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Who deserves your praise on National Thank a Teacher Day?

by Gemma Melling

With many of us attempting to home-school at the moment, maybe now is the time we appreciate teachers more than ever!

On National Thank a Teacher Day, on Wednesday, 20 May 2020, we all have a chance to show our teachers how much we appreciate them, with a simple message of thanks.

Maybe your child’s teacher has really gone above and beyond setting online work and offering support to you and your family during the coronavirus pandemic.

Or maybe your child is one of those who has still been attending school during lockdown, perhaps because you are a keyworker. Have the teachers at your child’s school been doing a great job taking care of them and making learning fun?

You might even be a teacher, or a head teacher yourself – and you’d like to thank a colleague for their support and dedication – at this time, or in general.

The National Thank a Teacher Day is an online campaign to flood social media with messages of thanks to those in the profession who really make a difference – during these unprecedented times and all year round.

It is led by the Teaching Awards Trust, in partnership with the Department for Education and other education partners.

How can I thank my teacher?

Simply post your messages on social media using the hashtags #ThankATeacher and #HowWillYouSayThankYou.  In Knowsley, we’re asking you to include #Knowsley too, so that these can be seen locally. Most schools in the borough are on Twitter, so if you are posting your message there, you can tag them in too.

Your message of thanks could include a photograph or even a video with your thank you message – this could be anything you choose – singing a song, writing and/or reciting a poem, or sharing a picture of a drawing.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Taking part in Thank a Teacher Day is a simple way to show your appreciation for those teachers who have made a real difference to your child.

“We all know that a great teacher can be the key to unlocking learning – it can help children understand a difficult problem, develop a passion for a certain subject or topic, or just make their experience at school a much more positive one.

“During these times, when many children aren’t at school, we’re hearing so many stories about those teachers who are really working hard to keep in touch with their pupils and support families who are having to home school. If yours has been a real help during this time, now’s the chance to tell them so!”