Education Resources Awards 2021 Entry Form

ERA Awards Entry form 2021

Now is your chance – whether you’re a Manufacturer, Wholesaler supplier, teacher, or Business Manager – to show the effectiveness of what you do and receive your industry’s highest accolade.

We are delighted that you are considering entering the awards and hope this information pack answers any questions or queries you may have. Each year we receive a high level of quality entries and the judges carefully select the runners up and winners, so even being named as an Education Resources Awards finalist is no mean feat.

This entry form has been designed to provide you with the clearest possible explanation of the entry process. Please take a few moments to read the whole page. All the entry information, plus details of last year’s winners can be found at Education Resources Awards and the below quick links.

About the awards.
How to enter.
How they are judged.
Meet the judges.
Advice for entrants.


    Q. What are they?

    A. The Education Resources Awards highlight the quality and diversity of educational products and resources, excellent educational establishments and the most dedicated members of the teaching profession and supplies industry, all working together to encourage the very best in education.

    Now in their 24th successful year, these awards focus on the resources, services and people that really make a practical impact on learning and the day-to-day work of the teachers in the classroom.

    Q. Who organises and sponsors them?

    A. The awards are organised by Brilliant Marketing Solutions and the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA). We are pleased to acknowledge the support of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), nasen, and the sponsorship of The Rochester Bridge Trust and YPO, together with our media partner, Education Today magazine.

    Q. How do I enter?

    A. The only way to win is to enter – and the only way to enter is by submitting the very best and proving it. The process is very straightforward. A separate form should be completed for each category entered. The same resource may be submitted into more than one category.

    All forms must be completed in their entirety. Your written submission should not exceed the specified 1500 word count shown. In addition to this we ask that you also include other supporting material, such as testimonials, photographs and/or technical description - these supporting documents may be permitted in addition to the word count.


    Please complete the form below and send in the applicable entry fee. A separate form should be completed for each category entered. Supporting material, such as testimonials, case studies and/or technical descriptions can be uploaded below.


    Up to 2 entries:

    Non-BESA members £225.00 plus VAT

    BESA members £205.00 plus VAT

    Additional entry fee: (per entry)

    Non-BESA members £135.00 plus VAT

    BESA members £120.00 plus VAT

    All entries will be acknowledged with a BACS invoice, where you will then be able to make your payment online and all entries must be paid in full prior to the judging date.


  • If nominated by a supplier, each application must be supported by at least two testimonials or case studies from schools or colleges addressing the criteria below.

    * The innovative nature of the resource.

    * The impact on learning and the work of the teacher in the classroom, to what extent and in which areas.

    * How the resource supports or enhances the everyday life or work of teachers, pupils or schools.

    * Cost effectiveness in terms of educational aims and results not just price. Judges will expect to see details of price.

    * If products have been updated or revised, then the details of these changes must be provided.

    The full criteria for each award category can be found here.

  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf.
    If you wish to submit video or additional material over 6MB in size please send these via WeTransfer to
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

    Please submit your completed entry form by clicking the 'Submit my ERA entry' at the bottom of this page. Physical products need to be sent to Yasmin Barnett by post to: ERA 2021, BESA, Albert House, 256-260 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DD.

    Closing date for receipt of entries: Friday 26 February 2021. For more information or help please email Chris Milton or Karin Allfreeor call on 01622 474 011.

    If the entry fee remains unpaid at time of judging, ERA reserves the right not to submit your application(s). Please ensure your packages are collected by 31st March 2021. If the product has not been collected by this date, it will be donated to a school.

  • AWARDS T&Cs:

    Email your Entry form, with products to BESA HQ (London) by Friday 26 February 2021 – latest. It is essential that you meet this deadline to avoid missing the judging process. Entries received after this date will not be considered. A small entry fee will be required, for details please go to the cost of entry section.

    Q. How are they judged?

    A. An independent panel of expert judges, most of whom are teaching professionals, will select the winners for each of the Awards.

    Q. What advice can you give?

    A. Read the criteria! Not every product or service will meet all the criteria, but make life easy for the judges! You know your product or service very well – they don’t.

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

    Kindly limit the amount of supporting audio visual material to clips no longer than 3 minutes and only one per entry.

    Send us your product(s) for judging – 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 and 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, CD’S, YouTube, etc.

    It may not be possible to enter very 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.