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 the children’s author Michael Rosen; education activist Malala Yousafzai; Marcus Rashford, for his campaigning on free school meals; Madeleine Holt, co-founder of campaign group Rescue Our Schools; and journalist Mellissa Benn for championing the cause of comprehensive education.
How to make a nomination
Nominations for the 2024 award must be made by branches/districts by completing this form. The Closing date for nominations is Friday 19 January 2024.
Award winner 2023
Children's author Onjali Q Raúf, was named winner of Fred and Anne Jarvis award 2023.
Accepting the award, Onjali, whose books tackle issues such as domestic violence, unaccompanied refugees and food poverty, said she was “jaw-droppingly astounded” to receive it.
Philipa Harvey nominated Onjali, whose books include The Boy at the Back of the Class and The Star Outside My Window, on behalf of the Croydon district.