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We kick off this year’s celebration of the best in teaching – and there’s a special treat for everyone shortlisted

We’re recognising and rewarding the teachers and teams raising education standards and making a real difference to students’ lives across the UK.

Top tips on putting together a winning entry

It’s easy to recognise examples of great teaching practice, but getting this down on paper and accurately conveying the hard work of individuals and teams is much more difficult. Nominations for the 2016 TES Schools Awards have opened, so here is some advice on how to put together a winning entry.

'The glow of pride still exudes from the trophy sitting in our school'

The headteacher of Shrubland Street Primary School, in Leamington Spa, tells us what it meant to win the 2015 TES Schools Award for Healthy School of the Year.

‘And then I heard my name being read out... The not-winner of anything had won the TES blogger of the year!’

The winner of the TES Award for blogger of the year, Nancy Gedge, author of the Diary of a Not So Ordinary Boy blog about her son with Down’s syndrome, ruminates on her victory.

The school where children expect the unexpected

TES visits its primary of the year – and meets a menagerie.

Engage and enthuse pupils in science – with fun!

Sevenoaks School in Kent, previous winners of the science award.

Innovations abound inside the overall school of the year

Alternative provision? You ain't seen nothing yet...

Instil a spirit of enterprise in your school

Treviglas Community College in Newquay, Cornwall, whose innovative academies approach won them the enterprise and community award.