Shine A Spotlight On Your Scottish Unsung Teaching Hero!

UK charity, The Teaching Awards Trust, is calling for the local community to nominate school staff in Scotland for a prestigious national teaching award, televised by BBC One’s The One Show.

With the 2023 Awards now open for entry, it’s the perfect time to recognise those unsung teaching heroes in our area and surprise them live on TV. Entries will be judged by a panel including The One Show host, Alex Jones.

The Unsung Hero award spotlights everyday heroes working in establishments providing full-time education to children aged 3-18. And it’s not just for teachers.

You can nominate any member of staff, including office staff, caretakers, lab technicians and all support staff. It gives them some of the recognition they deserve for all their hard work.


Silver winners enjoy a trip to London in July for a celebratory afternoon tea reception, followed by the annual awards ceremony in November for both Silver and Gold winners.

As well as attending the ceremony at a London venue, winners get an overnight stay in a top London hotel, and a trophy to recognise their contribution to a profession that changes lives.


Last year, Port Ellen Primary School on the Isle of Islay won Gold in the ‘Primary School of the Year’ category for the links staff have built with other island schools around the world, and their curriculum designed around island life.

With the school having won several awards around STEM and entrepreneurialism, children get to build award-winning wave-powered devices, work with local partners to make Gaelic art and poetry, carry out archaeological surveys of local heritage sites, and run local community-centred campaigns.  Headteacher, Maureen Macdonald said:

“The sense of pride and joy within the entire school community is palpable. Despite being a small island school, we believe, speak and think ‘possible’ which means often stepping beyond our comfort zone and challenging the status quo.

“We continue to grow and to keep improving. But for now, we will collectively enjoy this moment.”


Now the Pearson National Teaching Awards is calling for entries across Scotland for this year’s awards.

With so many schools and colleges in Scotland, there must be plenty of unsung teaching heroes out there who deserve a bit of recognition.

If you know a teacher or anyone who works in your local nursery, school or college that deserves an award then don’t miss this opportunity!


You can nominate on the Teaching Awards website: and the entry deadline for the 2023 National Teaching Awards is 24th February.


Sir Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said:

 People of all ages will always remember that amazing teacher who made such a difference in their lives, whether that’s igniting a fire for their favourite subject or the support they’re received outside the classroom. Teachers and school staff will never know how many lives they have changed, or the impact they have made on so many children and their families, but our hope is that these awards help show them our gratitude, how much we owe them, how much we value their dedication.”

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