Watch the moment St Oliver Plunkett Primary School were surprised by Joel Mawhinney live on BBC's The One Show for winning the Making a Difference - Primary School of the Year award.

Could it be your school in 2024?

We know Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland

Pamela Brown

  • The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year
  • North West Regional College
  • Derry, Northern Ireland

Margaret Mullan

  • The Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year
  • St Mary's Grammar School
  • Magherafelt, County Londonderry

The NWRC Pearson Diploma in Health Studies Team

  • The Award for FE Team of the Year (sponsored by the Department for Education)
  • North West Regional College
  • Derry, Northern Ireland

The Entrepreneur Club Team

  • The Award for FE Team of the Year
  • Entrepreneur Club SERC , South Eastern Regional College Lisburn
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh

Jacqueline Turner

  • The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year (sponsored by the Department for Education)
  • North West Regional College
  • Derry, Northern Ireland

The Rathcoole PSNU Early Years Team

  • The Award for Early Years Team of the Year
  • Rathcoole Primary School and Nursery Unit
  • Newtownabbey, County Antrim

Aine McGreeghan

  • The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year
  • South Eastern Regional College
  • Ireland

Limavady High School

  • The Award for Making a Difference – Secondary School of the Year, (sponsored by PiXL)
  • Limavady High School
  • Limavady, Londonderry

Ivor Neill

  • The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year (sponsored by the Department for Education)
  • North West Regional College
  • Derry, Northern Ireland

Little SERC

  • The Award for Early Years Team of the Year
  • South Eastern Regional College Lisburn
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh

St Oliver Plunkett Primary School

  • The Award for Making a Difference - Primary School of the Year
  • St Oliver Plunkett Primary School
  • BELFAST, County Antrim