This is for the ones who made it

This is for the ones who made it

I know nothing about special forces. All I know is that new recruits have to go through intense and unpredictable training  and about 80% of them don’t make it. I couldn’t tell you what sets apart the minority who make it into the profession but I’d be interested to know what they do differently. I don’t think anyone would argue that it takes hustle to make it into Spetsnas or the RAF.

A lot has been said about the 40% of would-be teachers who drop out before completing their teacher training. There’s also a lot out there about the 50% or so of teachers who say they want to leave the profession in the next two years. Finally, there are the concerns, expressed by the NUT and others, about teacher shortages in key subjects. There are serious and complex issues shaking up British education and there are excellent blogs about these issues, but this isn’t one of them.

That didn’t quite come out right. What I’m saying is that I want to create a different kind of narrative.

This is a blog for the ones who make it and the ones who stay.

Your undergraduate degree does not prepare you for teaching any more than three years at the local gym prepares you for the marines. The job of teaching is changing fast and nobody can be blamed for drowning in the torrents, but some of us get through, day after day. I want to know how we do it and how we can hustle and break the rules and do it better.

Many of you are stuck in classrooms in departments or in entire school systems where you feel alone. Some of you haven’t stepped into a school since you were first allowed to leave but you have the unique eye of an outsider. This is a community for anyone who wants to shake things up and give young people a proper education.



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