Each year since 2008, the National Union of Teachers has made an annual award 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.
The award pays tribute to the example and commitment to education shown by former NUT General Secretary, Fred Jarvis, and his wife, Anne Jarvis, a lifelong NUT member and former chair of the Education Committee for Barnet Council, who died in 2007.
The 2017 award was presented to education campaigner Jonny Crawshaw for his tireless campaigning for the rights of children to a decent education in York. Jonny is also founder member and spokesperson for the national parent-led organisation ‘Rescue Our Schools’, whose work has highlighted and supported the NUT’s position in the defence of education.
Previous award winners include children’s author Alan Gibbons, for speaking up for teachers, children and education; Ged Grebby, founder of Show Racism the Red Card; Michael Lees OBE for his work campaigning to remove asbestos from schools; Malala Yousafzai in recognition of her continuing campaign for all girls to have the right to an education; Margaret Tulloch for supporting comprehensive education; Fiona Millar, journalist and education campaigner; the former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen who has campaigned against SATs; Professor Robin Alexander, for his work on the Cambridge Review of the Primary Curriculum; and Melissa Benn, state comprehensive education campaigner.
Criterion for the award
The award is made to a person outside the union who has campaigned tirelessly on a national or local level on educational issues which are broadly in support of the Union’s ethos and approach and accord with the example and commitment shown by Fred and Anne Jarvis.
Nominations closed on 8 January 2018.
All nominations will be considered by the Education and Equalities Committee for final decision by the Executive in January 2018.