About The Teaching Awards Trust.

The Teaching Awards Trust was established in 1998 by David, Lord Puttnam CBE, as a means of recognising and celebrating the UK’s educators.

We’ve all had a great teacher. They show a real interest in who we are, listen to our thoughts, inspire us to learn and encourage us to achieve our best, no matter what our goals are. The influence of a good teacher lasts a lifetime.

The charity’s mission is to raise the profile of the teaching profession, highlight the positive impact teachers and school leaders have in our society – with pupils, parents and the wider community, and show teachers how much they are valued. We do this through the annual Pearson National Teaching Awards and the Thank a Teacher Campaign.

Who are we? Meet the team.



In March and April, our team of expert category judges sort through the entries, select, and visit finalists in order to select their Silver Pearson National Teaching Award winners.

Meet the Judges

Thank a Teacher Day

On Thank a Teacher Day, we announced the names of Silver Pearson National Teaching Award Winners. Schools and colleges around the UK arranged presentations and celebrations to celebrate their wins and families and colleagues took the time to thank their own teachers.

Find out more about Thank a Teacher Day

Thank a Teacher

Anyone can send a thank you and we accept these all year round.  We will then send the teacher, teaching assistant, headteacher or team a thank you card on your behalf – for free! Each “thank you” message can be a nomination for the Pearson National Teaching Awards.

UK Ceremony

This year, after an amazing week long feature on The One Show in which some of our amazing Gold winners were revealed, we enjoyed a wonderful celebration awards ceremony at the Brewery in London, where our remaining Winners were announced and the education community were able to celebrate their achievements.