It’s coming up to the time of year teachers around the country adore the most – summer! After a full year of working extra hours, often late into the evenings and weekends to keep children round the country earning grades that will one day earn them a livelihood, we think this rest is just what more than 500,000 men and women across the UK deserve to look forward to.
Google ‘teachers in the UK’ and the results aren’t pretty; but ask any one on the streets of the UK – parent or not – and 9/10 will tell you “I couldn’t do it”. Chris and I have been lucky enough to have grown up surrounded by teachers. Both our mums, my dad, my granddad and many other close relatives have been teachers for most of their lives, so we’ve seen the joys and heart ache that can be found in the profession. I’m sure there’s nothing more simultaneously frustrating and rewarding than teaching a child to read, to talk, to spell, to paint and then see that child flourish, try and (fingers crossed, God willing, touch wood, PLEASE) succeed at their goals.
For this reason, this time of year is also significant to those of us who aren’t teachers, but parents and students. It’s time to say thanks. Sure, some would argue that there are huge benefits to being a teacher, but with more parallels than ever being explored between teaching and mental health issues the power of positivity and appreciation can be not only a nice thing to do, but lifesaving.
For these reasons, we have made a few bits and bobs that will help that ‘thank you’ say more; say “you’re doing good”, “keep it up”, “sorry s/he’s such a pain” and “thank you, really thank you, for giving my child the tools to reach their potential.”
Check out our Thank You Teacher Cards and Malala inspired framed cut-out artwork, to help you say thanks! 20% of the sales of our Malala artwork will go to the Malala Fund or the SHINE Trust to help more people around the world and in the UK say thank you to their favourite teacher.