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I’m a teacher and I live in the back of a van | Education

If I’d thought, 10 years into teaching, I’d be camping in the back of a van during the week, parking up under darkened coastal coverts, surviving on my wits at the front of class by day and my wife’s tasty pack-ups by night, would I have taken the plunge?I have two sleeping bags (four-season), two duvets (goose-down), a blanket and a woolly hat, and I’m happy. Happy to be in work at 7.30 in the morning till 8.30 at night, relying on the school showers and kitchen, and happy with my established routine. I’m the first person in school after the caretaker and the last to leave. It works because it has to.My family home is 80 miles from my school. It’s a 90-minute commute with a sizeable national park in between. The long drive was never realistic and we can’t move house, so the van became a tin knight in rusted armour. At first it was only for a term – I thought I’d find a job somewhere closer to home – but by Christmas, without a viable long-term alternative, I signed up for two more terms.This isn’t the only school I’ve worked at, but it’s the only one I would live this way for; away from my wife, family and homely comforts.My school is a “coastal coaster”. It’s doing great work despite the government label, and it’s where I began my career. For six years I enjoyed “good” and “outstanding” teaching observations and results. For six years I made a meaningful and lasting impact on the children under my wing. I joke that we save lives. But we do.Ofsted plans overhaul of inspections to look beyond exam results Read more When I married, I left for dizzier heights: a new school nearer to home. It was a disaster. My teaching observations plummeted from “outstanding” to “requires improvement”. I was burned out from stress. My last observation was the final straw. I felt it was an exceptional lesson, children opening up layer after layer of meaning. But I went beyond the allotted 10 minutes before telling students the lesson objective, which is not allowed. Pupils were eager to know more; proud of their learning. The lesson was a success, but “improvement” was the epitaph. It felt as if discovery wasn’t relevant, it was dead. Teaching there was not for me. My confidence and love of teaching were no more. My parting gift, a prescription of pills.So, after a year, back I came, to the school I loved, to friendly faces, warm hearts and pupils poised for banter and...

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