TAP’s social thanking platform is making a real difference to the wellbeing of those working in education and healthcare, especially important given that both sectors face similar challenges around staff recruitment, recognition and retention.
“I want to make sure that my colleagues continue to be appreciated on an ongoing basis. As a headteacher, I’m excited by the opportunities TAP provides to support staff well-being and as a firm believer in the power of thanks, I know that it will create an environment of positivity.”
“The Thank and Praise concept is a lovely way to support the staff and the college as a whole.”
“The positive mental health and wellbeing of our children, families and staff team are top priorities for our school. This means that they surround and underpin all of our other improvement priorities in school. I see TAP as a natural extension of this, in providing parents with an easy way to send private and positive messages of thanks to our team.”
“We aim to provide a true home from home and we value the input from our families to enhance the children’s learning and development. TAP provides an ideal platform for our children’s families to give regular and positive feedback to our committed staff.”
“To give families an opportunity to express their appreciation to teachers. So often teachers are at the front line for parental complaints. It is important for them to realise these are outweighed by support for their efforts and commitment. Recruiting teachers is becoming increasingly more difficult. TAP provides a way of raising the profession’s profile and value in society. It motivates the team and supports a positive ethos. TAP is an effective and welcome addition to any school’s ethos and staff well- being programme”.
“To receive an unexpected message of thanks from a parent really does generate a huge smile, and in this current world of negativity it shows that there is nothing better for your mental health than reading a kind word of thank or praise”.
“While we see ourselves as simply doing our job, many of my NHS colleagues are under tremendous pressure at the moment so it’s great to see how much the public appreciate what we are doing to keep them safe. TAP’s Thanking Wall is the perfect place to share their positive messages of support.”
“There’s never a better time to say thank you, to find the back that needs patting and the quiet act of kindness that should not go unnoticed. We may have to stand two metres apart and we may not be able to get out, but we can use our smart phone, tablet or PC to ‘click’ our appreciation of the army of unsung hero’s working at the dangerous front line of Coronavirus care. Do it today, do it now for the people doing it for us.”
What was your main reason for wanting to work in education?
To make a difference to the lives of young people and encourage them to recognise that education is the key to a fulfilled and successful life.
What gives you the greatest amount of satisfaction as a Headteacher?
Seeing young children develop and flourish and recognising the contribution they make now, and in the future to their community and society as a whole.
What are the biggest challenges currently facing Headteachers?
Funding, recruitment and meeting the growing demand for emotional support for families and pupils.
Why did your school adopt TAP’s social thanking platform?
To give families an opportunity to express their appreciation to teachers. It is free and personal to each family. So often teachers are at the front line for parental complaints. It is important for them to realise these are outweighed by support for their efforts and commitment. Recruiting teachers is becoming increasingly more difficult. TAP provides a way of raising the profession’s profile and value in society. It motivates the team and supports a positive ethos.
What has been the reaction to it so far?
Teachers are often overwhelmed and always uplifted by the comments. The thoughtful messages mean so much. I wish more of our lunch time controllers were signed up.
Why would you recommend TAP to other schools?
TAP is an effective and welcome addition to any school’s ethos and staff well-
School website: www.st-michaelsprimary.co.uk