National Excellence in Teaching (NEiTA) awards open for nominations

Seeking "dedicated, passionate and creative" educators for awards.

Nominations are now open for parents, students and schools to nominate a leading educator in their community.

The NEiTA Foundation said it was looking for teachers who displayed “extraordinary dedication, passion and creativity” for the awards.  

This year, the NEiTA awards’ theme is: “teaching for tomorrow”. Catherine O’Sullivan, NEiTA Foundation Chairperson, said this year was all about recognising leaders in education who were dedicated to the leaders of tomorrow.  

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“This year, NEiTA wants to celebrate educators who are preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s world,” said O’Sullivan.  

Recently, research commissioned by Futurity found that teacher quality was the number one determinant of parent satisfaction with their child’s school.  

“NEiTA is the perfect way for parents and students to celebrate teacher quality, and recognise inspirational educators, teachers and school principals,” said O’Sullivan.  

Awards up for grabs include: the Apple Award, for teachers who’ve gone the extra mile for their students; Seed award, for ECE and preschool educators; NEiTA Founders’ Principals Award for Leadership, for principals who display “outstanding stewardship of student education and welfare”; Teacher mentor award, for teachers who have mentored other educators, and more.  

NEiTA is supported by Futurity Investment Group, and has recognised Australia and New Zealand’s leading educators since 1994. Since its founding, more than 40,000 teachers have been nominated for the awards. So far, NEiTA has awarded more than $1.2 million in prizes and professional development grants to the 1100 teachers who have won.  

Nominations for the 2023 awards can be made until 21 July at  

Naomii Seah

Naomii Seah is a writer and journalist from Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. She enjoys crochet, painting, and a coffee or two at the beach. Her work can be found at The Spinoff, The Pantograph Punch, Stuff, and of course, School News NZ.
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