Nominate an outstanding science teacher for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Excellence in Science Teaching

Each year the Australian Government honours Australia’s best scientists, innovators, and science teachers through the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

But we need your help to find the modest teachers who deserve to have their work recognised on a national stage.

There are two prizes for teachers:

  • The Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools
  • The Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools

Each prize recipient and their school will receive an equal share of $50,000 prize money, receive national recognition, and meet leaders in science, industry, education and government at the awards dinner in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra.

We’re looking for dedicated, innovative, effective science teachers, like past recipients:

  • Suzy Urbaniak, a geoscientist who has turned classrooms at Kent Street Senior High School into rooms full of young scientists, giving them the freedom to develop their own investigations and find their own solutions.
  • Ken Silburn, who has transformed science teaching at Casula High School in Sydney’s south-western suburbs where two-thirds of Year 11 and 12 students choose science subjects thanks to his work. Ken is also a top 10 finalist in the 2017 Global Teacher Prize.
  • Brian Schiller who has integrated play, science and languages at Seacliff Primary School in Adelaide. He nurtures creativity in the classroom through student-initiated investigations, where the students bring the questions and Brian guides them in setting up investigations to get the answers.

It’s simple to nominate in the first (shortlisting) stage, with an online form. If a nomination is shortlisted, further material will be required in the final stage.

Nominations close at 5.00 pm Canberra time, Wednesday 12 April 2017

For info about past recipients:

For nomination guidelines and online forms: or contact 13 28 46

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