The 'Unsung Hero' Award

The ‘Unsung Hero’ Award aims to recognise the everyday heroes working in schools and colleges, giving them the thanks they deserve. It’s open to anyone working in your school, whether it’s a stand out teacher, friendly caretaker, playground helper or brilliant office receptionist!

It is the only award open to nominations from parents/carers and pupils so do spread the word amongst your school community and encourage them to send your staff a free thank you message via the Thank a Teacher campaign. We’ll then follow up with your school to progress the thank you into a fully fledged Pearson National Teaching Awards entry and who knows, we could be surprising you live on The One Show!

You can find social media posts, newsletter text and images to promote this award below. Just click the button of the asset you would like to access it.

Key Dates

  • (November) Entries open
  • (March) Teaching Awards Entry Deadline
  • (April – May) Judging visits
  • (21 June 2023) Thank a Teacher Day / Silver Winners Announced and celebrations take place across the country
  • (July) Silver Winners Tea Celebration
  • (End Oct /Nov) Pearson National Teaching Awards UK Ceremony and BBC Coverage


If you need any further material to promote the awards or if you have any questions about the entry process itself, please [email protected].