Children, parents and school staff across the UK are sharing positive messages and praise with their teachers for National Thank A Teacher Day (20 May).
But this year, the importance of celebrating teachers has even more meaning in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We should take every opportunity we can to celebrate the work that our teachers do, day in day out. But this year’s National Thank a Teacher Day is particularly important in light of the pandemic, which has shone a bright light on just how vital teachers are to our society,” said Simon Carter, marketing and propositions director of technology supplier, RM Education.
He continued: “In the face of unprecedented challenges, they’ve continued to deliver lessons to millions of children across the UK; and all of us in education should be applauding their creativity, dedication and commitment.”
All of us in education should be applauding their creativity, dedication and commitment
He also said it was important teachers have the right resources to teach effectively: “Technology has become vital in helping teachers to deliver lessons remotely and enabling collaboration with students online during lockdown.
“And whatever the next steps are for schools, continuing to make the most of these new technologies will be vital to future proofing schools against ever-evolving ways of working and studying.”
The Thank a Teacher Campaign is run by the Teaching Awards Trust and aims to raise the profile of the teaching profession and highlight the positive impact school leaders have in society.
An e-card has been designed by award-winning illustrator Axel Scheffler, who designed the pictures for The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, which can be sent to teachers, schools and support staff.
The campaign has also encouraged messages to shared across social media using the hashtags #ThankATeacher and #ClassroomHeroes.
Michael Morpurgo, author and president of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: “So often and for so many of us, it is a teacher who changed our lives, was at our side through hard and difficult times, who lifted us up when we were down, helped us find our voice, gave us confidence when we needed it most, set us on a path that we have followed ever since.”