Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) alumna and multi-medal winning Paralympian Jade Etherington has launched a new subscription box designed to support teachers.

Building on her experience teaching in an inner-city school in Peterborough Jade has ventured into creating her own business to help support the teaching community with ‘The Happy Teacher Toolbox’. Each Teacher Toolbox contains personalised items including stationery, crafts and self-care items for teachers and their students. Additionally the boxes will have some sustainable products and products from other teacher businesses to help the teaching community thrive.


Speaking following the launch of the boxes, Jade, who also gave birth to her first child at the start of March 2020 lockdown, explained her motivation:

“I have been loving my time as a teacher, but I know what a challenge it can be, particularly during the current lockdown. THTT is full of useful tools to make the challenging life of a teacher that little bit easier. I think this is a perfect opportunity for trainee teachers and PGCE students.”

Teachers can subscribe for their Toolbox at

There is also an opportunity for small businesses to get in touch if they would like to supply something in a toolbox. Businesses interested in doing this can email Jade at

Jade studied Education studies and Geography at BGU from 2009-12. She carried the Olympic torch in Lincoln, having been nominated by her geography lecture Mr John Halocha, before going onto compete in the 2014 Winter Paralympic games winning 4 Paralympic medals for Great Britain in alpine skiing. Jade returned to BGU to celebrate that achievement and received an Honorary fellowship from the University in the summer of 2014.

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