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04.11.2015
The Secret Teacher supposedly  reveals truths about the utter evil of politicians and exams and fellow teachers and dangerous students and coffee and break times and Wednesdays and themselves and others and whiteboards and corridors and lunch and everyone and everything.
Perhaps it won’t be as effective click-bait, but maybe The Guardian could select a few more teachers with something laudable or positive to say about our noble profession. My small offering as an antidote is a catalogue of my most positive and celebratory posts about teaching and education.
I am a proud member of the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) Executive Board at York University. Although I’m only starting as an NQT this year, I have already heard more than enough negativity within teaching. Luckily I wasn’t exposed too long and it seems it could be a vicious circle of negativity if your surrounded by Secret Teacher fraternity! In the National Health Service, if you blow the whistle on incompetence, bullying and poor management you will likely receive a positive hearing in the short run, or a few people will die and you will receive a positive hearing in the long run. In teaching it is more likely I feel that you will be bullkied in the short run and forced to leave the profession in the long run (if not in the short run).
I have always read your posts with a good deal of admiration and respect, but this one has made me feel quite sad.
For many teachers who are up against it, due to no fault of their own and without the advantages you enjoy, are told exactly what you are telling them…stop being so negative, stop whingeing. I believe that it is great that teachers have the opportunity to let others know what goes on in their school, I just think it is a shame that such communication needs to be anonymous.
I know of more than one example when teachers have together forced out a bullying Head and if this were a more common occurence then the need for anonymity might disappear.
I believe the mark of true leadership is to listen to and act for those who are in a much weaker poisition., to defend their right to have their say even if it has to be anonymous. It’s ok to be happy clappy and positive when things are going your way, your books are being published, your classes are going well and you are being paid a fair days pay for a fair days work.
I hope the books continue to do well and you progress within the profession as you would wish to, but please, for those who are not in your position, who do not have the warm coat and gloves that you do, give some slack and simply stop reading the Secret Teacher. I found my PGCE year very tough and wondered whether I was going into the right profession…until I stopped reading the TES and started reading blogs by teachers who loved their jobs. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I don’t want my sons to seek their own dreams, to make their own way, to do their own thing. When we abide in Christ, the fruit that comes from our lives was the fruit that was birthed from the heart of God. Get a FREE copy of "Getting It Together" sent right to your inbox when you join our mailing list! Dominoes is a full-colour, interactive readers series that offers students a fun reading experience while building their language skills. The code on the walls makes the girls—and everyone in town—wonder why there was a secret room. This Teacher's Guide is an essential companion to implementing Marion Page's award-winning novel "Searching for Hannerester" into your classroom.


Beth Kanell lives in Vermont with a mountain at her back and a river at her feet and a fascination with secrets and adventures. The Guardian has erected this weekly article as a symbol of all that is wrong in education today – a lone cry in the wilderness.
Sorry, I delve into parody because the endless wailing of the secret ones too often descends into clumsy parody. We might coax a few people into the profession, or fire up a few experienced teachers with the kindling of hope and perseverance. An EEF funded randomized controlled trial to evaluate if and how a Research-lead can improve outcomes for students. Becoming A Great English Teacher' was released by Routledge in 2014 and my next book, entitled 'The Confident Teacher' will be out at the end of 2015. I think it can have an especially negative impact on those training who are inspired and energised to learn the profession. There are about 430,000 teachers in the UK, many of them in school’s which do not have the benefot of the pupil profile you enjoy (according to Ofsted).
It was bitterly cold and the match should have been abandoned, but a number of parents wearing lovely warm coats, hats and gloves said that the kids should stop complaining and get on with it. One of the few points on which I agree with Oldandrew is that often one has to remain anonymous if one is not to be further victimised, bullied and otherwise treated badly.
You may really be a lot better that the people you wish would stop being negative, but those struggling because they have gone for instance into an inner city school from which the only future they see is one outside the teaching profession have as much right to talk with people as do you, and some would say they have a greater right. It hasn’t always been so and I have worked in difficult conditions and have a family that have worked in a variety of schools.
Believe me when I say that the book was not written to just the financial benefits (which are quite frankly very small). The negativity of the TES (and articles like the Secret Teacher) made me feel that I was jumping aboard a sinking ship, and that I had little chance of being anything but stressed, tired and unhappy in my chosen career.
I know criticism should not be stifled and that we need naysayers, but an unremitting wave of negativity can give people the impression all teachers are moaners an date their jobs! I want them to want what God wants, to seek His dream for them, to run the race God has planned for them, to bravely and boldly become all God created them to be and do the good works that God prepared beforehand that they should walk in. When they abide in Christ, He plant His seed of a dream in their hearts and it is through the abiding that that seed will begin to grow. With integrated activities, an interactive MultiROM, and exciting, fully dramatized audio for every story, the new edition of the series makes reading motivating for students while making it easy for you to develop their reading and language skills. But the numbers don't add up, and they make a startling discovery—the secret room in the basement of Thea's house, an old Vermont inn. Students will learn about healthy communication, social judgements, dialect, culture, foreshadowing and more. Her previous fiction book was the suspense novel, The Darkness Under the Water, that took readers into dangerous issues of 1930 in Vermont. No doubt there are many bad schools and bad school leaders, bad experiences and unhelpful colleagues.
Perhaps we will pat one another on the back and say, we aren’t doing too bad a job, in pretty decent conditions.


I have read many positive articles that will endure and provide me sustenance that the ash filled apples of the Secret Teacher files. From your previous posts I gleen that you have a supportive Head and a decent SLT of which you are part.
They may have challenges within the student body that will make you go home and cry at night when that time comes I hope when you get the urge to tell people you manage to stay silent. I took my son off of the field and warmed him up, just before they had to call for medical attention for several players. People should not have to choose between keeping their job and speaking out for those who have something valuable to say. I know many teachers who work in more challenging circumstances and the collegiate spirit and leadership they experience is great. If you have read my blog, including my most recent post this morning, you will know that I understand the difficulties for teachers, I have lived difficulties, and now live with different pressures, and that I am passionately compelled to aim for solutions. Indeed, my next book, is for teachers and is about teacher confidence, well being and development.
They can be positive, balanced and, frankly, without some of the spiteful nonsense I have read on some of the ST pieces. She is an author and a popular speaker who helps women live full, fearless and faithful lives. Discovering the truth is harder than they would have thought, especially when the truth is not what you want to hear. Our diet of educational stories is more often stacked full of pessimistic stories of the inexorable decline of pretty much everything and everyone in education. I don’t have time to cherry pick some of the recent articles that are particularly flawed, but many teachers, in many different circumstances, appear to agree with my view. I love that these people acknowledge the challenges that are faced by the profession, but approach those challenges with a a proactive passion, and a fierce protectiveness of the career they love. Partial funding for development of this website made possible by a Rural Business Enterprise Grant through the Northern Community Investment Corporation from USDA Rural Development. I am free to criticise the Secret Teacher columns if I think they are poorly written and offer little solace or solutions for stressed teachers in difficult circumstances. Sometimes I pick up the TES to look at the news articles, but I steer well clear of the columns and opinion pieces. Becoming a Great English Teacher', edited by the brilliant Geoff Barton, and I am writing another for Routledge, entitled, 'The Confident Teacher'.
Having read the last four or five columns the quality and tone of obsessive complaining, without any substantial argument beyond what appears to be personal dislike, has been drivel. Read my next book (or not) and feel free to criticise it to high heaven, but I am committed to doing better than the ST columns.




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