The UK’s teaching elite have been honoured for their inspirational work within the classroom. Eleven outstanding individuals received the highest accolade of the teaching profession at the Pearson Teaching Awards, which celebrates excellence and commitment to the profession.
BBC presenter, Naga Munchetty hosted hosting the annual event alongside broadcaster, Sean Fletcher. A host of celebrity presenters from two-time Olympic Rower, Heather Stanning, to Strictly Come Dancing Judge, Shirley Ballas also attended the glittering ceremony to help present the awards.
The ceremony will be broadcast as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes” on BBC2 on 29th October at 6pm.
Gold winners were nominated for the award by pupils, parents and colleagues. Inspirational stories from the night include (full list of winners in Notes):
The Pearson Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching. Founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam, they recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.
Michael Morpurgo, Children’s Author and new President of the Pearson’s Teaching Awards said: “I am honoured to be the new President of the Pearson Teaching Awards. Teachers are the quiet heroes. By telling their stories, by highlighting their skill and dedication, we can do some justice to them and to the whole profession. Through the Teaching Awards, we hope to enhance the reputation and value of the teachers in our lives, their importance in our society, and thus help to encourage the most talented and committed young people to become teachers.”
Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: “Great teaching improves the life chances of our children. It’s an incredibly tough, pressured and wearing job. Teachers deserve all the support we can give them, now more than ever. That’s why these Pearson Teaching Awards are important, and that’s why I’m delighted once again to lend our support to giving teaching the recognition it deserves.”
Parents and students alike can recognise and thank the teachers who are making a difference by visiting https://teachingawards.com/thank-a-teacher/ to thank a teacher. Doing so means they will be in with a chance of winning at next year’s ceremony.
For more information please contact:
David Parke at Weber Shandwick
T 020 7067 0351, M 07999701524
Mary Palmer at the Pearson Teaching Awards
M 07976 124 929
The Pearson Teaching Awards are open to every school in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The awards were established by Lord Puttnam CBE in 1998 and are managed by the Teaching Awards Trust, an independent charity. The Trust’s mission is to celebrate excellence in education. www.teachingawards.com
Pearson, the sponsor of the Pearson Teaching Awards, is the world’s learning company, working in countries across the globe to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning.
Pearson has expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and offers a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Its mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. It believes that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more, visit https://uk.pearson.com.