NQT Teacher of the Year Award

North Yorkshire County Council has celebrated the second year of its Teaching Awards scheme, which recognises school staff who inspire and make a real difference to the lives of North Yorkshire’s children and young people.
The aim is to celebrate good practice as well as raising the profile of teaching and to improve the esteem of the profession.

North Yorkshire has many great teachers and support staff who are dedicated to helping children and young people achieve their very best . So many go above and beyond to provide excellence in teaching and learning. They help and encourage and have the highest expectations of children and young people and what they can achieve.

Very high proportions (87%) of North Yorkshire’s secondary age pupils attend a good or outstanding school, 4% above the national average. This essentially comes down to great teaching.

The awards celebration was held last Thursday (21 June) at the Pavilions in Harrogate and our very own Teacher of PE Mr George Middleton received Newly Qualified Teacher of the Year Award.

Mr Middleton has become a valuable member of TGS community not only to the PE Department but also to the whole School. Mr Middleton was nominated for the award by Ms Duckworth, Associate Assistant Headteacher : Teacher Development, who said, “The award was richly deserved due to George’s contribution to Tadcaster Grammar School over the past year. George Middleton is an outstanding NQT. He has been a huge asset to the school since he joined in September 2017. In addition to teaching lessons of a consistently high quality, ensuring the excellent progress of students in his classes, George has organised whole school events such as Sport Relief, raising more than £3000 for charity. He organises and runs a wide range of extra-curricular events at lunchtimes and after school and has accompanied visits abroad during school holidays, taking on a great deal of responsibility for these visits. Due to unforeseen staff absence, George has taken on the teaching of GCSE PE groups and has stepped in to teach extra sessions to ensure students do not miss out on high quality PE specialist teaching. His boundless energy, enthusiasm and passion for teaching and for young people are a tonic to anyone who comes into contact with him. George has made an enormous difference to the PE Department and to the school as a whole.”

On receiving the award George said “It is a great honour to receive the award for NQT of the year. I would like to thank all my colleagues at school for the continued support they have shown me throughout this school year. I am lucky to have joined an outstanding PE Department and I am grateful for all the opportunities they have given me and for allowing me to have an input in both department-specific and whole-school events.”