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Professional Teaching Awards - Stakeholder Toolkit

Building on the success of last year’s awards, nominations for the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru 2018 are now open, and we are once again looking to celebrate the commitment, dedication and hard work of teachers across Wales and we need your help.

We want your help to spread the word about the Awards far and wide and encourage as many nominations as possible, so we’ve developed this toolkit which includes:

  • How you can help
  • Key dates
  • The categories
  • How to make a nomination
  • Example newsletter copy
  • Example social posts
  • Resources to use across your channels


How you can help

Share the link to our new website across your networks to promote the Awards to students, parents, colleagues and employers, urging all to nominate teaching professionals from across Wales that have made a real difference in their school or education setting.

The URL is:

Spread the news on your own channels: from websites and newsletters, to social media and posters on walls.

Key dates*

22 September 2017 – Award nominations open

30 November 2017 – Award nominations close

April 2018 – Shortlisted finalists announced

May 2018 – Awards Ceremony

*official shortlist announcement and ceremony dates in due course

The categories

  1. Best use of Digital Learning
  2. Headteacher of the Year
  3. Inspirational use of the Welsh Language
  4. Outstanding New Teacher
  5. Promoting Collaboration to Improve Learning Opportunities
  6. School Business Manager/Bursar
  7. Supporting Teachers and Learners
  8. Teacher of the Year
  9. Promoting Wellbeing, Inclusion and Relationships with the Community

Category descriptions, further information on entry criteria and tips for nominating are available on our website.

How to nominate

The easiest way to nominate is via online form. You can work on the nomination in your own time, save as you go and only submit when done. You will then receive an email letting you know we have received your nomination.

If you want to complete a nomination form offline, email with your contact details and your chosen category and a member of the team will be in touch.

Nominations close at midnight on Thursday 30 November 2017.

Example newsletter copy

Do you know an outstanding teacher that deserves recognition? Is there someone at your local school that needs celebrating? Are your teaching staff leading the way in technology or using Welsh language?

Well, the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru are back for 2018! Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams is looking for the very best education professionals that Wales has to offer and those that have made a real difference to their school or education setting.

There are nine categories this year including Teacher of the Year, Headteacher of the Year, Inspirational use of the Welsh Language and Best Use of Digital Learning so there is plenty of opportunity for your school to get the recognition that they deserve.

If you’re a teacher, student, parent, employer or colleague and know someone that would be worthy of a Professional Teaching Award you have until midnight on 30 November 2017 to make a nomination online at:



Example social posts

To be used on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram channels. You are of course more than welcome to write your own but please make sure you use the hashtag #TeachingAwardsCymru


  1. Do you know an amazing teacher? Nominate them today at: #TeachingAwardsCymru
  2. The best education professionals in Wales need to be celebrated! Find out more: #TeachingAwardsCymru
  3. Has your teacher gone above and beyond? Nominate them at: #TeachingAwardsCymru
  4. We want to celebrate Wales’ outstanding schools and teaching staff. Nominate here: #TeachingAwardsCymru
  5. Is your school leading the way in shaping its students’ futures? Celebrate them at #TeachingAwardsCymru


We have put together a folder full of assets that you can use. You can find links to everything here:


Social Assets

These are designed to help encourage nominations and explain the process. The assets can be used alongside all posts on Facebook and Twitter.


Animated Banner

This can be used on websites or social media pages and can be linked to our website, they will hopefully encourage people to find out more information.



You can print this off and stick up around your school or place of work, or you can use it online.



We have included videos of the Cabinet Secretary talking about the Awards programme and the importance of good education and school children describing their favourite teachers. These videos can be used on websites or shared on social media channels.


If you need more information on the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru, support with making a nomination or using anything in this toolkit, please contact: