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Teachers can’t meet all pupils’ needs, all of the time

Meeting each child’s needs is a priority but it should not be at the expense of our wellbeing, says Shannen Doherty

Teachers can't meet the needs of every pupil all of the time, says Shannen Doherty

When a new child recently joined my class, in the middle of the year, completely unannounced, there was nothing particularly unusual about it. The fact that the child in question spoke absolutely no English was not unusual either: teachers regularly welcome pupils who have English as an additional language into their classrooms, and I have taught several pupils who do not speak English over the past few years.

And yet my heart sank at the sight of this particular pupil. It was nothing to do with the individual child but rather with the fact that the range of needs in my class was already so ...

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