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  • Pocca Awards

    A dedicated awards programme designed to recognise those education establishments using outside space to inspire students and enhance learning.

  • Pocca Awards

    A dedicated awards programme designed to recognise those education establishments using outside space to inspire students and enhance learning.

  • Pocca Awards

    A dedicated awards programme designed to recognise those education establishments using outside space to inspire students and enhance learning.

Here’s why the awards could be perfect for you

The Pocca Awards are new for 2017/18 and have been launched and developed by ‘Pocca, the canopy people’; a provider of outdoor canopies to schools and nurseries since 1991. The Pocca team are champions of outdoor learning and are passionate about getting children outside, to enjoy the outdoor space they have available all year round.

The Pocca Awards are proudly brought to you by i2o Ltd, champions of outdoor learning. Are you also an advocate of outdoor learning?

Inspiring children

We know that inspiring children and developing a love of the outdoors is at the heart of the education sector. The Pocca Awards recognise and reward those who are going above and beyond the national curriculum in order to take their pupils learning outside, whatever the weather. The awards are not restricted to educational establishments with canopy areas, as long as you have an outdoor area utilised for learning you are able to enter.

The awards are a great opportunity for you to raise awareness of your educational establishment, highlight its achievements and shout about how innovative and creative you have been with utilising your outside space. So why not start showing off what you have achieved now.

The Pocca Awards is set to bring together educational establishments across the country; a community who can learn best practice from each other, recognise excellence in outdoor learning and provide inspiration for the future.

The categories

There are four categories to choose from to nominate your own educational setting or someone elses, we are looking for YOU to tell us more about why you should win an award. So get nominating now and showcase your efforts and achievements as champions of outdoor learning.

Categories and guidance

The Pocca Awards categories seek to recognise the best usage of any sized outdoor space at any educational institution that encourage outdoor learning. No matter if you are a nursery, college or school, whereabouts in the UK you are based or what type of outdoor space/structure you have – if you are passionate about using your outdoor space to enhance learning, this is the awards programme for you.

We want to hear from those educational establishments that can clearly demonstrate how they are using their outside space to maximum effect. Entrants will be judged on how innovative a facility has been in the production and use of outdoor space for learning. If you are proud of your outdoor learning approach and impact, this is your chance to share what you’ve achieved and perhaps win an award for your efforts.


Active Learning Outside

We want you to tell us how your outdoor learning space encourages physical activities outside such as balancing, PE, Games, Sport and Play.


Creative Learning Outside

We want to see how creatively you use your outdoor learning area to encourage creative activities such as Art, Music, Drama, Crafts and Food Technology.


Core Learning Outside

We want you to show us how your outdoor learning areas enhance core educational activities such as English, Maths, IT, History and Reading.


Environmental Learning Outside

We want to hear from schools that use an outdoor learning area to support environmental focusses such as nature activities, Science, Biology and Geography.

Nominate your outdoor learning environment

If effective use of outdoor learning areas is key to your approach, we want to hear from you. After you have read through all of the categories, here’s what to do next.

  • Nominate

    Download our Word-based entry form – one for each category you are entering, along with supplementary evidence (see additional information section for detail); highlighting exactly why we should consider you as a Pocca Award outdoor learning champion. See the full award terms and conditions for further detail.

  • Submit

    Return your completed nomination form(s) clearly marked ‘Pocca Awards Entry’, together with all the relevant supporting documentation by email to info@poccaawards.co.uk or post to i2o Ltd, Riband House, Manor Farm, Low Road, Fenstanton, Huntingdon PE28 9HU by 5pm on 23rd February 2018.

  • Confirmation

    You will receive an email of confirmation within 3 working days in term times (for email based nominations), to confirm that we have received your nomination. You will be contacted via e-mail if you have made it the next stage and been shortlisted (after the closing date).

Additional information

To be in with the greatest chance of winning, make sure you provide supplementary evidence too; such as pictures (In either JPEG, PNG or PDF format) and testimonials to give our judges the very best understanding of what you do and the impact it makes. With four categories to choose from, it may be that you want to enter more than one category, which is fine so long as separate nomination forms are completed per category.

Judging and timescales

An independent judging panel will review all entries after the deadline to determine a shortlist of entrants within each of the four categories that have demonstrated best use of outside space. We will then open up online voting to showcase those that are in the running, asking the sector and the wider public to vote for the winners. Online voting will close at 5pm on the 30th March 2018.

A winner from each category will be announced on the 18th April 2018 and will receive a certificate and trophy, as well as possible PR coverage

Terms and conditions

The awards are open to all forms of school or educational establishments based in the UK – nurseries, infants, juniors, primary and secondary schools are all applicable.

Applications may be completed by teaching staff, governors, PTA representatives, parents, or other school partners.

Schools can enter more than one category if relevant, but separate nomination forms are required in each instance.

The person who is nominating the educational establishment must have gained authorisation to submit an entry and share the nominee contact details.

If you are shortlisted or win your category, you are giving us permission to use all information and all supplementary evidence submitted with your nomination form to be used in Pocca promotions.

The decision of the judges on the shortlist is final.

The Pocca Awards judging reserve the right to exclude any educational establishment we do not believe meets the eligibility criteria.

By giving your contact details on the nomination form, you agree to receive email and telephone communication from the Pocca Awards team. Your contact details will not be shared with third parties.

i2o Limited has the right to cancel or change the format and timings of the Pocca Awards without notice to the nominees at any given time.

A winner from each category will receive a certificate and trophy, as well as possible PR coverage.

All nominations forms and supplementary evidence must be supplied to i2o Limited by 5pm on Friday 23rd February 2018. Nominations sent after this date unfortunately will not be included in the shortlisting process.

If you have any questions about the awards and about making a nomination please call 01480 498297 or email info@poccaawards.co.uk

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