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Graduation 2016: Double celebration for award-winning Georgia

Georgia Abbott PGCE Monday 18 July 2016

Georgia Abbott has two things to celebrate – as well as graduating with a PGCE, she was also named Student Teacher of the Year at the Liverpool Echo School Awards.

Georgia, 24, gained a First Class BA in Fine Art at Liverpool Hope before studying for her PGCE. She undertook her first placement at Rainhill School, and her second at Holly Lodge.

It was at Holly Lodge where her fellow teachers and pupils became the driving force behind her nomination for the Echo Schools Awards. Georgia was presented with her award at a ceremony at the University’s Creative Campus.

When presenting her prize, the judges said that Georgia was, “a stand out trainee teacher who was born to teach due to her ability to stretch, challenge and bring out the best in pupils of all ages, abilities and backgrounds,” and that “the pupils are individually reaping the rewards from her planning, preparation and delivery of exciting and stimulating projects and lessons as they become more confident and proficient artists.” They added: “this inspirational person has brought a diverse range of artistic talents, enviable skills, a tireless work ethic and an infectious positivity to the department and wider school that is incomparable to previous candidates.”

Georgia said: “David Graham and Jane Napier from Holly Lodge nominated me for the Echo Award which I was really privileged to receive. I was shocked and proud to find out I had even been shortlisted - never mind winning the award. I felt like all of my hard work really paid off through my teaching and this was an extra bonus to show that what I am doing has made a difference to not only my students but my colleagues, which was really humbling.

Georgia Abbott with award“I chose to stay at Hope for my PGCE as I knew the support, guidance and commitment I would receive from tutors and other members of staff. I had already experienced a high level of dedication from my undergraduate tutors which had given me the motivation to become a teacher myself. 

“Teaching for me is at the forefront of everything. The highlight of my course was taking that first step into teaching a class on my own and knowing I was going to make a difference to students lives through art education. Supporting and challenging them to reach aspirations and future goals and seeing how many children develop throughout their school life and knowing that I have been a part of that makes everything worthwhile.

“I currently have a teaching job at Childwall Sports and Science Academy which I am really excited about. I am looking forward to working with the fantastic art department and making many dreams come true.” 

PGCE Art and Design at Liverpool Hope

School of Teacher Education at Liverpool Hope


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