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Word round the campfire

"We believe that if we invest in all children for nine years and give them the same education, then we will reach the best results."

Tuula Haatainen, Finland's education minister, on the country's education system, which sees pupils through one school from seven to 16

"My problem is Year 7. It's the babies giving me hell."

Newly qualified contributor on the TES online staffroom forum

"Chat to the kids, and make it obvious. A kid said to me in front of the head of department, 'Good luck. Hope you get the job.'"

NQT on the TES online staffroom on subtle ways to impress at your interview

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