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Dec 18, 2020

Trainee teachers awarded for Covid response

Three trainee teachers at Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education (KNSTE) have been nationally recognised for their work during the pandemic.

The National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) awarded three individuals on KNSTE’s Initial Teacher Training course for going above and beyond in managing the response to Covid-19 in schools.

Di Swift, Director of KNSTE which is part of the Shaw Education Trust, commented: “It is not only great to see how committed the next generation of teachers is to making a difference, but also for them to be recognised for playing such an important and effective part in the education of children during these unprecedented times.”

This year school leaders, teachers, Teacher Educators and trainee teachers have faced huge unprecedented challenges and have been required to adapt to the changes brought about by Covid-19.  

NASBTT, a charity which represents the interests of school-led teacher training provision, recognise the additional strain and pressures that trainee teachers have been under.

Following hundreds of nominations being received, NASBTT awarded those identified as remaining dedicated to the education of children and young people, providing calm during anxious and uncertain times, and for adapting and adopting new ways of working and learning overnight.   

At KNSTE, Jenny Moss, Caroline Tyler and Nathan Parkes, who are all now in their first year of teaching as NQTs, received NASBTT’s Hero Trainee Award.

Mrs Swift concluded: “We are so proud of all our trainees for continuously going above and beyond in their roles and we are ecstatic for those that have been awarded for their hard work. They are all heroes to us!”