Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Why nominate someone for a Pearson National Teaching Award?













“The Teaching Awards experience was a wonderful opportunity for our whole school community. I  felt privileged to receive the gold award and it will definitely encourage me to continue on my learning journey, as I continue to strive to make a difference to the lives of young people”.
- Máire Thompson, principal of Malone College in Belfast, 
Gold winner of Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School 2017



“Without doubt my greatest achievement is being awarded the Pearson Teaching Award. There are rare moments in life where you wish that you could just put them in a little box and store the feelings of that time because you know that you will never experience that individual and unique feeling of appreciation ever again and the moment that I found out that I’d won this award was truly one of those life defining moments that I’ll never forget.” – 2017 Silver Winner


“The Awards Evening was a fantastic opportunity to show just a snap shot of all the excellent work taking place in our schools. It was a  humbling experience to witness the selfless and pioneering work of some extraordinarily talented teachers. The impact  their work has on many of our young people is literally  life enhancing and we must continue to celebrate this.”
- Mark Thomas, deputy head at Parish C.E. Primary School, Merseyside,
Silver Winner of the Award for Lifetime Achievement 2017

Being nominated for a Pearson Teaching Award was a surprise, but it is also recognition that we are doing something right. It reinforces the vision we are developing and allows us to share good practice with others. – 2017 Silver Award winner


All the positive press coverage has helped to raise the profile of the school in the wider community. This award and the recognition that comes with it will further inspire us all to continue our journey to beyond outstanding so that the lives of students and their families can be further transformed by a culture that has teamwork and excellence as part of its DNA.”


“I was absolutely thrilled simply to have been nominated for the Award for Lifetime Achievement because the nomination came from my colleagues and students – past and present. I learned in March that (unbeknown to me) I’d been nominated, and on 11th May my school was visited by the judges. Quite simply, that day was the highlight of my career. I was simply overwhelmed by the kindness and enthusiasm that so many people brought to it, and I am still grateful to everyone involved; they gave me a very special day that will remain with me forever because it was so intensely personal. May 11th left with me with a strange mix of feelings of happiness and humility. I don’t think there are words that can adequately express my complete surprise and gratitude when I learnt only a week later that I was to be presented with a Pearson Silver Lifetime Achievement Award, and I could never have anticipated its subsequent impact.”


“The Award has made my final few weeks in teaching wonderful. The Award has also been an incredibly positive experience for our Academy, too; it has proved to be a real boost for the Academy as we approach the end of another academic year, and it has been my wish to share the Award with all teaching staff because from the very beginning of my career to the present day, I’ve been surrounded by extraordinarily talented and committed teachers and leaders who have supported and inspired me by their example, and in this respect, I’ve been blessed.


The Award has also touched our students, too. They’ve been thrilled and excited to have been involved in a national award, and their tributes and congratulations have been absolutely humbling. Students who I have never taught have shared their delight with me, and this is a measure of the impact that the Award has had on the whole school population. Receiving this Award is a lovely way to bring my career to a close, and I consider myself to be a very, very lucky man.”


“The parents and school have been really supportive and proud of me winning this award. My current class parents enjoyed being at the assembly where I received the trophy and sharing that moment.
The children think it’s wonderful.

Also how nice it is to have positive comments in the local press about teachers. I never realised how much support and respect there was out there for me.”


“This has been an excellent opportunity for the whole school community to celebrate our three very successful schools.  For the pupils and parents, it has definitely been about having an opportunity for our urban Manchester schools to shine at a national level.”


“Winning a silver Lifetime Achievement Award makes me feel so honoured and proud but also humble. Making a difference to young people has been my lifelong passion and, for me, this award recognises their achievements too, as well as recognising just how important teaching and leadership is for their success. On a personal level, this award acknowledges my 45 years of teaching and leading schools and, particularly, leading seven schools, both primary and secondary, out of “Special Measures”. I encourage my staff to look constantly for opportunities to congratulate our students and “to catch them doing something good.” This award therefore highlights the importance of positive messages and it places teaching as a profession in a strong light beyond the local area as well as giving great promotion to our school nearer to home. Winning a Silver Teaching Award has been fantastic for me.”


“Winning the silver award has been a very positive experience for the school.  At our primary school we are a team and this award demonstrates this.  The Award has helped us to celebrate all that is good in our school.”


“Winning the Silver Pearson’s award is a fantastic achievement, it was great to hear all the amazing comments from staff, students and employers. Winning this award has already had huge ripple effects from inspiring my students and staff that I have worked with, and I will continue to hold the flag and it has inspired me to share my teaching practice even more to the wider community online via social media.”

Case studies

So how does it feel to win a Pearson National Teaching Award?

Read about our previous winners and the impact winning has had on them and their schools.

More here.