Ryan Wilson's experiences as an English teacher inspired him to write Let That Be a Lesson, an account of the challenging and inspiring time he spent at the chalkface. Now, Ryan shares a selection of the books he studied, and some that he taught, that have stayed with him since leaving the classroom.
Ryan Wilson was born and grew up in Northern Ireland where knew from an early age that he wanted to be a teacher. Straight out of university, he did a PGCE at the age of twenty-one and, after his training, spent five years teaching in a comprehensive school in Essex before leaving for a Head of Department job in London. He loved every aspect of teaching - the planning, the kids, the colleagues, the material, even the marking - but after a decade of budget cuts, hyper-accountability and unsupportive governments Ryan eventually left teaching to go back to university and now works as a radio producer and reporter. He has written about education for the Guardian and the Times Educational Supplement, including taking on the mantle of the Guardian's Secret Teacher.
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