Headteachers are doing amazing jobs in schools every day.

They know and care for their students and, as inspiring leaders and managers, create an environment where success is expected and supported. Students enjoy coming to school and develop as confident and positive learners with the skills, qualities and exam success necessary to broaden their opportunities and increase their life chances.

We’d love to read about what makes your colleague an inspiring and successful secondary 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 secondary phase headteachers, who have been headteacher in their current school for a minimum of 3 years, and who hold qualified teacher status. We welcome entries from state and independent schools.

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 students.
  • Learning environment: The head’s leadership in building a strong and open learning community where both pupils and staff have an enthusiasm for and commitment to learning and understand the difference it can make to them as individuals, to their work and to society.
  • Leadership: The head’s leadership in establishing strong, professional teams and in creating a calm and positive environment where students enjoy a strong curriculum, good teaching and learning and excellent progress and achievement for all.
  • Collaboration: The ways in which the head has developed great relationships, internally and externally, which demonstrate how much s/he values partnership working and collaboration; productive examples of both can be seen both inside and outside the school.

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2022 Pearson National Teaching Awards entry form

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