This sequel to I'm a Teacher Get Me Out of Here carries straight on from where the last book left off. Francis Gilbert relates his experiences at two suburban comprehensives. After surviving Tower Hamlets he assumes he has nothing to fear. He is wrong.
Although not a teacher I am a contemporary of the author and can understand exactly where he is coming from. The world of work isn't really that different in offices - the kids are just grown up. I could recognise a lot of parallels with my own experiences, particularly in the "action plan" and "excellence" culture of the second school in the book. How those words have been misused over the last 15 years... A couple of times I found myself laughing out loud - very rare with a book (or TV or film to that matter).
It is true that Gilbert sometimes comes across as being rather full of himself (particularly in part one where things generally go well), but his genuine liking for the kids, openness about his failings, and the anti-establishment tone to his writing win the day. He doesn't give into cynicism.
Gilbert writes in a very readable journalistic style. The reason for this does become obvious towards the end of the book! However, there are a lot of typographical errors and minor grammatical mistakes which really should have been spotted by the editor, particularly in part one. This cost the book a star. Overall, though, I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoyed his first book and/or is interested in education - not just teachers.