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We can all get by (with a little help from our friends in the staffroom)

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What’s the one thing you need to survive in teaching?

A hidden stash of glue-sticks? A lifetime supply of teabags? The ability to silence a class of children with just one look?

Although all of the above are, undoubtedly, excellent to have up your sleeve, they aren’t quite the magic ingredient that former head Colin Harris has in mind for teachers. Instead, he’s shared the secret to his success: friendship.

“Think of the issues a teacher faces daily: difficult children, staff and parents. Add to it workload, and the heart-wrenching moments that need intervention from social services or the ...

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