Let That Be a Lesson

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What to expect

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The malodorous horrors of Sports Day.
Bracing yourself for Parents’ Evening.
Refereeing teenage relationship dramas.

This is not what you see in the adverts.

From the age of eight, Ryan Wilson dreamt of being a teacher. This is the inside story of his time at the chalkface, from fresh-faced trainee with grand ideals to exhausted assistant head battling ever-changing government demands. It is a tribute to the colleagues who befriended him and to the chaotic, brilliant, maddening students who inspired and enraged him. From Sean, the wannabe gangster with a soft heart, to David, the king of innuendo, and terrifyingly clever Amelia. And, above all, it’s about the lessons they taught him: how to be patient and resilient, how to live authentically and how to value every day.

‘Hilarious, inspiring and so terrifyingly true’ Lucy Kellaway

A hilarious love letter to teaching – and to teenagers. It throws open the doors to the staff room and our ears to the gossip insideChristie Watson

© Ryan Wilson 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • A frank, funny and long overdue ode to teachers and teaching

    Adam Kay
  • A delightfully frank and funny book – with a very serious message

    Jacqueline Wilson
  • An ode to teaching: hilarious, inspiring and so terrifyingly true

    Lucy Kellaway
  • Very funny

  • A genuinely joyful book and a celebration of teaching

    Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School & College Leaders

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