Advice for entrants

Make sure you read all the criteria set out on the entry form! Not every product or service will meet all the criteria, but please make life easy for the judges. You know your product or service very well – they don’t.

Wherever possible, please send in testimonials to support your submission.

You must match your entry as closely as possible against the criteria asked for. Entries that do not match the majority of the criteria will not be considered.

If you are sending us your product(s) for judging, please ensure this is not a picture of it or just marketing material. If you are entering a service for an award or nominating a company or a person, it is even more vital that you produce clear relevant explanatory paperwork – with support.

Provide all necessary back-up material: explanations of the purpose of the product or service, how it works, what it aims to do and for whom, including testimonials from schools and colleges. Please try and obtain up to date testimonials from schools and colleges where possible. Do not just print the pages from your website for the judges to read!

Include all information and resources that the judges will need to give your entry a fair hearing, e.g. passwords to enter websites, correct instructions for installing or building products, associated products or programs to ensure the product is seen at its best, batteries to enable equipment to function, statistics if requested, accompanying books. Nominations received with inadequate information or resources cannot be considered.

There will be no opportunity to formally present your resources to the judges, so it is vital that support materials make the most complicated processes clear. Think about sending sample material, DVD, CDs, YouTube videos etc.

It may not be possible to enter large items/resources because of access problems, space and time restrictions. Please ring for advice.

If equipment needs to be professionally installed, then this must be arranged at least three days before judging.

Complete the nomination form in its entirety. Each entry must be made on a separate official entry form.

Please note: The judges’ decision is final. The judges will place an entry in a more appropriate category if they think it is applicable. The organisers reserve the right to change deadline dates and categories as appropriate. Entries will not be returned, unless specifically requested and a courier arranged or accompanied by a self-addressed, postage-paid label. Note that the organisers will not be responsible for repackaging items. Please tick the box on the entry form to request that your product be returned.