North Yorkshire Teaching Awards leaves lasting impression on winners and their schools

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After the first North Yorkshire Secondary School Teaching Awards was held back in June of this year, we have received great feedback surrounding the event from both the winners and others that attended. Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the evening and it was great to witness first-hand the incredible impact teaching staff in North Yorkshire have.

Now five months have passed since the Teaching Awards, we have had the chance to catch up with schools involved to hear their feedback on the winners and the evening itself. The Headteacher of Wharfedale School had some great comments on the event:

"The North Yorkshire Teaching Awards Ceremony was a wonderful evening and it was fantastic to hear of the tremendous achievements in schools throughout the county. It was humbling to hear of the dedication of both teaching and support staff in their various roles. We were delighted that the Maths Department of Upper Wharfedale School were awarded the 'Outstanding Teaching Team of the Year' which is testimony to years of hard work and commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes for our students."    

These comments provide a great summary of the impact of the Teaching Awards and the sense of pride that both the winners and their schools felt upon receiving an accreditation. We were thoroughly impressed by the quality of the teaching staff working within our county and hope that these individuals continue to shape the lives of young people through their unique approaches to education.

We now look forward to next year’s awards and cannot wait to meet the next generation of exceptional teaching staff!

The Red Kite Teaching Alliance - School experience days

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The Red Kite Teaching Alliance is a group or schools and institutions that have come together to offer an excellent teacher training provision. The schools cover all aspects of teaching including primary, secondary and special educational needs. With budding teacher trainees in mind, The Red Kite Alliance are hosting a number of school experience days to allow those interested in teaching to get a real insight into everyday school life. If you would like to find out more information about these experience days please follow this link: 


Winner of the 2017 Global Teacher Award


The Global Teacher Prize is an award that was set up in order to recognise the excellent achievements of teachers and the huge impact they have in society. The most recent winner of the award, Maggie MacDonnell, has not only demonstrated an ability to teach, but also an extraordinary ability to change a damaged community that so many people were too afraid to confront. Her courage, determination and general compassion for others has guided the Inuit village of Salluit out of an extremely dark place. Through multiple community projects and continuous educational and emotional support, Maggie has truly expanded the role of a teacher, and she herself has become a pillar of a very thankful community.

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To read more about Maggie’s achievements, please follow the link below:


North Yorkshire Teaching Awards- A Huge Success!


The first ever North Yorkshire Secondary School Teaching Awards were held on Thursday 29th June at the beautiful Rudding Park in Harrogate.

The event was a huge success. Teachers joined us in abundance to enjoy the drinks reception and subsequent award ceremony.

 The Awards were initially established by the NY Secondary Improvement Board to recognise and celebrate outstanding and inspirational teaching practice made by teachers in North Yorkshire. They provided NY Schools with an opportunity to showcase their teachers and give them the appreciation and recognition they deserve.

Amongst those who attended were Pete Dwyer, NYCC’s Director for Children and Young People’s Service, Paul Brennan, Assistant Director Education and Skills, members of the Secondary Improvement Board and our special guest, Danielle Brown.

Danielle, aged just 29, is a competitive archer who has represented team GB in the Paralympic games. Danielle achieved a Gold medal at the Paralympic games in Beijing 2008 and won her successive gold medal during London 2012.

Danielle thoroughly enjoyed attending the awards and was immensely inspired by the hard work and dedication of our teachers and support staff.

Overall, a fantastic evening full of recognition and praise for the outstanding teachers of North Yorkshire.