Secret Teacher: people think teaching is easier in private schools. They’re wrong

Aug 7, 2016 by

Racism, bullying and expecting money to buy top marks – I’ve seen it all while training at an independent school

You might think that teaching in an independent school is an easy gig. But you’d be wrong.

I’ve just completed my PGCE at a leafy private school and it has been tough. Take an early, horrific, double lesson with my year 11 class: I’d spent hours planning and preparing little cards for a matching exercise, but within 10 minutes the cards were stamped, scrunched and thrown all over the floor.

Tom was looking at his phone. David and Oliver sent my coffee flying while practising rugby tackles. When Ahmed came in late, he swore. But his voice was drowned out by Tobias and Henry chanting “Allahu Akbar!”. I told them that their behaviour was unacceptable and forced them to apologise, which they did, albeit half-heartedly.

I held my nerve and dealt with each new disruption in turn, calmly reasserting the rules. I was starting to win the battle, until Oliver sneered: “I don’t have to do what you say. My father pays your wages. And anyway, I don’t take orders from a woman.” Just then, my eyes meet those of another – impeccably behaved – student; his were pleading, mine were apologising.

 

Source: Secret Teacher: people think teaching is easier in private schools. They’re wrong | Teacher Network | The Guardian

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