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Lessons from a survivor

AMONG those who will be giving the course the benefit of her experience is Diane Allison, who teaches English at St David's High in Dalkeith.

In a "survival kit" published a few years ago, Ms Allison drew attention to the "rewards from being a regular class teacher . . . as a student you are a great novelty, as the class teacher you build up a relationship with your pupils that goes far deeper and lasts much longer.

She also believes, however, that moving from school to school provides an opportunity to "window-shop" and may give the supply teacher an advantage in landing a permanent job.

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