‘Teachers, we appreciate you’
It’s about time parents stood up for teachers. Recently, headlines have highlighted the “extraordinary stress” and “unmanageable workloads” teachers are facing, including one noting that “Human bodies cannot sustain the impact of teaching in its current form” (bit.ly/ImpactOfTeaching).
Teachers are being driven out of the profession in their droves; good, experienced, caring teachers. The ATL teaching union has recently launched a campaign, It’s About Time, to empower teachers to find ways to reduce unnecessary workload. Well, it’s about time parents stood up for teachers, too. Teacher wellbeing is important for our children and it’s important to me. And of course, it’s important to teachers, too – they are human, after all!
This morning, when my daughter woke up, a huge smile beamed across her face and she said, “Mummy, when I grow up, I want to be a teacher.” I’m so happy she feels this way. She has two wonderful teachers, and an equally wonderful teaching assistant. The impact they are having on her life is remarkable, and for this I am truly grateful.
So, as a parent, I want to thank every teacher out there. Thank you for being there for our children even when the government is increasing pressure, expectations and targets. Keep going, we need you and we appreciate you.
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