Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

The Award for Primary School of the Year – making a difference, supported by Future First


This category has been introduced to recognise the power of a school not only to transform the life chances of local children but also to enrich the local community.

 Our judges are particularly interested in seeing:

  • Examples of successful community engagement & cohesion
  • A record of sharing their good practice with others
  • Entries from schools where the location is in an area of above average deprivation
  • Schools who can evidence strong achievement and progress across the school community
  • Social and educational inclusion within the pupil population
  • High standards of behaviour
  • Evidence of active engagement in promoting harmony among different social and faith communities



How has the school transformed the life chances of children and brought enrichment to their local community, whilst maintaining excellence in teaching and learning?



  • Please ensure you read through the entry guide, eligibility, criteria and questions carefully before submitting your entry.
  • This award is open to all infant and primary phase schools, teaching children aged 4 – 11.



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 the Headteacher should click submit at the bottom of this form by midnight on Sunday 10th March 2019. Alternatively, if you are not the Headteacher you can submit the form but the Headteacher must be aware of the entry.
  • This will be sent to the nominated teacher if they request to see it.
  • Please complete all the 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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  • About the Nominee

  • The school will first be informed of the outcome of the entry, at the earliest, May 2019.
  • About the school/ college

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  • Opening Statement

  • Criteria 1. Background

    Creates a climate for learning in the classroom that is characterised by enthusiasm for teaching and learning, high expectations, and outstanding results.
  • 1. Describe the school that you are nominating for a Teaching Award.
    2. Describe any challenges that they face within, and outside the school community, and how these have been overcome.

    Please answer in no more than 250 words below.
  • Criteria 2. Teaching and learning

    Draws creatively on a wide range of teaching and learning approaches.
  • 1. What is the school’s approach to teaching and learning?
    2. How are standards improved, and value added, for any groups making less than expected progress?
    3. How are teaching and learning policies embedded within, and beyond, the classroom?

    Please answer in no more than 250 words below.
  • Criteria 3. Inspiring and engaging others

    Engages others in supporting pupils’ learning and development, including colleagues, parents and other professionals.
  • 1. How does this school collaborate with others to further pupils’ learning and development and with what impact?
    2. Demonstrate how this school successfully engages parents in the learning of their children, and with what outcomes.

    Please answer in no more than 250 words below.
  • Criteria 4. Beyond the classroom

    Contribution within and beyond the classroom to the improve and enrich the lives of the students within the school, and the community within which it sits.
  • 1. How does this school successfully integrate with its community?
    2. How does the community benefit from this school’s existence?
    3. How does this school share its expertise?
    4. How well does the school prepare students for lifelong learning?

    Please answer in no more than 250 words below.
  • Criteria 5. Outcomes and benefits

    Describe the ongoing effect of the school’s work.
  • 1. What is the impact of this school’s work as a whole, including its effect on pupil attendance?
    2. Have the outcomes matched or exceeded their original objectives?
    3. What have been the benefits for the school community, stakeholders and others?

    Please answer in no more than 250 words below.
  • Additional information (optional)

    If you would like to add any additional information that you feel would enhance the entry that does not fall within the criteria above, please tell us about it below.
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