The Bernice McCabe Award

The PTI’s Bernice McCabe Award promotes and celebrates excellence in subject leadership, recognising departments that put quality subject teaching at the heart of the classroom. The £5,000 prize and trophy is awarded annually to an exceptional department which demonstrates the ethos and values of the PTI through their work within and beyond the curriculum. The winner of the 2024 Award will be announced on Monday 11th March. The final shortlist for the 2024 Award is:

  • Geography Department - Leeds West Academy, Yorkshire
  • Art and Design Department - St Edward's Roman Catholic/Church of England School, Poole
  • Geography Department - St Edward's College, Liverpool

Have a look at the fantastic departments that were shortlisted this year by using the tabs at the top.

Also commended in 2024 were:

  • Art Department - Robert Clack School, London
  • Design & Technology Department - Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Lancashire
  • Design & Technology Department - Leeds West Academy, Yorkshire
  • English Department - William Farr CofE Comprehensive School, Lincolnshire
  • History Department - Queen Katharine Academy, Peterborough
  • MFL Department - Holland Park School, London
  • MFL Department - Queen Katharine Academy, Peterborough

Bernice McCabe OBE, who sadly passed away in February 2019, was the founding Co-Director of the PTI and believed in the transformative power of inspiring subject teaching. To remember Bernice, and to promote inspiring work driven by the values of the PTI, we have created the Bernice McCabe Award. The Bernice McCabe Award is awarded annually to a practising subject leader in a PTI member department.

Previous Winners

2023, Geography Department - Thomas Tallis School, London

2022, Maths Department - Leeds West Academy, Yorkshire

2021, Geography Department - Broadway Academy, Birmingham

2020, Music Department - Mounts Bay Academy, Penzance

Above: 2023 Winner, Hannah Lees, Head of Geography at Thomas Tallis School