John Lennon: WomaniTunesAmazon

John Lennon: WomaniTunesAmazon

Teachers pick up awards

Teachers pick up awards

Published at 7:01am 23rd July 2017.

North Yorkshire County Council has celebrated its first teaching awards.

The secondary school awards were launched in recognition of school staff who make a real difference to the lives of North Yorkshire's children.

Aims for the new idea are to raise the profile of teaching and improve the esteem of the profession.

An ambition is to now extend the awards to include staff in all schools across the county, both primary and secondary.

Councillor Patrick Mulligan, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Schools, believes the event is a good way to showcase the excellent teaching standards North Yorkshire has to offer.

He said: "A very high proportion of our secondary age pupils continue to attend a good or outstanding school, 7% above the national average. This essentially comes down to great teaching.

"So many of our teachers and school support staff go above and beyond to provide the very best in teaching and learning. They help and encourage and have the highest expectations of our children and young people and what they can achieve."

This year's awards were presented at Rudding Park near Harrogate.

Yorkshire athlete Danielle Brown, double Paralympic gold medallist archer and the first ever disabled British Olympian, was among those who attended.

She said: "Teachers in North Yorkshire show fantastic commitment and in return get great support through professional development, partnership working and sharing good practice.

"We therefore hope the awards are a signal to teachers everywhere, and to those wanting to become teachers, to come to North Yorkshire and build a great career."