About the
Awards

We all know great teachers do more than teach – and even throughout this challenging year, so many continue to inspire curiosity, encourage creativity and help children reach their full potential.

That’s why Commonwealth Bank and Schools Plus are proud to present the 2021 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards. The Awards aim to showcase Australia’s truly inspirational teachers, celebrate their achievements and show appreciation for the important work they do.

Why should
I apply?

If you are one of our 12 award recipients, you’ll receive a teaching fellowship that includes $10,000 for professional development, a study tour to a high performing education system and the chance to be a part of an exclusive group of education change-makers.

Plus, your school will receive $25,000 to fund a high-impact project.

Who can
apply?

The Awards are open to all registered teachers and school leaders currently working in any Australian school. Those working in schools in disadvantaged communities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Why should I
nominate someone?

This year, more than ever, inspirational teachers and school leaders deserve recognition. Nominating someone is a great way to show your appreciation for their commitment to teaching, but doesn’t oblige them to apply.

About the Awards

We all know great teachers do more than teach – and even throughout this challenging year, so many continue to inspire curiosity, encourage creativity and help children reach their full potential.

That’s why Commonwealth Bank and Schools Plus are proud to present the 2021 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards. The Awards aim to showcase Australia’s truly inspirational teachers, celebrate their achievements and show appreciation for the important work they do.

Why should I apply?

If you are one of our 12 award recipients, you’ll receive a teaching fellowship that includes $10,000 for professional development, a study tour to a high performing education system and the chance to be a part of an exclusive group of education change-makers.

Plus, your school will receive $25,000 to fund a high-impact project.

Who can apply?

The Awards are open to all registered teachers and school leaders currently working in any Australian school. Those working in schools in disadvantaged communities are particularly encouraged to apply.


Why should I nominate someone?

This year, more than ever, inspirational teachers and school leaders deserve recognition. Nominating someone is a great way to show your appreciation for their commitment to teaching, but doesn’t oblige them to apply.

Criteria

You are able to demonstrate your initiation of, or contribution to measurable, significant and ongoing improvements in student learning, achieved through identifying students' needs and applying high impact, effective and evidence-based teaching or leadership practices. Please include measurable evidence of how you have achieved improved learning experiences and outcomes for your students and the measures and evidence that demonstrate this achievement over time.

You are able to demonstrate that you are contributing significantly to and/or leading a culture of collaboration and connectedness within and/or beyond the school. Please include evidence of how you have shared knowledge to create a professional learning culture that develops the skills of others and the specific outcomes and collective impact that have resulted from this collaboration.

You are able to demonstrate why and how you have fostered family and/or community engagement which has led to improved outcomes for students through purposeful and meaningful connections. Please include evidence of what changes occurred for students, parents and/or community members as a result of their improved engagement.

You are able to demonstrate a deep understanding of contemporary leadership in education, teaching and learning that stimulates the thinking of others and leads to significant educational improvements in classrooms and schools. Please tell us your story – how you have applied your personal attributes such as creativity, resilience, resourcefulness and drive, your capacity to inspire and influence others, why you’re committed to the teaching profession and your potential to help shape the future of education practice in Australia.

Select the criteria below to find out more.

Transforming Learning Outcomes Transforming Learning Outcomes
Transforming Learning Outcomes
Collaborating and Sharing Knowledge Collaborating and Sharing Knowledge
Collaborating and Sharing Knowledge
Engaging with the Community Engaging with the Community
Engaging with the Community
Passionate and Committed to Teaching Passionate and Committed to Teaching
Passionate and Committed to Teaching
Transforming Learning Outcomes
Transforming Learning Outcomes
Engaging with the Community
Engaging with the Community
Collaborating and Sharing Knowledge
Collaborating and Sharing Knowledge
Passionate and Committed to Teaching
Passionate and Committed to Teaching