Teachers' 50 favourite fictional teachers

Teachers' 50 favourite fictional teachers

TES polled over 1,200 teachers to find out their top teachers from the world of popular culture. You can find the list below; find out more about the list at the TES news site.


Name Ranking
Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter series) 1
Miss Honey (Matilda) 2
Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter series) 3
Mr Keating (Dead Poets Society) 4
Charles Xavier (X Men series) 5
Jean Brodie (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) 6
Severus Snape (Harry Potter series) 7
Mr Chips (Goodbye Mr Chips) 8
Mr Gilbert (The Inbetweeners) 9
Walter White (Breaking Bad) 10
Deloris Van Cartier (Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit) 11
Dewey Finn (School of Rock) 12
Anne Shirley (Anne of Avonlea) 13
Hector (The History Boys) 14
Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre) 15
Alfie Wickers (Bad Education) 16
Simon Casey (Teachers) 17
Jess Day (New Girl) 18
Camilla Fritton (St Trinian’s) 19
Miss Trunchbull (Matilda) 20
Mark Thackeray (To Sir, With Love) 21
Sue Sylvester (Glee) 22
Will Schuester (Glee) 23
Mrs McClusky (Grange Hill) 24
Merlin (The Sword in the Stone) 25=
Pete Brockman (Outnumbered) 25=
Grantly Budgen (Waterloo Road) 27
John Kimble (Kindergarten Cop) 28
Miss Cackle (The Worst Witch) 29
Ms Norbury (Mean Girls) 30
Jo March Bhaer (Little Men) 31
Glenn Holland (Mr Holland’s Opus) 32=
Lily Aldrin (How I Met Your Mother) 32=
Miss Grayling (Malory Towers series) 32=
Mrs Krabappel (The Simpsons) 32=
Susan Kennedy (Neighbours) 36
Madge Bettany (The Chalet School series) 37=
Ms Frizzle (The Magic School Bus) 37=
Elizabeth Halsey (Bad Teacher) 39
Mr Belding (Saved By The Bell) 40
Cam Tucker (Modern Family) 41=
Mr Garrison (South Park) 41=
Mr Bronson (Grange Hill) 43
Roland Pryzbylewski (The Wire) 44
Mr Sugden (Kes) 45
Economics Teacher (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) 46
Lydia Grant (Fame) 47
Miss Stacy (Anne of Green Gables) 48
The Demon Headmaster (The Demon Headmaster series) 49
Bill (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) 50