In defence of the wobbly upper lip

A little sniff, a quiver in the voice, eyes glistening and ready to spill…then a dive under the desk to hide it from the children. Most teachers will become emotional in school at some point, though few are ready to expose their vulnerability to pupils. But, as Kate Townshend insists, sometimes it’s OK to cry

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Are you alright, Miss Townshend?”

“I’m fine, Felicity, just looking for something,” I say, randomly picking up and putting down items on my desk, acutely aware of 30 sets of bright, curious eyes trained on my back.

And it’s true. I am fine. But I’m also having a normal, human reaction to a film we’ve just watched about the First World War Christmas Day football match. (Yes, I know it was a TV advert designed to sell groceries!) It’s been a long, hard week and watching this story, which has the power to touch the hardest of hearts, my eyes have filled with tears.

I’ve never been one to preach ...

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