Rural Education Award

2010 scholarship nominees with Bailieu Myer and Wendy GrahamThe Country Education Partnership is pleased to support the Rural Education Award showcasing the outstanding achievements and practices of education leaders, and educators, in Victorian Rural and Remote Learning Communities.

The Awards recognise the reputation of Victorian Rural Education Communities and Clusters as “centres of excellence”. The Award acknowledges the endeavours that build a collective knowledge and recognises innovation that will enhance rural education.

For 2016, the Rural Education Award will acknowledge the Inspiring Educators and Eduction Leaders that we have within our rural and remote communities, and comes as a result of the 2015 Rural Youth Ambassadors wanting to recognize outstanding educators within their communities.

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The Rural Education Award follows the very successful Baillieu Myer Rural Education Leadership Award that operated for a number of years. The stories of the recipients of this Award can be read by clicking on the link: Rural Education Award Recipients

Rural Education Award:

The Rural Education Award is awarded on an annual basis and will have a specific focus each year.

For the 2016 Rural Education Award, the theme of “Inspirational Educator, or Education team” will form the focus of the Award.

Winners will have the ability to influence teaching and learning approaches and to disseminate outcomes of their work to benefit our entire rural education sector. The Awards acknowledge endeavours that build a collective knowledge and recognises innovation that will enhance rural education.

DSCN2840Rural Education Award Criteria:

The Award will be assessed against the following criteria, with each applicant demonstrating:

  • Seen by students as an inspirational educator or education leader who has encouraged students to achieve their best, enthused students to embrace learning, challenges students to realise their dreams, and provides a learning environment that students have enjoyed and learnt within;
  • Delivery of high quality, engaging and inspiring learning that engages and enthuses students;
  • Outstanding and exemplary education approaches that inspire learners, that then result in improved opportunities and outcomes for rural students;
  • Impacts on students engagement in learning, and enthuses other staff and the wider rural community to embrace learning.
  • Utilises innovative and creative approaches in the development and provision of learning within a rural education community cluster that inspires young people to learn.

Rural Education Award Timeline:

Stage 1:  March 2016

Rural Education Award Launched.

P1000084Stage 2: April 2016

Eligible applicants are invited to submit a detailed application in line with the Award requirements using the relevant application template available at the CEP website –

Stage 3: May 2016

Finalists are identified – a maximum of 3 per award. A Working Group will be established to assess the applications, and those who provide support for the award will be included within this discussion.Finalists invited to attend the Rural Education Conference dinner with one complimentary dinner – other can be purchased.

Stage 4: May 2016

Awards announced at Country Education Partnership Rural Education Conference.


The Rural Education  Award is open to all rural and remote education organisations (as defined by CEP) throughout Victoria. All educators must be currently involved in a Victorian rural or remote education setting, as staff, education leader, governance member, parent or community member.

Recipients of other professional state, national or international awards are not excluded from consideration for this Award.


In support of your application, you must provide the contact details of two referees who are independent of the initiative.

If you are short listed, your referees will be contacted. As a general guide, referees may focus on your achievements to date and why you are an outstanding candidate.

More Information

More information regarding the Rural Education Award can be obtained by contacting:
Mr Phil Brown
Executive Officer
Country Education Project
Email via the CEP contact form