Educational Excellence

Category Description

This award is open to education programmes and activities that are developed with the aim of expanding learning, enhancing access to information and providing unique academic experiences. These education programmes, with a ‘learning’ theme, should engage local schools or other education/training establishments showing creativity and innovation and can focus on any area of learning such as health & nutrition, employability skills, apprenticeships, diversity equality & inclusion, the environment or STEM and will have been delivered between 2018-20 or will be ongoing.

The judges will specifically be looking for quantified results of learning; quality and effectiveness of materials used; the degree of innovation in delivering the initiative; the level of student engagement and use of awareness raising to promote the activities; any future plans and activities the entrant has undertaken to seek to teach others and further educate using the same programme template; and finally the time and resource committed to the project.

Criteria

Judges will be looking for evidence of the following points within the supplied application form and reserve the right to award multiple awards for different styles of initiative (weighting percentages in brackets):

  1. How the programme was scoped and developed to set new standards for innovation and creativity; (25%)
  2. The provision and consideration of wellbeing, equality, diversity & inclusion including;- race, gender, dyslexia, physical & social mobility and mental Health; (15%)
  3. The extent to which the school and community has helped shape the content and partnership of the activities, and how the organisation has helped the school achieve its overall strategies and goals; (25%)
  4. Measurements of social impact, quantified results of learning and quality of materials used in the initiative; (25%)
  5. Whether the scheme demonstrate a long-term commitment with an integrated legacy element to ensure ongoing benefits. (10%)

Are we eligible to enter?

Our awards programme is open to all organisations of any kind… companies large and small, charities, not-for-profits, social enterprises, NGOs, membership and accreditation organisations and government departments including local and county councils. We are all about rewarding sustainability practice – in all its forms. So if your organisation is making a difference, directly or indirectly to people and planet, you’re eligible.

We don’t just recognise businesses that are operating responsibly, or supporting / partnering with worthwhile causes. We also actively encourage entries from organisations that have been specifically set up or adapted to offer a product or service that tackles a social or environmental problem.

Our category descriptions and criteria have been written to guide entrants on what content should be detailed in their entries. However, we do not expect square pegs to fit in round holes… Some of your business activities or dedicated programmes might not fit entirely with any one specific category. In these cases, the descriptions and criteria are open to an element of interpretation and rest assured that our judges will still take into account entries that are strongly aligned with the overall context of the category.

If you have any concerns about the suitability of your entry, or would like to discuss your activities in more detail, we are here to help. Give Karen a call on 07813 718541 or email us.