The Professional Teaching Awards Cymru are the national teaching awards of Wales.
The awards will honour the achievements of teachers up and down the country who are championing success in education, and demonstrating the utmost dedication and commitment in the process.
There are 9 Professional Teaching Awards, all of which are nominated for by the public. It is important to make sure that the person or group you are nominating are nominated in the most appropriate category - the definitions below will help you to decide.
- Best use of Digital Learning
This award is designed to recognise the best digital practices in a teaching and learning environment. These could include innovative use of the Hwb platform, collaboration projects or online safety. It should demonstrate creativity and innovation with a positive impact on learners, staff or the school as a whole.
- Headteacher of the Year
Awarded to an individual who can demonstrate that they are able to inspire others. An exceptional Headteacher who can demonstrate the ability to engage the school in the community and community in school to make a difference for every learner. Also, provide evidence of supporting colleagues in other schools.
- Inspirational use of the Welsh Language
This award is for teachers or other staff who have inspired pupils and colleagues to use and enjoy the Welsh language. Nominees could work in English medium, bi-lingual and Welsh medium settings. They could use classroom learning, collaboration with colleagues and outside bodies or other innovative approaches.
- Outstanding New Teacher
Awarded to an individual who demonstrates enthusiasm and excellent classroom methods to support pupils’ learning and produce outstanding results. Whilst showing early leadership qualities they have commitment to their own professional development for the benefit of pupils. They demonstrate collaborative techniques and a desire for innovation to promote effective learning.
- Promoting Collaboration to Improve Learning Opportunities
This award is designed to acknowledge those who have successfully managed to get organisations to work together to improve opportunities for pupils. These could include school to school collaborations, school/college collaborations or work between schools and other partners that have impacted on learners.
- School Business Manager/Bursar
Awarded to those who demonstrate the ability to manage and drive the school agenda to support school management. Display leadership and innovative thinking qualities to deliver results for their school.
- Supporting Teachers and Learners
Awarded to those who have provided outstanding support and had an exceptional impact on the teaching and learning in the school.
- Teacher of the Year
Awarded to an individual that displays the qualities of an exceptional teacher. Providing evidence of care, compassion and passion for their subject. Evidence of being an excellent role model for the younger generation and relentless in getting higher standards and has an impact on all their children’s learning.
- Promoting Wellbeing, Inclusion and Relationships with the Community
Awarded to schools who demonstrate leadership in collaborative ventures. This can be with parents, the community, other schools and outside organisations. Sharing excellence across all sectors to improve pupils’ learning and well-being.
How to nominate
The easiest way to nominate is via our online form. You can save your progress and submit once you’re happy. You will get an automatic email receipt after you’ve completed the form.
If you would prefer to complete a nomination form offline, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and the category that you wish to nominate for.
Who can you nominate
- Nominees can include qualified teachers and support staff of pupils from the age of 3-18 in maintained school settings.
- A nominee for the award for collaboration might not necessarily be a member of staff at a school, but should be an individual who has impacted greatly on the work of a school or group of schools.
- All full-time, part-time and peripatetic teachers, business managers/bursars and teaching assistants from every subject and activity area are eligible for nomination, including teaching and non-teaching heads, in maintained settings.
- A nominee who has retired or will retire before the end of April 2018 may not be nominated for an award.
- The Awards cannot accept posthumous nominations or nominations for retired practitioners.
- Individuals may not nominate themselves for an award.
- The Professional Teaching Awards Cymru shall be permitted to exclude any nominee at any time at its sole discretion.
Tips for nominating
- Type your nomination in a Word document first. This will make it easier to check and correct your nomination before copying and pasting into the form. This will save time and allow you to convey your message more clearly.
- If you don’t know the person you are nominating personally, supply as much detail as you can, including contact details where possible.
- Select the correct category. Think about what type of activity and/or roles in which they have excelled.
- Give good examples. Always explain how your nominee has achieved success. Do not use assertions such as “The nominee has worked throughout their career”; explain what the nominee has done with evidence.
- Remember to explain: who they are, what exactly they have done and why they are worthy of a Professional Teaching Award Cymru.
- Don’t nominate the same person more than once in the same category. Multiple nominations will not change the outcome.
- 15 September 2017 - Award nominations open
- 30 November 2017 - Award nominations close
- April 2018 - Short-listed finalists announced
- May 2018 - The Awards Ceremony
All finalists in each of the 9 categories are selected by a national panel of judges.
The judges will be representatives from the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru who will work with the four regional consortia to ensure that all nominations are given full consideration.
Their role is to judge and score all of the entries using the agreed judging criteria. Welsh Government will co-ordinate the process and ensure that judging teams will maintain fairness throughout.
The panel of judges will meet to discuss the nominees and the shortlisted finalists will be announced in April 2018.