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Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me
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Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781509840311

Publication Date: 19 Mar 2020

Suitable for: Secondary

Winner of the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2020.


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Winner of the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2020.

'The best book on teachers and children and writing that I've ever read. No-one has said better so much of what so badly needs saying' - Philip Pullman

Kate Clanchy wants to change the world and thinks school is an excellent place to do it. She invites you to meet some of the kids she has taught in her thirty-year career.

Join her as she explains everything about sex to a classroom of thirteen-year-olds. As she works in the school 'Inclusion Unit', trying to improve the fortunes of kids excluded from regular lessons because of their terrifying power to end learning in an instant. Or as she nurtures her multicultural poetry group, full of migrants and refugees, watches them find their voice and produce work of heartbreaking brilliance.

While Clanchy doesn't deny stinging humiliations or hide painful accidents, she celebrates this most creative, passionate and practically useful of jobs. Teaching today is all too often demeaned, diminished and drastically under-resourced. Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me will show you why it shouldn't be.


Introduction - i: Introduction from Kate Clanchy
Chapter - 1: About Love, Sex, and the Limits of Embarrassment: Callum, Paul, Liam, Akash, Emmanuel, and Javel
Chapter - 2: About Exclusion: Kylie, Royar, and Simon
Chapter - 3: About Nations, Papers, and Where We Belong: Shakila, Aadil, and Me
Chapter - 4: About Writing, Secrets, and Being Foreign: Priti, Farah, Priya, and Amina
Chapter - 5: About the Hijab: Imani's Argument
Chapter - 6: About Uniform: Elsa, Connor, and Saira
Chapter - 7: On the Church in Schools: Tess, Jude, and Oldest One
Chapter - 8: About Prayer: Emily, Priya, and Kamal Kamal's Paris
Chapter - 9: About Poverty, Art, and How to Choose a School: Cheyenne, Darren, My Son, and Scarlett
Chapter - 10: About Prizes: Phillip and Tanya
Chapter - 11: About Selection: Sets and Streams, Grammars and Not: Jez and Oldest One
Chapter - 12: About Teaching English: Michael and Allen
Chapter - 13: About Being Out of Place: Sofia, Janie, and Chris
Chapter - 14: About Being Well: Lianne, Danielle, Susie, Kristell, Courtney, and Dawud
Chapter - 15: About What I Think I Am Doing: Jason, Aimee, Heya, and Shakila

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