Prepare a nomination: School awards

Prepare a nomination: School awards

Find out about the nomination process, eligibility, requirements and tips for submitting an award winning nomination.

Follow the step by step guide to prepare a school nomination. At the bottom of the page you will also find:

  • tips from the judges
  • some inspiration from a selection of nominations from previous winners
  • details about our free writing assistance service, where our consultant can provide you with feedback and advice about your draft nomination.


Choose the award category

Choose the award categoryBefore you start, you may need to read through each of the categories. This will help you choose the correct category and ensure you are able to make the school shine in your nomination. You can consider if the awards are the most appropriate way to celebrate the school’s achievements.

You also need to understand the specific eligibility and written statement requirements for your category:


Read the terms and conditions

The terms and conditions provide information about your eligibility to nominate, the nominee’s eligibility, endorsements and other requirements.


View and sign the school profile

Once you have determined the school meets the eligibility requirements you need to view the profiles. The profiles are a guide to understanding the qualities looked for in an award-winning school.

The profile outlines the exemplary practices nominating schools are expected to demonstrate, based on:

  • School Improvement and Accountability Framework
  • National School Improvement Tool for School of the Year awards
  • Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework for the WA Premier’s Excellence in Aboriginal Education Award.

Once you have read the profile and believe the school demonstrates these practices, you will need to get the required signatures, which include the principal and chair of the school council/board.


Complete the written statement template

Use the template for your category to write your written statement:

Ensure it is no longer than two pages and is typed in size 11 Arial font.

Consider that your nomination as a whole will be judged against the judging criteria listed for each category, but they should not be answered like selection criteria in your written statement.

You may want to access our free writing assistance service, as well as the tips and examples, at the bottom of this page.


Provide images

Prepare four high-resolution images of the nominee. Photos must:

  • be a mix of posed and action shots
  • include staff or students, not focused on facilities
  • be at least 3MB each
  • be in JPEG format (do not include photos in a Word document).

Sample photos



Provide referees

You will need to provide the details of two referees who are familiar with the nominee’s work. Referees should be external to the school. These referees may be contacted at any time during the judging process.


Gather additional information and documentation

When submitting the nomination you will need to include:

  • the school’s latest annual report
  • the school’s latest business/operational plan
  • findings from the national school opinion survey completed in the last year

You will also need:

  • the signed profile
  • the written statement
  • four high-resolution photos of the nominee
  • details of two referees.


Obtain appropriate endorsement or sign off

All school nominations must be endorsed by the Director of Education.

Send your nomination to your Director of Education by email.  Keep a copy of their email endorsement.

Submit your nomination

Tips for preparing your nomination

Tips for preparing your nomination

Get some tips, inspiration and advice for writing your nomination and making it shine for the judges.

Free writing assistance

To assist with your nominations, we have engaged a consultant who can review your draft and provide you with feedback to help make sure your nomination is of the highest possible quality.

This writing advice service is free to all nominators. To access this service, email and a consultant will contact you to arrange an appointment.

Please ensure you have a draft ready to review that has been endorsed by your principal before contacting our consultant.

Awards information session
  • Date to be confirmed in May

Learn how the nomination process works, what to include in your nomination, what the judges look for, and how to write for them.

Attend our free interactive information session either in person or via livestream. A recording of the session will also be available afterwards.

Judges tips
  • Don’t be afraid to single out a genuine individual even though there may be others in that occupational group. It’s important to ensure the singling out is genuine and has earned and is deserving of the spotlight – it will be evident to all and the chorus of applause at the local level will be impressive.
  • Think about all the stakeholders – those who are impacted positively by the great work that the nominee does. Consider how you can capture their voice in the nomination and demonstrate the impact on individuals as well as cohorts of students.
  • Remember the audience you are writing for. If you are not an educator, make sure you speak to educators when putting in your nomination as the majority of nominations are prepared by educators.
  • Focus on how the nominee went above and beyond, rather than what is expected.
  • Champion the achievements and personal traits of the nominee whilst addressing the set criteria. The focus throughout should be the difference the nominee has made to the lives of students.
  • Show how the nominee is a human being with a passion for education and how they can relate to others.
  • Provide strong examples to back up the statements being made, rather than just stating that the nominee meets the criteria.
  • Make sure that any data used is in the context of the school and how the nominee’s leadership is making a difference.
  • Provide evidence that validates the nomination (not simply personal opinions) across all of the domains (e.g. Professional knowledge, practice and engagement).