At last, here it is. The book that tells you the unvarnished truth about teaching. By turns hilarious, sobering, and downright horrifying, it contains the sort of information that you won't find in any school prospectus, government advert, newspaper article, or Hollywood film. In this memoir, Francis Gilbert candidly describes the remarkable way in which he was trained to be a teacher, his terrifying first lesson and his even more frightening experiences in his first job at Truss comprehensive, one of the worst schools in the country. Follow Gilbert on his roller coaster journey through the world that is the English education system; encounter thuggish and charming children, terrible and brilliant teachers; learn about the sinister effects of school inspectors and the teacher's disease of "controloholism"; and spy on what really goes on behind the closed doors of inner-city schools.
Francis Gilbert has taught for over twenty years in various English state schools, but has also worked at certain points as a journalist, novelist and social commentator both in the UK and international media. He is the author of 'I'm A Teacher, Get Me Out Of Here!' 'Yob Nation', 'Parent Power', 'Working The System -- How To Get The Very Best State Education for Your Child', and a racy novel about school, 'The Last Day Of Term'. His first book, 'I'm A Teacher...' was a big hit, becoming a bestseller and being serialised on Radio 4.
In his role as an English teacher, he has taught many classic texts over the years and has developed a great many resources to assist readers with understanding, appreciating and responding to them both analytically and creatively. As a result, he has written and published his own on Amazon.
He is the co-founder, with Melissa Benn and Fiona Millar, of The Local Schools Network, www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk, a blog that celebrates non-selective state schools, and also has his own website, www.francisgilbert.co.uk and a Mumsnet blog, www.talesbehindtheclassroomdoor.co.uk. He is currently experimenting with setting up specific blogs connected with the subjects and texts he is teaching or is interested in; links for these can be found on francisgilbert.co.uk.
He has appeared numerous times on radio and TV and is known for his robust defence of his ideas. He currently teaches part-time in a comprehensive in outer London and is completing a PhD in Creative Writing and Education at Goldsmiths College, University of London.