Categories and criteria

The Hampshire Education Awards has 13 award categories

Each award category is open for nominations from any phase of education, including early years, primary, secondary, all-through and post-16 and type, such as mainstream, alternative, special. The awards are only open to Hampshire maintained and academy schools and Hampshire further education colleges.

The majority of the award categories are designed so they can receive nominations for an individual or a team. The bullets below each award title provide advice to support the nomination process.

In each award we invite nominations that make clear the ways in which the individual (or team):

  • has a significant influence on improving or sustaining noteworthy outcomes for children and young people
  • demonstrates through their actions, particular professional and personal attributes and relationships that characterise their contribution and impact
  • uses professional practices that are models of influence for the professional development of others
Laying the Foundations Award
  • For any staff member including teachers, support staff, special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCo), inclusion, etc, who works in nursery or Year R classes
  • In addition to the general awards criteria above, please explain how they have contributed to developing the characteristics of effective teaching and learning and also forging excellent and innovative partnerships with families
Education Leadership Award
  • For any middle or senior leader, with responsibility for improving outcomes beyond the children and young people that they work with directly, such as leadership of curriculum or pastoral team, year group, support team, or whole school/college responsibility at middle or senior level
  • In addition to the general awards criteria above, please explain the impact of their leadership on improving or sustaining the effectiveness of a team or educational institution
Teaching Support Award
  • For classroom based support staff, such as teaching assistant, pastoral support, inclusion support, learning support, etc, and not for qualified or unqualified teachers
  • In addition to the general awards criteria above, please articulate in your entry, the impact of their support to pupils/students
Wider Support Contribution Award
  • For those undertaking wider support roles, such as office, site, community, home/school liaison, welfare, etc
  • In addition to the general awards criteria above, the impact their work has on the relationships, culture, environment and engagement that positively influence individual pupils/students or groups in the school/college community
Outstanding Contribution to Education
  • For those who have made a significant impact in field of education, such as staff who have made transformative, turnaround or lead high performing teams over a significant period of time
  • In addition to the general awards criteria above, how their ongoing work stands out as a widely acknowledged and sustained contribution that underlines the value of education to the individual and society
Flying Colours Award
  • For those in their newly qualified teacher year or a recently qualified teacher in their second or third year of teaching
  • In addition to the general awards criteria above, how they demonstrate well informed, thoughtful, influential professional practices and passionate advocacy for a career in teaching
Apprentice Award
  • For staff members in Hampshire schools and colleges who are currently undertaking an apprenticeship or have completed their apprenticeship in 2020/2021
  • In addition to the general awards criteria above, what makes this individual stand out, sharing how they inspire others and what impact the apprenticeship has had on the school
Edtech Excellence
  • for any staff member who has supported with the school’s digital offer to pupils/students
  • in addition to the general awards criteria, please explain how they have contributed to developing and supporting others to gain increased skill, thinking and capacity in respect of the college/school’s digital strategies to address the challenges of the 2020/2021 academic year
Teaching and Learning Award
  • For teachers working in all areas of the curriculum and in teaching and learning roles, such as teachers, practitioners, expert/lead, school to school support, etc
  • In addition to the general awards criteria above, the distinctive features of their teaching that have a discernible impact on pupils/students’ achievements
Community Impact Award
  • For members of school/college staff and/or volunteers, including members of a parent teacher association
  • In addition to the general awards criteria above, how they have contributed to the well-being, positive culture and engagement with stakeholders and key community groups leading to effective partnership working between school/college and wider community
Governance Award
  • For individual governors, such as those who hold specific roles, lead committees or working parties
  • In addition to the general awards criteria above, how they have contributed to school/college improvement or wider effectiveness of the governing body
Improving Life Chances Award
  • For any staff members in a school/college including teachers, support staff, SENCo, inclusion, etc
  • In addition to the general awards criteria above, how they are making a significant difference to the achievements and personal development of disadvantaged or vulnerable children/young people
Futures Award
  • For careers advisers, teachers, lecturers or other practitioners who have had an impact on young people's future career progression
  • In addition to the general awards criteria above, how they are making a significant impact in careers information and guidance, providing inspirational activities, work experience or enterprise projects and/or developing employer links