Get creative to thank school stars, says campaign

A national campaign is urging pupils and their families to get creative and thank the school stars who are “working tirelessly in incredibly difficult circumstances”.

Thank a Teacher, launched this week, aims to celebrate staff who go above and beyond.

Using the hashtags #HowWillYouSayThankYou and #ThankATeacher, pupils are asked to come up with creative messages of thanks to celebrate their teachers – by singing songs, reading poems and recording video clips.

The messages will be shared across the country on Thank a Teacher Day, on Wednesday May 20.

Steve Munby, the chair of the Teaching Awards Trust, which organises the campaign, said the day was “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 have gone well beyond their duties, and I am sure there are hundreds more stories out there that we’d love to share.”

For instance, teachers are making care visits to vulnerable families of coming up with innovative ways of remote teaching.

Nick Gibb, the schools minister, 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.”