On Detentions: Systems Should Manage Like a Champion

Trivium 21c

“If a thing’s not worth doing well, it’s not worth doing at all.” Vile Bodies, Evelyn Waugh 

I was fascinated by the programme ‘Tough Young Teachers‘ that went out on BBC 3 at 9pm on 9th January. The title doesn’t do the show any favours; it reminds me of the film ‘Bright Young Things’ which was thought to be a more suitable title than ‘Vile Bodies‘, the book on which it was based. Although here the ‘Tough, Bright, Young, Teacher Things’ come from what some people in education think somewhat unfairly is the ‘Vile Body’ called ‘Teach First’. Now, I don’t want to dwell on what the programme showed because every moment could be mirrored in hundreds of classrooms up and down the country especially by beginners to the great vocation of teaching and it has been written about very eloquently by Tom Bennett here

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