The Pearson Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Gold Winners

2019 Entry Forms – Categories and Criteria

The Pearson Teaching Awards operates the following policies:


– Entries must be received from a school or college. If you are a member of the public, please click here to complete the Thank a Teacher form instead
– Schools can enter one nominee per category (changed for 2019). Several nominees from any school or college may be entered, but across different categories
– A person may only be entered into one category in any given awards year
– Previous Teaching Award winners cannot be entered for further Pearson Teaching Awards
– If the nominee will be retiring before April 2019 then sadly they are not eligible to be entered for a Teaching Award

Please ensure you have read the entry guidelines. Categories and their specific entry criteria are listed below.

You will find the online entry form link under each category. If you can’t complete the form in one sitting, choose to save and continue. This will email you a link to your form which you can then access from any computer, in order to continue and finish the form.

The Award for Digital Innovator of the Year, supported by Google

CORE QUESTION
How does this teacher use technology innovatively and creatively to inspire and engage pupils in order to help them achieve their full academic and social potential?

Criteria 1. Vision and Understanding
Understands the potential technology offers and has a vision for its role in supporting inclusive learning and teaching.
1. Does this teacher have a vision for the use of digital technologies in the classroom and across the school, and is this focused on benefiting learners?
2. Is this teacher always clear about when and when not to use technology and the intended benefits?
3. Is this teacher aware of and responsive to developments in young people’s use of technology, and able to capitalise on related skills and capabilities to improve the learning experience?
4. How does this teacher communicate their vision to teaching and non-teaching colleagues, learners and parents?

Criteria 2. Teaching and learning in practice
Creates a climate for digital teaching and learning for all abilities in the classroom supported by the integrated use of technology which is characterised by enthusiasm for learning.
1. What new ideas, possibilities and opportunities for using technology to enhance practice has this teacher identified and introduced?
2. How does this teacher create a climate through the use of technology which is characterised by enthusiasm for learning and high expectations?
3. Can the learners explain how and why they are using technology and describe what it’s like to be in this teacher’s class?

Criteria 3. Impact
The use of technology has made a real difference to all learner’s outcomes and there is evidence of this from learners and others.
1. Has this teacher reviewed and analysed how their use of technology has impacted on learner outcomes?
2. What evidence exists of the impact of digital technologies and how it has improved learning outcomes for all.
3. What expectations do learners in this teacher’s class have of themselves and of the use of technology?

Criteria 4. Transferring and developing practice
Transfers skills to colleagues, and others to support their development and understanding of technology to support learning and development.
1. How does this teacher share innovative and creative ways of teaching with colleagues in the school to further their teaching skills using technology and with what impact and outcomes?
2. How does this teacher enable others to adopt their effective practice?
3. How does this teacher develop their own learning and professional development?

Criteria 5. Learning beyond the classroom
Supports learning beyond the classroom using technology.
1. How does this teacher build on learners’ use of technology at home?
2. How does this teacher exploit technology to engage parents in the learning of their children and with what outcomes?
3. How does the teacher demonstrate how technology can support learning across and from the wider community?

Enter The Award for Digital Innovator of the Year, supported by Google

The Award for Excellence in Special Needs Teaching

CORE QUESTION
Does this person act to enable the realisation of the full potential of each pupil in need of special/additional support?

Criteria 1. Learning environment
Creates a climate for learning in the classroom that is characterised by enthusiasm for teaching and learning, high expectations, and outstanding results.
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. Describe the outstanding outcomes achieved.

Criteria 2. Teaching and learning
Draws creatively on a wide range of teaching and learning approaches.
1. How does this person draw on traditional and new teaching approaches and with what outcome
2. How do pupils, colleagues and parents describe this person’s approach?
3. What progress do pupils regularly make in this person’s class? Include evidence of academic, social and emotional progress.

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.
Please consider the questions below when completing this section*
1.How does this teacher manage the learning of pupils in the class and differentiate the goals s/he sets for those with different levels of cognitive ability?
2. How does this teacher manage the learning of pupils in the class and differentiate the goals s/he sets for diverse pupils?
3. How does this teacher set goals which are challenging for each pupil and break them down into manageable steps?

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’ medical, social or other needs and with what outcomes?

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?

Enter The Award for Excellence in Special Needs Teaching

The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year

CORE QUESTION
Does this lecturer inspire and engage students in order to help them achieve their full academic and social potential?

