Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to enter the awards?

Entry is free.

What period do these awards relate to?

Our judges will be looking for outstanding examples of best practice during the 2015-16 academic year. 

We will accept submissions based on projects 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.

Can we enter more than one category?

You may enter as many categories as you wish, but you must complete a separate submission for each category.

Can we enter more than one project/team in a single category?

Yes. If potential entries are distinctive and unrelated please feel free to submit both. Otherwise it is advisable to combine the best elements of each in a stronger single entry.

How will I know that my submission has been received?

Once you have submitted your entry you will receive an email confirming your nomination/s. This email will also contain a unique ID number which will be used in all future TESSAs 2017 correspondence relating to your entry.

Who can enter?

The awards are open to all state and independent primary and secondary schools in the UK. Entries can be completed by schools themselves, their local authorities or their suppliers (PR Companies etc.) If you are entering on behalf of a school please make sure they are happy for you to do so.

Are collaborative entries accepted?

Yes (see below).  

Schools working together

If your entry relates to an initiative or project carried out in collaboration with another school or schools, the submission should come from the lead school. 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, to avoid multiple entries for the same project please agree who will make the submission on behalf of the group.     

Schools working with public or private partners

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 the project is successful we will give credit to partners at the awards ceremony where appropriate.

When is the closing date for entries?

The closing date for entries will be Sunday 5 March 

How do I enter?

Please read our Entry Guidelines, then click the ‘Enter Now’ at the top of the page.  Entry is free, and you may enter as many categories as you wish.

When will I find out if we have been shortlisted?

Shortlists will be published in the magazine and on our website on Friday 7 April 2017

How are the entries judged?

A distinguished panel of experts will meet to choose our winners.

Can I get feedback on my entry?

As much as we’d like to offer feedback on individual submissions, because of the sheer number of entries this is just not feasible.

When are the winners announced?

Announcement of the winners will be made at the awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 23 June 2017

What is the programme for the evening?

Champagne reception - 5.30pm
Dinner - 6.45pm  
Awards presentation - 8.45pm
Music and dancing - 10.00pm 
Carriages - 00.00 

What is the dress code for the evening?

The event is smart evening wear

When will I be able to buy tickets to the awards ceremony?

Tickets will go on sale soon after the shortlists have been announced. 

How do I book tickets for the awards ceremony?

You can book individual places or tables of 10 using our online booking system.

(If you have any problems making your booking, please email

How will I receive my ticket/s?

Tickets will be sent out in the post three weeks prior to the awards.

What happens if I have purchased a ticket but I am unable to attend?

We are happy for you to offer your ticket to a colleague, but unfortunately all booked tickets are non-refundable. 

How do I submit the attendee's details?

Once you have booked your places you will receive a confirmation email that will include a link allowing you to submit your guests' details.

Are under-18s allowed to attend the awards evening?

Under 18's are not automatically able to attend the event due to the venue’s licence. Please contact us for more information.