Many of my students are the children of people who have fled the cities for a better life and ended up in a pocket of social deprivation, albeit with beach huts not knife crime. I come from a city, not a massive city but one big enough and northern enough to get out on a weather map. I currently work in a seaside town down south that doesn’t even get out on the local weather map. One of my biggest challenges is convincing kids that the whole world is not this town that have found themselves in. A child in a recent exam drew The World Turned Upside Down – alongside the USA, Ghana and Russia, the seaside town the school is set in got its own island on the globe (USA was still centre).
by Clare Alan