The Pearson Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching


We’ve launched a new website to support our Thank A Teacher campaign.

We’ve all had a great teacher. They show a real interest in who we are, listen to our thoughts, inspire us to learn and encourage us to achieve our best, no matter what our goals are. The influence of a good teacher lasts a lifetime.

We want to raise the profile of the teaching profession, highlight the positive impact teachers and school leaders have in our society – with pupils, parents and the wider community, and show teachers how much they are valued. We do this in the following ways:

  • Thank a teacher – send a card campaign
    We know an amazing teacher makes all the difference at school. A thank you card shows how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication. Say “thank you” to an amazing teacher and we’ll send them a lovely card through the post, with your personal message, for free. Anyone can send a card; children, students, parents, grandparents and colleagues can all say thank you to a teacher, teaching assistant, headteacher or team.  It can be for anything – helping your child settle in, last year’s class teacher, helping you though a difficult time, understanding something tricky or just being supportive, kind or funny! Let’s see how many teachers we can thank!
    Please note, we are only able to send cards to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Cards are sent out in batches, usually about every 6 weeks. We accept thank you messages all year round, but any thank yous received from 17th February 2019 will fall in to the 2020 awards year.

You can hear our 2017 Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, Luisa Martin-Thomas, talking about what it means to receive a Thank You card on Radio 2 here.

Schools and colleges: find resources to promote the campaign here.


  • Video thank you messages – We love to hear your stories – which teacher would you thank and why? Upload your short video ‘thank you’ message to our YouTube page here – don’t forget to say who you are, the name of your school or college and the name of the teacher(s) you’d like to thank.
  • House of Commons Tea
    Silver Teaching Awards Winners are invited to a tea at the House of Commons in July 2018. To see photos from previous events, view our gallery page.
  • Social media

    Which teacher would you thank and why? Share with us on facebook  and twitter. And if you’re a teacher who’s received a Teaching Awards Thank You card why not share a photo too? We look forward to hearing from you!

    There’s lots of content on our YouTube page – check it out here.

    Use the hashtags #ThankaTeacher #classroomheroes and #teachingawards to connect with us.