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It's time to celebrate our wonderful profession!

So Awards Season is in full flow…..And now it’s time to celebrate our wonderful profession!

The 2019 Pearson National Teaching Awards are open and the deadline is March 10th.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards were set up in 1998 by Lord David Puttnam to recognise and celebrate excellence in education on a national scale.  If the film industry has the Oscars and the BAFTAs then the teaching profession needs their own awards surely!?  The awards are a great way of acknowledging the amazing work taking place in schools across the country, and to raise the morale of teachers.  And let’s face it, we probably need these awards now more than ever! 

So how does it work?

Any teacher in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can be entered for a Pearson National Teaching Award. The entry forms are all online and it’s an easy process

Once all entries are received by the deadline of March 10th, entries are shortlisted and visited by a team of judges who undertake an in-depth selection process to identify winning teachers and schools across the country.  Silver Winners are announced in June and the Gold winners are announced at the glittering UK ceremony in October which is televised by the BBC!  

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Why should I enter?

Because it really does make a difference, here’s some 2018 Winners talking about the impact…

The Gold Winner of the Primary School of the Year – Making a Difference
Benjamin Adlard Primary School:

“This Teaching Award is not just a show of a school’s success, it opens doors. …. Our small school in one of the most deprived areas in the county has gained the recognition and respect of people with influence. ….This Award will help our school to do more, be more and help even more children to fulfil their potential. The Teaching Awards are not just a one-off special day; they create a legacy for pupils and can unlock the doors to help schools to be even better and eradicate the barriers caused by social deprivation.”

“A sense of pride and passion for our school, coupled with an even deeper sense of responsibility for changing the young people's lives in the room was shared by all.”

The Gold Winner of the Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year
Cinzia Imbriano, Green Ridge Primary Academy: 

“Winning the award has been a great celebration of all the hard work everyone in my school has put in over the last year, particularly the staff, and the trust parents / carers and children put in to a new school with only a small team to represent it. I decided to become a teacher because I wanted to change education and make it better for our children so I hope I can continue on this path and create positive changes across education during my career.”

“I feel it has given our school a real opportunity to reflect on the other ways we should more regularly praise the fantastic work of staff. Times like this are so important for staff well-being and the feeling of being valued within the profession is wonderful.”

Winners join the prestigious alumni, the Pearson National Teaching Awards Ambassadors Network.  Winners are leaders in their field and have much to offer the profession as a whole in terms of sharing their expertise.  They are invited to take part in many projects and work with many partners in order to help raise standards, expectation and outcomes across the system.

What if I don’t like ‘Awards’

Even if you don’t think the awards are for you, you can always show your appreciation for your fellow teachers, and encourage Students and parents to do the same through the “Thank-a-Teacher” campaign.  This encourages young people, parents and fellow teachers to say “thank you” to a teacher who has really made a difference in their lives. The teacher “thanked” receives a card letting them know who has thanked them with details of how to read the full text of their “thank you” message. Teachers who receive a “thank you” also get the opportunity to go through to the national awards. Visit for more information. 

Teaching Award Categories

  • The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year
  • The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School
  • The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School
  • The Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year
  • The Award for School Team of the Year
  • The Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • The Award for FE Lecturer/Team of the Year
  • The Award for Outstanding use of Technology in Education
  • The Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education
  • The Award for Primary School of the Year – Making a Difference
  • The Award for Secondary School of the Year – Making a Difference

Find out more from the Teaching Awards website: 

What makes a teacher? 

This poem was included in “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, BBC2’s broadcast of last year’s Pearson Teaching Awards read by pupils from winners’ schools.