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If a relationship is broken, fix it

When serious discord exists between a student and a teacher, the bond is rarely beyond repair, but be prepared to put in the work if you want to get things back on track, writes Jarlath O’Brien

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I can recall with aching clarity the first time I realised that a relationship I had established with a child was in trouble. It shook me, and not because the low point was when Lucas ran across the car park screaming that he was going to punch me in the head (which he then proceeded to do) but because I had always prided myself on making serious headway with children who found school a difficult place to be successful.

One of the fundamental attributes of any good teacher is the ability to get on with and, frankly, to like young people of all varieties. When we come face-to-face with a new ...

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