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Exodus of talent

Exodus of talent

‘I recently had dinner with a friend from the UK who is travelling through Asia. Vicky has been a London primary school teacher for six years, but this year she is taking a sabbatical. It was that or quit. Vicky has the kind of gentle blue eyes that invite easy confidence, and she’d score highly on a Miss Honeyesque huggability scale. She’s also sharp, insightful, highly educated and well attuned to the more intangible needs of her often wayward charges. Younger, less experienced teachers were for ever seeking refuge in her room over yet another crisis of confidence, safe in the knowledge that Vicky would try to patch them up. Most importantly of all, Vicky loved her pupils. And yet she just couldn’t do it any more. I asked her why.
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