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TV's Educating Essex: true-to-life teaching?
I didn't like the way the senior member of staff seemed to trivialise the incident with the girl who kept arguing with the teacher. It made it look as if the senior staff were siding with the girl not the teacher.
Absolutely loving this so far. I think the deputy head is great. However, he seems to be getting drawn into arguments with the kids. But again, however, I love how he sticks to the rules!
Arggh! Thank god for CCTV, girl lied about assault!
Brilliant. I know, I know, I am sure there was a lot of playing to the gallery. However, staff I saw were great and perhaps gives a pretty decent indication of what teachers have to deal with.
Right. I DEMAND that my headteacher comes in and sings to me on my birthday.
An excellent programme with a school and set of kids that largely mirrored the experiences I have in my own school ... 95 per cent of kids were brilliant, a handful of challenging kids dominating too much time. Would love my own SMT to have a sense of humour like these guys as ours largely seem to have had a SoH bypass. Also thought it made it quite clear that the idea that British schools are some lawless wasteland is utter nonsense. The really scary bit - and I hope parents take note - was the false accusation. Without the CCTV cameras that deputy head was screwed. Sad.
I do wonder if non teachers watching assumed the bad behaviourattitudes they saw were not typical. The behaviour of the first chav girl was something I would see umpteen times a day in my school.
At the start, the deputy came over as a real odd-ball. But once the interviews got rolling, very impressive. As for the behaviour of the "teachers" at the SMT meetings - that was no staffroom btw - well fair enough, you've got to enjoy work and if joking around helps, fine. I can't see the deputy's tactics working with older boys - not without some sort of physical reaction. Still, a real character. And the school came out very well. It was interesting that the main means of imposing discipline - eg dress code - is exactly the method used by the army with raw recruits. But by not having a teachers' "dress code" you kinda undermine the method. Dare I say it, but teachers really really need to dress the part ... oh and lose a few stone.
See Mike Kent, page 51
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