Tes Editorial

Throw the book at yourself

We tell students to read more, but how much reading do you do yourself? Assistant head Aidan Severs urges book-shy teachers to set an example by making an effort to read both children’s and adult literature

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Once upon a time, there lived a boy who loved to read: his imagination was filled with smugglers, chocolate factories, detectives, undiscovered realms and magic. But as time went by, his world changed and the books that once thrilled him lay forgotten, gathering dust.

As he got older, he had his own adventures, some even as exciting as the ones he used to read about. He forgot about books, but somewhere deep inside, ready to be rekindled, remained his love of stories.

The spark he needed was an abrupt realisation: as a teacher, it was ridiculous that for all these years he’d barely touched a ...

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