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Leave the jokes to the comedians

Yet again, Sir Michael Wilshaw is in the news debasing the teaching profession. And if it isn't Sir Michael then it seems to be Michael Gove. I am now in my 11th year of teaching, and I am successful and well respected. So why do I want to get out?

It seems that society distrusts teachers and views us as lazy; it is assumed that most of us leave at 3pm on the dot and we do no work at weekends and during our holidays. This perception seems to be perpetuated by government. I would like Sir Michael to examine my bag if I leave before 5pm, as I'm sure he'll find a good few hours of work in there.

The "all stick and no carrot" approach is one that doesn't appear to be going anywhere soon, so it is with regret that I seek employment outside of education.

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