Tips from Judges and Past Entrants
When you enter the Awards, you’ll be asked to share the story of your group, team or partnership — supported by evidence — in a way that allows our Judging Panel to understand and appreciate what you’ve achieved.
Kia uru koe ki Ngā Tohu, ka tonoa koe ki te tuari i tō koutou kōrero ko tō rōpū, tīma, whakahoatanga rānei — me ngā taunakitanga — kia noho mārama tonu te Pae Whakawā ki tā koutou i whai ai, ā, i tutuki ai.
HELPFUL HINTS ON SHARING YOUR STORY
HE KŌRERO ĀWHINA MŌ TE TUARI I TŌ KŌRERO
TIPS FROM PREVIOUS FINALISTS AND WINNERS HE KUPU ĀWHINA MAI I TE HUNGA I WHIRIA ME NGĀ TOA
Start recording your story as soon as you decide to enter and note down any thoughts and observations you have along the way. It will help when you come to write your case study if you already have some "must-mention" bullet points.
FIND YOUR PURPOSE
Be clear about the overarching purpose of your programme and identify the main strands of your story. Explain the idea(s) behind these strands, how they evolved and how they helped you achieve your overall purpose.
STAY CLOSE TO YOUR STORY
Make sure your entry is put together by the people closest to your case study or story — don't rely on a third party to do this for you.
GET EVERYONE ON BOARD
Get all the relevant stakeholders in your school, kura or early learning service on board so they're available to share or confirm your story. Make sure they’re clear about why you’re entering and what you hope to achieve.
ENGAGE YOUR LEARNERS
The best advocates and evidence for your story/case study are your learners. Include them in your entry wherever you can.
GATHER YOUR EVIDENCE
Data and baseline information is important. If you’re in early learning, this can be particularly challenging — so put as much baseline information and data into your entry as you can. Try and include information and data from whānau on what their children are achieving.
SHOW THE BENEFITS
Keep a broad view in terms of the benefits to all children and young people and the resulting effect on the community. Give emphasis to the different feed-through effects for your school, kura or early learning service.
KEEP IT REAL
Make sure what you say feels real and easy to relate to. In order to be shortlisted as a finalist, your entry and what people say in it must be natural and not contrived.
Me Whakamahaera Wawe
Me tīmata te tuhi i ō kōrero i te rangi tonu e whakatau ana koe kia whakauru mai, arā, me tuhi katoa ō whakaaro me ō tirohanga i te pupūnga ake. Hei āwhina tēnei i a koe kia tuhi i tō take wānanga, nā te mea kua tuhia kētia e koe ngā kaupapa matua me "mātua whakaatu ki te ao".
Kimihia Te Pūtake O Ō Mahi
Kia mārama tonu koe mō te pūtake torowhānui o tō kaupapa, ā, tautuhia ōna whenu matua. Wetekina, whakamāramatia te whakaaro i muri e takoto ana, he pēhea i tupu mai ai, he pēhea i tika ai mō tō pūtake torowhānui.
Kia Noho Piri Mai Ki Tō Kōrero
Kaua e wareware kia tuia mai tō tono whakauru e te hunga tino pātata ki tō take wānanga, ki tō kōrero rānei. Kaua e tukua ki te tangata o waho i tō rōpū hei mahi i tēnei mahi.
Kia Kotahi Te Waka, Kia Kotahi Te Hoe
Me mātua whai kia uru mai ngā tāngata o tō kura, ratonga kōhungahunga rānei, kia wātea hoki rātou ki te tiri, ki te whakaū rānei i tō kōrero. Me whai anō kia noho mārama tonu rātou ki te take o te tono me tāu e whai nei.
Whakaohongia Ō Ākonga Ki Te Āwhina Mai
Ko ngā tino kaitautoko mō tō kōrero/take wānanga ko ō akonga tonu. Tukua he wāhi ki a rātou i tō tono whakauru.
Kohia Ō Taunakitanga
He mea whaitake ngā raraunga me ngā pārongo taketake. He wero tēnei mō ngā kura kōhungahunga – nō reira me whakauru mai ngā pārongo taketake katoa e taea ana. Me whai kia uru mai ngā kōrero me ngā raraunga ma ii ngā whānau mō ngā tutukitanga o ā rātou tamariki.
Whakaatuhia ngā painga
Kia tuwhera tonu ngā whakaaro ki ngā painga mō ngā tamariki me ngā taiohi katoa me ngā hua o ēnei mō te hapori.
Kia Pono Tonu
Me mātua mōhio he pono ō kōrero katoa. Mehemea ka whiria tō tono hei tono whiriwhiri, me puta ko tōu reo ake, me te reo tonu hoki o te hunga o roto.
PUTTING YOUR ENTRY TOGETHER TE WHAKARITERITE I TŌ TONO
When you’re putting your entry together:
- make sure you have plenty of comparative information, data and other evidence
- make sure your evidence shows collaboration — don’t focus too much on one individual
- tell a story about education excellence, not just business as usual. That means showing how the positive change your team achieved has enabled success and created great ongoing results for teachers, learners and their whānau and the community
- make sure it’s clear what your team achieved and what the results were
- ensure your story covers a long enough period to show clear results — we recommend at least two years.
I a koe e whakarite ana i tō tono:
- Me mātua whai kia nui tonu ngā pārongo whakataurite, raraunga me ētahi atu taunakitanga
- me mātua whakaatu e ngā tauanakitanga te mahitahi – kaua e arotahi ki tētahi tangata takitahi
- takina tētahi kōrero mō te hiranga o te mātauranga, kaua mō ngā mahi noa o ia rā. Nā reira, me whakaatu i ngā rerekētanga i taea hei painga anō mō ngā ākonga, ngā kaiako, ō rātou whānau me te hapori
- me mārama tonu ko tā koutou i tutuki ai me ngā hua i puta
- me whai kia kapi i tō kōrero tētahi wā roa – ko te iti rawa kia rua tau.
WHAT MAKES A GREAT ENTRY?
HE PĒHEA TE ĀHUA O TE TONO PAI RAWA?
We asked members of our Judging Panel for information about what makes a great entry, as well as asking the principals, staff and team members behind successful entries how they approached telling their stories. Watch the videos below to see what they had to say.
I pātaihia ētahi o ngā kaiwhakawā mō ō rātou whakaaro mō te āhua o te tono pai rawa, me ētahi o ngā tumuaki, kaiako, me ētahi tāngata o ngā rōpū i toa i ngā tau ki mua mō te ara i whāia e ratou ki te tuku ā rātou kōrero. Mātakihia ngā ataata mō ō rātou kōrero.
Ngā Pātai Auau
Check out the eligibility criteria and get the answers to the most common questions about entering the Awards.
Tirohia ngā tikanga māraurau me ngā whakautu ki ngā pātai auau mō te whakauru ki ngā Tohu.
These resources will help you tell a clear and compelling story about your team’s achievements.
Hei āwhina ēnei rauemi i a koe ki te taki i tō kōrero kia mārama, kia manawarū hoki mō ngā tutukitanga a tō rōpū.
Your evidence is a key part of your entry. Find out how to put it to best use in your entry.
Ko ngā taunakitanga tētahi wāhanga tino whaitake o tō tono. Tirohia ngā kōrero kia mōhio me pēhea te whakamahi kia whai hua ai ki tō tono.