Watch the moment Farhan Adam was surprised live on BBC's The One Show by footballers Trent Alexander Arnold and Emile Heskey for winning the Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School award.

Could it be your school in 2024?

We know the East Midlands is full of incredible educators who make a real difference to the lives of their pupils, and we would love to hear more about them. The Pearson National Teaching Awards 2024 are now open for entry, with 16 team and individual categories covering early years, schools and colleges. It’s free to enter and everyone who is nominated receives a certificate of recognition.

Education communities across the UK are recognised through our annual televised celebrations and prestigious awards ceremony. Enter now and you will be eligible for exclusive early bird offers, including feedback on your entry AND the chance to win 2 tickets to one of the 2024 celebratory events to meet and network with fellow educators.

  • Being nominated has a huge impact, not just on the winner, but on the wider community.
  • Award recognition can elevate your school’s reputation and increase opportunities to share good practice.
  • 16 individual and team categories covering early years, schools, and FE

We are here to help so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or book a call and who knows – we might just be surprising your school or college this time next year!

Meet our former winners from the East Midlands

Carolyn Robson CBE

  • The Award for Lifetime Achievement, (sponsored by the Department for Education)
  • The Mead Educational Trust
  • Leicester, Leicestershire

Carolynn Southcombe

  • The Award for Unsung Hero
  • Cottingham CofE Primary School
  • Market Harborough, Leicestershire

Crown Hills Community College

  • The Award for Making a Difference - Secondary School of the Year
  • Crown Hills Community College
  • Leicestershire

Dave Shaw

  • The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • Spire Junior School
  • Derbyshire

Farhan Adam

  • The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School
  • Crown Hills Community College
  • Leicestershire

Helen Shepherd

  • Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education
  • Royal School for the Deaf Derby
  • Derby, Derbyshire

Jenny Hinton

  • The Award for Digital Innovator of the Year
  • Parkdale Primary School
  • Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Kettering Buccleuch Academy

  • The Award for Making a Difference - Secondary School of the Year
  • Kettering Buccleuch Academy
  • Kettering, Northamptonshire

Nicki Burgess

  • The Award for Unsung Hero
  • Welland Park Academy
  • Market Harborough, Leicestershire

Northampton Academy

  • The Award for Making a Difference – Secondary School of the Year, (sponsored by PiXL)
  • Northampton Academy
  • Northampton, Northamptonshire

The Computer Science Team

  • The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year (sponsored by the Department for Education)
  • West Nottinghamshire College
  • Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

The Forest School Team at Watermead Day Nursery

  • The Award for Early Years Team of the Year, (sponsored by the Department for Education)
  • The Forest School Team at Watermead Day Nursery
  • Loughborough, Leicestershire

The LightBulb Mental Wellness Programme for Schools Team

  • The Award for Impact through Partnership
  • St Andrew's College
  • Northampton, Northamptonshire