2023 Award Guidelines

Awards Guidelines Download the full guidelines here. Selection Criteria (with guiding questions) Please refer to Criteria for the Teaching Fellowship or the Early Career Teaching Scholarship (whichever is relevant to your application). Applications will be assessed on the demonstration of excellence and achievement across the four (4) Selection Criteria outlined below. Teaching Fellowship Early CareerLearn more >

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Teaching Awards

Nominations for the 2023 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards are open 27 March. Nominate a great teacher or apply yourself! ABOUT THE AWARDS Each year Schools Plus, together with Commonwealth Bank celebrates 22 inspirational teachers or school leaders for their transformative impact on children and school communities.  Teaching Fellowships Twelve outstanding teachers or school leaders willLearn more >

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2023 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards – Nominations open soon

Coming soon: Nominations for the 2023 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards open 27 March. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be alerted when nominations open.

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Success for Complex Learners with VFFF and Clarke Road School

Since 2016, we’ve partnered with Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation to help children and their families to engage in learning and thrive in and out of the classroom. With their support, a group of special schools have developed the Passport for Learning – a ground-breaking tool that is now being scaled by the Department of Education. In our latest video, Clarke Road School spoke about the Passport and the impact it’s having on young people and their families.

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Schools Plus’ Early Years Engagement Project wins State Showcase Award

Schools Plus’ early-years engagement initiative, pioneered by Lawnton State School has won a Queensland State Showcase Award in the Parent and Community Engagement category.

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Adam Spencer

A lifelong numbers nerd, Adam flitted with a law degree and a PhD in pure maths before winning – of all things – a stand-up comedy competition ‘Raw Comedy’ run by triple j radio. This national search for as-yet undiscovered talent continues today, but as Adam explains “I entered in its very first year. TheLearn more >

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Eddie Woo

Eddie Woo teaches mathematics at Cherrybrook Technology High School. Since 2012, he’s uploaded his everyday classroom lessons to his Youtube channel, Wootube, which has more than 1.5 million subscribers and 130 million views. Within the NSW Department of Education, he leads the Mathematics Growth Team, a statewide program of instructional leaders focused on engaging andLearn more >

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Your support of flood-affected schools and communities

In early 2022, floods devastated communities in NSW and QLD. With your generous support of our Flood Recovery Appeal, we deliver urgent grants to support children in flood-affected communities. Here is how your support is making a difference in some of those schools.

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Jane Ogilvie

Jane joins Schools Plus with extensive experience in the Marketing, Publishing and Not-for-Profit sectors. As a passionate advocate for enriching the lives of vulnerable children, Jane has held senior leadership roles in some of the most respected global NGOs, helping to ensure that young people have the opportunities that enable them to be healthy andLearn more >

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How your support helps students like Gaige – Our 2022 Impact Report

Gaige’s inspiring story of impact is one of many featured in our newly released Impact Report. Because of your incredibly generous support, Schools Plus has been able to raise over $36 million for students facing disadvantage.

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Read our 2022 Impact Report

We are proud to release our 2022 Impact Report, showcasing our work to support students and schools over the past 12 months. With the support of our generous donors, we move one step closer to closing the education gap caused by disadvantage.

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Congratulations to our 2022 Teaching Award winners

We are thrilled to introduce the 22 inspiring teachers and school leaders named as this year’s Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award recipients. These inspiring educators are transforming education, particularly in some of Australia’s most disadvantaged communities.

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Watch the Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards live

Join us in celebrating our sixth cohort of outstanding teachers at this year’s Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards. On Friday 22 July, we’ll recognise some of Australia’s most inspiring educators, working across states, subjects and sectors to forge a bright future for their students.

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School grant applications open 8 August

From 8 August, eligible schools across Australia can apply for funding for a strategic school project designed to improve student outcomes. 

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Case study: Supporting complex learners through family engagement

This case study has been created with support from AERO and Clarke Road School, as an example of how to support complex learners through family engagement practices.

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Case study: Supporting linguistically diverse families through English classes

This case study has been created with support from Darling Heights State School and AERO, as an example of engaging with families to support student learning in primary school.

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Collaborative learning: how can community and student voice influence teacher practice?

Hayley Dureau & Jessica Chesterfield share insights on the potential of using both student and community voice to strengthen teaching practice and learning.

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Mackay students to build digital skills and future career opportunities

Mackay State High School students will learn high-tech digital skills and open up future career opportunities, as part of a new school program funded by Google.

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Webinar: Authentic STEM Learning through Community Partnerships

Wendy Bode and Rebecca Godfrey share their experience of forging strong community partnerships to enhance STEM learning opportunities for their students.

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Webinar: Hayley Dureau & Jessica Chesterfield – Collaborative learning: how can community and student voice influence student agency and teacher practice?

Join Hayley Dureau & Jessica Chesterfield as they share insights on the potential of using both student and community voice to strengthen teaching practice and learning

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Webinar: Wendy Bode & Rebecca Godfrey – Authentic STEM Learning Through Community partnerships

Join superstar STEM teachers, Wendy and Rebecca, to learn about the innovative and impactful projects they have developed through building strong community partnerships.

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Webinar: Loving Literacy for Lifelong Learning

Alex Wharton and Donna Harvey share their experience of growing reading engagement and achievement for their secondary students.

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