Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Staffroom Stereotypes - Which Type Are You?: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Staffroom Stereotypes - Which Type Are You?: News

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Professional development is a journey of self-discovery. To help you along the way, TES is offering an ever so slightly tongue-in-cheek series of questions that will uncover who you really are. Supportive colleague or anxious newbie? Passionate part-timer or management material? Log on to www.tesconnect.com/quiz to find out the truth.

But before you bare your soul, do you recognise this titan of track and field?

DAI LLAFFIN

He could have been a contender; he could have been somebody. And if it wasn't for that recurring calf injury during his second season playing in the 1st XV at the Merthyr Meatheads Rugby Club, Dai wouldn't have missed out on that elusive cap for Wales.

As it is, he has to settle for second-in-command in the physical education department. Such lofty positions have their advantages, of course. Few colleagues have the power to send more junior staff members off to the sports track with 145 wheezing children while remaining cosily inside to scour eBay for sports sunglasses on the departmental iPad. Fewer still can call their charges by their surnames and suddenly whisk a roughly hewn "team" to the outer edges of the county with 20 minutes' notice and not a single indemnity form in sight. …

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