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Guidelines

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​The 2022 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools (Showcase Awards) guidelines provide key information about the awards categories, eligibility and submission requirements.

Please read the submission guidelines (PDF, 1.5MB) prior to commencing your Showcase Awards submission.​

Categories

For Showcase Award categories, an ‘initiative’ includes professional learning activities, consultation and decision-making processes, resource or infrastructure development, events and activities that have contributed to positive changes in student outcomes.

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For Showcase Awards categories, an ‘initiative’ includes professional learning activities, consultation and decision-making processes, resource or infrastructure development, events and activities that have contributed to positive changes in student outcomes.

How to enter

After reading the submission guidelines, select the award category relevant for your nomination and complete the corresponding submission template below. The submission templates contain headings and guidance to assist nominees to write a submission that can be evaluated using the judging standards outlined in the submission guidelines (PDF, 1.5MB).

2022 Showcase Awards submission template—group category (DOCX, 740KB)

2022 Showcase Awards submission template—individual category (DOCX, 731KB)

2022 Showcase Awards submission template—Bevan Brennan Award category (DOCX, 729KB)​

Upload your completed nomination via the Showcase Awards submission portal by 5 pm Friday 20 May 2022. Refer to section 5 of the submission guidelines for further information on how to enter the Showcase Awards.

Nominations close 5pm Friday 20 May 2022.

Regional judging

Regional selection teams will review submissions and select one winner and up to 2 commendation submissions per Showcase Awards category. Up to 2 winners may be nominated per region for the Rural and Remote Education category.

The regional award winners will be announced from Monday 20 June 2022.

State finalist shortlisting

A state judging team will evaluate all regional winning submissions in July 2022. Two submissions per category will be announced as state finalists on the Showcase Awards website from Monday 15 August 2022.

The state evaluation team is appointed by the Department of Education, and includes specialist expertise relevant to the Showcase Awards categories. The state evaluation team includes members who have academic, industry and Department of Education credibility, including knowledge of current best practice across a wide range of curriculum areas.

State awards judging

The Showcase Awards Board will conduct virtual interviews with all state finalists on Tuesday 6 September 2022. Each state finalist will be allocated 5 minutes to meet with members of the Board to discuss their submission.

State finalists will be provided with further information regarding the virtual interview when finalists are announced.

Additional support

There are several options for further assistance when preparing your Showcase Awards submission.

  • Review section 3 of the submission guidelines regarding the judging standards.
  • Contact your Showcase Awards regional coordinator for advice.
  • Review the example submission.
  • View 2 recorded web sessions to assist in preparing your submission.

Example submission

An example submission with annotation (PDF, 438KB) is available to support nominees to prepare a Showcase Awards nomination. The submission is from a previous Showcase Awards winner and has been adjusted to indicate how information could be provided to address the current judging standards.

Recorded web sessions

Two recorded web sessions provide nominees with detailed information on planning a submission, using the submission template and understanding the judging standards.

Planning a submission

This session will assist participants to plan a Showcase Awards submission. It will explore:

  • general requirements for planning nominations
  • specific requirements for group and individual award categories
  • using the submission template
  • available supporting resources.

Understanding the judging standards

This session will focus on the Showcase Awards judging standards and will assist participants to understand:

  • the Standards of Evidence as informing the Showcase Awards judging standards for group categories
  • the 4 dimensions (design, impact, scalability and investment) and 5 strength levels
  • further resources which support group category submissions.

View the web sessions

These web sessions are available to Department of Education personnel using work stations or can be accessed on a private computer or laptop using virtual private network access.

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Last updated 12 May 2022