This afternoon, while grazing lessons across a school recently judged to be ‘Outstanding’ I came across a Yr 7 English class where students were reciting, or declaiming, the poem by C. P. Cavafy ‘Waiting for the Barbarians‘. They knew the words and the rythmns and responses were confidently passed from side to side across the room. I saw much else that was inspiring but this will remain with me longest because of the quiet assured confidence of the teaching and the easy seriousness of these young students.
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