real achievement. 

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Maths teacher or team of the year

Imaginative maths teaching, examples of innovative work and clear evidence of success is the sum of what we’re looking for with this particular award.

Entries are welcome from school departments or any partner organisations working with them.  The award will recognise both the school and the individual.

* The supporting documentation should contain a case study for at least three students (any school phase) who have progressed and shown real achievement. 

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Science, technology and engineering teacher or team of the year

This award recognises excellence and innovative teaching in science, technology or engineering. Judges will want to see clear examples of innovation and quantifiable evidence of the success of any initiative.  Entries are welcome from school departments or any partner organisations you have worked with.

* The supporting documentation should contain a case study for at least three students (any school phase) who have progressed and shown real achievement. The award will recognise both the school and the individual.

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Arts and drama teacher or team of the year

This award is for teachers and teams who have taken an innovative approach to teaching arts and drama. We will be looking for an approach or an initiative that lifts the teaching and learning of a subject or subjects to another level.

The judges will be keen to see exactly what you've achieved and, just as importantly, clear evidence of the success of the initiative.  Entries are welcome from school departments or any partner organisations you have worked with.

* The supporting documentation should contain a case study (any school phase) showing pupil progress, engagement and real achievement. The award will recognise both the school and the individual.

 

Community and collaboration award

If your school is outward facing, then this award is for you. We’re looking for schools that are demonstrating real enterprise and working hand in hand with its local community and businesses.

This award is for the very best school or partnership scheme – a unique and imaginative project that can show tangible results. We need to see evidence of innovative and effective engagement with the community through a partnership developed with a local business, university, college or other schools. The judges will be looking for schools that have applied creativity, energy and a business-like approach to deliver inspiring results. Entries are welcome from school departments or from the organisations that they have worked with.

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International (including Modern Foreign Languages) 

This award is for the school with the most innovative international strategy, ranging from initiatives to improve pupils’ and teachers’ understanding of other countries, languages and cultures to full-scale international partnerships.

You will need to demonstrate the impact this strategy has had across the school and the wider community. The judges will be keen to see clear achievements and quantifiable evidence of the success of any initiatives. 

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Creative school of the year

We would like to see entries from schools that put creativity at the heart of their work. 

This isn’t about individual projects in art, drama, music or design – although it could take in one or all of these subjects – this is about making children think differently, beyond the strictures of the conventional curriculum. 

Ideally, schools that enter should have taken a whole-school or cross-curricular approach to one or more projects and seen a blossoming in creativity in their pupils.

While, of course, creativity is hard to measure, we would like to see evidence that the scheme or schemes has benefited either the entire school, the targeted group of pupils and/or the wider community.

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Healthy school of the year award

This award recognises an individual teacher or school with clear evidence of the value of adopting a healthy food and physical activity culture.  Entries should highlight the link between physical activity, food education and the food that is served within the school, as well as any benefits and links to other curricular areas.

Essentially, the judges are looking at how the individual or school has raised the bar in the area of sport, food education and school food. The judges will want to see brilliant new ideas and evidence of achievements. Entries are welcome from school departments or from any partner organisations working with them.

* The supporting documentation should contain a case study illustrating the whole school approach to physical activity and food, including involvement from not only children and teachers but parents, families and the wider community.  Entries should also show where other curricular areas have benefited. 

 

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Early years setting of the year

The winning early-years setting is at the centre of its community. Its parents are as involved and enthusiastic about the setting as their children who attend it. Its environment is attractive and well-planned but everything will also be well used by all children. 

It will be a given that the setting is going to be excellent at offering the prime areas of learning - communication and language; physical development; and personal social and emotional development. It has a team of trained staff who want to continue learning. Communication is absolutely at the heart of what the setting does, with children involved and vocal. In short, it's fostered and planned for, rather than just being supervised.

For the vast majority of early-years staff, this will be familiar territory; they know that they are providing children's first experience of school and shaping their optimism for the future. It will be very tough to pick the winner, but whichever setting prevails will bring something unique to the mix in terms of creativity and innovation that is at the heart of early-years education.

All early-years settings are eligible for the award.

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Primary school of the year  

For primary schools, the key challenge is sparking a love for learning and nurturing it until it burns brightly with a power of its own. 

Has your school glowed with outstanding achievements? Have you shone out against the odds? Did you blaze a trail of improvement?  Using evidence to support your case, tell us the secrets of your success. Was it down to innovative ways of working; parental involvement; pure grit and determination - or something else? However you did it, if you believe your school lit up the lives of its students during 2014/15, we want to know.  

 

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Secondary school of the year

This title will be awarded to a secondary school for its performance in the previous 12 months; however, it is equally applicable to those that have experienced rapid improvement and those that are maintaining continued excellence. The judges want to see more than academic achievement: entries should demonstrate innovation, imagination and efforts to develop children in ways that go beyond the league tables. You should provide evidence to support your application, be it Ofsted reports, parent testimonials, data analysis or anything else you feel would be relevant.

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Alternative provision school of the year

Alternative Provision units (SEN/EBD schools and PRUs) provide invaluable support to students. Teachers in these units work every day to make sure that students who may not be able to attend conventional school do not go without the great educational experience they deserve. This award is open to any type of standalone alternative provision (schools for students with special educational needs or emotional and behavioural difficulties, and pupil referral units). 

In your submission, tell us why the academic year 2014/2015 has been outstanding for your unit, citing successes and improvements. We would like quantifiable evidence to support your case.  For example, you may have had improvements in attendance levels, staff retention, parental engagement or student success. You may have developed new and innovative ways to support students in their learning, helped them engage with their local community, including business, or you may want to tell us something else entirely. We want to look beyond traditional methods of measurements and celebrate success and innovation in alternative provision.

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Overall school of the year

The winners of the Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Alternative Provision School of the Year will automatically be entered for this category, and the Overall School of the Year 2016 will be unveiled on the day of the awards ceremony.

 

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