Because Sir Doesn’t Care


After an incredibly stressful Year 11 lesson in which several members of that group had to be removed for defiant behaviour. This was the comment that greeted me the next day when a member of the class asked one student why they hadn’t been in the lesson the day before.

The comment was designed to wound and I was acutely aware of that and yet when the student said it, it still hurt. I was horrified that a student might think that I didn’t care about them. I asked myself that night, if in enforcing the school’s behaviour pathway and attempting to ensure that the classroom environment was calm and peaceful, so we could discuss ‘London’ by William Blake in a mature and sophisticated manner. Had I really sent out the message to the rest of the group that I didn’t care about them?

I’d sanctioned the students because I…

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