Teaching profession celebrated at Downing Street


One hundred teachers were welcomed to Downing Street as a celebration of the hard work and dedication of the profession.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Education Secretary Damian Hinds were present at the event on Monday 21 May, and they were joined by teachers from all over the country.

Both Mrs May and Mr Hinds praised the teaching profession and suggested that standards have improved significantly since 2010.

They pointed to an additional 15,500 teachers being in employment in that period and highlighted that 20% of new teachers have a first-class degree.

Mrs May said she was delighted to welcome the teachers to Downing Street to celebrate the “vital work” and achievements of the teaching profession.

“We know that the success of every young person, in whatever they go on to do in life, is shaped by the education they receive at school,” she explained.

“Teachers are key to making Britain the great meritocracy it can and should be, and I am committed to working with them so that every child has the best possible start in life.”

Her views were echoed by Mr Hinds, who spoke of the importance of having inspirational teachers in the classroom.

“There are no great schools without great teachers and the reception is a small recognition of the incredible dedication and hard work we see day in, day out, across the teaching profession,” he said.

The Education Secretary has unveiled plans to ensure that teaching remains an attractive profession, having already pledged greater support at the National Association of Head Teachers’ annual conference earlier in May.

That included a £5 million funding pot that would enable teachers to have greater flexibility by allowing them to take a sabbatical away from the profession.

Part of his speech also focused on recruitment and retention, including how to provide development opportunities for newly qualified teachers.