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Most Inspirational Primary School

What successes has your school achieved during 2016-17 that has inspired pupils, parents or the community? We are looking for a school that can show how they are an inspirational school for this academic year. Judges will be looking for innovative approaches with measured success and the category will be looking at anything the school considers to be inspirational across the whole school curriculum or specific projects.

Most Inspirational Secondary School

What successes has your school achieved during 2016-17 that has inspired pupils, parents or the community? We are looking for a school that can show how they are an inspirational school for this academic year. Judges will be looking for innovative approaches with measured success and the category will be looking at anything the school considers to be inspirational across the whole school curriculum or specific projects.

Most Inspirational 16 – 18 Education Provider

This category is open to school sixth forms, sixth form colleges, further education or specialist colleges. We are looking for the most outstanding delivery of 16 – 18 education provision for the academic year 2016-17. Evidence based submissions should clearly show excellent outcomes and measured success for students with inspirational and high levels of teaching and learning.

Community Partnership Award

How has your school developed close community partnership links with examples of specific community led projects? Who have your school formed community partnerships with and what have been the results for the school, pupils, parents and the community. We’re looking for the very best partnerships that have delivered real results.

Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Primary School

This category is looking for schools that can demonstrate an outstanding commitment to developing sporting skills and opportunities for pupils to be active on a regular basis through the provisions of teaching, coaching, extracurricular activities and partnerships. What have you done to help your pupils improve their interest in sport and physical activity? How are you delivering above the curriculum? Can you provide evidence to show how sport has delivered success for your school with a positive impact on your pupils?

Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School

This category is looking for schools that can demonstrate an outstanding commitment to developing sporting skills and opportunities for pupils/students to be active and compete on a regular basis through the provisions of teaching, coaching, extracurricular activities and partnerships. What have you done to help your students improve their interest in sport and physical activity? How are you nurturing talent and ensuring students are provided with opportunities to develop their potential? How are you also developing wide participation in sport in terms of active involvement and also a whole school sporting ethos?

Eco School Project of the Year

This category is looking for schools that have developed environmental awareness through a sustainable based project that has engaged pupils and perhaps the local/wider community with specific outcomes and impact on the school and its pupils/students. This can include projects focused on the natural habitat, resources such as water and energy or air and land pollution and that have delivered successful outcomes for your school, pupils/students, community or international partnerships.

The Communication Award

How good is your school at communicating? Across the full media spectrum how has your school developed strong communication links with its pupils, parents, governors, local community and any wider audiences? Judges will be looking for measured and creative approaches. Does your school have a school or pupil led blog, podcast, innovative website, offline or online publication, social media account, wide media/press coverage or other creative ways of communicating?

Teacher of the Year

This award is looking for teachers who are bringing learning to life by engaging and inspiring children and young people to fulfil their potential through their tireless efforts, patience, passion, encouragement, dedication and energy. Teachers can nominate themselves, or can be nominated by pupils/students, headteacher, parents or teaching staff.

Spirit of Enterprise Award

Skills for life and for work, how has your school developed enterprise and how has it encouraged pupils to develop awareness and an understanding of entrepreneurship across the curriculum. As start-ups continue to be a driving force in the UK economy, how are you ensuring pupils/students have opportunities to learn about enterprise and develop confidence in their ideas and ambitions? How has your school involved employers/businesses, parents and or the wider community in developing enterprise within school.

Innovative and Creative Literacy Award

How and what has your school done to develop effective and innovative approaches to embedding the development of literacy skills across all levels of learning. We’re looking for shining examples of excellent reading and writing practice and real innovation that engages the whole school with measured successes and outcomes.

SEND Provision Award

Presented to the school that can demonstrate an increase in the quality of care and education services provided to pupils with Special Educational Needs through a proactive and caring approach which has led to having a real impact within the school.

STEM Project of the Year

This award is looking for schools that have developed a STEM based project during the academic year of 2016-17 providing an opportunity to develop an innovative and effective approach to encouraging pupils to engage with science, technology, engineering or maths. It can be a project that has a focus on one element of STEM or can be a project that covers all four areas.

Outstanding Arts in Primary School

This award category is looking for the best school stage show/ performance or arts led project for the academic year 2016-17. Looking at maximum pupil participation across all aspects through to final performance or delivery of the arts led project, we want to find the real stand-out creation or show stopper of the year.

Outstanding Arts in Secondary School

This award category is looking for the best school stage show/ performance or arts led project for the academic year 2016-17. Looking at maximum pupil participation across all aspects through to final performance or delivery of the arts led project, we want to find the real stand-out creation or show stopper of the year.

Career Aspiration Award

This category recognises schools that are aspiring children and young people to develop a full understanding of the many different career pathways and opportunities open to them. We are looking for innovative and creative approaches to guiding pupils and students towards future careers and developing the next generation of workers. Preparing pupils and students for the world of work with measured outcomes.

WOW Recognition Award

This category is open to any school who believes that they have achieved an outstanding performance, success or achievement for 2016-17. It can relate to anything that the school feel has created that WOW factor for the school. This award is designed to recognise the real stand out and totally inspirational project by a school.

Leadership Team of the Year

This award is for the most outstanding leadership team and will involve the headteacher/principal, deputy as well as other senior leadership staff. We are looking for the team who can demonstrate and show, by key performance indicators why they are outstanding, highlighting key successes for the academic year 2016-17 and explain how the team is on track to achieve its set objectives.

Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills

Teaching isn’t just about learning the curriculum; it’s about life skills too. How is your school equipping its pupils/students with the skills they need for their journey through life. There is no definitive list in this category but examples of some life skills would include: basic money management, cooking skills and food knowledge, mental wellbeing, study skills – learning to learn, character building – personal development of self-esteem & self-confidence and economics.

Innovation in Education Award

How is your school transforming new ways to learn with a creative, innovative and pioneering – technology or non -technology based approach? This can be subject based or across the whole school platform. Measured success and proven outcomes would add value to your entry. We are interested in real innovation -if you’re simply doing what everyone does this probably won’t be enough to win this category.

School Support Star of the Year

This award for recognises an individual within the school setting for their outstanding contribution in supporting pupils, students, teachers and the life of the school. Examples of support roles include: Teaching assistants, receptionists, technicians, community coordinators, general assistants, administrators, business managers etc. We are looking for the star of the school’s support staff team who consistently goes the extra mile and is an inspiration to others.