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This Week's Super Deal

On offer: One cautious defender twelve years old

Likes to take corners

Good at slide tackles

Likes to run with the ball

Always clears off the line

Can score goals

Is captain of the team

Good at dodging other defenders

Can take penalties and free kicks

Likes to be number 7

Likes watching football

Supports Sheffield Wednesday Occasionally very helpful Sometimes makes friends This is a FREE TRANSFER But: Very bossy Always wants Dr Pepper Is very lazy Plays on his Gameboy Doesn't like to do homework Always wants chocolate Is very annoying Calls you rude words Is very short tempered Any takers?

Christian Evans, 9,Westbourne school, Sheffield.

"There is no rule how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it is like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges."

To me, as a writer, Hemingway makes a lot of sense when he says this: unlike football, there are no rules. However, as a teacher, I do believe we can help by leading our students to the "rock". And there are many out there who agree: their students' writing is a credit to their enthusiasm. In my farewell week, Christian Evans's hard, tight writing hits the ball, to use an image of Hemingway's again. He has no use for frilly adjectives, fiddly punctuation, self-conscious sentence structure, but goes straight to the point, fast and focused, with a forceful, chunky rhythm.

Finally, the answer to the March 8 conundrum. The three errors were the spelling of error(s), the use of the verb to be, and the fact that there were only two errors (so there were three errors).

Selima Hill Christian Evans receives The Oldest Girl in the World by Carol Ann Duffy (Faber). His poem was submitted by Carol Smith. Selima Hill, TESguest poet for the current term, won this year's Whitbread poetry prize for Bunny

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