Nominations are now open for the 2021 Fred and Anne Jarvis Award

Each year since 2008 an annual award has been made to recognise the contribution of an individual, who is external to the Union, who has been involved in campaigning on a national or local educational issue.

Previous award winners include Madeleine Holt, co-founder of Rescue Our Schools, a parent-led campaign group for properly funded and locally accountable state education; journalist Warwick Mansell for his invaluable contribution to the education debate; education campaigner Jonny Crawshaw for his tireless campaigning for the rights of children to a decent education in York; children’s author Alan Gibbons, for speaking up for teachers, children and education; Ged Grebby, founder of Show Racism the Red Card; Michael Lees OBE for his campaigning to remove asbestos from schools; Malala Yousafzai, activist for girls and women’s education; Margaret Tulloch for supporting comprehensive education; Fiona Millar, journalist and education campaigner; the former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen; Professor Robin Alexander; and Melissa Benn, state comprehensive education campaigner

Criterion for the award

The award should be made to a person outside the union who has campaigned tirelessly on a national or local level on educational issues which are broadly in support of the NEU’s ethos and approach and accord with the example and commitment shown by Fred and Anne Jarvis.

Procedure and timetable

NEU members are invited to consider nominating a non-NEU member for the 2020 award by returning a nomination form. Members submitting a nomination should provide their own names, the names and contact details of their branch and the name and contact details of the person nominated. They must also provide a brief resume (maximum of 500 words) of the reasons for the nomination.

The deadline for nominations is 5pm Friday 22 January 2021.

Nominations will be considered by the executive and the award will be made through the presentation of a certificate at the NEU Annual Conference to be held virtually on 7-9 April 2021.