National Schools Awards to ‘reflect on significant achievements’ of sector

This year’s National Schools Awards, which are open to all schools and multi-academy trusts, are calling for nominations

The Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL), in conjunction with the Schools & Academies Show, has launched the National Schools Awards 2020.

The awards will bring together more than 250 school leaders and education pioneers to celebrate and reward excellence from across the industry.

Now in its second year, the award ceremony will take place at the House of Lords in London on 26 November. The award categories have increased from six to eight. Categories include School Business Leader of the Year, School of the Year, Leadership Team of the Year and Governor of the Year. One educator will also pick up a Lifetime Achievement award.

Bethan Cullen, operations director at the ISBL, said: “School leaders have faced such challenges and continued to deliver exceptional learning opportunities using new approaches to learning; whilst also ensuring the safety and wellbeing of these pupils and staff. It is essential that we pause to reflect on these significant achievements, celebrate the successes and ensure sector learning is cascaded across the system.

“It is through the successful triangulation of leadership across pedagogy, business and governance that schools have succeeded in navigating this crisis and limiting the impact on pupils’ progress.”

It is essential that we pause to reflect on these significant achievements, celebrate the successes and ensure sector learning is cascaded across the system

Baroness Berridge, parliamentary under secretary of state for the school system, said: “The National Schools Awards recognise the skill, commitment and hard work it takes to deliver the best possible education, this is especially important in a time of such uncertainty.

“I welcome this opportunity to celebrate the contribution of school leaders and look forward to hearing of your incredible achievements in transforming the opportunities of children and young people.”

Applications can be submitted here: https://nationalschoolsawards.co.uk

The closing date is 25 September.

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