Why do we keep using teachers as target practice?

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On Friday, I entered my performance management meeting with dread and resignation. According to the data, last year my Year 11 class under-performed, and, according to the head, they did so because of me.

To be fair to my department head and line-manager, he appeared to sympathise and diligently noted my attempts to defend my honour. But do you know what? I’ve lost the will to fight my corner and contextualise my results. Why should I have to? I took on the class last September when I first arrived at the school. Every single pupil was failing. In our first mock exam, the class’ highest ...

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