A PENKETH High School teacher has been humbled by a new survey which reveals the scale of appreciation for teachers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The survey, released today and commission by the Get Into Teaching Campaign, reveals almost 80 per cent of parents in the north west have developed a greater appreciation for the job teachers do.

Nearly three quarters of parents also agree that teachers nationwide have gone 'above and beyond' during the lockdown.

Today, a Thank A Teacher campaign, run by The Teaching Awards Trust, is calling on children and their families to join forces to thank teachers and school staff.

Paul Gardner, a physics teacher at Penketh High School, said: "It really is humbling to hear that so many parents are feeling so appreciative of our efforts.

"Being a teacher always allows you to make a real difference in the world, but I’ve felt a heightened sense of purpose during these extraordinary circumstances.

"School leaders, teachers and staff have pulled together in hugely challenging circumstances to keep schools open for those who need it the most, and find innovative and creative ways to support our pupils.

"For example, at Penketh High, as well as supporting students with a remote learning timetable, we have provided a wide range of weekly enrichment activities and even a virtual careers day for the whole school.

"The staff have also been supporting each other with a virtual book club, film club and run club where we catch up for weekly chats.

"I’ve been touched by the heart-felt messages of support and 'thank yous' from pupils, parents and the wider community.

"It’s created stronger bonds between us all and has helped keep me motivated over the last few weeks."

Almost nine in ten parents surveyed in the north west are grateful to the teachers who positively influence their children.

Children themselves also seem appreciative, as three quarters of parents say their child is missing their school teacher and being in lessons.

Using the hashtags #HowWillYouSayThankYou and #ThankATeacher, pupils and their families are being asked to come up with their own creative messages of thanks.

Find out how to share your appreciation for a teacher you know by visiting: thankateacher.co.uk.