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School Biology Teacher of the Year Award

How to apply

The 2022 award will open for applications on 1st November 2021.

The award process has two stages: an initial detailed nomination, which is followed by a shortlisting of up to three candidates who are assessed in further detail through submission of a case study report and a school visit. 


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About the award

The School Biology Teacher of the Year Award seeks to identify the UK’s leading secondary education teachers, recognising the invaluable role they play in educating and inspiring the next generation of biologists

The award rewards teachers who:

  • Demonstrate outstanding and inspirational teaching of biology at secondary school or college
  • Contribute to the development of science throughout the school
  • Influence the teaching and learning of biology beyond their own institution in other schools or educational settings

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

Find out more about previous winners.


The winner will receive:

  • £500 from Oxford University Press to spend as they wish,
  • £500 of Oxford University Press resources for their school,
  • One year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Biology at the appropriate grade (MRSB or FRSB).

Two runners up will each receive: 

The winner and two runners up will be announced online in August of the award year. The winner and two-runners will also be invited to the Royal Society of Biology’s Annual Awards Ceremony during Biology Week to receive their Award certificates and prizes.

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Dr Mark Winterbottom CBiol FRSB (Chair), University of Cambridge
Dr Sue Howarth CBiol FRSB, Retired lecturer in science education
Dr Melissa Glackin MRSB, King’s College London
Beverley Goodger MRSB, Previous School Biology Teacher of the Year winner (2013)

Award supporters

The Royal Society of Biology wishes to thank Oxford University Press for its continued support of this award and offering a prize to the top winner.