Schools Education Award

The Schools Education Award is presented to a teacher or team who has demonstrated an exceptional ability to teach chemistry and inspire students at any pre-university level, either over a prolonged period of time or by making a large impact in a short period of time.

2019 Winner

Dr Niki Kaiser

2019 Schools Education Award Winner

Dr Niki Kaiser, Notre Dame High School, Norwich

General information

  • Run annually
  • The winning individual or team receives 2000, a medal and a certificate, and an opportunity to share their expertise and ideas with many other teachers
  • The school science department receives 1000 
  • The winner will be chosen by the Education Division Awards Committee
  • Note that the criteria for this Award changed from 2015/16 onwards    

Guidelines for Nominators

  • Nominations open on 01 October
  • Nominations close on 15 January
  • Both RSC members and non-members can nominate for this Award
  • Self-nomination is permitted for teams
  • Individuals may not nominate themselves
  • Both teams and individuals can be nominated 
  • The award is open to nominees based in the UK or internationally
  • There are no age restrictions associated with this award 
  • When nominating previous RSC prize or award winners, please remember that a person cannot be awarded twice for substantially the same body of work      

To make a nomination please use our online awards nominations system  to submit the following:

  • Your name, contact details, and if an RSC member, your membership number (please contact the RSC Membership team if you do not know your membership details)
  • The nominee's name and contact details 
  • An up to date CV for the nominees (no longer than one A4 side, 11pt text) which should a summary of their education and career, breadth of teaching experience (not applicable for team nominations)
  • A supporting statement or short case study describing the impact on students (up to 4500 characters for individual nominations and 7500 for team nominations, not including spaces) addressing the selection criteria below
  • A short citation describing what the nominee should be awarded for. This must be no longer than 250 characters (not including spaces) and ideally no longer than one sentence 
  • References are required for this award from a line manager or head teacher. For the team award, the reference should be for the team as a whole. Please note, the nominator cannot be a referee
  • Testimonials from students or parents may be useful supporting evidence but are not required (these can be emailed to the Awards email address at the bottom of the page - ensure to include your nomination number in the email)    

The RSC reserves the right to rescind any Prize or Award if there is reasonable grounds to do so. All nominators will be asked to confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, there is no confirmed or potential impediment to their nominee receiving this prize/award related to their professional standing. Our Professional Practice and Code of Conduct can be referred to as a guide on expected standards.

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Selection Criteria for Schools Education Award

Our selection committees base their evaluations primarily on the overall quality of relevant contributions made by nominees and not simply on quantitative measures.

The selection committee(s) will consider the following aspects of all nominations for the Schools Education Award as appropriate:

  • Commitment and enthusiasm for classroom teaching of chemistry
  • Strong core teaching skills. This includes but is certainly not limited to strong student achievement or improvement
  • Involvement in extra-curricular chemistry activities
  • Positive impact on students. This includes but is not limited to inspiring students of any level to become more aware of and interested in chemistry; enthusing students through practical chemistry; academic improvement; students going on to study chemistry further
  • Continuing professional development
  • Supporting the development of colleagues
  • Other indicators of esteem indicated by the nominee/nominator

Guidelines for Referees

  • The awards system will contact referees to inform them that they must provide reports (of up to 4500 characters, not including spaces) by 31 January.
  • We will contact nominators and referees of nominees with outstanding references after one week after close of nominations on 15 January once only.
  • Referees must state their relationship (if any) with the nominee and note any conflicts of interest.     

Education Division Awards Committee

  • Simon Lancaster, University of East Anglia (Chair)
  • Sheeba Viswarajan, University of East London
  • Sarah Hayes, University of Limerick
  • Dylan Williams, University of Leicester
  • Trevor Carey, University College Cork
  • Susan Weavers, Newham Collegiate

Previous Winners

Schools Education Award Previous Winners

2003 - present

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Deadline for nominations is 15 January 2020. Your nomination can be saved and completed at any time.

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Contact and Further Information

Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0)1223 420066