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5.0 out of 5 stars At last. Real world advice from a real world leader., 18 Jan 2014
This review is from: Everything I know about teaching (Paperback)
As a teacher of almost 20 years, I'm frankly astonished that I've made it this far without this book.

While the standard chapters are those you might find in any other similar text, it's the real world advice that I'm so thankful for. My personal favourites, which I've found have helped me through the dark days until my next holiday, have been 'So, the same kid has told you to go f*** yourself for the second time today and you can't really do anything about it, because there are no other facilities to house them outside of your school, no funding for additional staff in school to help manage behaviour, and your school behaviour policy is so 'inclusive' that you've started ordering children from Transylvania, over the internet, in the hope that they actually are Vampires, or least the undead, as you're sure they should attract the Pupil Premium funding'. Long for a chapter title, I know, but that's the creative writing assessments for you, isn't it?

Then there's the chapter on 'Dealing with the parent who says you can't teach her daughter evolution because 'It's all just bull***t, innit, cause I never f***** no f****** monkey' Believe me, that one was a lifesaver.

Then there's the way he deals with the progression of the teaching profession. There's real passion and drive there. Truly inspirational. Outlined in his chapter on the new proposals for OFSTED inspections, entitled 'What do you mean, they can't all be above average? I'm a journalist, you know'.

His testimony to the continued professional development of teachers is encapsulated in the section entitled 'Evidence base? What do you want evidence based research for? Get them all to remember lots of stuff, so we can test them on remembering lots of stuff and prove that our kids are better are remembering stuff than all those bloody Johnny Foreigner sprogs over there and we can be top of a list of countries for remembering stuff'. It's almost...what's the word...messianic.

In short, I can see nothing but the good that His Goveness has visited upon the profession, radiate from every page. I await his next volume, written in a crayon, held in his teeth, from his cell in Broadmoor, entitled 'See? I Told You All I Was Right And If These Orderlies Had All Learned The Dates Of Every Significant Event In The History Of England Since The Birth Of The Baby Jeebus, And Done Maths Until They Were Eighteen,Then They Wouldn't Still Be Getting The Settings On My ECT Machine Wrong And Making Me Soil Myself Repeatedly'.

Sure to a best selling page turner.
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