Joe Nutt

Recruits are sold a dangerous lie

No wonder new teachers become quickly disillusioned when the profession is marketed as a way to change lives, combat disadvantage and bring about world peace, says Joe Nutt. What we need is a spin-free approach

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In the past few months, I’ve heard two depressingly Damascene stories from teachers, each of whom have about a decade of experience. Their tales are virtually identical and I’m in no doubt that they are representative of probably thousands of teachers like them in the UK and elsewhere. Perhaps you are one of them.

In essence, the story goes like this: “I entered the profession brimming with enthusiasm and energy, full of confidence because I knew I could change the world, make a difference to hundreds of children’s lives and improve society. Now I know I was wrong.”

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