Commenting on Thank A Teacher Day, Wednesday 23 June, Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:
"School staff have worked nothing short of miracles during this pandemic. Responding to fast changing and difficult situations calmly and in the best interest of the children and young people they teach. Obstacles were faced daily - many of which could have been avoided such as difficulties around the provision of free school meals and access to laptops for remote learning for those in need.
'Teachers have had to balance providing lessons for those in the classroom and those learning from home. Always going the extra mile, they have ensured that pupils maintained some sense of normality and have been there to welcome them on their return.
'While there have been many unsung heroes during this pandemic, Thank A Teacher Day gives us all an opportunity to recognise the work that has gone on in schools and colleges up and down the country. With the increase in COVID cases amongst school age children this is a situation that is far from over."