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National accolade awarded to administrator at Haverhill-based schools trust

The ITT Manager at the Haverhill-based Unity Schools Partnerships has been named Administrator of the Year by the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT).

In awarding the prize to Helen Main, the nomination by the judging panel, comprising of education and ITT experts, cited her ‘relentless optimism, positivity and solution-focused attitude…someone who significantly influences strategy and operation.’

The judges added: “Helen emerges as a worthy winner in the Administrator of the Year category from a strong field of evidently hard-working and dedicated professionals.

Helen Main receives her award from John Howson, of sponsor TeachVac
Helen Main receives her award from John Howson, of sponsor TeachVac

"What particularly impressed the judges was the fact that she demonstrates, day-in and day-out, the exceptional dedication and commitment to the partnership and the trainees it recruits and trains.

"Of particular note was the exemplary way she absorbed a lengthy and complex period of jury service whilst ensuring that the partnership continued to function smoothly and efficiently.

"It is evident that Helen is highly regarded by trainees, not least because of her tireless commitment to promoting and enhancing their mental and emotional wellbeing.”

Upon receiving the award, Helen said: “I am hugely honoured to have been nominated and greatly humbled to have received the inaugural NASBTT Administrator of the Year award.

"As administrators we share in the highs and lows with the trainees and their tutors.

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

"I wish to thank NASBTT for supporting myself and others in the pursuit of continuous improvement to provide an outstanding local ITT provision.”

The inaugural NASBTT Awards, held at the Union Jack Club in London, were launched to celebrate excellence in school-based teacher education and recognise those involved in driving the teaching profession forward.