Headteachers are doing amazing jobs in schools every day.

Stand out secondary headteachers 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.

Who can enter?

  • Open to all secondary 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 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 excellent relationships, internally and externally, which demonstrate how much they value partnership working and collaboration; 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.

Thank you for your interest in the Teaching Awards. The 2024 awards are now closed. Please register your interest for the 2025 Awards and we will contact you when they launch.