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. From stand-out caretakers, playground helpers to brilliant office receptionists, this award judged by BBC One’s The One Show recognises anyone on the staff team who has positively enhanced the lives of others in their school community.

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 enter your colleagues. 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 some assets available to share below. Make sure to bookmark this page as we’ll continually update it with new content.

Key Dates

  • (November) Entries open
  • (March) Teaching Awards Entry Deadline
  • (April – May) Judging visits
  • (19th June) Thank a Teacher Day / Silver Winners Announced and celebrations take place across the country
  • (July) Silver Winners Tea Celebration
  • (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].