Plain Language Awards

Celebrate the stories of our clearest business communicators

Finalist: Best Plain Language Document — Private Sector

Stronger Schools, Streamliners

Finalists Streamliners proudly display their pair of awards | Sarah Bichan and Emma Harding

Document name

Nurturing Wellbeing in the Classroom

Judges’ comments

The webpage Nurturing Wellbeing in the Classroom is a useful resource for teachers and professionals associated with the education industry. The document expresses a decent attempt at following plain language principles and the content’s guidelines and processes will support educators in nurturing the wellbeing of children. The tone is warm, inviting, and respectful — and it reflects the outcomes for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy Framework. Where sentences use Māori terms, most sentences are neatly structured to weave in these words. Most Māori terms are neatly explained when they are first introduced through the clever use of pop-up definitions. Well done for producing a highly comprehensive resource that educators will appreciate!

Media statement

We’re absolutely thrilled that Streamliners has been named as a finalist in the 2023 Plain Language Awards.

We’d like to thank all the people who had a hand in researching, writing, designing, rewriting, editing, revising, and reviewing this page, including Juanita Gibson and Polly Hutchinson. We’d like to thank Cath Barrie, Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), who organised a study group of RTLB to examine the page, and Liz Riley, Mana Ake kaiarahi, who user-tested the page. We’d also like to thank Ross Paniora, from Te Puni Kōkiri / Ministry of Māori Development who signed off the reo Māori and offered advice on culturally responsive information.

We’re really proud of this page as it offers a wealth of valuable information for teachers, in plain language, and incorporates te reo Māori as well as wellbeing resources from te ao Māori. It was a challenging, but rewarding page to work on.

At Streamliners we work hard to champion the use of plain language so that our users can access consistent health and wellbeing information to help people around the world.

We are grateful to have our mahi recognised as a finalist in the Awards.


Sarah Bichan
Senior Technical Writer (Stronger Schools)