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My Best Teacher

May 31st, 2010 by Graham Attwell

Despite the ever growing access to multi media technologies and the popularity of video sharing sites, I am finding it hard to track down great videos to feature on the front page of the Pontydysgu site. Anyway, this one somehow came up in a search and I like it very much. It is a bit short on information – the caption to the video by alirizaaribas says — “THIS IS ONLY FOR MY BEST TEACHER.”

If you have ideas for presentations or videos you think we should feature – your own or other peoples – please get in touch.

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    According to the TES teachers in the UK “are more likely to work unpaid overtime than staff in any other industry, with some working almost 13 extra hours per week, according to research.

    A study of official figures from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found that 61.4 per cent of primary school teachers worked unpaid overtime in 2014, equating to 12.9 additional hours a week.

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