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Writer, teacher and journalist Kate Clanchy's Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me is an important, funny and candid memoir that offers a stunning insight into life inside British state schools.

Regarded by His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman as 'the best book on teachers and children and writing that I've ever read', the book finds Kate looking back over the past three decades working in schools and celebrating the creativity, passion and practical nous of teachers.

She recalls sex education classes with a group of 13-year-olds; working in a school's 'inclusion unit' to try and improve the fortunes of children who preferred not to learn; and nurturing a multi-cultural poetry group full of migrants and refugees.

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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. I want to see this book become a bestseller, I want to see it in every staffroom, I want to see it read by every student teacher. This is a wonderful achievement. (Philip Pullman)

One of the most inspiring books about teaching you’ll ever read . . . superbly well written . . . brilliantly funny . . . read this book, then lots of poetry and the world will be a better place. (Bryan Appleyard Sunday Times)

Inspiring, moving and funny . . . Each story stands up the belief in the power of education to change lives . . . A book that will appeal not just to other teachers and parents, but to anyone who cares about education. Her classroom anecdotes are inspiring, mortifying, energising and moving. I’d give her an A*. (Alex O'Connell The Times)

Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me is beautifully written and full of heart. Kate Clanchy has written a love letter to teachers everywhere, to remind us all that as children we begin with tolerance and love. (Christie Watson, author of The Language of Kindness)

These sometimes painful, often funny reports provide a valuable insight into the young lives flailing, striving and blossoming in the nation’s classrooms. (Stephen Kelman, author of Pigeon English)

Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me is an honest and heartwarming look at a career path that is often demeaned, diminished and under-resourced, and will show you why it shouldn’t be (Sarah Shaffi Stylist)

Kate Clanchy is an extraordinary person . . . Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me is full of treasures . . . It’s clear from this book that she has changed the world for a significant number of young people . . . Read it. It will make you a better person, kinder and more understanding. (Spectator)

Honest and heartwarming (Stylist, 2019’s best non-fiction books)

An engrossing read – a fascinating memoir of a career dedicated to educating a generation of young people. Highly recommended, and downright essential for fellow teachers. (Culturefly)

Funny, cynical, inspiring . . . [Clanchy has] a wicked way of describing failure in the education system (Andrew Billen The Times)

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By telling the stories of some of the kids she’s taught, as well as her own, Kate Clanchy (MBE) offers a candid, funny and moving insight into life in British state schools today.

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