2020 Inspirational Educator Award
The Worshipful Company of Educators Trust Awards
2020 Inspirational Educator Award
Theme: Teaching Shakespeare
Guidance for Nominators
The Trust of the Worshipful Company of Educators wishes to bestow its awards for inspirational educators in 2020 on outstanding practitioners in the teaching of Shakespeare. The Trustees particularly welcome nominations for candidates who are delivering learning in challenging, unconventional or community settings.
The award is open to full-time or part-time educators teaching, supporting or facilitating educational activities at any level of education, in any educational setting, with any type or age of learner. It is, therefore, open to tutors working across a number of establishments. Nominations would be welcomed for those who teach teachers or who are involved in management development. Researchers in the field of pedagogy are also eligible, as are practitioner-tutors. specialist curriculum innovators and project developers and managers, so long as practical impact can be demonstrated.
There are eight prizes for the Award of Inspirational Educator in Teaching Shakespeare, each of £250. Winners will also receive a certificate and an inscribed crystal glass plaque, and will be invited to the Trust’s Award Dinner in London.
Nominators may submit more than one candidate but each nomination must be for an individual not a team. Nominations are assessed by a panel of four judges experienced in educational evaluation. They will be joined by an expert in the teaching of Shakespeare. Since there is no external validation, the judges make their assessment on the basis of nominations alone, so the quality of nominations is vitally important.
- be factual and balanced;
- describe and provide evidence of the nominee’s outstanding practice (this may qualitative or quantitive);
- demonstrate the impact achieved by the nominee;
- focus on the individual’s successes rather than those of the nominating organisation; and,
- keep to a word limit of 500 words (a small annex of supporting material would be acceptable, though not essential).
How to apply:
There is no standard application form to allow for diverse learning environments, so Nominators are asked to structure their nominations under the following two headings:
1. Organisational Context
- name of organisation
- type of organisation
- size of education department or relevant unit (ie number of staff and students (estimated annual average)
- main characteristics of setting(s) in which the nominee works
- position(s) the nominee has held/currently holds
- how long the educator has been employed in the role
- any relevant professional education/ training/experience.
2. Criteria for Nominee:
The Trust is familiar with the diverse range of settings in which learning Shakespeare takes place. The following criteria seeks to cover all types of establishments so does not expect nominees to meet all of them. Nominators should select those criteria which most reflect the vision and defining features of their establishment or of that of the organisation in which the nominee works.
Nominations should provide evidence of activity which meets some of the following criteria, depending on the character of the educational establishment, its location in the sector and the career stage of the nominee:
Teaching and learning:
- A dynamic and innovative approach to teaching methods and student engagement
- A strategic approach to building sustainable collaborative links with relevant organisations in the field
- Collaborative links and activity with professional practitioners in performing arts
- Collaborative links and activity with education professionals in schools, colleges and universities in the field
- Structured use of professional environments to enrich the students’ learning and develop aesthetic awareness and craft skills
- Invitations from external organisations for the nominee and/or her or his students to assist with performances, exhibitions, conferences, workshops or other activities
- External awards/prizes for outstanding work in teaching and learning
- Achievement of students on relevant courses or projects into which the nominee has had significant input (eg attendance and well-being outcomes may be as relevant as formal assessment, qualifications, awards etc)
- A firm foundation in the literature on the link between teaching and learning and professional practice
- A good understanding of the research methods and techniques pertinent to theatre and the performing arts
- An understanding of impact assessment techniques by which to measure the effectiveness of an intervention in terms of learning outcomes
- Collaborative links and activity with educational and professional practitioners researching praxis in the field of theatre and performing arts
- Research outputs that demonstrate an ability to complete research tasks within a given time-frame, such as seminar presentations of ‘work-in-progress’, workshop papers, published reviews or articles
- Awards or funding for research activity from the home institution or external organisations
Research (Optional for relevant nominees)
- Deadline for nominations 14th January 2020
- Announcement of winners end of February 2020
- Awards presented to winners, with their Nominators, on 24th April 2020 at the Trust’s Annual Awards Dinner in London.
Nominations to be sent by email attachment to:
Dr Jennifer Somerville
Chairman of Trustees
The Worshipful Company of Educators