Education Resources Awards 2024 Entry Form

Applications for the Education Resources Awards 2024 are now open


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 firmly established as the premier annual event to celebrate outstanding success of suppliers and teaching professionals of the UK education sector, these awards are recognised by the teaching profession as the benchmark of excellence, aiming to encourage the raising of educational services and product standards throughout the industry.

    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 YPO, Staedler, Reading Solutions and Th Education Company.

    Q. How do I enter?

    A. To enter, you must submit the very best and prove it. 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 encourage you to submit one piece of supporting material as a PDF document, not to exceed 6MB in size and 500 words in total, and which can include testimonials, photographs and/or technical descriptions.


    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 £262.00 plus VAT

    BESA members £240.00 plus VAT

    Additional entry fee: (per entry)

    Non-BESA members £157.00 plus VAT

    BESA members £128.00 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 below criteria:

    * 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: pdf, Max. file size: 6 MB.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 6 MB.
    If you wish to submit video please send this via WeTransfer to awards@besa.org.uk
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    Please submit your completed entry form by clicking the 'Submit my ERA entry' at the bottom of this page.

    Closing date for receipt of entries: 5pm, Monday 5 February 2024. For more information or help please email Chris Milton or Karin Allfree or 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).

    All judging will take place online.

    Round 1 judging takes place on 20, 21 and 22 February 2024.

    Working individually, judges will be asked to review your entry and score it against the judging criteria. To do this they will use your entry form, your website and any supporting material you have submitted. Since judges will not have access to a physical copy of your product, could you please also supply the following to assist them:

    Login details and instructions for any online products

    A video demonstration for any physical product.

    Tips for the video

    • Max 3 mins in length

    • This demo does NOT need to be a slick marketing video, it can as simple as one person explaining to camera how to use your product. It can be recorded on your phone or via zoom.

    • Please submit as a link to an externally hosted platform such as YouTube or Vimeo, or to a website where the video is hosted. Please do not send large video files.

    • Please submit your video by the closing date of 5 February 2024.

    Round 2 takes place on 6, 7 and 8 March 2024.

    At the end of the first round the judges preliminary scores will be tallied up and the top 10-15 entries in each category will be invited to go through to round 2. If you have been selected to take part in round 2 you will be notified by

    During Round 2 each entrant will be given the opportunity to provide a 4 minute video pitch of your product for the judges. We will provide further guidance on these pitches should you be shortlisted.

    Once all presentations have been viewed, the judges will then deliberate together online and make their final decisions for each category.

    The finalists will be announced on and the winners unveiled at our gala awards ceremony on 18 April 2024.

  • AWARDS T&Cs:

    Email your Entry form by Monday 5 February 2024 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.

    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. Nominations received with inadequate information or resources cannot be considered.

    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.