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By Libby Purves

This full of life choice brings jointly journalist and broadcaster Libby Purves’ studies as journalist, mum or dad, governor and previous student of part a dozen varied faculties from Bangkok to Tunbridge Wells, showing her eclectic and provocative reviews and ideas on educating and studying. This choice of the easiest of her writing within the instances academic complement covers - occasionally thoughtfully, occasionally sarcastically - every little thing from nationwide coverage to the oddities of headteachers and the constraints of IT. schooling pros through the years have bought her outsider view with enthusiasm, laughter, suggestion and coffee fury. From ministerial insanity to the pitfalls of uniform and the vagaries of youngsters, this publication is devoted to the enjoyment of a cadre of execs Libby as soon as deliberate to hitch, till she misplaced her nerve. it truly is devoted, with thank you and admiration, to all lecturers.

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Look at the functions, divide them up and consider replacing some of them with a juryrig, looking different but doing the same job. It already happens where schools have counsellors and classroom assistants, but it could be extended. Maybe those schools were barking up the right tree by touting for ex-service personnel. Soldiers, after all, know about chains of command, take orders intelligently, and tend to be optimistic, crunchy, can-do personalities. A few could liven up the atmosphere of the average knackered school: boys in particular might be edified to see tough chaps with broken noses seeming to care about whether they do their history essay.

I went back to Tunbridge Wells a while ago and was thrilled to see that the hollow wooden step things are still there, battered but unbowed, still accommodating rows of small brown-skirted backsides. No doubt the new generation of little girls is practising for pop-concert life by learning how to sit with other people’s knees sticking into the back of your neck. But it was the moving, the setting up that was the real fun. Oh, the crashing and the banging, the scraping and bustling, the heaving and giggling and grunting, the cacophony of metal chair-frames being stacked or unstacked!

Well, wow. What a great anthem for the end of another term, the sticky exhausted exam-soaked farewell to another school year. So prurient are we these days, so riveted by the possibility of head girls running off with maths masters and unbalanced supply teachers getting it on with priapic Year 11s, that we concentrate on preventing congress and elopement, and forget the pure and gentle old relationship, the platonic, grateful, sentimental affections that can arise in school life. To Sir, with Love.

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