Who are we?

The Teaching Awards Trust was established in 1998 by David, Lord Puttnam CBE, as a means of recognising and celebrating excellence in education.

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.

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.

National Recognition

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.