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Children not gasping at your lesson? Quelle horreur!

Apparently Japanese tourists have been suffering ‘Paris syndrome’ – extreme disappointment when the reality fails to live up to the romantic expectation. Something similar afflicts many of our NQTs

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I spent last weekend in Paris. I am aware such statements might indicate a glamorous lifestyle so, to put it into context, my weekends are usually mostly a combination of laundry, lesson planning and sifting through ball pools for missing socks. Paris was very much a one-off, courtesy of Mr Brighouse (mercifully not a teacher) and his company’s endearing habit of celebrating milestones with funded treats for employees and their partners.

Thus on Saturday night, instead of working through a pile of books with a highlighter and a bottle of red, I was sitting in the magnificent Moulin Rouge, ...

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