Coaxing a class full of truculent teens through their GCSEs can test even the most battle-hardened of teachers. Though it can often be great fun, it can sometimes prove fractious.
It certainly did with Jane.
Difficult and confrontational, I could expect a missing homework and an argument with her in most lessons. Every week was a struggle. All too frequently, her bleak personal life would be laid open like a drawer of knives: she would argue with her so-called friends and then me. Boundaries had to be drawn regardless and her vicious salvos simply had to stop.
Mid-year, Jane left my ...