Silent tribute for teacher at awards ceremony

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A poignant silence was held yesterday at the 28th Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards in memory of Leeds teach Ann Maguire, fatally stabbed just under a fortnight ago as she taught at the school she loved.

Mrs Maguire was remembered for her commitment and passion for teaching, for putting her pupils’ needs first and for helping them realise their dreams and aspirations.

Her death caused shock across the world and resulted in a mass outpouring of grief in her home city.

A citation read: “She was one of the shining stars of the teaching profession and her achievements and bravery deserve to be recognised with the highest honours.”

The Royal Armouries simply fell silent in a fitting tribute to a teacher remembered as “mother of the school”.