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And another thing … let’s fight for our right to rant

Concerns about ‘talking down the profession’ are understandable, but we all need the occasional cathartic whinge, writes Jo Brighouse

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Our special educational needs and disability coordinator put some large pieces of paper on the tables and gestured towards the felt tips.

“What I’d like you to do for the next five minutes is to write down every behaviour in the classroom that gets in the way of learning,” she said. “It doesn’t matter how small. Anything that interrupts the lesson or distracts you or the other children in any way.”

We didn’t need telling twice. “Tilting on chairs”, “looking out the window”, “muttering”, “humming”, “fiddling with stationery”, “turning around in your chair”: within less than a minute we were ...

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