Jamie Frost, winner of a global COVID hero award, has urged UK teachers to apply for the 2021 edition of the coveted prize.

Jamie, who teaches maths at Tiffin School, Kingston-Upon-Thames, was a top 10 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize 2020, organised by The Varkey Foundation, and recipient of its COVID Hero Award. The awards highlight the role of teachers and the importance of education in the future.

He urged other UK teachers to apply for the prize, and also urged students to apply for its new sister award, the Chegg.org Global Student Prize – a $50,000 award aimed at highlighting  the efforts of extraordinary students throughout the world that are making a real impact on learning, the lives of their peers and on society beyond.

The prize is open to all students who are at least 16 years old and enrolled in an academic institution or training and skills programme. Part-time students as well as students enrolled in online courses are also eligible for the prize.

Together, the Global Teacher Prize and the Global Student Prize aim to tell inspirational stories from both sides of education and shine a spotlight on the great work teachers do in preparing young people for the future and the amazing promise the brightest students are showing in their learning and far beyond.

Jamie said: “Teachers and students across the UK have had to rapidly adapt to remote learning as the pandemic has brought the greatest disruption to education the country has ever seen.

“But teachers and students alike have risen to the challenge heroically, and I am confident they will rise to the challenges ahead and play leading roles in the nation’s long-term recovery and rebuilding. By celebrating their inspirational work we help build a better tomorrow.”​

Teachers applying for the Global Teacher Prize will be assessed on teaching practices, how they innovate to address local challenges, achieve demonstrable learning outcomes, impact the community beyond the classroom, help children become global citizens, improve the teaching profession and gain recognition from external bodies. The $1m award was won last year by Indian village teacher Ranjitsinh Disale.

Students applying for the Global Student Prize will be assessed on their academic achievement, impact on their peers, how they make a difference in their community and beyond, how they overcome the odds to achieve, how they demonstrate creativity and innovation, and how they operate as global citizens.

Applicants for the Global Teacher Prize and the Global Student Prize can both apply at www.globalteacherprize.org and the closing date for applications is Friday 30 April  2021.

Both prizes will be narrowed down to Top 50 shortlists and Top 10 finalists, to be announced later in the year, helping to raise the bar of respect for the teaching profession and provide worldwide recognition for high achieving students. The winners of both prizes will be chosen from the top 10 finalists by the Global Teacher Prize Academy made up of prominent individuals. The winners will be announced live at a ceremony later in the year.

If teachers or students are being nominated, the person nominating them will write a brief description online explaining why.  The teacher or student being nominated will then be sent an email letting them know they’ve been nominated and inviting them to apply for the prize.   Applicants can apply in English, Mandarin, Arabic, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.