Francoise Vidal. Assistant head at Haydon School, Eastcote, Pinner, Middlesex.
"Anything to raise the status of teachers in Britain would be welcome. There is a totally different attitude to education in my native France. It is very puzzling for me.
"An award is more of a gimmick. Greater status would be achieved if there was more money on the table for teachers generally."
Alan Morrin, deputy head at Elliott School. London SW15.
"Rewarding teachers through the honours list is a positive development certainly, because teachers have not had a very good press or support lately.
"In principle I am in favour of this. If there is some sort of system whereby colleagues are nominating each other I think it would be fine."