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The week my pupils took me to Hades and back

Ancient myth and bleak modern reality collide to teach an old head a valuable lesson about the young

I should know by now. I’ve been a teacher for 39 years and a head for 27. There I was last month, pondering in my online Tes column how we teachers should try to make sense of an unjust and troubled world for our pupils. What I underestimated was the way in which they often do so quite well without us.

At my school last week, I witnessed a pair of inspiring short plays: a Year 10 GCSE drama set performed two exam pieces, 20-minute works each devised,written and performed by five actors. Both cleverly reinterpreted ancient legends: the Classical setting of Hades brought in Persephone, Orpheus ...

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