03 March 2016, The Tablet

We're on the brink of a teaching crisis but there's still much to celebrate about school

Recent research suggests that hundreds of teachers are leaving the United Kingdom each year to teach abroad. Worryingly, there are more following this path than are training each year. We are on the brink, if not in the middle, of a crisis. There is no doubt that teaching is a challenging vocation. The pressures are numerous and it can feel unrelenting. Yes, UK schools are imperfect and the curriculum changes are tough. Yes, it is a career choice that requires a certain amount of self-sacrifice and, yes, it is not always ideal. Nevertheless, I can’t see myself escaping across the water.When I announced my decision to teach it felt somewhat like an admission of guilt. Coming from a family with more than its fair share of teachers, they knew what this announcement meant. Long days, we
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