Kids not all right?
I have never written any form of fan mail in my life. However, I am making an exception after reading Mike Kent's latest column.
I have been a headteacher for 15 years and in that time my job has changed massively, but the days I am in classes with children are the best I have. In the past 15 years society has also changed massively, and as I read Mr Kent's piece I recognised what he was describing and felt that depressing veil flowing over me - until I read his final statement: kids haven't changed. That is so true and so welcome a reminder that we are privileged to have a job where we can work with them everyday, and make a difference to their lives.
Thank you, Mr Kent, for always pointing out the important and worthwhile things we do, for bringing huge dollops of common sense, and for bringing the focus back to the children we teach without becoming twee or patronising.
James Douglas, Primary headteacher, Cumbria.