Unveiling Mark Jermin as our lockdown learning champion: on National Teachers’ Day

It’s National Teachers’ Day (Monday, October 5) and we decided today was the perfect day to unveil the winner of our lockdown learning competition, to recognise the work of a teacher who has gone the extra mile during lockdown.

We launched this competition back in June when we were also running weekly Vlogs by our special adviser Pepe Hart, designed to help and inspire parents trying to home school their children during the pandemic.

We realised just what a fantastic job so many teachers do – and also the lengths some were going to during lockdown to ensure children did not miss out on their education during lockdown.

On that basis, here at Child of Wales, we asked our followers and supporters, children and parents, to nominate teachers who they felt have gone the extra mile in lockdown learning. A teacher who maybe supported you and made learning easier in these difficult times.

We know that teachers change and shape lives and we would like to say a huge thank you to all teachers. You all do an incredible job.

We are delighted to unveil the winner of our competition as Mark Jermin, the founder of the Mark Jermin Stage School and Mark Jermin Management. Mark worked tirelessly through the pandemic and lockdown to keep in touch with all his pupils via video links to ensure they stayed active and motivated.

Pepe Hart, our special adviser, said: “Happy ‘Thank a Teacher’ day to teachers and educators everywhere! The entries for our ‘Thank a teacher’ were a joy to read. The Child of Wales team gratefully appreciated all the nominations received. You are all winners in your own right, making a difference to so many children and young people.

“Huge congratulations to our overall winner Mark Jermin, thoroughly deserved! Mark inspires young people to believe in their dreams, go out and make them happen. ‘One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.’ Malala Yousafzai.”