D&T Excellence Awards 2020

Nominations are open now

D&T Excellence Awards 2020

The 20th Design and Technology Excellence Awards nominations are now open. 

The prestigious awards ceremony will be held at The Institution of Engineering and Technology, London, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL on Friday 20th March 2020 hosted by the D&T Association and The Institution of Engineering  and Technology. The awards give professional recognition to individuals nominated by their colleagues for their unique work in design and technology education across the categories.

The award nomination categories for the 20th Design and Technology Excellence Awards are listed below. We had an outstanding number of nominations last year and it is really positive to see all the hard work that takes place in our D&T classrooms. If you made a nomination for last years' award ceremony and your candidate was not successful, they will automatically go into the nominations for this year.

The award nomination categories are as follows:

CATEGORY 1: Innovation and creativity in design and technology 

CATEGORY 2: Inspirational teaching of design and technology – Primary

CATEGORY 3: HME Logistics award for Inspirational teaching of design and technology – Secondary 

CATEGORY 4: The James Dyson Foundation award for Excellence in engineering education 

CATEGORY 5:  The Institution of Engineering and Technology award for Creative use of digital technologies in design and technology

CATEGORY 6: The Manufacturing Technologies Association award for Industry engagement 

CATEGORY 7: Development of STEM learning opportunities 

CATEGORY 8:  Royal Academy of Engineering Exceptional pupil achievement award

CATEGORY 9: Design and technology subject leadership

CATEGORY 10: Supporting design and technology 

CATEGORY 11: Design and technology teacher education

CATEGORY 12: NEJ Stevenson award for Outstanding contribution to Design and Technology


You can nominate online by clicking here  or you can fill in the nominations form which can be found below and either email it to Neesha Mistry (neesha.mistry@data.org.uk) or post it to Neesha Mistry, The Design and Technology Association, 11 Manor Park, Banbury, Oxford, OX16 3TB by Friday 13th December 2019.

Download the pdf version of the form, save it to your computer (saving is important at this point). You can then either fill it in on screen or print it out and fill it in by hand.

Hints and tips for a good nomination form

  • supply enough supporting information clearly outlining why you are nominating a colleague
  • refer and adhere to the category criteria found on the nominations form
  • submit photos and videos of outstanding D&T work (if nominating using the online form please do feel free to email or post supporting images and videos)
  • remember it is being judged by someone who does not know the candidate, so highly appropriate supporting evidence is required to judge fairly


Nominations submitted without a comprehensive set of supporting documentation are unlikely to progress through shortlisting as nomination standard is very high. Judges shortlisting and undertaking the final judging are only judging on the content of the nomination submitted, not on any knowledge they may have of a candidate. Therefore, should a nomination be submitted with only the briefest citation it could sadly fall at the first hurdle, which would be a great shame in many cases.

Supporting documentation may be in the form of photographs, lists of achievements, video, PowerPoints, word documents, lists of competitions entered, conferences spoken at, information regarding school improvements undertaken, care, encouragement and diligence dealing with pupils, pupils achievements directly as a result of the teachers actions.....the list goes on.

Please note, if you nominated someone last year and they were unsuccessful they will automatically go into the nominations for this year’s awards.

Only nominations from adults will be considered.

If you are interested in sponsoring 2020 awards, please do contact Debbie Woodbridge (Debbie.woodbridge@data.org.uk)  to express your interest.

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