Great primary school teachers inspire and engage children every day.

The positive impact of an outstanding primary school teacher can have a long-lasting effect on a pupil’s academic, social and emotional development. They inspire and engage children, so they thrive, enjoy learning and achieve well. A teacher in a primary school is caring, confidence-building, passionate and encouraging. An outstanding primary teacher instils in his/her pupils a self-belief that they can manage anything they set their minds to.

We’d love to read about what makes your colleague an inspiring and successful primary school teacher, and how they stand out. Please tell us in around 1000 words.

Who can enter?

This category is open to all primary phase teachers, including those in middle schools teaching children aged 4-11 who hold QTS. 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:

  • Learning environment: The ways in which your colleague creates a learning environment which inspires a love of learning and fosters a child’s enthusiasm to strive to achieve their full potential both educationally and holistically – developing a range of skills and qualities to help them be ambitious and optimistic about life.
  • Teaching and learning: The skills and characteristics that make this teacher an exceptional classroom practitioner, who uses excellent pedagogy and inspires and motivates every child s/he teaches so they make impressive progress and achieve well.
  • Assessment: Monitoring and assessment methods used to evaluate the experience and progress of each pupil allowing approaches to be adjusted to take account of the needs of individual pupils and the class as a whole; ensuring continuing assessment has a significant and positive impact on a pupil’s outcome and self-esteem.
  • Impact beyond the classroom: The ways in which your colleague ensures children in their class are learning to be good citizens and can show how their actions make a difference. On a wider level how s/henriches the life of the school community. Why do teachers, staff in school and parents think s/he is a wonderful teacher?

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2023 Pearson National Teaching Awards Entry Form

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