||The National Teaching Awards (NTA) recognise excellence and high levels of professionalism and provide the education fraternity with the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of outstanding teachers by highlighting the exceptional work done by teachers.
||The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is, therefore, proud to present and host the 18th annual provincial awards ceremony, a preliminary event before the 18th annual NTA ceremony.
||An electronic version of the Information Guide, containing the nomination forms and qualifying criteria, is attached. Please note that printed copies will not be supplied to schools. Schools are requested to print the attached nomination forms for completion.
||All teachers, governing bodies and district officials are invited to submit nominations, based on the criteria contained in the Information Guide, to their principals or centre managers.
||Deserving teachers may be nominated in the following categories:
- Excellence in Grade R Teaching
- Excellence in Primary School Teaching (Grades 1–7)
- Excellence in Secondary School Teaching (Grades 8–12)
- Excellence in Primary School Leadership
- Excellence in Secondary School Leadership
- Excellence in Special Needs and Inclusive Teaching
- Excellence in Technology – Enhanced Teaching and Learning Award
- Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (GET)
- Excellence in Teaching Natural Sciences (GET)
- Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement Award
||Principals and centre managers are requested to forward the completed nomination forms to their respective district offices for the attention of the district coordinators. Should you require additional information, please contact the relevant district coordinator listed below:
||Nominees are requested to familiarise themselves with the criteria and process for adjudication.
||Your attention is drawn to the following as stated in the Information Guide:
For the selection of the winners at cluster, provincial and national level, nominees will be required to give a presentation (PowerPoint or poster) on both the general and specific criteria, highlighting their work to be considered for this coveted award. This will serve as the final interview in determining cluster, provincial and national winners.
||A maximum of five teachers may form a team per category.
||The closing date for the submission of all nomination forms to district coordinators is 11 August 2017.
||Cluster and provincial runners-up and winners will each receive Information and Communication Technology (ICT) vouchers of different values, to be redeemed at a reputable ICT service provider, i.e.:
||Value of ICT voucher
|Cluster runners-up (2nd and 3rd)
||Winning schools will each receive a cash award of R5 000 (cluster) and R7 500 (provincial) per school per finalist, to be used for the professional development of the teaching staff to improve classroom practice.
||In addition, the winners at both cluster and provincial level in the Category: Excellence in Teaching Natural Sciences (GET) will receive sponsored weekend getaways from CapeNature at their resorts across the province. For further information you may contact the relevant district coordinator or the Directorate: Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute.
||The National Teaching Awards are supported by the Head of Education, unions, governing body associations and the Provincial Minister responsible for Education.
||All members of the school community are encouraged to participate in nominating deserving teachers for the National Teaching Awards.
||Kindly bring the contents of this minute to the attention of all teaching staff.
SIGNED: PAD BEETS
DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL: CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT MANAGEMENT