Criteria 1. Learning environment
Creates a climate for learning in the classroom that is characterised by enthusiasm for teaching and learning, high expectations, and outstanding results.
1. How does this lecturer act to create a climate which is characterised by enthusiasm for learning and high expectations?
2. What expectations do students in this lecturer’s class have of themselves?
3. What are the perceptions of students?

Criteria 2. Teaching and learning
Shows a commitment to each and every student: challenges students to aim high and supports them in pursuit of their aspirations.
1. How does this lecturer encourage students to develop and maintain their sense of their own potential and their aspirations?
2. How does this lecturer encourage and support students when they experience setbacks or difficulties?
3. What progress do student’s regularly make in this lecturer’s class?

Criteria 3. Assessment
Actively monitors the experience and progress of each student and adjusts his or her approach to take account of the needs of students and the class as a whole.
1. How does this lecturer keep abreast of the experience and progress of individual students?
2. How does this lecturer manage the learning of students in the class and differentiate the goals s/he sets for diverse students?
3. How does this lecturer set goals which are challenging for each student and breaks them down into manageable steps?

Criteria 4. Working with others
Engages others in supporting students’ learning and development, including colleagues, other professionals and outside agencies / organisations?
1. How does this lecturer collaborate with colleagues in the college to further students’ learning and development and with what outcomes?
2. How does this lecturer work with other professionals, agencies and organisations to address students’ needs and with what outcomes?

Criteria 5. Beyond the classroom.
Contributes beyond the classroom to the life of the college and shows a continuing commitment to his or her own professional learning and personal development.
1. How does this lecturer contribute to the wider activities of the college (e.g. to the college’s extra-curricular activities or to the resources available to others)?
2. What is the impact of this lecturer’s contribution to the broader life of the college?
3. How does this lecturer continue to develop his or her classroom expertise and with what impact on the learning, growth and development of students?
4. How does this lecturer share their expertise?

Enter The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year

The Award for FE Team of the Year

CORE QUESTION
How do team members work together to provide teaching and learning opportunities that inspire and engage pupils in order to help them achieve their full academic and social potential?

Criteria 1. Background
1. What is the role of the team you are nominating for a Teaching Award?
2. What is the role of each team member?
3. Describe what they set out to achieve and how they achieve their vision and goals?
4. How does their exceptional teamwork enhance outcomes for the students?

Criteria 2. Teaching and learning
Draws creatively on a wide range of teaching and learning approaches.
1. How does the team improve teaching and learning?
2. Give full details of the team’s action plan, including the creative elements.
3. What challenges had to be overcome?

Criteria 3. Inspiring and engaging others
1. How did the team build rapport with and engage others?
2. What range of people and organisations are involved to achieve this team’s vision?

Criteria 4. Outcomes and benefits
1. What is the impact of this team’s work?
2. Have the outcomes matched or exceeded their original objectives?
3. What have been the benefits for the college community, stakeholders and others?
4. Describe the lasting effect of the team’s work?

Enter The Award for FE Team of the Year

The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School

CORE QUESTION
Does this headteacher provide outstanding leadership with a clear and compelling vision for success?

Criteria 1. Vision
Secures the complete commitment of key parties, including governors, parents, staff, and pupils to a clear and compelling vision and values for the school and its pupils.
1. What is the school’s vision? What are the core values or ethos of the school?
2. How does the headteacher engage others’ complete commitment (including governors, parents, teachers and pupils) to the school’s vision and values?
3. What evidence is there of complete commitment to the vision and to a common ethos across the school?

Criteria 2. Resources
Acts to secure the resources needed to develop the capacity of the school and to deliver its vision.
1. How does the headteacher secure the resources needed to deliver the school’s vision and ethos?
2. How does the headteacher develop the capability of managers, teachers and staff in the school?

Criteria 3. Learning Environment
Creates a culture and climate across the school which is characterised by the highest expectations, enthusiasm for learning and a commitment to achieving outstanding results.
1. What evidence is there of high expectations, enthusiasm for teaching and learning and outstanding results across the school?
2. What role does the headteacher play in engaging adults in the school in their own professional development?
3. How does the headteacher act to ensure the school facilitates the academic and social development of every pupil?

Criteria 4. Leadership
Draws on a range of leadership styles and behaviours to manage people and situations over the short, medium and long term.
1. How does the headteacher adapt his or her approach to meet the needs of different people and situations?
2. What examples do you have of times when the headteacher has managed people or situations effectively? What was the outcome?
3. How are the headteacher’s leadership skills reflected in the school’s progress and in the quality of the headteacher’s relationships with others?
4. How does this headteacher share expertise?

