National recognition for Regent High School TA
Regent High School is celebrating the success of one of its longest-standing Teaching Assistants, Jacqueline McQuade, who has been awarded the ‘Secondary TA of the Year’ Award by Teaching Personnel, a leading teacher and teaching assistant recruitment and development agency.
Jacqueline’s nomination stood out from the 500 others that were received from across the country for this important accolade, which marked National Teaching Assistants’ Day on 14 September.
National Teaching Assistants' Day was created by Teaching Personnel in 2012 to recognise the valuable contribution Teaching Assistants make to the education and support of school children across the UK.
On National Teaching Assistants' Day schools across the UK are encouraged to celebrate their teaching assistants with staffroom parties, whole school events and special assemblies.
In the lead up to the event, Teaching Personnel also run their Teaching Assistant of the Year competition. Headteachers are encouraged to nominate their learning support staff for special prizes and the national recognition that this prestigious award brings. For more information visit http://www.nationalteachingassistantsday.co.uk/.
Speaking about her success, Jacqueline said: ‘It is a great honour for me to be recognised with this important award, and I am truly thankful to be recognised as the country’s ‘Secondary TA of the Year’ 2018. There are many people I would like to thank, from our fantastic students, our very supportive parents/carers and our hard working and committed staff, especially our Headteacher, Gary Moore.
‘We all do great and wonderful things at Regent High School, and I see this award as being more for the school than for me. I greatly appreciate the recognition and I thank Teaching Personnel for this award and accept it on behalf of all staff, parents/cares and students at Regent High School.’
Gary Moore, Headteacher, said of Jaqueline’s award: ‘I am absolutely thrilled that Jacqueline – and by extension our broader TA and classroom support teams – have been recognised with this important national award. Jacqueline has worked at Regent High School for many years, quietly supporting huge numbers of students and staff, so this award appropriately recognises the contribution she has made to those students’ education over those years and in the future.’
Megan Garvey, from Teaching Personnel, said: ‘I was delighted to present Jacqueline with her award, which represented the fantastic job she and TAs across the country do every day. At Teaching Personnel, we recognise the hard work and commitment of TAs in schools all over, and it is one of the highlights of our year to present these very special awards.’
Jacqueline McQuade (centre) with (L-R) Nicholle Lennon, Gary Moore, Megan Garvey and Lisa Driscoll