'Our Spring concert had just gone ahead and The Head of Music approached me and asked how to raise the profile of the Music Department. Some of the parents of the children who had performed hadn't even bothered to come along to watch their own sons perform. We had a meeting and came up with suggestions. She asked if I would let the local press know how much we had raised from the concert. I said I would send out a press release but the selling point would be for us to tell Mr Thompson's story and why the National Deaf Children's' Society was so important to him. He agreed and the rest, as they say, is history.
'Humanising teachers and telling their stories more might be what is needed sometimes. It certainly caught the media's attention on this occasion. The story got quite a bit of coverage initially in our local newspaper, The Newham Recorder, and a local Newham Borough magazine, then the South West News Agency picked up on it and it appeared in The Daily Mail under their Health Section. I have since been liaising with a producer from ITV's 'GMB' and they want to do a follow up 'inspirational teachers' feature.'
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