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                JISC Community Champion 2023

Rachel has been given a national award to celebrate practitioners from across education and research who bring communities together. Nominated for her work for NATECLA, "she has been acknowledged with helping the ESOL teaching community to excel in challenging times by setting up online events and working groups, easing concerns an providing unwavering support". 

The award was celebrated at JISC's Digifest event in Birmingham in March 2023.


Read all about the JISC Community Champions for 2023

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Being interviewed for JISC Digifest TV 07.03.23.


ATS Award 2022 - Best Improvement Project Nominee

From 20212 to 2022, Rachel undertook the masters equivalent level professional status of Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) with the Society for Education and Training.  

As part of this, candidates were required to carry out an action research project that was to focus on an area for improvement in teaching and learning. The project also examined how the research and practice benefited the candidate's organisation (NATECLA).

Rachel focused her project on exploring the effectiveness of non-formal practitioner meets to contribute to the continuous professional development (CPD) of ESOL tutors and managers. The project also studied how the CPD could boost confidence during the challenging period of the COVID-19 pandemic when tutors were feeling increasingly isolated.

Rachel was successfully awarded ATS in February 2022. In April 2022 she gained second recognition by her action research improvement project being nominated for Best Improvement Project 2022. 

You can see the poster summary of the action research at the bottom of this page.

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