The Teaching Awards Trust was established in 1998 by David, Lord Puttnam CBE, as a means of recognising and celebrating excellence in education. The Awards honour outstanding teachers and teaching and highlight just how vital success in education is to the health and wealth of the UK.
The charity’s mission is to celebrate excellence in education, through the annual Pearson National Teaching Awards and the Thank a Teacher Campaign.
Every day at the Teaching Awards Trust, we hear of exceptional teachers, lecturers, headteachers and teaching assistants who help students aim high and achieve their potential, often meeting and overcoming considerable challenges along the way.
Anyone can say “thank you”, to the teacher who has helped them most. Anyone can take part, children, students, parents, grandparents and colleagues can all go online and say thank you. In return, we will send a thank you card to each and every person or team of people who is thanked. Every “thank you”, then becomes a nomination for a Teaching Award.
Thank a Teacher
Anyone can send a Thank You card and we accept these all year round. We will then send the teacher, teaching assistant, headteacher or team a thank you card on your behalf – for free!
A Thank You card acts as a springboard for the UK Teaching Awards, we write to the heads in all schools where teachers who have received a card and ask them if they want to endorse the thank you and enter those teachers for an award.
The Pearson National Teaching Awards “express route”
All “thank you nominations” are then sent to the teacher’s headteacher, deputy or principal for further endorsement. If you are a senior member of the school or college team and feel confident that you can fully endorse the person you would like to enter for a Pearson National Teaching Award, enter directly. Click below to enter colleague/s for a Pearson National Teaching Award:
The closing date for thank you nominations (a thank you card from the public) is 17th February 2019.
The deadline for entries to be received from schools or colleges is midnight on 10th March 2019.
In March and April, our team of expert category judges sort through the entries, select and visit finalists, then choose Silver Pearson National Teaching Award winners.
Thank a Teacher Day
On Thank a Teacher Day, we announce the names of Silver Pearson National Teaching Award winners across the UK. We send out trophies so that schools and colleges can arrange presentations and celebrations and we encourage schools across the country to take the opportunity to thank their own teachers on this day via our website.
The Pearson National Teaching Awards UK Ceremony takes place annually in October. At this event our Gold winners are announced. The ceremony is filmed by the BBC and broadcast as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes” on BBC2.
Rod Bristow, Chair of the Judging Panel
The Pearson National Teaching Awards gives us a unique opportunity to champion exceptional teaching professionals across the UK.
The judges work on a voluntary basis and judging is an independent and peer-led process. The majority of the panel members are practising teachers and many are Teaching Award winners. The panel also includes representation from organisations across the educational spectrum. We are grateful to these dedicated professionals who give their time to ensure a smooth and credible process for those involved and to help celebrate the amazing people who work in our schools.
Find out about the ‘Plato’ trophy, featured in our awards ceremonies, and the Teaching Awards logo, until 2018. Click here to find out more.
Teaching Awards Judges
|Patrick Allen||Kamal Hanif||Nina Panayis|
|Steve Baker||Kevin Harcombe||Geoff Pine|
|Sara Boradbent MBE||Colin Hegarty||Catherine Power|
|David Butler OBE||Samantha Hunt||Sheila Ralph|
|Sarah Dignasse||Peter Jenkins||Geraint Rees|
|Ruth Dixon||Bibi Laher OBE||Alan Roach|
|Christine Finnegan||Jodie Lopez||Pam Roberts|
|Michael Goves||Tony Maxwell||Peter Scutt|
|Tony Gray||Ann Mullins||Grant Seager|
|Samantha Grimmer||Becky Newman||Sir Alan Steer|