Today I sat at the back of a series of cramped, dark, hot, crumbling classrooms and witnessed five lessons from the ‘centre of excellence’ in that county.  It was not, as promised, very excellent at all.

I think what dawned on me today, perched hour after hour behind rows of students glued to their laptops, is what high standards I held myself to in my last, unqualified classroom, and how much I learned by myself simply from doing the job.