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.

Kate Clanchy
Poet, novelist and teacher

Kate Clanchy is an award-winning poet, novelist, non-fiction writer and teacher. She is writer-in-residence at Oxford Spires Academy, a small comprehensive where the children speak 30 languages. Her recent anthology, England: Poems from a School, showcased the work of her students to great acclaim. Her new book, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me looks back over her 30-year career in teaching.

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