Enter The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School  

The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School

CORE QUESTION
Does this headteacher provide outstanding leadership with a clear and compelling vision for success?

Criteria 1. Vision
Secures the complete commitment of key parties, including governors, parents, staff, and pupils to a clear and compelling vision and values for the school and its pupils.
1. What is the school’s vision? What are the core values or ethos of the school?
2. How does the headteacher engage others’ complete commitment (including governors, parents, teachers and pupils) to the school’s vision and values?
3. What evidence is there of complete commitment to the vision and to a common ethos across the school

Criteria 2. Resources
Acts to secure the resources needed to develop the capacity of the school and to deliver its vision.
1. How does the headteacher secure the resources needed to deliver the school’s vision and ethos?
2. How does the headteacher develop the capability of managers, teachers and staff in the school?

Criteria 3. Learning Environment
Creates a culture and climate across the school which is characterised by the highest expectations, enthusiasm for learning and a commitment to achieving outstanding results.
1. What evidence is there of high expectations, enthusiasm for teaching and learning and outstanding results across the school?
2. What role does the headteacher play in engaging adults in the school in their own professional development?
3. How does the headteacher act to ensure the school facilitates the academic and social development of every pupil?

Criteria 4. Leadership
Draws on a range of leadership styles and behaviours to manage people and situations over the short, medium and long term.
1. How does the headteacher adapt his or her approach to meet the needs of different people and situations?
2. What examples do you have of times when the headteacher has managed people or situations effectively? What was the outcome?
3. How are the headteacher’s leadership skills reflected in the school’s progress and in the quality of the headteacher’s relationships with others?
4. How does this headteacher share expertise?

Enter: The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School

The Award for Lifetime Achievement

CORE QUESTION
Does this teacher or headteacher demonstrate a lifelong record of achievement?

Criteria 1. Aiming high
Acts purposefully to achieve his or her goals with outstanding results.
1. What impact has this person had in his or her field and how?
2. What has been the impact on educational standards?
3. How do others view the outcomes achieved?

Criteria 2. Vision
By their contribution, furthers our understanding of what can be achieved and how.
1. How have others learnt from the progress, contribution and achievements of this individual?
2. How do others characterise this individual’s mission, vision and values?

Criteria 3. Inspiring others
By their example, acts as a role model, inspiring and engaging others.
1. How do others respond to this individual and to his/her achievements?
2. What is the impact of this individual on others in his or her field and beyond?
3. How has this individual shared their expertise?

Criteria 4. Lifetime achievement
Shows a continuing commitment to his or her own personal learning and personal development.
1. How does this teacher develop his or her understanding of what makes people effective and how people learn?
2. What priority does this teacher give to his or her own learning and development?
3. How does this teacher call apply this understanding to further his or her professional learning and personal development?

Enter The Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year

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

Criteria 1. Learning environment
Creates a climate for learning in the classroom that is characterised by enthusiasm for teaching and learning, high expectations, and outstanding results.
1. How does this teacher create passion and excitement in the classroom to engage pupils in their own learning?
2. How do pupils describe what it’s like to be in this teacher’s class?
3. What expectations do pupils in this teacher’s class have of themselves?

Criteria 2. Teaching and learning
Draws creatively on a wide range of teaching and learning approaches.
1. How does this person draw on traditional and new teaching approaches and with what outcome?
2. How do pupils, colleagues and parents describe this person’s approach?
3. What progress do pupils regularly make in this teacher’s class?

Criteria 3. Monitoring, planning and 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 each individual?
2. How does this teacher adjust his or her approach in the light of feedback to engage pupils?

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’ medical, social or other needs and with what outcomes?

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?

Enter The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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?

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?

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

The Award for Secondary 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

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

Criteria 1. Background
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.

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?

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.

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 ensure students have relatable role models (e.g. alumni) helping to prepare students for life beyond school?

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?

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

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School

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

Criteria 1. Learning environment
Creates a climate for learning in the classroom that is characterised by enthusiasm for teaching and learning, high expectations, and outstanding results.
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?

Criteria 2. Teaching and learning
Draws creatively on a wide range of teaching and learning 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?

Criteria 3. Progress and 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. What progress do pupils regularly make in this teacher’s class?
3. How does this teacher differentiate and set goals which are challenging for each pupil and break them down into manageable steps?
4. What assessment methods does the teacher employ for teacher, peer and pupil self-assessment?

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’ medical, social or other needs and with what outcomes?

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?

Enter The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

The Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

Enter The Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year