Fred and Anne Jarvis Award

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Fred and Anne Jarvis Award

The Fred and Anne Jarvis 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.

Each year since 2008 an annual award has been made 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 2018 award was presented to the journalist Warwick Mansell for his invaluable contribution to the education debate. Warwick has written extensively on the academies and free school programme; the National Curriculum; assessment; and school, accountability systems for publications including the Guardian, the Observer and the Times Educational Supplement. More recently he has launched the website Education Uncovered, continuing his commitment to in-depth reporting about the changing educational landscape.

Previous award winners include education campaigner Jonny Crawshaw for his tireless campaigning for the rights of children to a decent education in York; 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 should be 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 NEU’s ethos and approach and accord with the example and commitment shown by Fred and Anne Jarvis.

Procedure and timetable

NEU members are invited to consider nominating a non-NEU member for the 2019 award by returning a nomination form. Members submitting a nomination should provide their own names, the names and contact details of their branch and the name and contact details of the person nominated. They must also provide a brief resume (maximum of 500 words) of the reasons for the nomination.

Click here to download the nomination form.

Nominations should be sent to Daniel Stone by email ( or by post: Daniel Stone, Education Policy and Research, National Education Union, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD

The deadline for nominations is 5pm Friday 21 December 2018.

Entries will be considered by the executive in January.

The award will be made through the presentation of a certificate at NEU Annual Conference to be held from 15-18 April 2019, in Liverpool.