This Thank a Teacher day City MP Iain Stewart has paid tribute to teachers across Milton Keynes, whose hard work means that more children are gaining the skills and knowledge they need to get on in life.
The day is an annual opportunity to celebrate the huge difference teachers make to their students’ lives.
Twenty seven more schools in Milton Keynes are now rated good or outstanding, compared with 2010, whilst 1.9 million more children are attending good or outstanding schools nationally. With literacy levels rising, more children are mastering the fundamental skills they need. In 2012, 59 per cent of 6 year olds in MK reached the expected level in reading, compared with 82 per cent last year.
There are 15,500 more teachers than in 2010 and the quality of new entrants into the teaching profession is at an all-time high, with almost a fifth of new teachers starting this year holding a first-class degree. The Education Secretary has made it his priority to ensure that teaching remains an attractive, fulfilling profession, pledging to strip away unnecessary workloads so they can get on with the job.
An inspirational teacher has a profound effect – not only on students’ academic achievements, but on their self-confidence and ambition, too. I visit one of the schools in my constituency almost every week and I see the improvements being made first hand. We are very lucky to have some amazing and forward thinking teachers.