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'Could do Better' - R4 series follows an FT journalist who starts training as a teacher

Discussion in 'Education news' started by FrankWolley, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Programme 5 - almost the end of the year - the most 'humiliating...but thrilling' year of her working life. By now she is in her 2nd school - a much less strict place than her first. Hearing the response from a class when she tells them it is her last lesson with them...brought back memories as they respond in the way classes often do!

    Surprisingly most of the other more mature entrants to the profession who joined on the same scheme ('Now Teach') as Kellaway survived the year (though some apparently started smoking...I wonder what else;)) 5/47 apparently gave up - I'd have expected more, TBH.

    Kelleway found the year eye opening personally as (she admits) most of her friends previously had been 'white' and 'rich' whereas many of those in the school she worked in were neither (50% FSM in one school).

    Interestingly she now self-identifies as a 'teacher' and says she is proud to call herself one. Which, I guess is great. TBH I think all senior civil servants in the Education Department, and all education ministers should have to do this year too. But as programmes about schools today, I'm not sure I learned a lot (except that I wouldn't touch the first school she was in with the proverbial barge pole, as a teacher or parent...But maybe that's just me!)
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  2. simonCOAL

    simonCOAL Occasional commenter

    Always appreciate your fairness, Frank. I was expecting more as well.

    There will be several on here who will be disappointed that it wasn’t more like 30/47. Not so much for them to gloat about.
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  3. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    I listened to some of the fanfare on the radio when she started out on this Teach Now thing and I thought as some have commented here, -- just another person who thinks they would be able to teach because they had been to school themselves.

    I heard the program today and although it was all a bit "Please Sir" ish, I thought she was reasonably honest. I am still cynical over her motives for entering teaching, but whatever they are, I hope she has communicated to the general public the challenges faced in teaching, which is one of the most demanding jobs out there. And in which case more power to her elbow.
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  4. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    As an aside, I came into teaching late after 15 years in the engineering industry and I was shocked and dismayed at how poor the education industry is at looking after its workers compared to what I was used to.
  5. thin_ice

    thin_ice New commenter

    Good post.
  6. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    My thought was; “right I’ve done no planning how can I get away with this”.
    Personally, It’s always on my back burner but no one has ever noticed I do little planning!
  7. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    Pretty much the only planning I did was during my PGCE. Yeah I had a rough idea each lesson, and prepared OHPs when I was ambitious, but nothing extraordinary. After all, they've got textbooks.

    Anyway, these days you can replace "the dog ate my lesson plans" with "the dog crashed my hard disk". It's perfect.
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  8. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    The difference being that you know your subject.
    EmanuelShadrack likes this.
  9. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    My experience was similar. Also my pension from industry is better than the one I got from teaching.

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