Judging Criteria

Applicants of the Global Teacher Prize will be judged based on a rigorous set of criteria to identify an extraordinary teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.


The Prize is open to currently working teachers who teach children that are in compulsory schooling, or are between the ages of five and eighteen. Teachers who continue to teach, even on a part-time basis are also eligible, as are teachers of online courses. The Prize is open to teachers in every kind of school and, subject to local laws, in every country in the world.

The Academy will look for evidence of:

Achieving demonstrable student learning outcomes in the classroom.

(For example, through the improvement of student grades, student attendance / behaviour; students becoming high achievers in further education, in the world of work and enabling them to have as many options as possible to fulfil their potential)

Employing innovative and effective instructional practices that are replicable and scalable to influence the quality of education globally.

(For example, through the innovative use of technology or non-typical instructional techniques that can be replicated in other classrooms within the same context.)

Recognition of a teacher’s achievements in the classroom and beyond from pupils, colleagues, head-teachers or members of the wider community.

(For example, through local/national teaching awards; recognition in local/national press or academic publications; references or testimonials from high achieving students, peers, principals; active senior level membership of an external organisation or board that furthers an element of education)

Helping children become global citizens through providing them with a values-based education, which equips young people with life and work skills and prepares them for a world where they will encounter people from many different religions, cultures and nationalities.

(Examples may include arranging work placements or other introductions to the world of work; linking up with schools in other parts of the world; and promoting student exchange programmes. Explain your philosophical approach to embedding global citizenship in your classroom and how you define success.)

Achievements in the community beyond the classroom that provide unique and distinguished models of excellence for the teaching profession and others.

(Recognition through the media, community Awards, talks, seminars; Membership of local organisations. How do you bring the community into your classroom? How do you define success?)

Encouraging teachers to stay in the profession and develop their skills as well as encouraging others to join the teaching profession.

(For example, through teaching or mentoring teachers at your school or teacher training college. Please provide examples of your work in initial teacher training, mentoring new teachers and the provision (with others) of Continuous Professional Development. Also, contributing to public debates on the teaching profession, whether through speaking engagements, writing articles, blogs, media participation, social media campaigns, events or conferences. Also, examples of what you have done to elevate the status of teaching in your country.)

The winner will be chosen by the prominent Global Teacher Prize Academy made up of head-teachers, educational experts, commentators, journalists, public officials, tech entrepreneurs, company directors and scientists from around the world. Meet the Academy

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