Teachers Health releases new research on 'role models and inspiration'

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New research from Teachers Health shows that teachers continue to be role models and sources of inspiration for their students. 

The research, which was released on Teachers’ Day (28 October), shows they are ranked as one of the country's top role models (35 per cent). They are only behind parents (65 per cent) and friends (39 per cent).

Teachers Health said the findings show that almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of 'gen-z' and 'millennials' consider a teacher or their teachers as one a role model. 

CEO Brad Joyce said, “We’re delighted to see the incredible impact those within our teaching community have on their students throughout their lives. Teachers’ Day is a great time for Australia to show appreciation to all teachers who continue to inspire, shape and teach our next generations.

“As a profit-for-member health fund, our members are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we take pride in celebrating Teachers’ Day each year.”

The research also revealed that teachers continue to inspire over three-quarters of the nation (76 per cent). Compared to those over 55 (63 per cent), almost nine in ten (87 percent) 'gen-z' and 'millennial' respondents said their teachers had positively inspired them.

"The research findings show how important teachers are in inspiring students, not just in those key schooling years but also long after they leave the classroom. We encourage everyone to join us in celebrating teachers and reflecting on those lifelong lessons this Teachers’ Day," continued Mr Joyce.

Educator and Teachers Health member Nancy Penfold said, “Making a positive difference in the lives of my students, colleagues, and communities is what I love most about being a teacher. The moment you can see the ‘click’ and people get the confidence to gain more independence in whatever stage they’re in, it’s just magic.

“I became a teacher because I’m passionate about helping people to become the best versions of themselves, so that they can be drivers of their destiny and have control over their lives. Once I had my first practice experience at university, I fell in love with it and knew that teaching was meant for me.”