Frequently asked questions

Who can make a nomination?
Who can be nominated?
Do I have to ask permission before nominating a school or teacher?
Where can I make the nomination?
Can I only nominate online?
Do I need to send anything else in or provide evidence?
How much work is involved in nominating someone?
How many nominations can I make?
What happens next after I have nominated?
Does a large number of nominations for a school/teacher mean they are more likely to win?
When do nominations close?

Who can make a nomination?

We would encourage everyone who has contact with schools to think about submitting an application form. Nominations can be made by anyone - local authorities, headteachers, teachers, classroom assistants, parents, pupils, business and employers working with schools, and the general public - simply by completing the online application form.


Who can be nominated?

The Scottish Education Awards are open to all Scottish government funded educational establishments including nurseries, primary, secondary and special needs schools. Teachers, headteachers and education supporters (e.g. janitors, librarians, catering staff and classroom assistants) are eligible for the individual categories.

For teacher awards the nominated teacher must have qualified teacher status. All full time, part time and peripatetic teachers and classroom assistants from every subject and activity area are eligible for nomination, including teaching and non-teaching heads. For awards open to non-teachers the criteria is specified on the web page associated with these awards.

Please see our conditions of entry for further information.


Do I have to ask permission before nominating a school or teacher?

No, we will check with headteachers in schools if the nomination gets to the final stages.


Where can I make the nomination?

Nominations can be made online through this site.


Can I only nominate online?

Yes, nominations can only be submitted online. Please note that submissions cannot be saved and completed over several sessions - it is advisable to compose your entry in a word processing programme and then copy and paste the text into the online nomination form. However, if you experience difficulties please use the contact details at the bottom of the page and we will respond to your question as soon as we can.


Do I need to send anything else in or provide evidence?

No, our experienced judging panel will make decisions based on the information provided on your nomination form.


How much work is involved in nominating someone?

The nomination process has been streamlined to make entering quick and easy. All we need you to do is complete the online nomination form by answering each question as comprehensively as possible in order that the judging panel can gain a full understanding of the reasons for the nomination, and once you are happy with the entry simply submit it. Please note that submissions cannot be saved and completed over several sessions - it is advisable to compose your entry in a word processing programme and then copy and paste the text into the online nomination form.


How many nominations can I make?

Nominations for a maximum of two categories can be made for any school. Multiple nominations are acceptable for awards to individuals. Please note however that nominations will be sifted, and finalists short-listed based on the content of the nominations rather than the number of nominations received. The judge's decision is final.


What happens next after I have nominated?

Once a nomination is submitted you will receive an e-mail confirming your nomination has been submitted successfully. Once nominations close, all entries will be assessed by a panel of educational experts against the relevant category criteria. Due to the large number of nominations individual feedback will not be possible. Local authorities will be contacted to seek endorsement of nominations for establishments. From this, nominations will be shortlisted in each category, and visited by judges from the Scottish Education Awards. Those nominees shortlisted will be contacted in late March/early April to agree a suitable date for the judges to visit. Following the completion of the nominee visits, the judges will determine the winner and two runners up in each category. At this stage the three finalists in each category and representatives of their school will be informed and invited along to the final awards ceremony.


Does a large number of nominations for a school/teacher mean they are more likely to win?

No, simply receiving a high number of nominations does not mean an individual or school will automatically win an award, each nomination is judged independently.


When do nominations close?

12pm on Wednesday 15 February 2017.