It has been a challenging year, and there have been many key worker positions celebrated. Expectations placed on teachers during this time have been intense. First, there was the requirement to adapt ways of working to online learning in the blink of an eye. Then, the request that these professionals continue working during the lockdown in amongst hundreds of young people.
Of course, we applauded care and healthcare workers. However, we must recognise the contribution of teachers. Here are 5 reasons we are proud to work with, and for, teachers.
Children need teachers
The impact on the mental health of children during the lockdown demonstrates just how essential teachers are to our young people’s wellbeing. Few professions make such a difference, and this crisis has proven just how significant teachers’ influence can be.
People who know teachers understand they are people who do what it takes to get the job done. The fact that teachers adapted to working online and then in bubbles is no different to what they do each year. It might be that the agility needed this year is extreme, but it has always been part of the teachers’ skillset.
They thrive on “that” moment
While there is lots of humour and never a dull moment, teachers have one moment that they love more than others. There is that moment when a student has an epiphany; a light goes in their eyes, and they understand a concept. Speak to a teacher, and they will tell you this is the most life-affirming experience.
They an essential part of a community
It is not only the child that turns to the teacher. Often, when life is uncertain and a parent struggles, they also turn to a child’s tutor, class teacher, or Head of Year for guidance and support. Ask a teacher how often they meet with distressed parents and offer support and solutions. You will be surprised by how much they care.
They are never paid enough
Teachers earn a lot less than other professionals that have equivalent amounts of training. They may be paid a salary over 12 months, but it is calculated with an understanding that they work only 10 months a year. However, despite this lack of remuneration, they continue to strive to make a difference.
So, we at Teachers Financial Planning would like to thank our teachers. First, we want to show gratitude for the work you do every year. Second, a special thank you for the sacrifices you have made this year to protect our children.
The content in this article was correct on 14th November 2020. You should not rely on this article to make important financial decisions. Teachers Financial Planning offers advice on your Teachers’ Pension Scheme. Please use the contact form below to arrange an informal chat with an advisor and see how we can help you.