Headteachers do an amazing job in schools every day.

They know and care for their pupils well and create environments where they thrive and provide strong foundations for future learning and achievement.  Staff with an inspiring head recognise their excellent leadership and enjoy working and learning with them. Parents trust these heads and feel engaged and positive about the school.

We’d love to read about what makes your colleague an inspiring and successful primary headteacher, who is a great leader and is making a real difference to the lives of children and the work of staff within their school. What are the ingredients of their success?

Please tell us in around 1000 words, referring to the guide prompts below. You can add further details in the additional information section at the end of this form, should you wish to.

Who can enter?

This category is open to all primary phase headteachers, who have been headteacher in their current school for a minimum of 3 years, and who hold qualified teacher status. Entries from state and independent schools are welcome.

Points to cover

The following  prompts might help to focus your thinking as you prepare your entry:

  • Vision: The head’s role in developing a shared and ambitious vision with a culture that is characterised by a love of learning and the highest expectations of both staff and pupils
  • Learning environment: The head’s leadership in building an attractive learning environment with a strong curriculum, first class teaching and impressive progress and achievement for all children
  • Leadership: The school has great relationships informed by the Head’s successful leadership, and you can give examples of this through both strong, professional teams internally and how the head has been always prepared to go the extra mile to support pupils, parents, staff and governors and indeed, other schools.
  • Collaboration: The ways in which the head values partnership working and collaboration and productive examples of both can be seen both inside and outside the school

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2023 Pearson National Teaching Awards Entry Form

Note: Please read the 'Points to cover' prior to making your entry.