Exceptional secondary school teachers ignite a passion for learning.

Exceptional secondary school teachers ignite a passion for learning and success in their students. They truly connect with them, making them feel safe to share their values and opinions, enabling them to thrive, fully preparing them for the next stage in their lives. They inspire others with their practice and the way in which they are caring, confidence-building, passionate and encouraging to both children and other colleagues. This award recognises those colleagues you feel are expert practitioners, who truly have a significant positive impact on the lives of those around them.

Who can enter?

  • Open to all secondary phase teachers, including those in middle schools teaching children aged 11-18 who hold QTS across the UK
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Learning environment:The ways in which your colleague creates a learning environment which inspires a love of learning and fosters a student’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.
  • 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 they influence and inspire other colleagues both within their own school and externally, to improve their practice. How they enrich the life of the wider school community. Why do others think they are an exceptional teacher?
  • 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 student’s outcome and self-esteem.

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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.