Education secretary Michael Gove has praised the fine work carried out by people in teacher jobs.
The politician, who was speaking at the Policy Exchange, London, said the "amazing work" that teachers do should not go unnoticed. He revealed he has a slogan above his desk at home and it reads: 'If you can read this, thank a teacher'.
Indeed, Mr Gove went on to say he rates the current crop of teachers as the best ever, especially those young educators who have taken up positions over the past few years.
"Teachers hold in their hands the success of our country and the wellbeing of its citizens; they are the key to helping every child in this country to realise their full potential," he added.
Mr Gove was speaking after new pay policies were announced that will see headteachers at state schools allowed to tailor wages to their school's needs.
Posted by Tim Colman