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.

We recommend you write around 1000 words ensuring you address the key points shown below.

The 2023 Awards are now closed. Please register your interest for the 2024 Awards here.

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 in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Key points to consider

To maximise your nominee’s chances of success. we recommend you address the points below when writing 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 they teach 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 your nominee enriches the life of the school community. Why do teachers, staff in school and parents think they are 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.