“This school is like a prison, Miss”

When the leadership of my previous school insisted we march the students around the school at the beginning of every half-term to ‘practise’ silent corridors, I knew I had to go. An English teacher writes in Teachwire 

In spite of pupils from Year 9 upwards gloriously refusing to follow the corridor directive, and my Year 10s subversively whispering to me that “this is like a prison, miss”, I was finding it increasingly difficult to shut my classroom door to the oppressive ‘zero tolerance’ environment that was developing around me.

It was something of a shock, therefore, when I found myself completely frazzled at the end of every day in my first half-term of joining the (new) school.

My classroom had become a battleground unlike anything I’d experienced since becoming a beleaguered trainee teacher six years before.

Read the full article “This school is like a prison, Miss” 

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  1. Kinyi

    It’s really sound like a prison. At school corridors, a priori, it can’t be quiet, because children need to put their energy somewhere. I studied at normal school,but I always hated to write essays especially about culture. Therefore I always used free culture essays,because professionals do it much better than me.

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