What is ASG NEiTA?

The NEiTA Foundation, through its ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards, provides an annual teaching awards program that allows Australian and New Zealand communities a formal way to publicly recognise and applaud their inspirational early childhood educators, teachers, principals and centre directors.

The ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards are unique; they are the only national teaching awards where nominations are made by parents, students, and school communities—making these the ‘people’s choice’ teaching awards.

The NEiTA Foundation was formed in 1994 as an education initiative of the Australian Scholarships Group (ASG)—a member owned friendly society helping families plan for the future costs of their children’s education.

Who can nominate a teacher?

    • School and centre communities can nominate through the parent association, secondary student council, school board/council, or the committee of management.
    • Parents, grandparents or guardians.
    • Community organisations can nominate independently.
    • Teachers may nominate a person from the school/centre attended by their own children, provided they are not employed at the same school/centre.

    Exclusions:

    1. Early childhood educators, centre directors, teachers and principals from the same school or centre
    2. Teachers’ family members; and
    3. Officials associated with the NEiTA program.

Who can be nominated?

Qualified and registered educators and directors in early childhood centres, and teachers and principals in primary, special and secondary schools who:

  • have a minimum of two years’ teaching experience in Australia
  • are currently employed a minimum average of:
    a. five days a fortnight (primary, special and secondary teachers) or
    b. 28 hours a fortnight (kindergarten and preschool teachers teaching pre-prep programs).

Why should I nominate a teacher?

Nominating a teacher for an award is a celebration for the whole school/centre community. 

Your nominated teacher will know that his/her efforts are appreciated by the community.

Great teachers are an inspiration to generations of current and future teachers.

Nominations keep the focus on high standards of education in our schools.

Grants and prizes promote professional development.

Great teachers change the future and they deserve recognition.

How do I nominate a teacher?

Nominating an early childhood educator, teacher, principal or centre director is easy.

Visit www.asg.com.au/nominate and complete your nomination by 13 September 2018.

Nomination for excellence in education should include details of one or more of these domains:

  • Outstanding leadership
  • Expert knowledge
  • Exemplary and innovative teaching practice
  • Professional engagement with colleagues, parents, carers and the community.

Can I nominate more than one teacher?

You may nominate as many teachers/principals/centre directors as you wish as long as they are eligible and you consider them to be outstanding educators.

Can I nominate the principal or centre director?

Yes, it is important that leaders are also acknowledged.

When completing a nomination form for a principal or centre director, please also provide the name and contact details of the chairperson of the parent association or committee of management so that ASG NEiTA can liaise with them to organise the certificate presentation.

Where can I obtain a nomination form?

Nominations can be made online at www.asg.com.au/nominate.

If you would like to receive a promotional kit for your school or centre containing postcards and posters please visit www.asg.com.au/neita or email neita@asg.com.au with your name, address and how many posters and postcards you would like (limits apply).

When do nominations close?

All nominations for the 2017 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards must be received by 5pm (AEST) on 13 September 2018.

Can I send in supporting letters about my teacher?

ASG NEiTA welcomes supporting letters from the principal, school board/council, parent association, committee of management, or other relevant authority. Any other material submitted will not be considered by the selection panel.

Supporting documentation should be uploaded along with the nomination or mailed to reach ASG NEiTA by 13 September 2018.

How do I include supporting documentation?

When completing your nomination you will have the opportunity to attach any relevant supporting documentation.

Supporting documents should be submitted no later than 13 September 2018 with the teacher’s name clearly visible.

How will I know that ASG NEiTA has received my nomination? 

Once you have clicked ‘Submit’ you will receive an email confirming we have received your nomination. If you do not receive this email please contact us at neita@asg.com.au

For general questions about the awards please contact ASG NEiTA on 1800 624 487 or neita@asg.com.au

What happens next after I have nominated?

Once we have received your nomination, and it has been verified, we will notify the nominee’s principal or centre director. Should the nominated teacher also be the principal/director, notification will instead be forwarded to the chairperson of the parent association or committee of management.

A Certificate of Nomination will be available to nominated and approved teachers. They will be invited to complete an online self portrait form to be eligible for judging and award selection.

Will the teacher know I’ve nominated him/her? 

ASG NEiTA will not disclose the nominator's identity to the teacher or the school/centre without your prior approval. Permission may be requested occasionally e.g. if the principal would like to invite the nominator to the certificate presentation.

How are teachers acknowledged? 

The awards program includes four levels of acknowledgement:

  1. Certificate of Nomination
    Certificate of Nomination is provided to nominated teachers/leaders whose candidature for the awards is approved after verification by the NEiTA Foundation. This Certificate is available electronically for the Principal/Centre Director to print off and present to the teacher. No hard copy Certificates will be provided by NEiTA.
  2. ASG NEiTA national award and grant

    The $5,000 grant will be awarded to the 12 national winners in Australia and 6 national winners in New Zealand.

    Where a recipient is due to retire or leave the teaching profession within 12 months of receiving the grant, the money will be given to the school or centre for use in community development programmes or special projects as approved by ASG.

    NEiTA Teacher Ambassador of the Year: One national award recipient will be selected to receive ASG sponsorship as the Australian representative to the International Space Camp, an international gathering of gifted teachers, at the US Space & Rocket Center, Alabama, USA.

How are national award recipients selected?

Stage 1

All eligible nominees will be invited to complete an online Self Portrait Form, highlighting aspects of their teaching/leadership background, experience and accomplishments. Receipt of this form by the due date, 13 September 2018, completes the Stage 1 process.

Note

a) Educators or directors who have received a State and Territory, or National Award from NEiTA within the last three years are not eligible to progress to the Self Portrait stage.
b) NEiTA retains the right to verify any information supplied pertaining to the nomination before confirming the acceptance of the nomination.

Stage 2

Shortlisted nominees will be asked to submit an essay and video that address excellence in education in more detail.

When are national awards announced?

The 12 national recipients of the ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards will be announced at a special awards luncheon attended by teachers, families and VIPs in Melbourne during 21 March 2018. Recipients and partners will enjoy two nights’ accommodation as part of their award.

Is there a help line?

Phone ASG NEiTA on 03 9276 7768 or on free call 1800 624 487 during office hours or email neita@asg.com.au