The future of teaching
Poems from a school
Kate Clanchy has taught in state schools for nearly 30 years. In discussion with Andrea Catherwood, Kate shares some of stories and poems from some of the children she has taught and the lessons she’s learned, offering us a revelatory picture of school life, and a fascinating look at the role education plays in our society today.
Discussing the undoubtedly difficult situation in many schools, Kate talks about her students as people, whose diversity, humour and brains she aims to celebrate and about the uplifting power of teaching when practiced well. She shares with us the success she’s seen and encouraged in some of the most challenging pupils she has known, and about the effect this has had on her, as a teacher, mother and citizen.