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'Thank a Teacher' campaign calls for last votes

The closing date for nominating your inspirational teacher is Friday 9th March

Posted by Julian Owen | March 06, 2018 | Events

The 'Thank a Teacher’ campaign, run by the Teaching Awards Trust charity, is calling for pupils, parents and colleagues in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to say “thank you” to the most inspirational teachers across the country. People are encouraged to vote for “classroom heroes who show a real interest in who they are, who listen hard, inspire them to learn and encourage them to achieve their best, no matter what our goals are”.

The process is simple and free: fill in an entry form at Every teacher nominated will receive a “thank you” from the charity through the post, and every “thank you” received before Friday 9th March will also be entered into the 2018 Pearson Teaching Awards.  The charity will contact the school for further endorsement and the option to become a full award entry, and around 60 will make the Silver Winners shortlist to be announced in June.  Gold Winners in 12 categories will be celebrated at the star-studded annual Pearson Teaching Awards Ceremony in October. 

To celebrate 20 years of the Awards, signed copies of Flamingo Boy and tickets to the War Horse play can be won by Thanking a Teacher online; both are the work of Teaching Awards President, Michael Morpurgo. 

Morpurgo says: “The influence of a good teacher lasts a lifetime. Becoming an inspirational teacher is an admirable commitment. Memorable, outstanding teaching should be celebrated by educators, pupils, parents and throughout society. With these awards we’re taking the time to recognise the remarkable, often unappreciated efforts of Britain’s classroom heroes UK-wide." 

The Awards identify and celebrate leading teachers from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as winners from the Scottish Education Awards.  The grand final ceremony, Britain’s Classroom Heroes, will be broadcast in October on BBC2.  Previous award presenters have included former prime ministers David Cameron and Tony Blair, actors Alison Steadman, Sheila Hancock and Timothy West, and sports and TV personalities Helen Glover, Shirley Ballas and Nadiya Hussain. 

The charity behind the Awards, the Teaching Awards Trust, celebrates excellence in education by raising the profile of the teaching profession, highlighting the positive impact teachers and school leaders have in our society and by showing teachers how much they are valued. 

Its founder, Lord David Puttnam, said: “The work of teachers has unique outcomes for the health, wealth and welfare of every single person in this country. As a nation we should be fantastically proud of them -  I know I am.”

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