Awards and Recognition

2016 Annual National Awards and Conference

UK teachers celebrated the 11th annual eTwinning UK conference at the National College for Teaching and Leadership in Nottingham from 24-26 June 2016. The event hashtag was trending in the UK for a period on Saturday 25 June - check out all of the activity via #eTuk16.  

The British Council-led event saw over 100 educators from across the UK and beyond attend a series of professional development workshops based on the theme of ‘digital literacy’, which included: Twitter for CPD; leading learning and measuring impact through eTwinning; the BBC Microbit; Greenscreening; Minecraft; Sketchnoting; refugee and migrant student integration, British Council ‘World Voice’ and ‘Shakespeare’ resources; the 100 word challenge, Erasmus+ funding; and top tips and tricks to use in the classroom. The workshops were rounded off with a teachmeet that included a seven minute crash course on how to teach coding concepts through the medium of Irish dance.

The first conference keynote speaker, Rohan Gunatillake was named as one of Wired magazines’ Smart List of 50 people who are about to change the world in 2012. Rohan is a producer, entrepreneur and advisor, with specialisms in digital innovation in the arts and how technology can improve wellbeing. As the creator of mobile mindfulness apps, Rohan spoke about surviving the attention apocalypse through the use of digital tools to create joy, focus and calm instead of distress, distraction and anxiety.

The second keynote speaker, José Moura Carvalho, who is coordinator of Project TEA – a body designated with understanding the current and future use of tablets in the classroom. José focused on how the conference theme of ‘digital literacy’ is central to our technology suffused world. He used the eTwinning platform and network combined with FutureLab’s definition of digital literacy to extrapolate how classroom devices can assist functional skills; creativity; critical thinking and evaluation; cultural and social understanding; collaboration; the ability to find and select information; effective communication and e-safety.

The main event of the conference was the 2016 UK eTwinning Award ceremony, which took place on the Saturday evening. The award ceremony recognises outstanding eTwinning projects which have been identified through the eTwinning pedagogical framework, the ‘Quality Label’. The teachers and schools involved were celebrated and given recognition for the quality and impact of their projects.

There were 13 awards presented in various categories, as well as one award for the overall winning project.


Category: Migrant integration
Project: The new who do you think you are? 
Valentina Burley -Tendring Technology College, England


Category: Primary school pupil peer learning
Project: Aprender a cooperar somos tus profesores / we are your teachers 
Erzsi Culshaw of Burscough Village School, England

Category: Pupil Peer Learning
Project: Aprender a cooperar somos tus profesores / we are your teachers 
Carmen Rodriguez of Valley Road Primary School, England

Category: Mentoring 
Project: Christmas around Europe 2015 
Diana Linford of Steeton Primary School, England

Category: Collaboration in early years
Project: Deep to the roots of the world`s fairy tales
Violeta Korkucyte of Regent's Park Children's Centre, England 

Category: Digital literacy
Project: eTwinning is sharing 
Ruth Sanders of Ysgol Hendre, Wales

Category: Child centered teaching
Project: Loving laughing (does my joke sound funny to you?) 
Hannah Boydon of Mayflower primary school and Kate Keaveny of All Saints Church of England primary school, England

Category: Global outlook 
Project: My world my classroom 
Ian Kell of the Academy at Shotton Hall, England

Category: Erasmus+ Key Action 1 & cross curricular teaching 
Project: Parallel lives
Hannah Boydon of Mayflower Primary School, England 

Category: Erasmus+ Key Action 2 and STEM
Project: STEM project - mindstorm to brainstorm 
Balazs Kecskemeti of Ballysillan Primary School, Northern Ireland

Category: Wellbeing
Project: Teenagers talk
Tina Wright of Slated Row School, England

Category: Collaboration in secondary school 
Project: Trails around Europe
Lorraine Oldham of King's Ely School, England

Category: Active Language learning
Project: Twins in contact 
Cristina Sanchez of James Allen's girls' school, London 

Category: Curricular integration
Project: WWI: let's work wisely as one 
Patrick McShane of St Roch`s secondary school, Scotland

2016 Highly Commended Projects

Highly Commended Projects

Hilary Wheeldon
All together now
Jervoise School

David Ceiriog-Hughes
La Parole aux Jeunes
Winchester College

Ian Kell
Math in practical life
The Academy at Shotton Hall

Ana Valverde
NAT: Nuestra Amiga Tierra
Brampton Primary School

Patrick Carroll
Simply Shakespeare
Shaw Wood Academy

Viera Matysakova
Together we are one
Pillgwenlly C.P. School

Marylin Tinkler
Values in Action
Appleby Primary School

Quality Label

41 European Quality Labels awarded to UK projects in 2014

Congratulations to all of the teachers and schools involved in the UK eTwinning projects that were awarded the 2014 European Quality Label. View the full list of winning projects.

The European eTwinning Prizes 2015 competition is now open to all European Quality Label award winners, with new special categories dedicated to eTwinning Plus projects.

Have you completed, or are you in the final phase of, an eTwinning project?

Do you want recognition and a chance to win a National Award and a European prize? Then reward yourself and your pupils by applying for a Quality Label. The application process is quick and easy, all carried out via the eTwinning desktop.

A Quality Label is recognition for your school's European collaborative work, which can boost pupil motivation, reward teacher's commitment, and can enhance the school's profile. As a recipient of a Quality Label you can share your success with your wider community through use of a formal certificate and online banner for your school website.

Projects which are awarded a Quality Label may be put forward for a European Quality Label - an extra mark of recognition showing that your project is amongst the best in Europe,  and the opportunity to attend a European award ceremony.

Apply today through "My Projects" section of your eTwinning desktop.

International School Award

Your involvement in eTwinning could be the first step towards gaining the International School Award.

The ISA is a great way of embedding international work into your school curriculum, and of gaining an internationally recognised award. The ISA has three levels which you gradually work across. When you create a project with a European partner school you automatically gain the Foundation Certificate.


Would you like to take you project work to the next level?

Erasmus+ offers funding to facilate face-to-face school partnerships. A European Commission funded programme, Erasmus+ looks to enabel european-wide mobility,  exchange and co-operation. Erasmus+ offers cross-sectoral opportunity across schools, High Education, Further Education, adult education, schools and youth activities.