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mixed feelings and an UPDATE
on 12 April 2011
this book has some useful to know facts about how schools are run, now that the last labour govt. have managed to distort the educational system so extreme that it no longer serves teachers or pupils well.
however, it is impossible to read this book and not feel uncomfortable at just how much the author loves herself! smug ? definitely!
Somehow she always is the heroine. no-one but her knows best.
the made-up names she uses to protect (?) her characters are rather insulting. does she assume none will ever read her book and identify themselves?
She has no real answers. but the book is worth reading as an up to date snap shot of why inner city state schools can't work. they need a complete overhaul.
UPDATE this woman is responsible for a very cruel system where by the children in her school who do not have the required £75 upfront for their school lunches are made to sit in isolation with just a sandwich a piece of fruit.
The author is now the Head of Brent Free school Michalea Community School. This sad state of affairs is reported in the general media and their is an article in today's Guardian 2.8.16
When I reda her book based on her blog, I thought the author smug, now I see she is far worse. I feel sorry for the children at her school. To punish a child for their parents behaviour is really damaging and disgusting. Sitting them in isolation is further damage. I do hope she is sacked soon.