The Pearson Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Gold Winners

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, supported by SSAT


Does this teacher inspire and engage pupils in order to help them achieve their full academic and social potential?



  • Please ensure you read through the entry guide, eligibility, criteria and questions carefully before submitting your entry.
  • This award is open to all secondary phase teachers, teaching children aged 11 – 18.
  • Entries from state and independent schools are welcome.
  • All entrants in this category must hold qualified teacher status and have been teaching for more than 3 years.



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.
  • 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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  • About the Nominee

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  • Opening Statement

  • Criteria 1. Learning environment

    Creates a love of learning in the classroom that is characterised by enthusiasm for teaching and learning and high expectations.
  • 1. How does this teacher create a climate which is characterised by enthusiasm for learning and high expectations?
    2. What expectations do pupils in this teacher’s class have of themselves?
    3. What are the perceptions of pupils and parents?

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

    Demonstrates exceptional skill within their classroom practice, utilising a wide range of pedagogical approaches.
  • 1. How does this teacher draw on traditional and new teaching approaches and with what outcome?
    2. How do pupils, colleagues and parents describe this teacher’s approach?
    3. How does this teacher ensure good progress for all learners through their use of excellent pedagogy?

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

    Actively monitors the experience and progress of each pupil and adjusts his or her approach to take account of the needs of individual pupils and the class as a whole.
  • 1. How does this teacher keep abreast of the experience and progress of individual pupils and the class as a whole?
    2. How does this teacher differentiate and personalise teaching and learning to meet the needs of all pupils?
    3. Does/Has this teacher have/had a significant impact on the outcome/results of pupils?

    Please answer in no more than 250 words below.
  • Criteria 4. Working with others

    Engages others in supporting pupils’ learning and development, including colleagues, parents and other professionals.
  • 1. How does this teacher collaborate with colleagues in the school to further pupils’ learning and development and with what outcomes?
    2. How does this teacher engage parents in the learning of their children and with what outcomes?
    3. How does this teacher call on other professionals to address pupils’ wider needs and with what outcomes?
    4. How does this teacher connect with professionals from the world of work to help prepare their pupils for the future, and with what outcomes?

    Please answer in no more than 250 words below.
  • Criteria 5. Beyond the classroom.

    Contributes beyond the classroom to the life of the school and shows a continuing commitment to his or her own professional learning and personal development.
  • 1. How does this teacher contribute to the wider activities of the school (e.g. to the school’s extra-curricular activities or to the resources available to other teachers)?
    2. What is the impact of this teacher’s contribution to the broader life of the school?
    3. How does this teacher continue to develop his or her classroom practice and with what impact on the learning, growth and development of pupils?
    4. How does this teacher share their expertise?

    Please answer in no more than 250 words below.
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