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At pool time, we can keep our heads above the water

Want to be chucked in at the deep end as a teacher? Take a class swimming…

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It was Friday afternoon, which meant one thing: swimming. The trials of the modern-day primary school teacher are increasingly well documented, but amid all the headlines of 60-hour weeks and Sats reform, you hear very little mention of swimming-pool changing rooms. This, to my mind, is something of an oversight, since, when it comes to teaching at the sharp end, presiding over the post-swim change is where it’s really at.

When it comes to teaching at the sharp end, presiding over the post-swim change is where it’s really at.

Of course, to demonstrate such a specific teaching skill you will ...

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