Cllr Wayne Daley and Dean Jackson with teachers in Bedlington

A huge thank you to all Northumberland teachers

Today is National Thank A Teacher Day, and Northumberland County Council is paying tribute to all teachers across the county.

The national day marks a moment when everyone in the country is coming together to say thank you to teachers who are making a difference not only now during these unprecedented times, but every day of the year.

Councillor Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services and deputy leader at the council has led the messages of recognition.  He says: “We of course are immensely grateful to each and every teacher across Northumberland every day - but this National ‘Thank a Teacher Day’ gives us an extra special opportunity.

“It is a well worn phrase now - however these are unprecedented times for all of us.  There are challenges for everyone and these are being felt keenly at present - as we all grapple with how to reopen our schools so that they are safe, effective and welcoming places for our young people.

“I would like to most sincerely thank each and every member of our amazing teams of teachers at schools across Northumberland.  You should all be very proud of yourselves for the work you have been doing, and continue to do, every day.”

Senior officers within education in the council also expressed their thanks.

Cath McEvoy-Carr, executive director of adult social care and children's services said: “I would like to add my thanks to all teachers, all support staff at schools and also to all staff in education teams within the council which provide support to schools across our county.  It is a huge team effort, each playing a key and important role.  Thank you to you all.”

Dean Jackson, director of education and skills added:  “I continue to be massively impressed on a daily basis by the commitment of our teachers in Northumberland.  

“Since Covid-19 lockdown they have been phenomenal in their efforts to keep schools open for vulnerable children and those of key workers, and also to be either in school or at home providing online learning and support in the most challenging of circumstances.

“I thank each and every one.”

National Thank A Teacher Day is promoted by the Teaching Awards Trust, and they have been asking as many people as possible to share their message of thanks leading up to and on the day. 

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