Turnbull-Halloran Prize for the Most Outstanding PGDE Student
Will was nominated for this award by Sally Davies and Liz Morris, the PGDE History course tutors, who commended his performance on the course, stating, "Will has been consistently strong academically, has shone in every university session, has been outstanding in the classroom and has been generous in supporting others. He contributed to the event for prospective students and to the recruitment process for a new history tutor, and was an outstanding ambassador for History and the PGDE course."
Will expressed delight at winning the Turnbull-Halloran Prize award, saying "I am incredibly grateful and humbled to receive this award. Knowing that I was recommended by my tutors, Sally, Liz, and Charlotte, makes it especially meaningful to me; all three have been a consistent source of inspiration and guidance over this past year. It's been a pleasure to have been part of such an excellent cohort of students, in particular my fellow history trainees who I continue to learn so much from. Looking to the future, I know that we have an enduring group of friends and professionals who will support each other in our early years in education. For myself, whether it be through further academic study or in the classroom, my ambition continues to be to help as many students as I can to gain the knowledge, curiosity and compassion they need to navigate the world around them."
Hannah was nominated for the Turnbull-Halloran Prize by her Languages PGDE tutor, Oliver Barker, who said, "In addition to her outstanding classroom practice and excellent academic performance, Hannah co-ran a LGBT+ group in her first placement. She has been an active member of the Association for Language Learning Yorkshire and also received praise from her school-based mentors for the way that she fully integrated herself as a member of the team, supported several classes and provided pupils with continuity when affected by staff absence."
Hannah, responded to the news of her award, saying "It's been a long, hard year full of challenges but the support I received from my host teachers at my schools and the tutor team at university have meant that I feel ready to take on my ECT years with a strong foundation under my belt. Winning the award was a big surprise and I'm very grateful to Oliver for all his help over the past months, it's been truly appreciated! Going forward, I hope to continue working to make school a safe and supportive environment for all students and develop my classroom practice in line with this pedagogical philosophy as well as push for changes in policy that will improve student wellbeing in this regard. In particular, I've loved my work running and developing student LGBT+ support groups on my placements and intend to carry this work on during my first post."
Congratulations to both of our worthy winners, we're sure you with have wonderful careers ahead of you!
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