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TES Schools Awards 2016 opens for entries

We’re ready and waiting to hear about your school’s year of innovation, committment, and great outcomes

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The TES Schools Awards 2016 are open for nominations today. Now in its eighth year, the event aims to spotlight the extraordinary dedication and skill of school staff who are helping pupils to achieve both inside and outside of the classroom.

TES would like to hear about the innovative work that teachers and teams within your school are doing to raise standards of education and to significantly impact upon the lives of your pupils and the wider community.

There are 17 awards categories recognising the incredible commitment and ingenuity of schools, teams and teachers across the UK. These include the flagship individual titles: Teacher of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Headteacher of the Year, and awards for teams and/or teachers in areas such as maths, arts and drama, English, science technology and engineering.

The whole-school awards, including creative, secondary and early years setting of the year, are also likely to be keenly fought. Last year, Uplands School in Swindon (pictured) won the top accolade of the evening and also took home the award for alternative provision school of the year.

Uplands headteacher Deirdre Fitzpatrick said of her school’s success: “Winning the TES award for the overall school of the year has been one of the most exhilarating and proudest moments of my career.

“It has made everyone in the school community feel like they were winners – all of us have basked for a long time in the glow of that success. And, of course, it has spurred us forward to do even greater things.”

St Patrick’s High School in Keady, Northern Ireland, was named secondary school of the year. Headteacher Patricia McGuckian said: “There has been more interest across Northern Ireland in what we are trying to achieve…and that is exactly what we had wished for.

“We’ve hosted a number of visitors from other schools who want to learn more about a non-selective, all-ability inclusive approach to education and, thanks to TES, the debate about children’s ability is opening up again.

The awards judges for this year include: Tom Bennett, teacher and TES contributor; writer and broadcaster Baroness Floella Benjamin; Sir Tim Brighouse, former school commissioner for London; and Natasha Devon, mental health champion for the Department for Education.

Ann Mroz, editor of TES, said: “There is fantastic work being done by teachers up and down the country and these awards celebrate those successes and give teachers the recognition they so richly deserve.

“It’s their outstanding teaching and tireless commitment that creates great schools and continually pushes the boundaries of teaching and learning.”

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on 24 June at the Grosvenor House hotel, London.The deadline for entries is midnight on 6 March 2016. For more information on the awards and how to enter, please visit All entries must be sent in via the website.

In it to win it

This is the full list of categories for the TES Schools Awards 2016:

Headteacher of the Year

Lifetime Achievement

Teacher Blogger of the Year

Bev Evans Resource Author of the Year

Science, Technology and Engineering

Teacher or Team of the Year

English Teacher or Team of the Year

Arts and Drama Teacher or Team of the Year

Community and Collaboration

Creative School of the Year

Maths Teacher or Team of the Year

International (including Modern Foreign Languages)

Early Years Setting of the Year

Healthy School of the Year

Primary School of the Year

Secondary School of the Year

Alternative Provision School of the Year

Overall School of the Year

This is an article from the 29 January edition of TES. This week's TES magazine is available in all good newsagents. To download the digital edition, Android users can click here and iOS users can click here

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