Launch of First “UAE Teacher of the Year” Award

Which Media, publishers of, are to officially launch the "UAE Teacher of the Year Award” at the Which School Show on November 7th. Parents and students in the UAE can nominate the teachers they think are making a real difference.
Launch of First “UAE Teacher of the Year” Award
By David Westley
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Which Media, the publisher of SchoolsCompared and has today announced it will launch the first “UAE Teacher of the Year Award” at the Which School Show 2020, opening up nominations for teachers who have “made a profound contribution to the lives of children.”

The UAE Teacher of the Year Award will be presented on stage at The Top School Awards, the region’s annual recognised awards for all those in education, in November 2021.

Nominations can be submitted only by parents and students.

It is the first time The Top School Awards will include nominations from parents and students, and the first time an award will be presented for an outstanding teacher who has made a difference to the lives of children.

Parents and students will be able to choose the teacher that they believe has made an extraordinary impact on their lives - and explain why the teacher should be a recipient of the region’s most prestigious award for outstanding teaching.

The final recipient will be decided by an independent panel of expert judges drawn from the ‘who’s who’ of UAE society after shortlisting by the editors of and

Nominations will open at the Which School Show at 10:00am on Saturday 7th November 2020 and close at 4:00pm. Nominations will re-open on 1st January 2021 and close on 1st September 2021.

One student and their family from those who nominate a teacher at the Which School Show on 7th November 2020 will receive tickets to the Awards and overnight accommodation in a five-star hotel.

Parents and students will be able to complete nomination forms between 10:00am and 4:00pm at the Stand in the Main Hall. The Which School Show is the first fully virtual School Expo to be held in the UAE and is designed to help parents find the best school for their children. Parents can find the link to register on either or

“These are the most important awards for all those in education across the UAE. It is time that we now recognised teachers who play such a vital role in the education of all our children. The What School Show, the region’s virtual Education Expo for parents, is the perfect place to launch what for many will be the single most important award of the evening.” James Mullan, Co-founder of The Top School Awards

David Westley, Co-founder of the Top School Awards, continued:

“We all remember that teacher at school that ‘rocked our world.’ We all remember those teachers that made school matter – and which made learning inspirational. It is those teachers that we will be recognising at the Top School Awards next year. We look forward to welcoming parents and students to the stand at the What School Show to make their nominations on the 7th November 2020.”

James Mullan concluded:

“Since its founding in 2011, Which Media has been recognised for its profiling and celebration of UAE teachers.’s long-running 'Teacher Tribute' interviews at LitFest, for example, concluded with Isobel Abulhoul, Iain Rankin & AC Grayling interviews each addressing the central role teachers played in their careers and writing.”

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