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Word round the campfire: What they're saying...

"Being able to engage with children and watch them develop is incredibly rewarding. It's fantastic to see the impact you have had on a child you taught a couple of years ago. The more energy you put into the job, the more you get out."

Christopher Harte, named new teacher of the year at the 2004 Teaching Awards

"Male English teacher, 23, Leo, lives in Nottingham, six foot one, bit lanky, looks like Ed Norton out of 'American History X'."

Writer on the TES online staffroom complaining that teaching is cramping his love life

"Golden hellos alone have not worked, and are not succeeding in getting enough people into shortage subjects."

John Howson, TES recruitment expert, on the failure to meet teacher recruitment targets

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