The Pearson Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Gold Winners

ABOUT

The Teaching Awards were established in 1999 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.

Every day at the Pearson 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.

The Teaching Awards offers everyone the opportunity to 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

Thank a Teacher

Anyone can send a thank you 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! Each “thank you” message is a nomination for the Pearson Teaching Awards.
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The Teaching Awards “express route”

The 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 Teaching Award, use the Teaching Awards “express route” to take part. Click below to enter colleague/s for a Pearson Teaching Award:
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Important Dates

Important Dates

The closing date for thank you nominations via the “thank you” page on-line is 10 March 2017 (or 24 March 2017 for submissions via the “express route”)

Judging

Judging

In March and April, our team of expert category judges sort through the entries, select and visit finalists, then choose Silver Teaching Award winners.

Thank a Teacher Day

Thank a Teacher Day

On Friday 16 June,  Thank a Teacher we announce the names of Silver 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.

UK Ceremony

UK Ceremony

In October, the Teaching Awards UK Ceremony takes place at which Gold Plato Award 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

Rod Bristow, Chair of the Judging Panel

The Pearson 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 include 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.

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
Bob Twells