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Overheard in the staffroom

The TES online forums are a hotbed of debate. Here is just a taste of what users are saying this week at: www.tes.co.ukstaffroom

ADVICE FOR MATURE STUDENT TEACHER

advantages over a young NQT as you have loads more life experience and negotiation skills (useful for when dealing with parents as well). The kids will also think you are more experienced than you really are.

jencat 51: The oldest person ever to begin the PGCE course I run was 58. He became a great teacher because he was willing to learn, willing to experiment and not stuck in the past. He had two job offers before he finished the course; jobs he didn't apply for - the heads of the schools he was placed in were so impressed by him they wanted him to stay.

WE'RE NOT PLAYING THE GAME WITH KIDS

Eureka!: It seems that good food, play and adult interaction are in short supply for kids these days. The education system is failing to respond to these challenges. Based on yesteryear's society, it is not challenging modern problems, nor embracing the changes. It fails on both counts.

Lilyof thefield: I disagree. Children's home lives need to change, not the six hours a day they spend in school. Before home lives and relationships became so chaotic, children were able to cope with a much stricter, more formal school environment without falling apart.

Amycat: By the time they get to school, it's too late for a lot of children these days. Schools have to spend so much time counter-acting the effects of the child's upbringing. Any good work is undone as soon as the child gets home. Children spend more time at home than they do at school.

KILLING ME SOFTLY

es80: Haven't you noticed, that being positive about things isn't "cool"? I really love my job and every time I say something positive, some cynical unhappy know-it-all says something like "don't worry, love, your enthusiasm will soon die down..." My husband's been teaching for 22 years and still loves his job.

These comments are the personal opinions of contributors

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