Schools Awards 2010

25th September 2009 at 01:00
The TES Schools Awards - or TESSAs - celebrate and reward those teams who make an outstanding contribution to primary and secondary schools in the maintained and independent sectors

Last year's inaugural awards were a huge success, and we hope next year's TESSAs will be even better. We have introduced five new categories, including awards for special needs schools and governors. Next year's ceremony will be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London on June 17, 2010.

Over the coming weeks, we'll be profiling some of the winners from last year. If you want to enter next year's TESSAs and get a fuller explanation of each category, go to

Outstanding Primary

This award will go to a successful and innovative primary school. Have you improved attendance or staff retention? Tell us how.

Outstanding Secondary

Why was 2009 such as successful year for your secondary school? The judges will be looking for solid evidence of improvement and innovation.

Outstanding Community Involvement

You may have developed a partnership with a local university, FE College, business, independent school or other interesting group or organisation. Show us examples of both original and effective engagement.

Outstanding Leadership Team

This award is for the best school management team. The judges will be looking for examples of good leadership across a wide range of functions.

Outstanding Literacy amp; Numeracy Initiative

What have you done to help your pupils improve either their literacy or numeracy skills? Include clear quantifiable evidence of the success or progress you have achieved.

Outstanding Sporting Initiative

Have you opened up sport participation to the wider community or have improved involvement among disengaged pupils? We want to hear about it.

Outstanding Sustainable School

This award recognises teams that have made their schools more environmentally sound, whether it's through improvements to the physical fabric of the building, or the fitting of new energy systems or controls, for example.

Outstanding ICT Learning Initiative

This category is open to any ICT learning initiative - perhaps you have developed an innovative way for pupils to learn out of school or created personalised learning through ICT.

Outstanding School Dinners

This rewards the school that is delivering the best school dinners. Explain the sort of menus you offer, and what makes them distinctive, attractive, and healthy for your pupils.

Outstanding Staff Training Initiative

Describe your overall staff training and development strategy, and the team that delivers it. Highlight how good performance is rewarded and how you benchmark your school's CPD.

Outstanding Teacher Resource

Have you uploaded an outstanding classroom resource to the TES Connect resource bank? It could be a lesson plan, assembly idea or a whole-school resource - primary or secondary.

Lifetime Achievement

This award could go to a well-known education figurehead, or to an "unsung hero" - both are equally eligible. It's your chance to nominate someone who has been truly exceptional and deserves this supreme accolade.

Outstanding Support Team

Behind every good school there's a superb support team. This new award shines the spotlight on the people who handle all the functions that teachers could not do without - things such as administration, finance and general maintenance.

Outstanding Governors

This new category is aimed at rewarding the school with the most amazing and committed board of governors in the UK.

Outstanding Special Needs School

This new category is aimed at standalone special needs schools as opposed to special needs teams or individuals working within a conventional school. Show us the innovative projects that have made your school so successful in 2009.


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