Good Practice Awards

Lifting Limits’ Good Practice Awards are designed to recognise primary schools and early years settings taking effective measures to challenge gender stereotypes and promote gender equity across the whole school system.

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The Awards are open to any school or early years setting that has received training from Lifting Limits.

Good Practice Awards 2023

The Good Practice Awards 2023 are now closed for applications. If you have received Lifting Limits’ training and are interested in applying in 2024, please read on for more information about what the Awards entailed in 2023.

What could schools win?

This year the Winner’s award is sponsored by Penguin Random House and the Runner Up Award is sponsored by Ducky Zebra. The vouchers are being provided by Heath Educational Books, who will be uplifting the value beyond the sponsored value below.

In addition to book vouchers and certificates, we hold up winning schools as beacons of best practice, promoting their work through involvement in media and speaking opportunities offered to Lifting Limits.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for examples of the programme having had impact in your school or setting, this is likely to be seen through…

  • Staff understanding the importance of addressing gender stereotypes with children
  • Gender equality promoted and gender stereotyping reduced across systems, structures and materials
  • Pupils having increased exposure to, awareness and acceptance of a more diverse range of roles and possibilities for all children and adults.
  • Pupils being more able to question and challenge gender norms (for themselves and others)
  • Families having increased understanding of gender inequality and stereotyping and confidence to discuss and address it with their children.

The application process

Schools are asked to complete an application form providing:

  • Photographs of school displays, children’s work, lessons or activities in progress, new books or purchases,
  • Quotes from educators, children and families
  • Examples of curriculum planning, or changes made to the curriculum
  • Anything else you’d like to share, which could include:
    • Changes in routines, language etc.
    • Changes made after completing the gender equality audit
    • Changes in the playground or around play
    • Changes in policies or documentation
    • Next steps- ideas that you would like to do next

Once submitted to Lifting Limits, the application and any supporting documentation will be assessed by an independent panel.

Key dates

  • Applications open: Monday 24th April
  • Applications close: Tuesday 6th June
  • Panel meeting: Wednesday 14th June
  • Winners announced: week commencing 26th June

To receive an application form and for further information about the Awards, including press enquiries, please get in touch with Lifting Limits.

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