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In teaching, nobody’s perfect

Being a great teacher means learning that, sometimes, ‘OK’ is good enough, argues Grace Benson

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Teaching is a profession where you are constantly being judged: by students, their parents or your colleagues. As an NQT, this can lead you down a rabbit hole in search of constant perfection.

Without question, such a search is futile. What’s more, these self-inflicted pressures can become overwhelming and detrimental to your health, personal life and, ironically, your performance as a teacher.

Throughout your training, you will undoubtedly be told that the term before Christmas is the longest and most difficult of the NQT year.

For me, it definitely was; particularly in October when ...

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