• The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year
  • Thorpe Primary School
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • West Yorkshire

Dan was inspired to teach by his own “amazing teachers” when life wasn’t always easy.  He qualified at 21 and began teaching in 2020.  He worked across all primary phases and key stages and later began a full-time post in Year 5 at this one form entry school. He also leads tutoring classes after school two nights a week to eradicate gaps in learning caused by the pandemic. 

The socio-economic barriers facing this Bradford community would be a challenge for any experienced teacher, never mind an NQT, but Dan is not phased. He’s described by colleagues as humorous, and “an absolute joy to observe, comparable to watching Peter Kay when teaching”. 

His class consistently sees the highest attendance in school. 

With an inherent desire to develop the whole child, he persuaded the Headteacher to instigate a programme of support for parents and carers outside school hours and visited every Sainsbury’s in Bradford to persuade store managers to donate food for children attending before-and after-school clubs.