7 Tips on How to Write an Outstanding Awards Entry

As we announced recently, we are one again sponsoring the “Teacher of the Year” award at the Dunstable & Houghton Regis Business & Community Awards 2017.

We’d love to get as many nominations as we can for all of our fantastic local teachers so we thought we’d help you out by giving you a few tips on how to write an awards entry that stands out from the crowd.

1. Answer the questions properly

Read the questions & guidance carefully, and write targeted answers. In this case you’ll need to explain how the teacher you’re nominating has achieved excellence over and above other teachers. Do they consistently put their students ahead of themselves? Maybe their length of service & commitment deserves recognition? Do they volunteer to help with extra curricular activities or get involved in the local community? Have they particularly helped one student or a group of students overcome adversity?

2. Don’t ignore the word count

This is one of the biggest no-nos. It takes the judges a long time to read all of the entries for each award and you shouldn’t extend this process by writing more than the recommended word count. Try to keep your answer to the 200 word limit – use your words wisely!

3. Banish the jargon

Judges won’t always know what certain acronyms mean so always write in plain English. Just tell it like it is, and nothing will be lost in translation.

4. Write persuasively

Use compelling words and an active voice. Write with verve and you’ll stand out from the copy and paste brigade.

5. Include supporting evidence

Make it easy for the judges to make sense of your entry. One way of doing this is to provide context and background. Supporting statements from students or other staff, or facts & figures (if relevant) can also be very powerful.

6. Proofread

Ask someone else to proofread your entry before you submit it – it should be clear, easy to read, and free from typos!

7. Be passionate

It goes without saying that real passion can help your words to jump off the page. Don’t hide your light under a bushel!

Good luck with your entries!

Remember all of the shortlisted nominees will be invited to the gala awards evening on 9th November 2017, so get nominating!

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