Thank you to our teachers and school staff – an open letter from Shropshire Council
Today (Wednesday 20 May) is national Thank a Teacher Day. On behalf of us all at Shropshire Council we want to take the opportunity to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to all of our amazing headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants and school support staff, who every day make a real and vital difference to the lives of our children and young people.
Your passion, commitment and drive to inspire the county’s children and young people is something we are extremely proud of and grateful for – especially so this year – and we want to pay tribute to you for your hard work and dedication during what has been a difficult and challenging time for all schools, school staff and pupils.
We want to say thank you to all schools that have remained open during the lockdown to look after our vulnerable children and the children of key workers – and to the teachers and staff that have been going in each day to teach and care for them.
We want to say thank you to all of you that have been doing such a brilliant job providing and delivering home schooling to the hundreds of children who aren’t able to go to school.
We want to say thank you to all the teachers who have been contacting children and families to ensure their well-being.
And we want to thank all of you who are busy making preparations for the anticipated return to school of reception, year one, year six, year 10, year 12 and special school pupils in June.
These have indeed been unprecedented times for our schools and school staff but through it all your commitment to providing the best possible education to your children has remained paramount.
All of you are an inspiration not only to your pupils, but to all of us at the council. We’re incredibly proud of you, and you should be extremely proud of yourselves.
Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, 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.”
We know this is why you do what you do, and that’s why we want to say “thank you” to you all.
With our thanks and best wishes
Councillor Ed Potter, Cabinet member for children’s services
Karen Bradshaw, executive director of children’s services and acting interim chief executive
About Thank a Teacher Day
Wednesday 20 May 2020 is National Thank a Teacher Day. It’s a day when the nation can come together to say “thank you” to teachers across the country who are making a difference not only now during these unprecedented times, but on every day of the year. It’s led by the Teaching Awards Trust, in partnership with the Department for Education. More information can be found at https://thankateacher.co.uk/thank-a-teacher-day