Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

The Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year


Does this teaching assistant raise the aspirations of pupils and help them to reach new heights?



  • Please ensure you read through the entry guide, eligibility, criteria and questions carefully before submitting your entry.
  • This award is open to all types of teaching assistants including learning mentors, learning support assistants and those involved directly in supporting teaching and learning.
  • Entries from state and independent schools are welcome.



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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  • Opening Statement

  • Criteria 1. Learning environment

    Actively engages and collaborates with others in supporting pupils’ learning and development, including teachers, parents and other professionals.
  • 1. How does this teaching assistant work with his or her teacher/s to agree how best they can support individual pupils?
    2. How does this teaching assistant engage parents in the learning of their children and with what outcomes?
    3. How does this teaching assistant engage other professionals to meet pupils’ needs and with what outcomes?

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

    Supports pupils in pursuit of clear goals even when the challenge is great, or the outcome seems uncertain.
  • 1. How does this teaching assistant support pupils towards their academic and other developmental goals?
    2. What progress do pupils make with the support of this teaching assistant?
    3. How does this teaching assistant act to support pupils when the challenge is great?

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

    Shows a continuing commitment to his or her own professional learning and personal development.
  • 1. What priority does this teaching assistant give to his or her own learning and development?
    2. How does this teaching assistant develop his or her understanding of how young people learn?
    3. How does this teaching assistant apply this understanding to further his or her professional learning and personal development?

    Please answer in no more than 250 words below.
  • Criteria 4. Making a difference

    Contributes to the whole staff team.
  • 1. How does this teaching assistant contribute to the whole staff team? How would others characterise these contributions?
    2. How does this teaching assistant’s contribution benefit the school as a whole?

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

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