By Rob Merino on 20 May 2020
By offering Governor Support as one of our services for school and academies, we work closely with school governors, governing bodies and chairs of governors, supporting them at every level to meet the challenges of an ever-changing governance role.
Working in partnership with Martin Matthews, National Leader of Governance, we would like to bring to your attention the ‘New Year Honours List’ which aims to raise awareness of the work that the governors do for schools and to formally recognise their ongoing efforts and dedication.
This initiative enables you to nominate governors for the following award categories:
- British Empire Medal - awarded for a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community.
- Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) – for an outstanding achievement or service to the community.
- Officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) - for having a major local role in any activity.
- Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) - for having a prominent but lesser role at national level, or a leading role at regional level.
- Knight/Dame of the Order of the British Empire (KBE/DBE) - for having a major contribution in any activity, usually at national level.
How to apply?
Nominating someone has two parts: The citation written by the nominator, and any supporting letters written by people to confirm why you are nominating that person.
- Send the form and any enclosures to Honours and Appointments Secretariat (full address found on the nomination form).
There's no deadline for applications; your nomination can be submitted anytime of the year. All it costs is a bit of your time. Go on, do the Honours! Nominate someone for an award!
Martin Matthews, National Leader of Governance, has provided some extremely useful dos and don’ts to support you in writing and submitting a strong nomination:
- Start with a strong sentence that immediately sets the scene.
- Make sure that the information is relevant.
- Highlight the individual achievement starting with the most recent
- Make sure that the information you provide is factual and includes specifics, such as dates and job titles as well as actions they are explicitly linked to and the impact they have made.
- Take full advantage of the 3000 characters.
- Highlight the nominee’s personal contribution, referring to substantial achievements wherever possible.
- Set out the grounds for the nomination and be consistent with the short citation.
- Include, where appropriate, mention of the individual’s influence on the practices of colleagues, or on good practice across their community or profession.
- Where relevant, include a small amount of background on the nominee’s organisation, if this gives some weight to the scope of the work completed.
- Include dates wherever possible.
- Make sure the form is fully completed.
- Please leave fields blank if they are not applicable - Do NOT put N/A or NONE etc.
- Start the citation with “xxx" has been with the organisation for x number of years”. This lacks impact and isn’t relevant, if it must be included, make it the last sentence.
- Use paragraphs, bullet points, acronyms, flowery language, change the font or send the text in on a separate page.
- Include information about the nominee’s education and early career unless it is directly relevant to the nomination.
- Include team achievements such as “he and his team” - the committees in the Department and at the Cabinet Office only want information about what the individual did.
- List posts held without an indication of the nominee’s contribution to them.
- Include unsubstantiated comments on performance or other “padding.”
- Use the nominee’s name throughout; he or she is adequate and will save space.
- Use acronyms or abbreviations unless they are obvious e.g. DfT/DCLG.
- Use such unnecessary comments as “an Honour would be most appropriate recognition of his efforts” – If this were not the case, the nomination should not be put forward. In most cases, there is no need to include a summarizing statement at the end of the citation.