The Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling.

To ensure that the Awards recognise and celebrate the best of New Zealand education achievements, entries will be judged in four categories - Excellence in engaging, Excellence in leading, Excellence in teaching and learning and Excellence in governing. There will also be an additional Education Focus prize the celebrates outstanding inclusive practices that enable all children and young people with additional learning needs to succeed. A Supreme award is given to the single best overall entry.

The Awards seek to recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement in New Zealand education.

To do this they will acknowledge the strengths observed in each entry and find ways to share these stories of success.

The Awards focus on the work of groups, teams and partnerships in English, Māori, or Pasifika-medium. They highlight the combined effort needed to achieve improvement, equity and planned innovation.

The Awards will culminate in a national ceremony that profiles finalists and recognises their achievements.

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