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Word round the campfire

"Teacher in maths lesson: Can you tell me something bigger than a two?

Boy: A giraffe."

A contributor to the TES online staffroom in a discussion about aspects of the job that teacher-training doesn't prepare you for

"Tough on badly-behaved children and the causes of badly-behaved children."

Labour party conference pledge

"If you come into teaching to make a difference with children, don't lose sight of that."

Sara Bubb, NQT expert at London university's Institute of Education

"I'm off to buy a pair of Clark's shoes - my feet have been killing me!"

EM, an NQT writing on the TES online staffroom reporting on progress after three weeks of term

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