Secret Teacher: education needs more troublemaker headteachers


“No child deserves a satisfactory education, you’re right. What I would add, though, is that it does depend on who’s calling the teacher satisfactory. Ofsted seem to take the approach that these professionals who give their blood, sweat and tears on a daily basis for the betterment of children should be thrown on the scrapheap and replaced. There’s no room for nerves or rust or disillusionment. To them, these are just synonyms for failure. Well, they aren’t to me. I care desperately about the children in my school, but also the staff whose wellbeing has been utterly neglected for as long as I can remember. It has been nothing short of a scandal …”

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