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 do you recognise this stalwart of the staffroom?

Mrs Stamp - School Librarian

Mrs Stamp has been school librarian longer than anyone can remember. And her routine is set in stone. There is a point during each afternoon - which she knows from experience to be the quietest - when she will take her sandwiches and a good PG Wodehouse novel to the staffroom for a peaceful 20 minutes.

The role, though, has changed over her career. She is now manager of the "Resources Centre". Book theft has risen sharply - without any obvious sign that the children are actually reading their illegal acquisitions - and borrowing has fallen inversely. She now has to staunchly defend her faded corner of the educational empire from the "sin-bins", "catch-up" classes and "one-to-one" sessions in various guises that threaten to drop anchor extremely noisily. …

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