Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School


Does this headteacher provide outstanding leadership with a clear and compelling vision for success?



  • Please ensure you read through the entry guide, eligibility, criteria and questions carefully before submitting your entry.
  • This award is open to all primary phase headteachers, who have been headteacher in their current school for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Entries from state and independent schools are welcome.
  • All entrants in this category must hold qualified teacher status.



The focus of the Pearson Teaching Awards criteria is teaching and learning.

  • Please think about the core question and address the category criteria when completing your entry.
  • Criteria questions are designed as a prompt to help you in formulating your entry and to give guidance on the type of questions that panel members will be exploring to compile their shortlist of finalists.
  • It is recommended that you provide written evidence and examples to support your statements wherever possible. Additional evidence can be shown to our judges when they visit your school, should your nominee be shortlisted. Please therefore do not include external hyperlinks in this document.
  • It is recommended that you write approximately, but not more than 250 words per section.



  • Once the form is completed a member of the senior management team should click submit at the bottom of this form by midnight on Sunday 10th March 2019. If you are not a member of the senior management team you can submit the form but a member of the SMT must be aware of the entry.
  • Please complete all criteria question boxes below.
  • Please remember that we recommend approximately 250 words per criteria.
  • Please note, incomplete entries will not go forward for shortlisting.

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  • Opening Statement

  • Criteria 1. Vision

    Secures the complete commitment of key parties, including governors, parents, staff, and pupils to a clear and compelling vision and values for the school and its pupils.
  • 1. What is the school’s vision? What are the core values or ethos of the school?
    2. How does the headteacher engage others’ complete commitment (including governors, parents, teachers and pupils) to the school’s vision and values?
    3. What evidence is there of complete commitment to the vision and to a common ethos across the school?

    Please answer in no more than 250 words below.
  • Criteria 2. Resources

    Acts to secure the resources needed to develop the capacity of the school and to deliver its vision.
  • 1. How does the headteacher secure the resources needed to deliver the school’s vision and ethos?
    2. How does the headteacher develop the capability of managers, teachers and staff in the school?

    Please answer in no more than 250 words below.
  • Criteria 3. Learning Environment

    Creates a culture and climate across the school which is characterised by the highest expectations, enthusiasm for learning and a commitment to achieving outstanding results.
  • 1. What evidence is there of high expectations, enthusiasm for teaching and learning and outstanding results across the school?
    2. What role does the headteacher play in engaging adults in the school in their own professional development?
    3. How does the headteacher act to ensure the school facilitates the academic and social development of every pupil?

    Please answer in no more than 250 words below.
  • Criteria 4. Leadership

    Draws on a range of leadership styles and behaviours to manage people and situations over the short, medium and long term.
  • 1. How does the headteacher adapt his or her approach to meet the needs of different people and situations?
    2. What examples do you have of times when the headteacher has managed people or situations effectively? What was the outcome?
    3. How are the headteacher’s leadership skills reflected in the school’s progress and in the quality of the headteacher’s relationships with others?
    4. How does this headteacher share expertise?

    Please answer in no more than 250 words below.
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