Dean encourages teaching profession to apply for PM's excellence awards

Waitaki news
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Education professionals work hard every day and their contributions need to be publicly recognised and encouraged says Jacqui Dean, MP for Waitaki.

“The Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards does just that by celebrating those people in our communities who raise the bar that bit higher and deliver the best teaching to our children.

"I want to encourage people to apply for these awards. We have so many talented teachers throughout the wider Waitaki electorate and I've been fortunate to meet a number during visits to local schools and early childhood centres," Mrs Dean said.

"The awards cover early childhood education, primary, through to secondary schooling.”

The four main categories are excellence in governing, excellence in leading, excellence in teaching and learning and excellence in engaging. Category winners will each receive $20,000 and the supreme winner will receive an additional $30,000.

This year's focus prize will celebrate collaborative creation via learner-led pathways from early childhood to schooling.

"High-quality education provides the opportunity for any child from any background to get ahead and make the most of their life and the teachers who contribute to this should be celebrated,” Mrs Dean said.

Entry forms are available at and close March 20, 2015.