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Word round the campfire

"I was part of the charm offensive. I did the charming and he was offensive."

Alan Johnson, newly appointed education secretary, on working at the DfES with former boss Charles Clarke

"Things must be pretty bad in education if they had to send for Alan Johnson."

David Willetts, shadow education secretary

"Children in other classes saying that you are scary."

Anonymous NQT, writing on The TES

online staffroom forum, telling trainees what to expect from the job

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