Awards and Grants

Recognising the leadership and achievements of our members

Awards 2021

WAPPA is committed to the successful development of quality teaching and learning for primary school students through the identification and cultivation of exemplary leadership.

The WAPPA Professional Achievement Grants provide funding to enable members to build their capacity to provide high level educational leadership resulting in a positive impact in the school. The Awards recognise the outstanding leadership and dedication amongst our members.

Applications and nominations close 4 June 2021.

2021 Awards

Aspirant Leadership Award

Prize: Valued up to $3,500

The award recognises Aspirant members who show innovation and leadership within their school, building their own capacity, along with the capacity of others.

Nominees must be:

  • A financial WAPPA Aspirant Member (as per item 9 (5) of the Constitution) for a period of 12 months at the time of nominating.
  • Working in primary education in a school setting at the time of the nomination closing date.
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Level Three Innovation Award

Prize: Valued up to $5,000

The WAPPA Level Three Innovation Award recognises a WAPPA Member in a “Substantive Level Three” Principal or Deputy Principal position, who has developed innovative ideas and practice to lead improvement and change. The successful nominee’s work will have produced positive outcomes for students and developed his/her capacity as an emerging leader of effective schools.

Nominees must be:

  • A current financial WAPPA Ordinary Member (as per item 9 (1)of the Constitution).
  • Applicants must have retained Ordinary Membership status continuously for a minimum of two years.
  • Hold a substantive Level Three-Principal or Deputy Principal position (primary) in a Western Australian Government School at the time of nomination.
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2021 Grants

WAPPA Professional Learning Grant

Prize: Valued up to $5,000

The WAPPA Professional Learning Grant provides the opportunity for an individual member to develop leadership skills through further professional study and/or engage in action research that enhances effective leadership in schools.

This Grant is intended to contribute to professional learning program and expenses such as resources, travel, registration and accommodation. The funding may also be used to cover the cost of providing relief to allow time for significant study or research to be undertaken.

Nominees must:

  • Be a financial WAPPA Ordinary Member (as per item 9 (1) of the Constitution).
  • Have retained Ordinary Membership status continuously for a minimum of three years.
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Leading From the Front Action Research Grant

Prize: Valued up to $10,000

In schools, action research refers to a wide variety of evaluative, investigative, and analytical research methods designed to diagnose problems or weaknesses—whether organisational, academic, or instructional—and help educators develop practical solutions to address them quickly and efficiently. Action research may also be applied to programs or educational techniques that are not necessarily experiencing any problems, but that educators simply want to learn more about and improve.

The purpose of the action research grant is to support the change, by applying an action research cycle, that includes planning a change, acting and observing the processes and consequences of the change, reflecting on the change and then replanning, acting and observing, reflecting and so on through several cycles, that leads to increasingly better results for schools, teachers, or programs through evidence based decision making.

The WAPPA Leading from the Front Action Research Grant is intended to provide funding for an action research project. This may be a project that has already commenced and requires funding to be completed or maybe a project which is yet to start. Project funding requests for up to $10,000 will be considered. The applicant(s) will demonstrate educational leadership, highlighting his/her work as a leader in the project, and the achievements of all participants.

This Grant provides members with opportunities to learn from colleagues through the sharing of the results of the winning initiative or projects action-based research. The funds must be utilised within twelve months of the grant being awarded. Joint/group applications will also be considered.

Nominees must be:

  • A current financial WAPPA Ordinary Member (as per item 9(1) of the Constitution).
  • Applicants must have retained Ordinary Membership status continuously for a minimum of three years.
  • Applicants must remain a WAPPA member for the duration of and execution of the awarded grant.
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Regional Leaders’ Professional Learning Grant

Prize: Valued up to $4,000

The WAPPA Regional Leaders’ Professional Learning Grant provides funding to enable a regionally based member to build their capacity to provide high-level educational leadership resulting in a positive impact on regional education. The grant recognises outstanding leadership and dedication amongst our regional members.

The grant intends to support members who wish to travel to develop their leadership capacity, knowledge and skills. Applications looking to contribute to the professional development of other WAPPA members in regional settings are highly desirable.

The grant is intended to broaden the opportunities for a member to attend a Professional Learning program and/or visit other schools/education systems to enhance professional development and knowledge within the profession.

Nominees must be:

  • Applicants must be working in a regional WA education setting at the time of the application closing.
  • Be a financial WAPPA Ordinary Member (as per item 9 (1) of the Constitution).
  • Have retained Ordinary Membership status continuously for a minimum of three years.
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Application Process

Applications are now open. Awards and grants will be offered at the discretion of the Awards Panel. Where no suitable applications are received, an award or grant may not be presented.

Award Agreements

All WAPPA Award and Grant recipients will be asked to sign an Award Agreement, outlining the commitments of both WAPPA and the recipient. If you are applying for, or being nominated for an award, please review the sample agreement to ensure you are familiar with the commitments. Please note however that each Award Agreement will vary slightly, based on the award category.

Download a sample Award Agreement

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