Watch the moment lunchtime supervisor Manjit Nahal of Bridgetown Primary School in Stratford was surprised live on BBC's The One Show by Alex Jones and Stacey Solomon after winning the Unsung Hero award.

Could it be your school in 2024?

We know the West Midlands is full of incredible educators who make a real difference to the lives of their pupils, and we would love to hear more about them. The Pearson National Teaching Awards 2024 are now open for entry, with 16 team and individual categories covering early years, schools and colleges. It’s free to enter and everyone who is nominated receives a certificate of recognition.

Education communities across the UK are recognised through our annual televised celebrations and prestigious awards ceremony. Enter now and you will be eligible for exclusive early bird offers, including feedback on your entry AND the chance to win 2 tickets to one of the 2024 celebratory events to meet and network with fellow educators.

  • Being nominated has a huge impact, not just on the winner, but on the wider community.
  • Award recognition can elevate your school’s reputation and increase opportunities to share good practice.
  • 16 individual and team categories covering early years, schools, and FE

We are here to help so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or book a call and who knows – we might just be surprising your school or college this time next year!

Meet our former winners from the West Midlands

Arden Primary School

  • The Award for Early Years Team of the Year
  • Arden Primary School
  • West Midlands

Ayla Zenkic

  • The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year
  • Bishop Challoner Catholic College
  • West Midlands

Claire Swain

  • The Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year
  • Halesowen College
  • West Midlands

Dollymixtures Nursery

  • The Award for Early Years Team of the Year, (sponsored by the Department for Education)
  • Dollymixtures Nursery
  • Stafford, Staffordshire

Dominic Whelan

  • The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year (sponsored by the Department for Education)
  • Sandwell College
  • Birmingham, West Midlands

Elizabeth Barber

  • The Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year
  • Halesowen College
  • West Midlands

Homeira Zakary

  • The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School (sponsored by Hays)
  • George Eliot Academy
  • Nuneaton, Warwickshire

Ibraheem Talib

  • The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School
  • Ninestiles, an Academy
  • Birmingham West Midlands

Jane Frankish

  • The Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Broad Heath Primary School
  • Coventry, West Mids

John Croxon

  • The Award for Digital Innovator of the Year
  • Lea Forest Primary Academy
  • Birmingham, West Midlands

Julie Barnfield

  • The Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year
  • Beacon Hill Academy
  • Dudley, West Midlands

Lee McCue

  • The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School
  • Madeley High School
  • Crewe, Staffordshire

Little Grubs Kindergarten

  • The Award for Early Years Team of the Year
  • Little Grubs Kindergarten
  • Ludlow, Shropshire

Manjit Nahal

  • The Award for Unsung Hero
  • Bridgetown Primary School
  • Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire

Mia Bano

  • The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • Arden Primary School
  • Birmingham, West Midlands

Philippa Jovanovic

  • The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School, (sponsored by Randstad)
  • Coughton CofE Primary School
  • Alcester, Warwickshire

Royal Opera House, Create and Dance Partnership

  • The Award for Impact through Partnership
  • Earlsdon Primary School
  • Coventry, West Midlands

Russell Hill

  • The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year
  • Houlton School
  • Rubgy, Warwickshire

St Mary’s CE Primary School

  • The Award for Making a Difference – Primary School of the Year, (sponsored by PiXL)
  • St Mary's CE Primary School
  • Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire

St Michael’s Church of England High School

  • The Award for Making a Difference - Secondary School of the Year
  • St Michael's Church of England High School
  • Rowley Regis, West Midlands

Sukhbir Farar

  • The Award for Lifetime Achievement, (sponsored by the Department for Education)
  • Hamstead Hall Academy
  • Birmingham, West Midlands

Susan Sharpe

  • The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School (sponsored by Nord Anglia Education)
  • Southam College
  • Southam, Warwickshire