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Talk Education Awards
for Innovation in Education

Talk Education's inaugural school awards are here! We're using our combined 300 years of experience of the independent schools world to celebrate those who have impressed us the most.
There are a lot of awards out there in the world of independent education, so we wanted to make ours different. Instead of replicating the well-worn categories you've seen time and time again, we're setting out to reward schools who are forging boldly ahead with new, revolutionary ideas which are changing the face of independent education. Not just thinking outside the box, but setting fire to it and then building something new, cleverer, better. We want to sing the praises of schools who are doing inspiring work in a particular field, whether it's their use of technology or a new approach to community engagement. 

Even better news…no school has to pay or subscribe to TE to enter our Awards, so it's a completely open playing field. Schools don't have to fill out lengthy forms or try to persuade us to choose you. In fact, you don't have to do anything at all to enter! The last thing we want to do is make more work for overloaded marketing departments; and more importantly we already know schools inside and out. 



Of course, we want to give you the chance to sing loudly about your most recent achievements. If you want to tell us about something that has happened since we last visited or a new initiative you are running, you absolutely can. Please complete this brief form. You can enter your school for a particular award (feel free to throw your hat into the ring for as many or as few categories as you like), and if we'd like to know more, we'll be in touch. 

Our experienced team of researchers and educational experts, former heads, teachers and advisors – all with their eyes and ears to the ground – make up our informers and judges. Our awards are a celebration of you: the trailblazers doing things differently.

So, all you have to do is check out our innovative list of categories, scan our FAQs, get in touch if you would like to tell us about anything in particular, and then just watch this space!


Categories

  • Innovation in nutrition or food 
This could be a new catering team, a change in dining facilities, a revised menu to encourage pupils to eat more healthily or a new approach to monitor pupils at risk of eating disorders.

  • Environmental achievement
For inspiring and encouraging eco-awareness in your pupils or creating an eco-innovative learning space or building (everything from farms to carbon neutral classrooms).

  • Community engagement or charity fundraising
For a school which has found a new way to open its doors to the wider community, or pioneered a new approach to raise money for charities at home or overseas.

  • Bursary provision 
This could be the launch of an ambitious new foundation or a successful new approach to publicising your bursaries scheme, resulting in an increased number of candidates.

  • Best use of technology
We're less interested in how much you've spent or how many shiny Macs you have, but in how effectively you use tech to enhance pupils' learning.

  • Inspiring co-curricular activities
We want to celebrate your innovation in the teaching of music, art, drama, sport or clubs.

  • Pastoral Care and wellbeing
All schools tell us that their pastoral care is top-notch - we're interested in the initiatives you've introduced to guarantee that yours is unparalleled.

  • Thinking beyond the curriculum 
How do you inspire your pupils to think beyond the core and challenge themselves to take their interest in a subject further?


The important bits

What is the timeline for the Awards?

Schools have until Friday 15th July to enter. Entries will close after this date and a shortlist will be announced at the end of August in time for schools to shout loudly about their achievements as the new academic year begins. Winners will be announced on Friday 9th September. 

Which schools can enter?

Any independent prep or senior school in the UK or across the globe can enter. However, schools don’t have to enter. With our on-the-ground knowledge, we know what amazing things lots of schools are doing, and so all schools are automatically entered. 

Who is doing the judging?

The shortlist and winners will be chosen by our editorial panel, who between them boast 300 years of visiting independent schools up and down the country and across the globe. Our panel of Talk Education professionals comprises an experienced team of researchers and educational experts, former heads, teachers and advisors, all with their eyes and ears to the ground, constantly involved with schools changing and growing, and always at the forefront of what's new in the world of education. For those schools we haven't visited in person this year, we have done virtual visits; for those we haven’t virtually visited don’t worry, we know about you! 

The judges will select the shortlist and finalists. If any judge has a conflict of interest with any particular school, they will not be able to vote on the entry. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

What do I need to do to enter and what can I send in?

Remember, you don't have to do anything to enter - if you’re a school and you’re on our site we will already be considering you. However, if you'd like to remind us about how brilliant you are please complete this brief form. We know how busy the summer term can be and so we don’t want to add to your burden by asking you to fill in anything lengthy. Just tell us what you’re doing, why it’s utterly brilliant and send us some photos or a video (if needed) to show us. If you do send images, you agree that we may use them and the content of your entry to either promote the awards or the winning schools on the Talk Education website, social media platforms and in the Talk Education newsletter.

How many categories can I enter and how much does it cost?

It’s completely free to enter and you can enter as many as you like - just complete the form. But if you don't have time, don't worry - we will already be considering you, especially where we’ve seen that you're doing something amazing. We don’t want to add to your marketing pressures and budgets, and we want to celebrate every school - big and small.

How do I know I’ve won?

We will contact all of our shortlisted schools personally and tell them the good news. We’ll also send them some social media artwork so that they can tell their followers and fans that their amazing work has been recognised by educational professionals with an in-depth knowledge of education and schools the world over. We will also be celebrating our winners on our social media channels and on our website.

How can I get advice or help on my entry?

Please email katharine@talkeducation.com who will be more than happy to help.