RNC Teacher’s service recognised in New Year Honours

Jane Crabtree is on the left beside former student Nicky W, they’re both slightly bent down as they both have their hands on the back of client Hazel J as Jane teaches Nicky a massage technique


Jane Crabtree, teacher in charge of Massage & Complementary Therapies at The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), Hereford, has been rewarded by the Queen in the New Year Honours.

Portrait photo of Jane Crabtree

Teacher in charge of Massage and complementary therapies at the RNC

Jane, who lives in Tenbury Wells, has received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to the education of people with visual impairments.


RNC Principal, Sheila Tallon, said of Jane, who began work at RNC in 1994 and expanded the department at the College: “She perceived that visually impaired students studying sports therapy often had very good tactile skills and determinedly developed techniques within complementary therapies to meet the needs of the visually impaired learner. This involved developing tactile diagrams and materials for learning and innovative methods for visually impaired students in using oils, taking client histories as well as developing business skills ready for employment or self-employment. Her class practice consistently merits Ofsted Grade 1 for teaching and learning and her students achieve outstanding results; she is commended year after year by the awarding body for the standard of presentation of her students.”


Jane has found time to continually train and develop teaching staff to join her department over the past 20 years, ensuring that the teaching and training is always as the cutting edge of industry standards and which is vital for success in securing employment for a blind student.

Jane, who received the call asking if she would accept the honour in November, said of her MBE: “I’m very happy for all of us and, most importantly, for the students. This is an award for everyone at RNC, for all the support I’ve had over the years, and is recognition that the students excel at doing something that is very real, a working industry.”

Find out more about studying massage and complementary therapies at the RNC

Article written by Anika Backhouse, PR, Publications & Outreach Officer at RNC


One response to “RNC Teacher’s service recognised in New Year Honours”

  1. Paul Standeven says:

    I was a Remedial Therapy student at the RNC in 1995-6. Jane Crabtree was a great mentor and head of department. I am pleased that she has been recognised with the MBE.

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