Education awards

Award categories

Awards will be presented in 14 categories.

Outstanding early years practitioner

Sponsored by ALM Training

This award recognises an early years practitioner who:

  • has innovative, inspiring and creative ideas
  • is a source of support for other members of staff
  • shows passionate and enthusiastic commitment to outcomes for children
  • makes a difference to the whole institution practice or ethos

Outstanding new teacher

Sponsored by Strategy Education

This award recognises a teacher who:

  • has been in the profession for fewer than 2 years
  • shows enthusiasm and drive
  • shows outstanding promise in the classroom

Aspiring leader

Sponsored by Palmers Solicitors

This award recognises a teacher or early years practitioner who may:

  • be exemplary in showing commitment and a drive to lead
  • provide mentoring and professional development for colleagues
  • lead improvement efforts and develops the curriculum

Creative teaching and learning

Sponsored by High House Production Park

This award recognises teams or individuals who:

  • put creativity at the heart of their work
  • make children think differently
  • use techniques beyond the conventional curriculum

Although creativity is hard to measure we would like you to show how their ideas have benefited either:

  • the entire school
  • targeted groups of pupils
  • the wider community

Education support

Sponsored by Print Warehouse

This award recognises a team or individual who:

  • has made an outstanding contribution in supporting children, young people and colleagues in their education setting and wider community
  • consistently goes the extra mile
  • is an inspiration to others

They may be, for example:

  • a sports team coach
  • an administrator
  • a business manager
  • a caretaker
  • a teaching assistant
  • a youth worker

Excellence in English and/or maths

Sponsored by ALM Training

This award recognises an individual or team who:

  • has an innovative approach embedding high standards of English and/or maths across the whole curriculum
  • has developed effective and imaginative approaches to learning
  • is a shining example of excellent teaching of English and/or maths
  • innovates and engages the whole school, with measured successes and outcomes

The nomination should include how they have shared the understanding of their approach and involved the children, parents, carers and ultimately raised attainment of their pupils.

Excellence in science and technologies

Sponsored by Thames Oil Port

This award recognises an individual or team who:

  • is innovative in their teaching of science, technology or engineering
  • has developed effective and imaginative approaches to learning
  • engages the whole school, with measured successes and outcomes
  • maximises the use of information, communications and other technologies to support effective teaching and learning

The nomination should include how they have shared the understanding of their approach and involved the children, parents, carers and ultimately raised attainment of their pupils.

Inspiring career opportunity

Sponsored by DP World London Gateway

This award recognises an educational establishment, team, individual teacher or local business partner who promotes the value of skills for learning, life and work. They may:

  • have developed innovative projects to promote work experience, apprenticeships, university and other career pathways
  • implemented initiatives that have enhanced career opportunities for pupils, either led by the school or local businesses
  • have developed these skills across all curriculum areas, making parents aware of – and understand the value of – skills for lifelong learning and work

Nominations can be submitted from schools, early years’ settings and local business.

Governor, governing board or trust

Sponsored by Kingston Smith

This award recognises an outstanding governor, governing board or trust who:

  • has made a real difference to achievement and opportunities, improving standards for children and young people
  • has been a critical friend to the school leadership team, or managed challenging circumstances to raise the school to new heights
  • has been successful with a specific project, such a change of school structure or reconstituted leadership
  • has contributed to improvements in the school sector by supporting other governing boards to improve

Teacher of the year in primary education, special education or alternative provision

Sponsored by Strategy Education

This award recognises a teacher who:

  • brings learning to life by engaging and inspiring young people to fulfil their potential
  • is tireless in their efforts, patience, passion, encouragement, dedication and energy
  • shows innovation, imagination and effort to develop children in ways that go beyond the league tables

In your nomination tell us how the teacher has supported students, developed new ways to support learning and engaged with parent and the local community.

Teacher of the year in secondary education, special education, alternative or post-16 provision

Sponsored by Port of Tilbury

This award recognises a teacher who:

  • brings learning to life by engaging and inspiring young people to fulfil their potential
  • is tireless in their efforts, patience, passion, encouragement, dedication and energy
  • shows innovation, imagination and effort to develop children in ways that go beyond the league tables

In your nomination tell us how the teacher has supported students, developed new ways to support learning and engaged with parent and the local community.

Head teacher of the year in primary education

Sponsored by HW Wilson Ltd

This award will recognise an executive head, chief executive officer or head teacher in primary education who:

  • is an inventive and inspirational leader
  • continually goes above the day to day requirements of their role to benefit all their students
  • motivates and involves staff, students and parents in teaching and learning
  • inspires all to reach their full potential

Your nomination should include details of their achievements, successes and why they should win the award. You may include independent testimonials of up to 100 words.

Head teacher of the year in secondary education, special education, alternative or post-16 provision

Sponsored by Port of Tilbury

This award will recognise an executive head, chief executive officer or head teacher in secondary education, special education, alternative provision or post-16 provision who:

  • is an inventive and inspirational leader
  • continually goes above the day to day requirements of their role to benefit all their students
  • motivates and involves staff, students and parents in teaching and learning
  • inspires all to reach their full potential

Your nomination should include details of their achievements, successes and why they should win the award. You may include independent testimonials of up to 100 words.

Outstanding contribution to education in Thurrock

Sponsored by HW Wilson Ltd

This award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to the educational outcomes for children or young people across Thurrock.

It is awarded for dedication and lifelong commitment to improving the life-chances of our children and young people.

The outstanding contribution to education in Thurrock is decided by an award panel and is not open for public nominations.