Who are we?

The Thank a Teacher Campaign is run by The Teaching Awards Trust which was established in 1998 by Lord David Puttnam CBE, to celebrate and recognise excellence in education.

The charity’s mission is to raise the profile of the teaching profession, highlight the positive impact teachers and school leaders have in our society – with pupils, parents and the wider community, and show teachers how much they are valued. We do this through the annual Pearson National Teaching Awards and the Thank a Teacher Campaign.

We’ve all had a great teacher. They show a real interest in who we are, listen to our thoughts, inspire us to learn and encourage us to achieve our best, no matter what our goals are. The influence of a good teacher lasts a lifetime.

Pearson National Teaching Awards

We run a national awards programme that identifies and celebrates leading teachers from across the UK. Any teacher in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can be nominated for a Teaching Award. Scottish teachers can be entered in the Scottish Education Awards.

A Thank You card acts as a springboard for the UK Teaching Awards; we write to the heads in all schools where teachers who have received a card and ask them if they want to endorse the thank you and enter those teachers for an award.

An in-depth selection process identifies ground-breaking teachers who can go on to receive the accolade of Teaching Award winner.  The grand final ceremony of the UK Teaching Awards is broadcast on television by BBC2.