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Mr Long by Ben Fogle

The TV presenter and reality show survivor remembers a PE teacher who provided him with ‘the perfect mix of sympathy and reality’ at boarding school

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The most significant teacher for me was Mr Steve Long, who was my housemaster at Bryanston School in Dorset. He was a sports teacher and a former Olympic hockey player. Unsurprisingly, he taught me hockey.

I was a hopeless sportsman and hockey was no different. But Mr Long was a sportsman at heart and he took teamwork seriously. It was a breath of fresh air to have someone who wasn’t entirely focused on academics. As a housemaster, he was amazing. He was very chilled and didn’t have that academic superiority that some teachers unintentionally exude. He led by example. His main priorities were ...

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