Teaching Awards

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In light of government pressure, how can we celebrate teaching?

Teachers have such a huge job and they play such an important role in the lives of children.

Last week, I was invited to attend the Teaching Awards at the Guildhall, London. Sadly, I couldn’t make it despite it being over 12 years ago since I first and last attended the Teaching Awards. In July 2004, I was shortlisted for ‘the Guardian Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, London.’ The honourable Phil Beadle pipped me to the number one spot!

It was a great event and a moment to savour in terms of the work teachers do and the communities in which they work.

The Oscars:

So, it’s that time again – the ‘Oscars for Teachers’ will be coming to your television screens on October 30th at 6pm on BBC2. The 2016 ceremony celebrates and recognises the exceptional and life changing work of teachers across the country.

Please support teachers everywhere in the run up to these awards. The Teaching Awards have created a video, based on what students have said about their teachers, and have posted it on Facebook and Twitter.

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A decade ago Ross and I were both up for London Teacher of the Year. We drew, and settled it down an East end boozer over a game of darts in which I fluked a lucky double top. We were struck that night by the degree of intellectual similarity between us: a preference for going in the side door rather than simply doing things we were told to do by people who were bored of what they did for a living. In the ten years since that evening Ross has become a new media phenomenon; and this book is redolent of his happy relationship with emerging and emerged technologies … In short, it is Ross’ greatest hits. Phil Beadle (English teacher, education consultant, author)


If you would like to thank and nominate a teacher, nominations are now open for the 2017 Teaching Awards here.




In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account in which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated for '500 Most Influential People in Britain' in The Sunday Times as one of the most influential in the field of education - he remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing online as @TeacherToolkit, he rebuilt this website (c2008) into what you are now reading, as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the number one spot at the UK Blog Awards (2018). Today, he is currently a PGCE tutor and is researching 'social media and its influence on education policy' for his EdD at Cambridge University. In 1993, he started teaching and is an experienced school leader working in some of the toughest schools in London. He is also a former Teaching Awards winner for 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, London' (2004) and has written several books on teaching (2013-2018). Read more...

2 thoughts on “Teaching Awards

  • 31st October 2016 at 9:55 pm

    I feel sad that the primary school winner felt obliged to tell everyone about her working long hours and she felt the need to quote the time she gets into school and the time she leaves. Surely that’s not a reason to win an award! It also makes teaching look less appealing at a time when we need to promote the job for what it can be. I’m a full time working mum who manages my workload well without having to work 7am to 7pm! I love my job and I get disappointed to see it misrepresented.


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