Ensuring that school staff are appreciated

James McLoughlin

James has spent his career working for purpose-driven organisations, both corporates and not-for-profits, all committed to making a positive impact to society. James’s role at TAP is to develop long-term relationships with corporate partners who share TAP’s values, with the combined goal of recognising and rewarding the Unsung Heroes in education. As well as onboarding schools and academies to the TAP platform. Most of all, he appreciates the difference that TAP is making to the health and wellbeing of school staff. If you’re interested in partnering with TAP, you can contact him at: [email protected] or visit www.thankandpraise.com/TAP

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Eyres Monsell, the only Primary School to hold a Princess Royal Training Award for its work around mental health, has joined forces with TAP (Thank And Praise), enabling parents to digitally thank school staff.

TAP was born out of sheer frustration. Founders, Phillip and Sandie Curtis, have received outstanding service from the education sector for their special needs’ son over the past 18 years, but have always found it difficult to relay their appreciation to the right individuals.

“TAP, a unique social thanking platform, was created in early 2019 as we believed there was a genuine human need for a new way to say thanks. The current COVID-19 crisis has confirmed this as we have received hundreds of messages of thanks on our specially created Digital Thanking Walls. However, we want to ensure that this national gratitude for essential workers doesn’t fade away when the crisis is over, which is why I’m delighted to welcome Eyres Monsell Primary School onto our TAP platform”, said Matt Findel-Hawkins, CEO of TAP.

The TAP platform is a private and free-to-use service for parents to acknowledge any member of school staff. Those who receive messages of thanks are also awarded TAP Points which can be redeemed with a range of retail partners.


Kerry Hill, Headteacher of Eyres Monsell Primary School, the only Primary School to hold a Princess Royal Training Award for its work around mental health, said: “I’m pleased that the nation’s school staff are not being overlooked during this current crisis, however 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.”

You can listen to Kerry's recent interview on BBC Radio Leicester - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08b4tph (listen from 1:35 in)


TAP has an underlying mission to make the world a better place by improving the well-being and mental health of all those working in education, by encouraging people to show appreciation to them. TAP is delighted to have Eyres Monsell Primary School as its first school in Leicestershire. TAP is rolling out in schools across the country following a successful launch in Berkshire earlier this year and interest following its support for school staff during the COVID-19 crisis.

We can all make a difference by saying ‘thanks’, so if you work at a school or have a child in school, please message us on 07871 064296 on WhatsApp to register with us.


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If you want to know more please get in touch with:

James McLoughlin, Director, Thank And Praise Ltd,

 [email protected], 07903 420 180 

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