Last reviewed 4 October 2019

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has called on teachers and heads to post videos with reasons they are #ProudToTeach to celebrate UNESCO World Teachers’ Day.

This takes place on 5 October each year although, as in 2019 that falls on a Saturday, the official event will take place on 7 October at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

The Day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, to take stock of achievements, and to address some of the issues central for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in education.

This year’s theme is “Young Teachers: The future of the profession.”

Mr Williamson is encouraging teachers, heads and school leaders to take part in the day’s celebrations by posting their own videos across social media about why they are #ProudToTeach.

“I will always have fond memories of the teachers who guided and encouraged me through my school life, and today I want to celebrate the same role that all teachers have in young people’s lives.,” he said. “And I want all those at the front of our classrooms, inspiring our young people, to feel valued in the profession and to use today’s celebration to mark the variety of reasons they are proud to teach.”

Mr Williamson highlighted the example of Peter Tabichi, winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2019, who donates 80% of his monthly income to help pupils from poor families in the Kenyan village where he works.

He also noted that teachers’ starting salaries are also set to rise to £30,000 by 2022-23, under Government plans for the biggest reform to teacher pay in a generation. This will, the Education Secretary concluded, make starting salaries for teachers among the most competitive in the graduate labour market.