Our National Thank a Teacher campaign is all about appreciating the hard work of every single member of staff in early years, schools and colleges across the UK
We encourage everyone in the UK to recognise the impact that the education community has in shaping the minds and futures of our young people.
The campaign is open all year round, but National Thank a Teacher Day is an annual call-to-action to reach out to those who shape our schools, communities and country.
The Teaching Awards Trust was set up in 1998 by Lord David Puttnam, with the support of all the leading political parties, the teaching unions and the wider education community, as well as key industry and media partners, most notably the BBC who have supported our work from the very beginning.
Our vision is a society that values and celebrates the great work that takes place in education every day across the UK. We want teaching and support staff across early years, schools and colleges to feel appreciated, celebrated and proud of the work they do and the difference they make.
The Thank a Teacher campaign enables anyone to show their appreciation for the outstanding staff working in education with a free, digital card. Each year we celebrate National Thank a Teacher Day, a day when we encourage the whole of the UK to join us in thanking all staff who work in education.
We run a national awards programme that identifies and celebrates leading teachers from across the UK. Any teacher in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland can be nominated for a Teaching Award.
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. These awards are then covered annually by the BBC.