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.

We have sponsorship opportunities available for some of the 2021 Awards categories. For more information please contact Mary Palmer [email protected]

Pearson - headline 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.

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.


Hays Education is the recruiting expert, covering permanent and temporary primary and secondary teaching jobs throughout all subjects and key stages. From a network of UK offices, Hays Education experts recruit early years, teaching assistant, primary, secondary, SEN, further education and leadership staff on a daily supply, long term, supply or permanent basis to meet all needs.

Hays Education has a team of 200 specialist consultants, in 32 offices, working with over 4,000 schools, colleges and nurseries across the UK. The team also work exclusively with over 1,000 schools and colleges providing access to the latest supply teaching jobs, long term or permanent teaching jobs.

Hays Education also powers Hays Education Training, the industry leading portal that provides online teacher training and training for support staff in nursery, primary and secondary schools across the UK.

Nord Anglia Education (NAE)

Nord Anglia Education (NAE) is the world’s leading premium schools organisation, with 69 schools across 29 countries. Our schools go beyond traditional learning to deliver a high quality, transformational education to 67,000 students from kindergarten through to the end of secondary school. We offer multiple internationally recognised curriculums, including the English Curriculum, the International Baccalaureate, the Swiss Maturité and the US Curriculum, amongst others.

Our global scale enables us to recruit and retain world-leading teachers and to offer our students unforgettable experiences through our partnerships with world-renowned institutions The Juilliard School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and UNICEF. As part of the NAE family, every student can connect and collaborate on our bespoke Global Campus platform to bring their learning to life beyond the classroom.

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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 to work with the Scottish Education Awards, as it provides a platform for sharing the many innovations and creative ideas underway in Scottish


PiXL (Partners in Excellence) is a large membership network of thousands of schools, colleges and alternative education providers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. PiXL schools collaborate, share best practice and equip leaders so they can support their teams and, ultimately, give everyone in schools a better future and brighter hope.

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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!


At Randstad Education, we work hard to provide high quality teaching, leadership, support, and non-teaching staff to primary, secondary and SEN schools, multi-academy trusts and federations. We like to help unlock a world of exciting career opportunities for our candidates whilst ensuring our clients have top class support both inside and outside of the classroom.

Media partners

Schools Week

Launched in September 2014, Schools Week has quickly become a leading source for education news in the UK. Schools Week delivers expert insight and interpretation of complex issues and policies affecting staff within the sector.

FE Week

Since its founding in September 2011, FE Week has firmly cemented itself as the go-to news source for further education and skills. We are proud of our reputation for breaking news, investigations and expert analysis, which is second to none in the sector. Our newspapers are read by a diverse, highly influential and aspirational demographic, from school head teachers and college CEOs to governors and teachers. Both newspapers are published by Lsect Ltd.