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AUDIO: Oxfordshire's teachers thanked for their dedication during coronavirus pandemic

Pupils, parents and school heads have been writing messages of appreciation.

Teachers in Oxfordshire are being showered with praise, on National Thank A Teacher Day.

Oxfordshire County Council asked for messages of appreciation for teaching and support staff, who are working tirelessly to provide lessons and resources remotely, whilst continuing to run classrooms for pupils of frontline workers.

In some of the tributes released today, they're referred to as ace, fab, superheroes, and wonderful!

Rachael Smith, Headteacher of Ashbury CE Primary School, thanked her teachers for going above and beyond during the pandemic:

Catharine Darnton Headteacher at Gillotts School in Henley-on-Thames, says it's always good to stop and recognise the efforts that people are making during these unprecedented times:

It comes as new research reveals eight in ten parents in Oxford have developed a greater appreciation for teachers since coronavirus restrictions began, as nearly a third admit they previously rarely considered the role teachers play in society.

During the coronavirus pandemic, over 94% of schools in Oxfordshire have been open on any one day for vulnerable children, and children of keyworkers.

Children and their families are being ugred to #ThankATeacher by sharing videos on social media.

The tributes

St Barnabas' C of E Primary School, Oxford

'A big thank you from our household for the excellent way St Barnabas' have helped to normalise the home-school experience in this family, and many others I'm sure, and managed to make it feel that, however much the children miss school (and they really do), they are not disconnected from it, and they are still learning.'

Appleton C of E Primary School, Abingdon

'… This half-term has seen the hardest of times for the school and everything has been handled with incredible leadership, kindness and love. Your staff are a credit to you and you should be immensely proud of both them and yourself.'

The Bicester School

'The care and support of our children at The Bicester School, led by Liz Metcalf has been outstanding. Every child is kept firmly in mind and encouraged to attend school where possible with creative and innovative activities to engage in learning and keeping safe.'

South Stoke Primary School

'I am very much in debt for the support and help from all teachers. Having received a phone call from Miss Wadsworth, emails from Miss T and of course the great support that you [Head Teacher] have given concerning my family's welfare and any difficulties that we have had with home learning.' 

Sunningwell C of E Primary School, Abingdon

From a health worker: 'The love for the NHS has been completely humbling and makes me smile with pride every day. I have to say though I think there are a lot of people who have been equally amazing but far less recognised along the way .... like our wonderful teachers. [We] are so hugely grateful that the school has helped us to continue working and send massive thanks for providing the support you have. Go Sunningwell!'

Heyford Park School

'[Thank you to] school leaders who are sharing videos from subject teachers for new pupils due to join in September. They are also planning a 'virtual tour' of the building when they can access it.'

Carterton Community College

'Maths teacher Rich Bailey has provided amazing, proactive support for mathematics students across the faculty - not just on google classroom. He has been really forward thinking and e-mailed students who have not got work in, offered support, signposted. I know that the dawn chorus starts at the same time as he is opening Google classroom to provide feedback and encouragement to youngsters working at home.'

Stanford in the Vale CE Primary School, Faringdon

'I'd really like to take this opportunity to acknowledge how amazing Mrs Cook has been during the last five-weeks. The planning set on a Sunday offers a fantastic variety of activities for the children throughout the week which are both engaging and familiar to them. The daily videos that she uploads to YouTube, usually phonics related, are so incredibly helpful… She really has made this time much more manageable with her supportive but no pressure approach to home learning. She's ace!'

Wheatley Park School

'The support and commitment shown towards our children at Wheatley Park since lockdown has been amazing. Staff at S2B, led by Ellie Payne, have gone above and beyond, week in week out, to ensure all children are kept in mind with regular phone calls, resources needed and… emotional support given.' 

Long Wittenham Church of England Primary School, Abingdon

'Class teachers Heather Richards, Victoria Rowley, Lauren Mason, Catherine McLachlan have totally gone above and beyond for our community this term. I have had nothing but hugely supportive emails from all of our families expressing their thanks for all of the support and consistent approach with home learning.'

Gillotts School, Henley-on-Thames

'… to all those who provide a safe place for my child, from teacher to cleaner, THANK YOU and I really mean that.'


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