2020 and 2021 have been unique years. They’ve seen schools switching to online learning and many going above and beyond during the Covid-19 pandemic.

From developing remote learning and promoting staff and student well-being to delivering emergency food parcels, it’s been a challenging time for schools and teachers.

Please tell us in around 1000 words about the positive impact your ‘Lockdown Hero’ has had on your pupils, their families, and the wider community, referring to the 4 criteria below.

Teaching and learning: How your nominee has provided stimulating learning opportunities remotely, maintaining a strong curriculum, and ensured achievement and progress for all children. What tools have they utilised to maximise learner and parental engagement, ensuring accessibility for all?

Making a difference: How has your nominee enriched the lives of children and young people and their families, and galvanised colleagues to do the same? Tell us the ways in which they have supported the most disadvantaged members of their school community, from a social, emotional and educational perspective.

Supporting the wider community: How has your nominee shown examples of positive working?  Tell us the ways in which they have encouraged others in school to be good citizens, teaching by example, to show how actions make a difference and how they’ve encouraged the school community to help those less fortunate than themselves.

Emotional wellbeing:  How has your nominee gone above and beyond to support the emotional well-being of children and young people and their families? How have they supported families in explaining the COVID-19 situation to children, ensuring the importance of positive actions without causing fear? What toolkits have they provided to help others be ambitious and optimistic about life, during a pandemic?


Who can enter?

Read the full eligibility criteria

This category is open to individuals or teams of people, including whole school teams and MAT teams, working in establishments providing full-time compulsory education. They do not need to hold QTS. We welcome entries from state and independent schools and FE colleges. Nominees who have been entered into other categories can also be entered into this category, but the entries must be unique.