The Primary Teachers’ Network (PTN) Awards acknowledge exemplary innovation and classroom leadership by individuals who have made a significant contribution to the primary teaching profession.

There are two categories:

  1. The Primary Teachers’ Network Award for Outstanding Classroom Leadership
  2. The Primary Teachers’ Network Award for Meritorious Contribution to the Profession
PTN members are invited to nominate one individual from the primary teaching profession for either of the above categories.

Applications need to:

  1. Address the criteria
  2. Be no more than two A4 pages
  3. Be endorsed and signed by the Principal of your school
  4. Be submitted electronically to the PTN Secretariat via ‘Contact Us’  
Selection Process

A judging panel will be convened to determine the award recipients. The judging panel will comprise members of the PTN Board of Management – the President and three Board members. Once the panel has completed its selections, the list of award recipients will be tabled at a specially convened Board teleconference to endorse the award recipients.

Conferral of Awards
The awards will be conferred at the PTN Annual General Meeting. Recipients will be presented with the PTN Award, complimentary membership to PTN for one year and a framed copy of their citation.

Awards Timeline

  • Nominations out | March 2016
  • Awards Committee established | March 2016
  • Nominations close | 30 June 2016
  • Awards Committee meets | July 2016
  • Awards selection completed | July 2016
  • Awards recipients submitted to Board | July 2016
  • Citations written | early August 2016 | by nominator
  • Citations submitted | 31st August 2016
  • Awards conferred | AGM date in 2016
Primary Teachers’ Network Award Criteria for Outstanding Classroom Leadership:

  1. Wide recognition as an innovative leader of professional engagement whose impact has directly influenced the work of teachers;
  2. Sustained contribution to the teaching profession through significant, exemplary involvement in leading quality professional development;
  3. Sustained advocacy promoting the professional identity of teachers;
  4. Active contribution to the renewal and promotion of the profession through classroom leadership and through presentations at conferences, workshops and publications in journals;
  5. High-level leadership at a state level with a significant impact on the work of teachers.


The Primary Teachers’ Network Awards for Meritorious Contribution to the Profession:

  1. Contributed to the profession through involvement in a range of activities that highlight work of the teaching profession;
  2. Acted as a mentor and facilitator for colleagues in promoting and leading professional learning activities and those carried out by PTN;
  3. Actively support the objectives and purposes of PTN in the professional work of teachers;
  4. Made a significant impact on the work of teachers through their ability to creatively implement change through professional learning.