++ 84 extraordinary teachers, lecturers and school staff on shortlist for prestigious awards ++


++ Shortlisted nominees to be assessed before winners compete for Gold Awards in televised BBC Ceremony ++


At a time when schools are doing more than ever to support their communities, teachers across the country have discovered they have been shortlisted for Education’s Oscars.


Selected from thousands of nominations, 84 extraordinary teachers, lecturers and school staff have found themselves in the running for the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Awards. The shortlisted nominees have all shown their willingness to go above and beyond their roles in a bid to provide the best possible education for their students.


The shortlisted nominees will now face judging from a team of experienced school experts before the Silver Award winners are announced. They will then compete to win one of just 14 Gold Awards which will be announced at the televised UK ceremony later in the year, broadcast on the BBC as ‘Britain’s Classroom Heroes’.


The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord David Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach.


Pupils and parents can show their appreciation for their amazing teachers, who are supporting children across the country in incredibly challenging conditions, by sending them a Thank You card for free via the Thank a Teacher campaign at https://thankateacher.co.uk/.


Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said:

“Our teachers in the UK are unsung heroes. In this crisis, many are working in schools with vulnerable children, and those that aren’t, are working hard to enable learning to continue in incredibly challenging circumstances. They deserve our deep gratitude and recognition. Congratulations to every one of our teachers, lecturers and all school staff who have been shortlisted for a Silver Award. I’m proud that The Pearson National Teaching Awards recognise and celebrate teachers for their commitment, dedication – and heroism.


Steve Munby, Chair of the Teaching Awards Trust, said:

“Congratulations to all of the amazing staff in the running to win a Silver Award. This is fair recognition of the outstanding job they are doing and their efforts in going well beyond their role to make sure their students get every chance in life.


“Now more than ever is the time to appreciate our teachers and the fantastic work they are doing. I am honoured to be part of these Awards and to play my part in acknowledging teachers for the incredible job they do.”


Click here to view the shortlist.