Teachers, heads, governors, teaching assistants and school teams from four West Midlands schools are preparing for the UK Teaching Awards 2010 ceremony at the end of October.
The awards ceremony, which will take place at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London on October 31, is the biggest celebration of excellence in education.
Regional winners from the West Midlands who are looking to pick up an award include staff from Haybridge High School and Sixth Form, Stourbridge; Baxter College, Kidderminster; Crocketts Community Primary School, Smethwick; and Manor Primary School, Bilston.
The event before 2,000 guests will be hosted by Dudley-born comedian and actor Lenny Henry.
Twelve UK winners will receive awards from famous names including Teaching Awards president and Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, patron Henry Winkler, Education Secretary Michael Gove and 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Craig Revel Horwood.
Lenny Henry CBE said: "I am proud and excited to be hosting the 2010 Teaching Awards UK ceremony.
"I'm looking forward to honouring great teachers who have a passion for what they do and who know about unlocking potential. It couldn't be more important and I'm excited to be involved."
For more information on the awards, or to find out the full list of nominations, visit www.teachingawards.com.