The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, is keen to send a personal letter of thanks to retiring teachers who have made an exceptional contribution to education during their teaching careers.
Nominations can be made by headteachers, governing bodies, dioceses and local authorities for teachers whose outstanding contribution to education they think should be recognised at the time of their retirement by a personal letter from the Secretary of State. Colleagues can also make a nomination through these channels.
It is at the discretion of the school whether this provision is publicised to parents or other interested parties. Again, however, nominations should be made through the channels listed above.
A nomination should be made at least six weeks before the teacher is due to retire. It should be made on the appropriate form and describe why their contribution to education has been exceptional.
If the letter is to be given to the teacher at a retirement presentation, then the nomination should be made at least six weeks before the date of the presentation.
Examples of an exceptional contribution to education could be:
Specific examples of why the teacher has been nominated should be accompanied by evidence to support the nomination.
The nomination form should be completed and sent to the Terms and Conditions division.
Terms and Conditions Division
Organisation type: Other
2nd floor, Area B
Department for Education, Mowden Hall
Telephone: 01325 735661
Nomination form for thank you letters for exceptional teachers.
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