Entry guidelines

It’s easy to enter the TES Schools Awards. All the information below will help you prepare your entry. 

  • Entry is free

  • These awards celebrate achievements during the 2015-16 academic year and are open to all state and independent primary and secondary schools in the UK

  • We will accept submissions based on projects, initiatives or endeavours that commenced prior to the 2015-16  academic year, provided that core achievements have taken place during this main period of focus. We will also accept any evidence that has come to light after the close of the 2015-16  academic year if this further underlines success

  • All entries must be submitted online. The submission text should be no more than 500 words in length, and must specifically address the key criteria set out for the relevant category

  • You will need to register with us in order to enter our awards this year, but these details will only be used by us for awards-related communications. Once registered, your details will be retained on the site whenever you are logged in, and consequently you will not be required to re-enter them when making additional submissions.

  • Once your account has been created, you will have greater control over your entries, which can now be drafted and redrafted up until you decide to hit the ‘SUBMIT’ button. Just click ‘SAVE FOR LATER’ any time you wish to exit an incomplete submission. If you experience any problems or need further information regarding the submissions process, please contact anaemilia.silva@tesglobal.com

  • In addition to the 500 word submission you may include up to three sets of additional supporting materials; each must be no more than two sides of A4 in length. Please see below for more details on the supporting material requirements.

  • If you wish to include tables please upload these as part of your supporting materials rather than including them within your submission text

  • You can enter as many categories as you wish, but you must complete a separate submission for each

  • You may also submit more than one entry per category when projects or initiatives are distinctive and unrelated. Otherwise it is advisable to combine the best elements of each in a stronger single entry

  • You may enter a project which has been undertaken in collaboration with an external public or private partner, but the award will be given to the winning school only

  • If your entry relates to an initiative or project carried out in collaboration with other schools, the submission should come from the lead school, and any shortlisting will be in the name of that school. If you are successful we will give credit to partner schools at the awards ceremony where appropriate

  • If there is no lead school in a collaborative project, to avoid multiple entries focusing on the same project please agree who will make the submission on behalf of the group. All partners will be credited at the awards evening

  • The website is now open for entries until midnight on Sunday 5 March 2017

  • The shortlist will be published on Friday 7 April 2017 with the winners being announced at a gala ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Friday 23 June 2017

Supporting material

  • A maximum of 3 supplementary documents are permitted. Each document should not exceed two sides of A4
  • Documents should be in PDF or word doc format
  • Supporting material may include photographs, documents containing statistics, testimonials, supporting research, evaluation or inspection reports, press cuttings and promotional material; please highlight any sections you believe are particularly relevant
  • PowerPoint and video files will not be accepted (unless entering the Headteacher of the year category); however, you may submit screen shots

Any information submitted outside these guidelines will not be considered as part of the submission


Preparing your entry

When preparing your submission please review the award criteria carefully

Ensure that your submission contains sufficient robust information. Please include relevant facts and figures where possible. Some categories may ask you to include details of a particular initiative or initiatives; please think carefully about these and select those that best promote your expertise

As well as completing the School Name field on the application form, please ensure that you also enter the specific team or project in the nominee field

Please note that we will use the school name rather than that of the project or team in our coverage, although on the awards day we will refer more specifically to the shortlisted project or team. Winners may also choose to have their department or school name engraved on the trophy and printed on the certificate

On receipt of your submission, a unique ID number will be generated and emailed to you. This will be quoted in subsequent TESSAs 2017 correspondence relating to your entry, including any notification of shortlisting, so please do cross-check this, particularly if your school has submitted multiple entries in any given category

The contact details you provide in your entry form will be used throughout the awards process. If these details change after the form has been submitted please send the new contact information to lindsey.fox@tesglobal.com