Commenting on Thank a Teacher Day
, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
“There have been many unsung heroes during the course of the pandemic, and among them are the staff working in our schools and colleges who have exemplified the spirit which has helped to keep the country running during the most trying times in living memory.
“Our teachers have had to rapidly adapt to changing circumstances on many occasions. They have rapidly become experts in delivering remote learning; run on-site provision for the children of key workers and vulnerable children during lockdowns; managed complex Covid safety measures; set up testing stations to enable pupils to return to classrooms; and, most recently, taken responsibility for assessing students following the cancellation of public exams.
“They have done this in a calm, professional and unflappable manner, providing children and young people with a sense of continuity amidst the turbulence caused by the pandemic, and against a backdrop of constantly shifting guidance from the government.
“Thank a Teacher Day is the perfect opportunity for us to all place on record our gratitude for a job well done, and a job which continues to be extremely challenging with spiralling rates of coronavirus infection and growing numbers of young people having to self-isolate.”