Watch the moment Maria Carlton of Bewley Primary School in Billingham, Durham was surprised by Ronan Keating live on BBC's The One Show for winning the Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School award.

Could it be your school in 2024?

We know the North East 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 North East Winners

Julie Deville

  • The Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Extol Trust
  • Hartlepool, Cleveland

Lauren Robinson

  • The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year
  • Sunderland College
  • City of Sunderland

Maria Carlton

  • The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • Bewley Primary School
  • Billingham, County Durham