Video: Thanking Superhero Teachers!

One4all reveals 7 in 10 parents say a teacher has gone above and beyond for their child

  • 77% of adults in Ireland say teachers are everyday heroes
  • 69% of parents say they have experienced a teacher going above and beyond for their child
  • Majority of adults in Ireland (71%) would like to thank a childhood teacher today
  • 1 in 2 of parents in Ireland (51%) reveal their child/children love going to school
  • 62% of primary school children speak about their teacher everyday
  • 9 in 10 parents will give their child’s teacher a gift to mark the end of the school year

The majority of adults in Ireland agree that not all heroes wear capes with 77% of Irish adults saying that teachers in Ireland are everyday heroes. That’s according to new research from One4all, Ireland’s leading Gift Card company, who asked 750 adults* about the significance educators make on the lives of their students.

Thank you, Teacher!

Almost all adults in Ireland recognise the important role teachers play, with 99% of those polled agreeing that teachers can have a significant positive impact on the course of a student’s life. So much so that if they were given the opportunity, 71% of adults would like to go back and thank a childhood teacher, with the top reasons being – for giving them encouragement (29%), for being a source of inspiration (15%) and for giving extra support on a difficult subject (11%).

To infinity and beyond

It seems that teachers often go out of their way when it comes to their students, with 69% of parents of primary school children in Ireland polled revealing that they have directly experienced a teacher going above and beyond for their child. The most common reasons teachers give extra help include – additional support with learning difficulties, addressing bullying and offering a helping hand during a troubling time at home. It’s safe to say the nations teachers are treasured for their good work with 69% of parents saying they are more than happy with their children’s current class teacher and 22% saying they are happy.

Skip to school

The picture of children dragging their heels to school is long gone. When asked whether their child/children like going to school, over half of parents of primary school going kids (51%) say their child/children love it, while 31% responded that their child may initially complain but they love it once they’re there.

According to the One4all research, 41% of parents say their children adore their teacher and 37% say they like them, so it’s no wonder that the majority of primary school children (62%) speak about their teacher every single day. When parents in Ireland were asked what attributes make such a great teacher, patience came out at number one (21%), followed by supportiveness (19%) and communication skills (12%).

Appreciation nation

9 in 10 of parents polled say they will give their child’s teacher a gift to mark the end of the school year, with a gift card or voucher being the most popular present of choice (44%), followed by chocolate or sweets (14%) and an ornament or trinket (11%). While 3 in 4 of parents say they will give a personal gift, 15% of respondents will pool together with other parents to gift collaboratively.

Commenting on the survey findings Aoife Davey, Group Marketing Manager at One4all Ireland, said:

“It’s wonderful to see how much people in Ireland value and appreciate our teachers. It seems that teachers truly are our everyday superheroes and the fact that 71% of respondents would like to go back and thank a childhood teacher if given the opportunity, really reinforces that.

The end of the school term is fast approaching, making it the perfect time to show teachers how thankful we are for all that they do and a One4all Gift Card is the ideal gift to say, ‘Thank You Teacher’ with.”

To show your thanks to teachers nationwide, the Irish public can now nominate their favourite teacher for ‘Ireland’s Best Superhero Teacher’ competition. Simply log on to to honour your most deserving teacher. The winning Teacher will receive a €500 One4all Gift Card and their school will also receive a €500 One4all Gift Card!

Ranging in value from €15 to €500, and with over 8,500 retail and online partners nationwide, a One4all Gift Card is the ideal way to say ‘Thank You Teacher’ this June. Simply log on to www.one4all.ieto design and order your personalised One4all Gift Card, or pick up a pre-designed special edition ‘Thank you Teacher’ Gift Card in your local Post Office or any of the selected PostPoint outlets across the country. There is something to suit everyone’s budget when buying a One4all Gift Card and it is an ideal solution if parents are looking to chip in to get a group thank you for a teacher. 

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