Celebrating school staff on World Teachers’ Day 2020


World Teachers’ Day gives pupils and parents the chance to acknowledge the vital contribution of teachers around the world and the impact they have on the lives of young people.

Set up in 1994 by UNESCO, and marked annually on 5 October, the day recognises those in teaching jobs and focuses on how the education sector can constantly be improved.

The day also provides headteachers with an opportunity to delve into some of the key issues that impact on the daily lives of their staff.

Given the global situation and the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the theme for World Teachers’ Day in 2020 will focus on ‘Leading in a crisis and reimagining the future’.

Acknowledging achievements at time of crisis

As teachers strive to ensure that pupils are not negatively impacted as a result of the crisis, the day should encourage staff to take stock and to look all they have achieved in the year to date.

According to UNESCO, more than 1.57 billion learners were negatively impacted by closures of schools and universities, accounting for 90% of the world’s student population.

On top of that, around 63 million primary and secondary teachers have been impacted by the pandemic, and they will have a pivotal role to play in ensuring that pupils are not left behind.

Leadership forms a key part of the recovery process and all teachers should be recognised in early October for their efforts in helping to get youngsters back into the classroom.

The vital role of teachers both now and in future

UNESCO recognises that many individuals in teaching jobs had to scramble to get resources out to their pupils in a situation that was entirely unprecedented.

They also recognise that several key issues have a big impact upon teachers in a time of crisis, including their job security, access to quality professional development and health and wellbeing.

The theme for this year incorporates many of these elements, while also seeking to ensure that teachers around the world have the provision, support and resources to succeed.

World Teachers’ Day in 2020, therefore, gives headteachers, and those across the education sector as a whole, a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the resilience, tenacity and spirit shown by school staff during the last six months.