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The Communication Award

How good is your school, academy or college 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 as well as evidence of engagement. 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?

Outstanding Commitment to the Environment

This category commends schools, academies and colleges who are making a considerable effort to be environmentally friendly and are encouraging pupils, students, staff and the wider community to think about their actions, for example recycling, cutting out single-use plastics, travelling responsibly or eating sustainably. The judging panel want to know about all the ways in which your school is helping the environment and raising awareness of climate change.

Careers & Enterprise Award

This category recognises schools, academies and colleges that are preparing young people the best they can for their future careers. Judges will be looking for excellent examples of career-related learning about the range of career pathways and opportunities available to them, whilst also developing a spirit for enterprise amongst pupils or students and encouraging entrepreneurship. Whether its collaborative partnerships; developing the best work experience opportunities; implementation of innovative and creative teaching methods, or talks to students by successful business leaders and entrepreneurs,  judges will need to see clear evidence of aspirational career-related learning and a development of exceptional enterprise and entrepreneurship mind-set, which should show how students are being actively developed to become enquiring, critical thinking and future-orientated thinkers.

SEND Provision Award

This category is looking at 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. Entries should demonstrate the true meaning of inclusion, removing barriers in the way of SEN children being included in all areas of school. The category is open to both mainstream and special schools.

Innovative & Creative Literacy Award

How and what has your school, academy or college 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.

Outstanding Commitment to STEM

The award honours schools, academies and colleges which have a range of exceptional STEM activities or have developed successful STEM projects that promote the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects to all students. Judges are looking for evidence of high levels of commitment to these subjects, which could either be a specific and successful STEM based project or an overarching approach to STEM across the school or college. Perhaps you can show how your school or college is actively inspiring the next generation of engineers above and beyond the curriculum, or equipping students by providing first class education the area of digital and technology.

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 2019-20. 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 2019-20. 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.

Community Partnership Award

How has your school, academy or college 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.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Award

Open to all schools, academies and colleges. We are looking for schools that are effectively tackling mental health issues among pupils and staff. Is your school promoting positive social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and wellness? This award focuses on a long-term culture of a school and those with an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all. Entries must show your provision and interventions for pupils and staff, a commitment to promoting mental health as part of school life and can include views from parents, pupils and teachers.

Outstanding Commitment to Sport & Physical Activity 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 & Physical Activity 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?

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 2019-20 and explain how the team is on track to achieve its set objectives.

School Governor of the Year

This award looks for the most dedicated governor of a primary, secondary or specialist school who has a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience, and goes above and beyond their voluntary role as a governor. Don’t forget to support your entry with feedback and examples as to why this governor goes the extra mile and should be recognised.

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.

School Support Star of the Year

This award 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.

Most Inspirational Alternative Provision by a School

This category recognises alternative providers and mainstream schools that are providing the highest quality of provision for students who are unable to access a mainstream curriculum for various reasons, for example, illness or behaviour issues. Judges will be looking for key examples as to how and why this provision is inspirational and outstanding by providing high level, supportive and inspirational teaching to ensure positive progression for students and improving life chances for young people. Providers and schools will need to evidence how they are helping students progress and succeed in education or employment.

Most Inspirational 16–18 Education Provider

This category is open to school sixth forms, sixth form colleges, further education, specialist colleges and academies. We are looking for the most outstanding delivery of 16 – 18 education provision for the academic year 2019-20. Evidence based submissions should clearly show excellent outcomes and measured success for students with inspirational and high levels of teaching and learning.

Most Inspirational Secondary School

What successes has your school achieved during 2019-20 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 Primary School

What successes has your school achieved during 2019-20 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.

WOW Recognition Award

This category is open to any school, academy or college who believes that they have achieved an outstanding performance, success or achievement for 2019-20. 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.