Apart from students’ flowers, cards and goodies, teachers around New South Wales have much to celebrate on World Teachers’ Day.

The Minns Labor Government has actually made significant progress working to restore respect to this vital profession.

This includes scrapping the unfair wages cap, giving public school teachers the biggest pay rise in a generation, and delivering on an election commitment to offer 10,000 temporary teachers permanent positions.

“Teachers play a crucial role in the development of our children, and today we thank them for doing so,” Member for Campbelltown and Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Early Learning, Greg Warren said.

Today, schools and communities took time to say thank you to the state’s 170,000 teachers who educate students across Government, Catholic and Independent schools.

“It’s that commitment to enriching young minds that makes teaching both a vocation and a profession, and World Teachers’ Day is the perfect opportunity to let teachers know how grateful we are,” Deputy Premier and Minister for Education Prue Car said.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is encouraging school communities to share kind messages on its NSW Teaching Gems Map, where many messages have already shown the high regard in which the state’s teachers are held.