Primary School Teacher Scoops National Scholarship

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A primary school teacher has been awarded a prestigious national scholarship to further her education with a Masters degree.

Sam Bates, who works at Haselor School, near Alcester, Warwickshire, has received a TDA National Scholarship, which will fund her studies at the University of Worcester.

Sam, who did her initial teacher training at Worcester, graduating in 2009, is currently undertaking the National SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) Award at the University and the scholarship will allow her to top up to a full Masters in Special and Inclusive Education.

The 26-year-old mother-of-one, from Stratford-upon-Avon, said: “I always wanted to complete a Masters and this scholarship will enable me to do that. Special educational needs is something that has always been important to me in my teaching career.”

Sam, who is currently the SEN co-ordinator at her school, is also hoping to complete courses with the British Dyslexia Association.

Rachel Barrell, Course Leader BA (Hons) Primary Initial Teacher Education with QTS, said: “Sam has been a fantastic student, right from her undergraduate degree, where she completed a SEN teaching pathway, through to the National SENCO Award.

“It is testament to her dedication and commitment to special educational needs that she has received this scholarship and we are all delighted.”