Recruitment is essential to the future and continued strength of the NASUWT and each year we aim to recognise the exceptional contribution made by our members with the Recruitment Awards presentation ceremony at the NASUWT Annual Conference.

Recruitment Awards 2020

Nominations are now open for the NASUWT Recruitment Awards 2020. The categories are:

Award for Best Initiative or campaign to Engage Under-represented Groups

This award recognises the work of Local Associations to engage, support and include members from vulnerable and under-represented groups. This includes black and minority ethnic (BME) members, members with a disability, LGBTI members, women members, and young members.

Nominations should include:

  • a description of the campaign;
  • confirmation of the desired outcomes and aims for the activity, such as to engage and empower members, build and enhance the NASUWT in a given area, or respond to a specific issue;
  • identification of the target audience;
  • the timescales over which the campaign took place;
  • a description of the resources used (this may include budget, materials, people, etc.);
  • any other relevant information.

Award for Best Communication or Communication Strategy

This award is intended to recognise the variety and quality of NASUWT communications at Local Association level and highlight examples of good practice that can inspire other NASUWT Representatives and activists.

Nominations can include a specific communication or a communication strategy developed as part of the wider Local Association organising activity.

Nominations should include:

  • a description of the communication or strategy;
  • the purpose of the communication or strategy;
  • details of the target audience, why they were selected and how;
  • evidence of how the communication had/is having a positive impact on recruitment or organising;
  • information on distribution methods;
  • information on whether the communication achieved its purpose;
  • a description of any resources used (this may include budget, materials, people, etc.);
  • any other relevant information.

Recruiter of the Year Award

Nominations should include:

  • a description of what the nominee has achieved in respect of recruitment and workplace organising;
  • the impact the nominee has had on recruitment and retention;
  • details of any increase in membership or activists;
  • information concerning any positive difference made to the teachers within the school or workplace.

Nominations must be made through Local Associations, so if there is someone you know who you believe is worthy of a nomination, please speak to your Local Association representative.

The closing date for nominations is 24th January 2020 and nominations received after this date may not be considered.

2019 activists receive Recruitment Awards at Annual Conference in Belfast

Best Communication or Communication Strategy Award

The winner of Best Communication was the Leicestershire Local Association

The Best Communication or Communication Strategy Award for a recruitment film lasting less than three minutes was presented to Leicestershire Local Association in 2019. The video was put together at an equality event for members and focused on the key principles of belonging to a collective organisation. The Recruitment Committee was impressed by the quality of the finished video, saying it was clear to see how it could be used for recruiting members into the NASUWT.

Best Initiative/Campaign to Engage Under-represented Groups

Wendy Shuttleworth receives the Award for Best Initiative/Campaign to Engage Under-represented Groups on behalf of Bradford and District Association

The winner of the award for Best Initiative/Campaign to Engage Under-represented Groups went to Bradford and District Association who had reinvigorated their local meetings. This Association regularly had only a handful of members attending local meetings. After consulting with members about the meetings, the LA Secretary found that having a licensed venue was creating a barrier for many members and combining this change with some focused organising led to the Association regularly having meetings of more than 30 members, the majority of which were BME members. This organising activity resulted in some BME members joining the Executive Committee and becoming Workplace Reps.

Recruiter of the Year

Jo Davies accepts the Recruiter of the Year Award on behalf of Rachel Ann Vanessa Christie

The members of the Recruitment Committee all agreed that the nominations this year for the Recruiter of the Year were particularly strong. Therefore, the Committee were keen to commend the work of Charlotte Bennett from the Leicestershire Local Association who had recently become a Workplace Representative and managed to more than double the membership in her school in that time, particularly notable as it is an independent school.

The Award for the Recruiter of the Year went to an individual who is a Workplace Representative in an FE college. She increased membership across all four sites of the college and by leading a dispute on pay and pay progression, this Rep managed to increase membership to more than 70 in a relatively short period of time.

The Recruitment Committee were impressed with the growth in membership in an area traditionally not easy to organise in for the NASUWT.

Previous year's winners

2018 winners presented with their awards at Annual Conference in Birmingham
2017 winners presented with their awards at Annual Conference in Manchester