The Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) has officially launched the National Schools Awards 2020, delivered in conjunction with the Schools & Academies Show. The event will draw more than 250 school leaders from across the sector to celebrate and reward excellence amid complications driven by the coronavirus outbreak.
Baroness Berridge, parliamentary under-secretary of state for the school system, has stressed the importance of acknowledging the sector’s achievements in terms of minimising the disruption to education in these trying times. The Baroness said it was vital to celebrate the “skill, commitment and hard work” of teachers and school leaders amid the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 school closures.
Now in its second year, the event will take place at the House of Lords in London on 26 November. Following the success of the inaugural event in 2019, this year’s award categories have increased from six to eight, and all have been designed to highlight the sector’s school business management, leadership and governance.
The 2020 categories include Income Innovator of the Year, Leadership Team of the Year, School of the Year, and MAT of the Year, whilst an educator or professional will also pick up the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Applications are now open and can be submitted here, with the deadline for submissions falling on 25 September.
“The National School Awards recognise the skill, commitment and hard work it takes to deliver the best possible education, this is especially important in a time of such uncertainty,” said Baroness Berridge.
“I welcome this opportunity to celebrate the contribution of school leaders and look forward to hearing of your incredible achievements in transforming the opportunities of children and young people.”