Jo Brighouse

A page-turner of a lesson

This primary teacher used to go all out to sustain her pupils’ attention, until she realised that all she needed was a really good story

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I looked in horror at the iPad as the audio was cut off mid-sentence. This couldn’t be happening! It was The Archers’ hour-long trial special and the jury were about to return a verdict. Even Mr Brighouse (who has been known to comment that listening to The Archers must be what being dead is like) was showing a vague interest in the outcome. The suspense had been building and building and now, at this crucial point, I was being denied narrative closure thanks to a dodgy wi-fi connection.

As a teacher, you should never underestimate the power of stories. Whether it’s playground gossip or the ...

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