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Tom Riordan, Leeds City Council chief executive.
Tom Riordan, Leeds City Council chief executive.
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Today is your last chance to nominate your most inspiring teachers in Leeds.

We want Yorkshire Evening Post readers to tell us about the teachers who have gone the extra mile to help educate our youngsters.

Tom Riordan, who is chief executive of Leeds City Council, recalled his own school days and the lasting impact teachers have had on him, helping his in his career.

He said: “I went to school in Northallerton, in North Yorkshire.

“A particularly inspiring teacher was Adam Chedburn.

“He’s now a head and received an honour in the New Year.

“He was a history teacher and got me to apply to Oxford.

“I wouldn’t have done so, as it wasn’t a common thing to do at our school, but he saw something in one of my essays and said I should do so.

“He then gave me and another pupil after school lessons in his own time to prepare for the entrance exam and interviews. I got in, much to my surprise.”

Mr Riordan who leads one of the biggest city council’s in the UK, stressed that teachers play a vital role in shaping children’s futures.

He said: “Teachers do a vital job in Leeds.

“We often hear from employers about the need for young people to have ‘life skills’, especially communication and social skills.

“I also think we need to work on making sure we help youngsters believe in themselves, and continue to value learning and personal development after they leave school, as many employers don’t expect the finished article but want people with the right attitude for work.”

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