Once upon a time, long long ago, I was asked by an idealistic young colleague, now an assistant head of the best kind, whether I ever felt bad about working in the private sector.
She did. She did her probationary year at a fairly rough comprehensive, and would have stayed had they not decided that she was surplus to requirements at the last minute; she came to us as a bit of a last resort, but found that working at an independent school was rather congenial, and stayed for much longer than she’d intended. She was, though, a socialist, and she certainly felt bad about her part in working for the class enemy.
Not really, I told her. Because as far as the state sector was concerned, I was hopeless. Not only do I not have Qualified Teacher Status, but I’m one of those dreadful teachers who considers himself a…
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