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If teachers could learn from each other more, maybe teaching could be a lifelong profession – not a four-year sacrifice

When I started in teaching, I wanted to copy everything I loved about the teachers who had made a difference to me. By the time I started in the classroom I was very much in favour of being tough on kids and demanding superb output from them. I was anti-liberal and, looking back, too much so. Teaching English was a huge amount of fun, but in my ear...
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I'm a school governor – and I'm terrified I'm doing a bad job

It was finally happening. It took me a while (two years) to get there, but I now had the bit between my teeth and I was determined to get to the bottom of why disadvantaged pupils weren't making as much progress as their more advantaged peers. I also had some say for once – as a new chair of committee, I could finally make sure issues were properly...
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I nearly left teaching after the first term – 30 years on, here’s my advice for those considering quitting

Growing up, the only thing I ever wanted to do was to be a teacher. I loved my subject, English, and wanted a career that let me continue to read and discuss, think and learn, and convey my enthusiasm for my subject to others. As a child I played "school" with my dolls and my friends and always took the teacher role. I completed a PGCE after m...
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Get it right, and teaching is life-transforming and exciting. Get it wrong, and stress takes over

  Teaching is a highly nuanced, complex art, where the most effective teachers build up a range of strategies over years and years of practice. I opted out of the classroom too early to do that, and moved into what in many ways is a less complex, but equally demanding, role of senior administrator, or leader, in schools. I taught for about 15 ...
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From drunk declarations to awkward texts, what happens when teachers date their colleagues?

It's easy to see why teacher-teacher couples work well – they understand the long working hours, the emotional investment and the need to be in bed by 10pm on weeknights. But what about dating another teacher in your school?  Is having your beau in a nearby classroom a way to be close or a recipe for disaster? With Valentine's Day coming up, w...
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