20 May is a day for the nation to thank its teachers, especially during these challenging times.

The day celebrates the efforts of teachers and the support they give to their pupils. Now more than ever, it’s important for us to recognise the fantastic work that they do.

Like others around the UK, Warrington’s teachers have been working through the lockdown to teach and look after vulnerable children and the children of key workers. But this isn’t the only way our teachers and schools have been supporting the borough’s key workers.

Penketh High School, UTC Warrington, Sir Thomas Boteler High School, and the University of Chester have helped boost our PPE stocks with vital donations. Beamont Collegiate Academy and Lymm High School have used 3D printers to make protective visors for healthcare staff. Beamont Collegiate Academy have also been creating valves, which can be used to repurpose diving masks to act as breathing aids.

Cllr Matt Smith, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Teaching is an important vocation that takes a great deal of hard work. Our teachers have helped so much to support the UK during lockdown and we’re extremely proud of our local teachers and schools for their efforts during this time.

“Does your chid have a favourite teacher? We’d like everyone to take the opportunity to show their appreciation, and say thank you to all of our amazing teachers and support staff, who are doing a fantastic job each and every day. I’d encourage you to share your messages of thanks by taking part in thank a teacher day today.”

You can share video messages via thankateacher.co.uk. Follow along on social media using #StarOfTheDay