Headteachers do an amazing job in schools every day.

Stand out headteachers create learning environments that enable children to thrive. They 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 them and feel engaged and positive about the school

Who can enter?

  • Open to all primary phase headteachers, who have been headteacher in their current school for a minimum of 5 years, and who hold qualified teacher status
  • We welcome entries from state and independent schools
  • We welcome entries for diverse educators who represent the diversity of our society

Key points to consider

To maximise your nominee’s chances of success, please address these points in 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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2024 Pearson National Teaching Awards entry form

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

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