Archbishop of York’s youth charity launches new campaign to reward hero teachers

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu takes part in his pilgrimmage across the county. Pictured visiting Tickton C of E Primary School. 2nd March 2016. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe
The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu takes part in his pilgrimmage across the county. Pictured visiting Tickton C of E Primary School. 2nd March 2016. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe
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A CHARITY started by the Archbishop of York has launched a campaign to recognise teaching heroes.

It has been inspired by Dr John Sentamu’s pilgramage which saw him visit almost 150 schools to see their work first hand.

Launching the “Heroes in our Schools” initiative, the Archbishop of York Youth Trust will visit six primary schools.

Teachers nominated by students will receive ‘Teacher Survival Kits’. These will include everything a teacher would need to “take a break” such as tea, coffee, biscuits and encouraging messages.

Dr Sentamu said: “Having visited 148 schools on my pilgrimage of prayer, witness and blessing recently, I am greatly encouraged by the wonderful learning that is taking place in our schools.

“Teachers play a vital role in opening up children’s hearts and minds to our world, while at the same time treating them as unique individuals who have the potential to grow and change our world for the better.

“I salute all teachers; they are definitely heroes in our schools, and I would like them to know that they are in my thoughts and prayers as they continue to serve and inspire the next generation.”

Kate Denney, the trust’s primary schools co-ordinator, said: “We work with over 350 schools across the North and are continually amazed by the wonderful role teachers play inspiring and supporting children and young people. Teachers are incredibly passionate, conscientious and hardworking professionals who care deeply about their work.”