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#HowWillYouSayThankYou? @cbbc Blue Peter’s @Adam_byt kick-starts #NationalThankaTeacherCampaign ahead of National Teacher Day on June 23. Along with @PixieLott, @BegumNadiya and @MichaelMorpugo 

Blue Peter’s Adam Beales is today kick-starting a campaign launched one month out from National Thank a Teacher Day on 23 June. Families across the country will come together to thank teachers, lecturers and school staff and praise the work that schools do. Led by The Teaching Awards Trust, the annual Thank a Teacher campaign is looking for creative ways for children and their families to thank the school staff who go above and beyond.

This year’s campaign is being launched today by Blue Peter presenter Adam Beales calling on children to send a message of thanks to their amazing teachers. Adam will be joined by a host of big names to announce the winners of a number of competitions running all month, including: 

  • Celebrated baker Nadiya Hussain judging a baking competition for the finest cookies; 
  • The Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler choosing his favourite drawing praising teaching superstars; 
  • Beloved author Sir Michael Morpurgo deciding the best poetry submission.

Children are encouraged to let their creativity flow, thanking their teachers with songs, poems, and pictures to show what their teachers mean to them, using thehashtags #ThankATeacherDay and #HowWillYouSayThankYou to join the campaign. They are also encouraged to wear something sparkly for their teaching heroes in celebration of the ‘Stars’ theme for the day.

The messages will be shared across the country on Thank a Teacher Day on Wednesday 23 June when the country joins together in celebrating teachers and school staff. With so many stories coming out over the past year of teachers going the extra mile to care for their students, there has never been a better time to appreciate them and the vital work they do.

Mary Palmer, CEO of The Teaching Awards Trust, said:

“We’re so excited by the plans for Thank a Teacher Day this year and can’t wait to see all the brilliant Thank You videos come flooding in. We’ve got some fantastic celebrity judges who are really looking forward to judging their competitions and seeing how creative children across the country can be in thanking their school heroes.

“We’ve had thousands of thank you messages come in over the course of the year and we know how much these mean to our fantastic teachers and school support staff. It’s great to see so much support for our school staff across the country, and I’d encourage everyone to get involved with an absolutely brilliant cause.”

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.”

mary boustedDr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

"School staff have worked nothing short of miracles during this pandemic. Responding to fast changing and difficult situations calmly and in the best interest of the children and young people they teach. Obstacles were faced daily - many of which could have been avoided such as difficulties around the provision of free school meals and access to laptops for remote learning for those in need . 

'Teachers have had to balance providing lessons for those in the classroom and those learning from home. Always going the extra mile, they have ensured that pupils maintained some sense of normality and have been there to welcome them on their return. 

'While there have been many unsung hero's during this pandemic Thank A Teacher Day gives us all an opportunity to recognise the work that has gone on in schools and colleges up and down the country.  With the increase in COVID cases amongst school age children this is a situation that is far from over."  

Hengjie Wang, CEO and Co-Founder at Kami, said:

“Throughout the UK, and in the face of never-before-seen challenges, Teachers went to extraordinary lengths to deliver virtual lessons to millions of children; even when they may have lacked the tools, training or confidence to do so. Technology played a key role in ensuring that teachers were able to deliver lessons to students remotely, while still fostering a collaborative environment. In fact, prior to lockdown, many modern classrooms would have been familiar to a teacher from three decades ago, but the rate of digital transformation that the pandemic has fostered and teachers have adapted to has been tremendous.

“What schools now need to do is continue to make the most of these new technologies – using classrooms as a hub of learning, supported by voice, video and asynchronous learning technologies – to ensure students can access resources wherever they are. Ultimately, this will equip students with the right skills for a lifetime of learning, both in school and at home, and ensure they’re ready to be a part of an increasingly digital world.”

Simon Carter 750x570Simon Carter, Director at RM Education, said:

“With teachers in the UK back in classrooms full-time, it’s important that we all take a moment to reflect on the work they have done to ensure our country’s children received a stable education throughout the pandemic on this National Thank a Teacher Day. Teachers and schools have had to adapt faster than most to entirely new ways of working, while managing remote learning and social distancing measures to keep their pupils and themselves safe.

“Now that schools are fully open again, teachers are faced with entirely new challenges. Research commissioned recently by RM into Formative Assessment in schools found that Primary and Secondary School teachers believe that one of the biggest concerns for their pupils is remaining engaged (72% and 68% respectively) after so much time out of the classroom.  The coming months will be a true test of teachers’ skills, as they use the summer months to prepare their pupils for next school year. While many schools turned to new technologies to enable remote working and virtual lessons during lockdown, it’s crucial that they now look at technology as more than the stopgap to survive the pandemic, and instead utilise it to address some of the persistent challenges that teachers and learners face – supporting them in lesson preparation and marking – freeing up teacher time to deliver great in-classroom experiences and assessment.”

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