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School Biology Teacher of the Year Award

Do you know an amazing teacher of biology who deserves recognition?

Why not nominate them for an award to recognise their talent and skill?


This award is supported by Oxford University Press in conjunction with UK 3B Scientific Ltd. The award aims to recognise the very best and most inspiring teachers of biology.

The 2016-17 award is now open for nominations.

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Evidence provided during the application process should show how nominated teachers demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Outstanding and inspirational teaching of biology
  • Inspiring pupils beyond the classroom by supporting high quality extra-curricular learning opportunities both in and outside of the classroom setting
  • Delivering inspirational INSET training for colleagues to share best practice in the teaching of biology and spreading their enthusiasm for the subject
  • Influencing the teaching and learning of biology beyond their own institution in other schools or educational settings.

UPDATE: The 2016-17 award is now open for nominations.

The 2016-17 award nomination form and accompanying notes are now available to download.

Eligibility criteria

The School Biology Teacher of the Year Award is open to all teachers who are: working with students aged 11-18 years old, teaching pre-university level biology programmes of study, currently employed in a UK based school or college.

Nomination process

The nomination procedure has two stages, an initial detailed proposal, supported by a senior colleague, followed by a short-listing of up to three candidates who will be assessed in further detail. The second stage of assessment includes a school visit.

Nominations may be suggested by: teachers themselves, their teaching colleagues, parents of students, school governors and head teachers. The teacher being nominated needs to be involved in the nomination process and nominees will typically have at least 5 years' experience of classroom teaching. This year's winner will receive £500 for themselves and £500 of Oxford University Press resources for their school in addition to a prize from UK 3B Scientific Ltd.

This year's winner

Rob Walker from High Tunstall College of Science, Hartlepool, has won the Secondary School Biology Teacher of the Year Award 2016.

Previous winners:

The 2014-15 School Biology Teacher of the Year Award

Dr Paul Weeks a teacher at Oxford High School is the 2015 Secondary School Biology Teacher of the Year.


The 2013-14 award winner was Catherine Russell MSB from Altrincham Girls' Grammar School in Manchester.


The winner of the 2012 Award was Mrs Bev Goodger CBiol MSB, a teacher at Sir John Deane's College, Northwich.

Dr Richard Spencer CBiol MSB of SRC Bede Sixth Form in Billingham was the runner-up for the award. Mrs Goodger and Dr Spencer both presented case studies of their work during their assessment for the award.

Award supporters

Oxford University Press and UK 3B Scientific Ltd are supporting the Royal Society of Biology Award and are both offering prizes to the winners of the School Biology Teacher of the Year Award.

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