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Award for Irish Teachers of Mathematics

We are restarting the award in 2021-2022 after the 2019-2020 edition has been suspended due to Covid. The 2020 entries have been rolled over to the 2022 edition. You can find about past editions here: 2017-2018; 2018-2019.

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The main award of a trophy together with a €10,000 cheque will be conferred to an outstanding candidate who demonstrates excellence across the following areas: professional expertise in the subject of Mathematics, effective teaching practices, care for students' development and contributions to the community.

The runner up will receive a crystal plaque/trophy together with a €2,000 cheque.

All shortlisted teachers will receive Diplomas of Excellence. 

All nominated teachers will receive a Thank You Teacher poster for their schools. 



The candidates for this award must have have met the Teaching Council requirements with respect to the curricular subject of Mathematics, must currently teach Mathematics in a secondary school and must have been teaching for at least two years at the time of the award. Relatives of a jury member are not eligible to take part in the competition; any such persons entering will be immediately disqualified. Winners of the main Award for Irish Teachers of Mathematics will not be eligible for selection in subsequent years. Runners up may participate in future years. 


Selection Process

Stage 1: Submissions for the Award open yearly in mid October, and should consist of

  • Nomination/Referee form completed by at least 1 referee: current or former student, principal, colleague. 

  • Teacher's Registration form.

Stage 2: Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to participate in a more ample evidence gathering process involving​

  • A detailed reference form filled in by the school principal, and a 2nd from a colleague or past pupil.

  • A CV including Academic Qualifications. 

  • The compilation of a Teaching Portfolio. This will include a detailed lesson plan and evidence of the activities/accomplishments reported at the registration stage. ​


Selection Criteria

We are looking for teachers of Mathematics who

Employ a wide range of teaching and assessment strategies which result in increased student appreciation and understanding of Mathematics.

In particular, we will look at how the teachers combine various types of lesson content, teaching methods and feedback mechanisms to inspire, improve performance, foster independent thinking, and challenge their students.

Actively monitor the experience and progress of each student, and provide individually tailored support to students to help each maximize their potential.

In particular, we will look at how teachers help students overcome difficulties due to socio-economic background or other factors; provide enrichment activities beyond the call of the timetable; and make good use of outside resources to help enhance the students’ experience with Mathematics. 

Are experts in their subject and always seek self-improvement and professional development, actively collaborate and share with colleagues.

In particular, we will look at how teachers keep abreast and adapt to changes in the Mathematics curriculum; 

 maintain an awareness of main themes/developments in Mathematics and convey this wider perspective to students; by which means they exchange ideas, materials and methods with other colleagues.

Engage others in supporting students’ development, including colleagues, parents and other professionals. Actively participate in and contribute to Mathematics education-related bodies or organisations.

In particular, we will look at how teachers show initiative and coordinate with colleagues for the benefit of students/school; how they express and share their Mathematical creativity  with the wider community; how they contribute to the work of Mathematics education bodies and organisations.



The jury will comprise of independent experts in Mathematics Education, inspectors, retired teachers, IMT representatives.The Award is being made by the Irish Mathematical Trust and not by the jury or by any individual jury member. However the decision to recommend the awarding of the prize will be entirely at the discretion of the jury. The jury’s decision once made will be final. No correspondence will be entered into in relation to the jury’s decision or deliberation process, nor will such information be publicly disseminated.