05/07/2011 12:13 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Half Of School Children Trust Their Teacher More Than Parents And Friends

Half of school children trust their teacher more than parents and friends Rex

A survey to coincide with the Teaching Association's Teacher of the Year Award has thrown up some surprising results about children's relationships with their teachers.

The Teaching Association surveyed 1,000 school aged children, and found a massive 50 per cent admitted they trust their teacher more than their own parents, friends and grandparents.

Forty four per cent said they confide in their teacher before their parents, and 33 per cent reckon their teacher was better placed to give them the best start in life, compared to parents and grandparents.

Forget fame for fame's sake - 31 per cent of the children polled said they would rather be a teacher when they grew up rather than anything else!

With teacher strikes hitting the headlines, it's lovely to hear a few heartwarming things about the teaching profession, isn't it?

The research was carried out to mark the launch of the film 'That's What I Am' starring Ed Harris and released on DVD and Blu-Ray from 11th July. Kelly Steeples has just been named the Teaching Association's Teacher of the Year 2010.