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Seven reasons to be glad it’s September once more

The new year promises a smorgasbord of delights, from playing buzzword bingo to communing with colleagues and meeting your new students

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There are plenty of reasons to be cheerful as the new term begins. Here are just a few:

1. Seeing your colleagues

For many of us, that first day catch-up with colleagues is a real pleasure. Schools are wonderfully social environments, and ours is no exception. I really do treasure the people I work with: some are great friends, some are top team-players, many are inspirational, others are somewhat eccentric and the odd one is downright barmy.

It’s that lovely mix of people who seem to be attracted to our profession that makes a school what it is and shapes the lives of the students we teach. ...

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