++ Campaign calls for videos from students and families to thank their school stars ahead of national celebration on 20 May ++


Families across the country are coming up with creative ways to thank teachers, lecturers and school staff as part of a national campaign in celebration of these key workers, who are playing a key role during a time of incredible challenge.


Organised by the Teaching Awards Trust, the Thank a Teacher campaign is calling on children and their families to thank the school staff who go above and beyond, not just throughout the current crisis but those who have had a profound impact on their lives.


Using the hashtags #HowWillYouSayThankYou and #ThankATeacher, pupils and their families are being asked to come up with their own creative messages of thanks to celebrate their teachers, for example by singing songs, reading poems and recording video clips. The campaign will culminate with Thank a Teacher Day on Wednesday 20 May, where the messages will be shared across the country.


The campaign comes as teachers, school workers and support staff across the nation are doing more than ever before to help their students, their families and their communities during the Coronavirus crisis. With stories abounding of teachers making care visits to vulnerable families, coming up with innovative ways of remote teaching, or keeping their students settled by regularly checking in, there has never been a better time to appreciate them and the vital work they do, now and always.


Thank a Teacher Day is an annual celebration of what teachers and other school workers do to make a difference to young lives. It is run by the Teaching Awards Trust which was established in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach.


Steve Munby, Chair of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: 

“This annual campaign is our way of thanking all the amazing teachers, lecturers and other staff working in our schools, who are working tirelessly in incredibly difficult circumstances to give their students the best possible education. We have already heard countless stories of teachers and staff who work in schools who have gone well beyond their duties, and I am sure there are hundreds more stories out there which we’d love to share.


“We want our students and their families to come together, to sing a song, read a poem, or make a video thanking the teacher or school worker who has really made an impact on them. We have already seen the #HowWillYouSayThankYou campaign building momentum, and over the next few weeks I’m sure we will come together as a country to celebrate all of those who work in our schools.”


Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: 

“This year I am prouder than ever to support Thank a Teacher Day, to recognise the teachers and staff who are working so hard to ensure all pupils are supported at this time, whether in or out of school. I hope many adults and young people alike will join me in recording a message of thanks to the inspirational school and college staff that help shape young people throughout their education.”



Further support of the Thank a Teacher Day campaign:


Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“Teachers, alongside other key workers, have continued to keep the country going and have demonstrated their capacity to help save lives as well as their enduring ability to shape lives and to change lives for the better. As the Teachers’ Union, the NASUWT is committed to doing all we can to celebrate the contribution of teachers and the teaching profession. Thank a Teacher Day is a wonderful opportunity for the country to come together in the much-deserved recognition of the importance of our teachers.”

Dame Alison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching, said:

“It is vitally important that we keep thanking our brilliant profession and we thoroughly support the work of the Teaching Awards Trust. We will join the nation in celebration on 20 May.”


John Jolly, CEO of Parentkind, said:

“We fully support this national campaign to enable the education world, children and young people as well as parents and the wider general public to show their appreciation to teachers and school staff for the incredible work they do, particularly at the current time. We are a proud supporter of this campaign and excited to share in this celebration.”


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The Thank a Teacher campaign is run by the Teaching Awards Trust, an independent

charity, and supported by the Department for Education, Century Tech and Education



Campaign partners also include:

Pearson | The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) | The Chartered College of Teaching | Headteachers RoundTable | Outwood Grange Academies Trust | Education Development Trust | Ormiston Academy Trust | Birmingham Education Partnership | The Teaching Schools Council | Teach First | Leadership Matters | Parent Kind | National Schools Commissioner and Regional Schools Commissioners | SSAT UK | Schools North East | Regional Schools Commissioner – North West London and South-Central  England | The Princes Teaching Institute | United Learning Trust | National Education Union | National Association of Head Teachers | Ofsted | NASUWT | Ambition Institute | Education Support Partnership | Confederation of School Trusts Education | Schools Week | Reach 2 Trust | Challenge Partners | Herts for Learning | National Governors Association | Lincolnshire Learning Partnership | The Association of Directors of Children’s Services | Harris Federation | Ark Schools


The charity’s mission is to raise the profile of the teaching profession, highlight the positive impact teachers and school leaders have in our society – with pupils, parents and the wider community, and show teachers how much they are valued. The Teaching Awards Trust does this through the annual Pearson National Teaching Awards and the Thank a Teacher Campaign.