Write your nomination

Write your nomination

Want to know more about writing an award-winning nomination?

It may seem like a daunting task, but knowing how the process works, what to include, what the judges look for and how to write for them will make recognising the achievements of your staff and school a breeze.

Read top tips from our judges below and get an insight into what they are looking for. Get some inspiration from a selection of complete nominations from previous winners.

Want the real insider knowledge? Watch our nomination writing workshop and hear directly from two past judges and winning nomination writers and learn how to stand out above the rest.

Download the workshop presentation.

  • Nominators should ensure peers, colleagues and community are informed, aware and fully supportive of the nomination.
  • 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.
  • Read the criteria and description very carefully to ensure that the relevant information/testimonials/examples are provided in the nomination.
  • 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).
  • Look at the template for the relevant category and ensure you are able to make the nominee shine in each of the criteria.  If not, review your considerations because you can still celebrate their achievements within the school community in your own fashion.

Watch the session and download the presentation above.

At this session, participants learned how to:

  • gather the right data and information
  • plan their nomination
  • be concise
  • understand the criteria and professional standards
  • provide the right examples and evidence
  • use a framework to build their nomination, such as the SAO method
  • stand out above the rest.

This session was presented on 6 May 2019 by Doug Booth and Robyn Cleaver, who have substantial experience in the education sector and have worked closely with the WA Education Awards for many years.

This session was open to all Department of Education staff, school council/board chairs and parents and citizens' associations presidents.