The Teaching Awards are run and managed by the Teaching Awards Trust, an independent charity. The Trust’s mission is to celebrate excellence in education.  These awards wouldn’t be possible without the support of the following organisations:


Pearson – overall sponsor

As the world’s leading learning company, Pearson is proud to sponsor the Teaching Awards. Pearson has 40,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. Whether it’s at home, in the classroom or in the workplace, learning is the key to improving our life chances.

In the UK, Pearson brings together leading names in education to provide a blend of content, curricula, assessment, training and information systems to make learning more engaging and effective. Technology underpins everything we do, from the latest resources for personalised learning to data analysis tools to measure progress and aid teaching. By putting technology at the heart of learning, we aim to support, motivate and inspire every educator and every learner.

In today’s world, education isn’t just about gaining qualifications: it’s about enabling people to do things, as well as know things. That’s why we combine a belief in the highest, most rigorous standards with a focus on applicable learning and employability.




The BBC has supported the Teaching Awards since 1999, broadcasting the very first ceremony from Alexandra Palace. Since then, the UK grand final of the Teaching Awards has been filmed and broadcast by the BBC, demonstrating their continued support for this most important of professions. Lord Puttnam’s vision was for an award ceremony on a par with the Oscar’s or the Baftas, to celebrate those members of the education profession that are “the real stars” of our communities. The BBC has sustained this vision by producing a glittering and star-studded occasion that is compelling viewing, showcasing outstanding education professionals from across the UK.


Chartered College of Teaching

The Chartered College of Teaching is your professional body for teaching. We are working to celebrate, support and connect teachers to take pride in their profession and provide the best possible education for children and young people. We are dedicated to bridging the gap between practice and research and equipping teachers from the second they enter the classroom with the knowledge and confidence to make the best decisions for their pupils.

Through the Chartered College, we are providing teachers with access to a wealth of research, resources and insight to constantly develop their skills and enable excellent teaching. Our teachers and schools deserve to be celebrated for the huge difference they make to lives every single day. We want to build a profession where teachers are recognised for their expertise and their decisions are supported. By bringing the profession together and giving teachers a platform for their voices to be heard and their expertise to be respected, we can raise the status of teaching together. We are proud to be involved with the Pearson National Teaching Awards and to be given the opportunity to thank our profession for everything they do.


Department for Education

The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including early years, schools, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England.

Our vision is to provide world-class education, training and care for everyone, whatever their background, making sure that everyone has the chance to reach their potential, and live a more fulfilled life. It will also create a more productive economy, so that our country is fit for the future.

The Department for Education is supporting the Teaching Awards and sponsoring two categories, The Award for Lifetime Achievement and The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year. The Department recognises and celebrates the vital work of teachers in the early days of their career as well as the work of long-standing teachers who have served our schools for many years. DfE website.


Future First

Future FirstFuture First is a social mobility charity, working to ensure that no young person’s future is limited by their start in life. The charity works across the UK to build and activate thriving state school alumni communities, creating
sustainable support structures and resource for teachers and students.

Among the alumni of every school are accessible and inspiring work and education role models who can support schools and engage young people. Former students open up new worlds of career opportunities for current students, broadening horizons, developing confidence and motivation, and helping them access a world beyond their own.

Future First believes all young people should have access to relatable role models, trusted mentors, and meaningful social capital, because ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’. In 2018/19 Future First worked with 524 schools, supporting over 100,000 students through over 2600 hours of volunteer sessions with nearly 3500 volunteers.



We believe that teachers empower the next generation to change the world. That’s why we have made the same software products we use to run Google available to schools for free. Having access to powerful tools gives teachers the opportunity to make a difference.

For years, we have worked to spread digital innovation across the globe. Today over 90 million students and teachers in 186 countries use G Suite to create, communicate and collaborate. Chromebooks have helped lower the cost of computer ownership for schools by more than 60% and they are now the most used device in schools globally.

But we also know that technology alone won’t make a difference. It’s when that technology is in the hands of educators, that it can become powerful. Thank you for all that you do to help us expand learning
for everyone.


Education Scotland

The Scottish Education Awards celebrate success in Scottish education. They recognise and share the excellent work taking place in Scottish classrooms, and showcase those who dedicate their lives to education in providing opportunities for all children and young people to succeed in life. We are delighted that winners from the Scottish Education Awards will represent Scotland at the Pearson Teaching Awards UK Ceremony. This provides a platform for sharing the many innovations and creative ideas underway in Scottish


Professional Teaching Awards Cymru

The Welsh Government is committed to celebrating the commitment, dedication and inspiration of our education workforce through the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru and through working in partnership with the Pearson Teaching Awards.

Teachers are developing a new forward-looking and adaptable curriculum in Wales, to be revealed in 2020. It will equip learners to thrive in our rapidly changing world. Changes to assessment, professional learning and accountability will all help it succeed, as teachers in Wales work with others to raise standards and break the link between deprivation and attainment. We congratulate and celebrate all outstanding teachers, their work is vital. Llongyfarchiadau!