Portsmouth Guildhall auditorium

Update on Teach Portsmouth Awards 2020

The Teach Portsmouth team have been working hard to find a way to put on the event however due to COVID-19 we’ve had to rethink our plans. In light of the pandemic, we’ve taken the decision to reschedule the event for 12 March 2021 at Portsmouth Guildhall.

We recognise the importance of celebrating the incredible efforts of colleagues across Portsmouth as you continue to support key worker and vulnerable children during this time. While we’ve postponed this year’s event, we wanted to update you on our plans as we move forward.

At this stage, we’re still working out some of the finer details however we can confirm the following:

  • The annual competition will be postponed alongside the October awards ceremony. A decision will be taken in the autumn term about the competition and what form this could take.
  • A celebratory event recognising those who have worked in the city for 20 years or more will go ahead in October. Nominations for the long service award will open on 13 July on the Teach Portsmouth website. The deadline for nominations for the long service award is 6 September.
  • Other award categories will open on World Teacher Day (Monday 5 October) at 9am. This year, all nominations will be completed online through a special awards form. Nominations close on 30 November.

Capturing the creative spirit of Portsmouth

We want to showcase the efforts of colleagues across the city at the awards next year in a special highlights reel shown at the ceremony.

From playground art to dance offs at home, we want to show the creativity of everyone during the pandemic. Any video you send must be in a MOV or MP4 format. Images can be JPEG or PNG.

Don’t forget – the Teach Portsmouth team must have the correct permissions. You can download a Portsmouth City Council release form and usage details that cover how the images and videos will be used. Please send your release form and content to [email protected].


What are the categories?

If you would like to start preparing your entries ahead of the 5 October when online nominations open, you can. Just remember: we need to know the nominee name and the supporting statement which must be 200 words or less per nominee. We are unable to accept whole school nominations. The categories for the awards are:

  • Innovation in Teaching Award

This award goes to those staff (individuals or teams) who have developed new approaches / innovative practices that has had a positive impact on teaching and learning. Nominations should include a short description on the approaches they took and outline how this impacted student life.

  • Creativity Award

This award goes to those staff (individuals or teams) who have developed new approaches / adapted teaching methods that go beyond the conventional curriculum, which support creative thinking and provide opportunities for all pupils to expand their creativity. Nominations should include a short description of the approaches used and outline how this has affected student life.

  • Inclusion and Diversity Award

Inclusion is a strength of many of the schools in the city. We have some amazing Inclusion Teams who embed inclusive practice on a day to day basis as part of their roles. This award celebrates the work of those staff (individuals or teams) through implementing a strategy over time or working on a particular project, which has made a difference to inclusive practice and celebrating diversity. Nomination should include an outline of the project / strategy and outline how it has affected pupils, staff and the wider school community from one of more of the protected characteristics:

  • SEN or Disability including SEMH
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Pregnancy and maternity

(Limited to 1 small team or individual only)

  • Wellbeing Award

This award is to celebrate the work of staff who have developed approaches or initiatives in the school to improve the emotional and physical health and wellbeing of pupils and / or staff. Nominations should include an outline of the strategies implemented and the impact that they have had on pupil and/or staff wellbeing.

(Limited to 1 small team or individual only)

  • Community and Collaboration Award

This award is to celebrate the work of teams or an individual in the school that has made a significant impact on the local community. Nominations should include an outline of the work done and how it has affected the community. Nominations in this category should be supported by a brief testimony from the community.

(Limited to 1 small team or individual only)

  • Partnership Award

The Partnership Award criteria requires two organisations or partners who have worked together on a project or initiative. This is different from the Community and Collaboration Award as this award highlights an individual or small team who have made a difference in their organisation and have not worked with a third party.

(Two organisations/partners must be nominated together.)

  • Unsung Hero Award

This award celebrates the members of the whole school community who rarely get a mention and are never in the limelight but who are invaluable to the school and who have a record of outstanding contributions. Nominations should outline the contribution that the nominee makes to the school and the impact of their work.

For this category, please be mindful of workload issues and the need to ensure that we are not encouraging or celebrating a climate that increases


(Individuals only)

  • Outstanding Contribution Award

This award recognises the sustained and substantial impact of the nominee on the education of children and young people in Portsmouth. Nominations should include a short outline of the career of the nominee and the difference that they have made over time.

For this category, the nominee’s careers may include work beyond Portsmouth with no specific “length of service restriction” but the panel will be looking for significant impact on education in Portsmouth.

(Individuals only)

  • Long Service Awards (Online form opens in July)

This award is to celebrate the staff in our schools who have served in Portsmouth for 20 years or more, providing outstanding service during this time. All nominated staff will receive an award for this achievement.

(Individuals only)

You can draft out your application ahead of 5 October if you know who to pick. Download a Word template ready to copy and paste entries into our online form.