National Life Time Achievement Award

24th June 2021


Liscard Primary School headteacher wins Silver Award in The Award for Lifetime Achievement

Rosemary Littler honoured as schools across the country celebrate Thank a Teacher Day to highlight families’ gratitude to school staff

Selected from thousands of nominations, Rosemary Littler has been honoured as one of 102 Pearson National Teaching Silver Award winners across the country. Rosemary Littler was honoured with a Silver Award in The Award for Lifetime Achievement for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day. 

Rosemary worked in primary education for 43 years, and led an outstanding school as headteacher for 14 years. Under her leadership the school was the runner up in the National Pupil Premium Awards and the second school in the North West School to attain World Class School status. She is adept in identifying school leaders to drive forward strategic school improvement, whilst empowering and developing others. 


Rosemary developed a culture and ambition for children, staff, and families to achieve, which resulted in national recognition for awards such as Eco schools, Rights Respecting Schools, Active Marks, Platinum Sportsmark and Children’s University. In May the school was acknowledged for outstanding achievement as financial champions at the award renewal of the Centre of Excellence Young Money.

Rosemary Littler has now been shortlisted to win one of just 15 Gold Awards later in the year, in a programme which will be broadcast on the BBC. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the exceptional school staff who have worked wonders during an incredibly challenging time for educators across the country. 

The Silver Award winners are being honoured as part of the wider celebrations for ‘Thank a Teacher Day’, a national campaign to honour and recognise school staff for their incredible work. The celebrations follow new data which shows how the previous year’s lockdowns have significantly changed how families across the country view the role of teachers. 

New research from Parentkind and The Teaching Awards Trust highlights that three in four parents and carers have a newfound respect hold for the teaching profession following their experiences of remote learning during lockdown. 74.9% of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they had more respect for the work that teachers do following their family’s experiences of remote learning.

The last year has seen a wealth of stories of teachers making care visits to vulnerable families, coming up with innovative ways of remote teaching, keeping their pupils settled by regularly checking in and even using their school sites for Covid-19 testing when classes did return to school. There has never been a better time to appreciate them and the vital work they do. 

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with. This year marks its 22nd year of celebrating, award-winning teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and lecturers across the UK 

Father Paul Elliott, Chair of Governors Liscard Primary School

“We are delighted that Rose has been acknowledged for all her work making a difference to Wirral children. Her vision for all children to dream, believe and achieve is inspirational.”

Sir Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said:

“Thank a Teacher Day gives us all a chance -  children, families, all of us - to pay tribute to those wonderful educators who change more lives than they will ever know. Today we say thank you to the teachers who have helped our young people navigate these most difficult of times, and who will continue to inspire countless young minds over the coming years.”

Sharon Hague, Senior Vice President of Schools at Pearson UK, said:  

“After a year like no other we want to take today to say thank you to all the incredible school staff who have kept children and young people learning despite unprecedented challenges. We hope the celebrations today show how much you are appreciated, and that your hard work has not gone unnoticed nor unrecognised.”