Wednesday 19th June is Thank A Teacher Day

This Thank a Teacher Day you can say Thank You to someone who’s made a difference to you and send them a personal message.  Just fill in a form and we will send your teacher a lovely card in the post, for free, as part of our Thank A Teacher campaign.

Anyone can send a card; children, students, parents, grandparents and colleagues can all say thank you to a teacher, teaching assistant, headteacher or team.

Celebrating life-changing teaching

This Thank A Teacher Day let’s take the opportunity to say thank you to all teachers and support staff, who do an amazing job every day. Why not say ‘Thank You’ to a teacher that’s made a difference to you? It takes two minutes to do but has a lasting impact on those exceptional teachers who receive them.

Also on Thank a Teacher Day, we’ll be announcing the Silver Winners of the Pearson National Teaching Awards. Presentations will take place throughout the day, with the winners list ebing published at 5pm.

Following thousands of nominations, as the National Teaching Awards marks its 21st year of celebrating excellence in education, award-winning teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and lecturers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be presented with prestigious Silver Pearson National Teaching Award trophies.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded 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 – many of whom go on to train as teachers themselves thanks to the significant impact their teachers have had on them.

The 21st UK ceremony of the Pearson Teaching Awards, a glittering event held at the Roundhouse on 20 October. It is broadcast on BBC2 the following week, on 27 October, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes” as a showcase of excellence in education.

Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, 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. At my school I had a French teacher, who might not have made a linguist of me, but was always kind to me. He loved his subject and passed that on. I still love French, the language, the people, the literature, but even he could not persuade me to learn my French grammar.” 

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: “Congratulations to all of our Silver Award winners being presented with a sliver trophy by their pupils today. On Thank A Teacher Day, it’s a wonderful chance for them to say thank you to their award-winning teachers. We mustn’t forget that these pupils may well be the next generation of teachers, and that’s all thanks to the commitment of those currently in the profession. Recognising and celebrating teachers for the lasting impact they have on young people’s lives is crucial, and that’s why Pearson is delighted to support these Awards every year.”

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “To be shortlisted for this award from thousands of nominations across the UK is a fantastic achievement and a testament to all of the winners’ commitment to the profession. I’m delighted that we are supporting the Pearson Teaching Awards to recognise the life-changing effect inspirational teachers have on the lives of young people.

Teachers deserve our thanks every day, but as today is dedicated to them, I want to take the opportunity to give my personal thanks to each and every one of the 450,000 teachers up and down the country who are inspiring the next generation day in, day out. Meeting teachers and their pupils is the best part of my job and it’s been a pleasure to have visited over 100 schools since joining the Department. I’m constantly in awe of the dedication and enthusiasm I see both in and out of the classroom.”