Belting times

1st June 2001 at 01:00
Alistair Smith, yet another of the learning gurus, was on duty before primary teachers in the capital last week (page six). Based south of the border for the past 20 years, he was brought up in Kinross and fondly recalled his schooldays.

Like painfully remembering that the nearby Lochgelly leather factory only closed in 1988. Smith also recalled the practical tips from teacher training college. "Belt your way through to September and never smile before Easter."

He was equally happy to offer ractical hints for primary staff attempting to bring the class to order. "No leaky boilers," he advised. "That's the one where you go 'ssch'. Avoid, too, 'there's a little girl not listening'."

Highlight of a recent course in Renfrew was being dragged along to a girls' toilet in a local primary. Not that he frequents such places other than in the line of duty.

On the back of the doors were the times tables. "We're an immersion learning environment," the heidie happily pointed out.

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