Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Tom Knott

The Totteridge Academy

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School

London

Tom completed the Teach First programme in 2011 and taught at Oasis Shirley Park for three years. After a short period of working back in the corporate world, Tom decided that he wanted to return to the world of education.

Tom joined SSAT and worked on their leadership development programme, and in a senior leadership position at Ark Globe Academy before moving to the senior team at The Totteridge Academy, where he currently works, leading on whole school data.

Tom achieved astonishing GCSE results last year, and is incredibly generous of spirit in terms of how much he ‘gives’ to the school, from supporting trainee teachers to his innovative and meaningful use of data. Tom is always hungry to better his teaching practice year on year; in his own words: ‘we never arrive.’