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Karine Cotterill – Head of Learning Technologies at Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form

For the love of kindness

Being the rock that your students know they can come to whenever they need a bit of guidance.

Karine Cotterill – Head of Learning Technologies at Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form

What Mrs M did for the love of inspiration

 

 
Our Classroom Story is about Miss M and how she inspires students around our school. But instead of me or another Blythe Bridge teacher singing her praises, we thought the story would be far better coming from our students themselves… So here’s what one student had to say:

 

“Most people my age often think that all teachers are some sort of babysitters, paid to teach us what we need to know, to tell us ‘Don’t do this’ and ‘Don’t do that’, and to parent us for eight hours a day, five days a week and for five years. However, what a lot of people don’t understand is that every teacher is paid to support us, to direct us on to the right path and be a friend – and that’s exactly what Miss M does.

 

“Every Monday and Thursday morning, I look forward to Health and Social Care, and surely that’s the sign of an amazing teacher. Miss M truly cares about all of her students and is always there to give out advice, like a good cafe gives out free samples.

 

“I always know I can talk to her if I have a problem or if I need some guidance. She always chats to our class and has a laugh with us, while making sure that we’re getting on with our work, offering any help that we need.

 

“Every teacher is paid to support us, to direct us on to the right path and be a friend – and that’s exactly what Miss M does.”

 

“One lesson, my friends and I were talking about how stressful the next few years of our lives are going to be – with GCSEs and then A-levels, before being thrown into a world where we can go to university or have a gap year.

 

“But then Miss M told us about how she messed up her exams and struggled at university. And it made me realise that all this stress and work will pay off one day.

 

“I look at Miss M and realise that she’s what I want to be: a friend to everyone; that friend who reminds you that you’re wonderful and working hard; that friend who helps you when you’ve messed up, and always gives you advice; the friend whose shoulder you can cry on, have that laugh with and, ultimately, always rely on.”

 

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