16 Nov '14

News Teaching children with mental health problems can be the best and worst job

If you cant deal with knowing what the kids have been through, then you cant stay in the job. Deputy headteacher Robin Jones-Ford on working in a special schoolDeputy headteacher Robin Jones-Ford is a teacher at Gloucester House, an independent special school with a specialist clinical team in Hampstead, London.Working with children with mental health problems is the best and worst job in the world. When its great its fantastic and when its bad its bloody awful. One of my first jobs after leaving school was in a unit for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties and I immediately knew that this kind of work was going to be the focus of my career. Being able to do a very difficult job is life affirming. The satisfaction of working through all the difficulties students have, building a relationship and moving forward is so much greater because of all the work youve done to get there. Continue reading...

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