The Pearson Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Gold Winners


The Teaching Awards culminate in a grand finale with a UK Awards Ceremony held in London every year.  The ceremony is filmed and broadcast by the BBC as Britain’s Classroom Heroes.  Each year celebrities join us to present these Awards, sometimes called the ‘Oscars for Teachers’, that honour exceptional teaching professionals from across the UK.

Photographer: Guy Levy/ BBC

On Sunday 22nd October 2017, 56 nominees will attend a glittering awards ceremony at The East Wintergarden, London, where they will find out if they have won a prestigious Gold Plato Award.

The ceremony, hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty with Countryfile’s Sean Fletcher, will be broadcast on BBC TWO at 6pm on 29th October, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, and is an annual event that celebrates the very best of the UK’s teaching profession.


To get a flavour of what to expect (tissues at the ready,there are some tear-jerker moments!), watch the BBC2 broadcast of the UK Pearson Teaching Awards ceremony Britain’s Classroom Heroes, held at the London Guildhall and broadcast on October 30th 2016. The host was Hugh Dennis.

 Below are clips from the 2016 Awards to get a glimpse of  what it’s like to be a Teaching Award Gold Winner.


Teacher of the Year in a Primary School 2016:

Strictly’s Brendan Cole paid a visit to Jashu Vekaria of Uxendon Manor Primary and presented The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School 2016

The Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education 2016

Timothy West surprises Richard Brown of Cricket Green School with The Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education 2016


The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year 2016

Michael Butcher of Pembrokeshire College

The Award for Lifetime Achievement 2016

Alison Steadman reveals the winner of The Award for  Lifetime Achievement 2016 – Jane English of Paignton Community & Sports Academy

Watch Britain’s Classroom Heroes 2015

 Watch Britain’s Classroom Heroes 2014

You can also watch highlights from Awards Ceremonies past: