Every new teacher should have a mentor – I had. | bellitumsblog

Life is very difficult for young secondary teachers in Ireland these days. Permanent positions are hard to come by so newly qualified teachers experience a great deal of insecurity. The present generation of teenagers are a more challenging bunch than their parents’ generation. Staffrooms are increasingly stressful. It was not always thus. Those of us who entered the profession in the years after the introduction of free secondary education in 1967 were more fortunate. A flood of new pupils into the system required a flood of new teachers. The numbers of nuns, priests, and brothers had been…

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