A Life at the Chalkface: A Memoir Of A London Headteacher Mike Kent

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Published: February 8th 2015

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245 pages


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A Life at the Chalkface: A Memoir Of A London Headteacher  by  Mike Kent

A Life at the Chalkface: A Memoir Of A London Headteacher by Mike Kent
February 8th 2015 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 245 pages | ISBN: | 9.25 Mb

Foreword by Sir Timothy Brighouse.A realistic but touching look at school life at a tough inner city school by the headteacher who turned the school around and is an acclaimed columnist for the Times Education Supplement and other publications.‘InMoreForeword by Sir Timothy Brighouse.A realistic but touching look at school life at a tough inner city school by the headteacher who turned the school around and is an acclaimed columnist for the Times Education Supplement and other publications.‘In the early eighties, Mike Kent took on the headship of a tough, inner city primary school and built it into one of the most popular primary schools in London.In ‘A Life At The Chalkface’ Mike describes with humour and insight the challenges he experienced as English primary education changed beyond belief during three decades.

Never a stranger to controversy, Mike survived a racial tribunal, an eighteen month battle with Ofsted, local school inspectors who were determined to make him conform, and bureaucrats who viewed children merely as outcome units.His love of teaching and teachers shines through as he describes the many unique characters who passed through his school… the boy who wanted to be a bus, the ex-pupil who became a society thief, the teacher who couldn’t throw anything away, the fire officer who described children’s art as hazardous wall substances and the parent who was determined to enrol his three month old daughter in the Reception class.A Life At The Chalkface gives a unique insight into the trials and tribulations of headship, and it will be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone with an interest in education and a sense of humour.’ContentsForeword by Sir Tim BrighouseIntroductionChapter 1 - A School Of My OwnChapter 2 - Finding My FeetChapter 3 - First Day At The ChalkfaceChapter 4 - A Term Of TrialChapter 5 - A Test Of My LeadershipChapter 6 - Walking With DinosaursChapter 7 - The New Inspector CallsChapter 8 - A Tidal Wave Of ChangeChapter 9 - Appeals, Appointments and Questionable GovernanceChapter 10 - All Children Great And SmallChapter 11 - No Parents Past This PointChapter 12 - The Computer RevolutionChapter 13 - Challenging OfstedChapter 14 - The Bureaucratic NightmareChapter 15 - Polythene, Pigeons and Eccentric ElectricsChapter 16 - Troubling TeachersChapter 17 - The Roar Of The GreasepaintChapter 18 - Winding DownAbout the AuthorMike Kent has for the last 13 years been a featured columnist on The Times Educational Supplement.

For two years running, he was a runner-up for the PPA Columnist Of The Year award. He has written over 400 articles for educational magazines and newspapers, and 27 musical plays for children. He recently retired as headteacher of a tough inner city school.



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