I’m a Teacher Get Me Out of Here

by Francis Gilbert

  • Published: 28 Apr 2005
  • Price: £6.99
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extent: 240p
  • ISBN: 9781904977022
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By turns hilarious, sobering, and downright horrifying, this book tells you the unvarnished truth about teaching. Gilbert candidly describes the remarkable way in which he was trained to be a teacher, and his even more frightening experiences in his first job at Truss comprehensive, one of the worst schools in the country. Follow him on his rollercoaster journey through the world that is the English education system; encounter thuggish and charming children, terrible and brilliant teachers; learn about the sinister effects of school inspectors and the teacher’s disease of ‘controloholism’; spy on what really goes on behind the closed doors of inner city schools.


“A fantastic book, a cheeringly horrifying and right on the nail description of the sheer terror of being deep ended into teaching – Gilbert writes so well that you half-suspect he could give up the day job.”
The Independent

“Funny and poignant, but also a cry of pain. It should be compulsory reading for successive secretaries of state.”
Clare Short, New Statesman

“…spell-binding…I read it one jaw-dropping gulp…” – Tim Brighouse, TES

“…fascinating and finely observed…” – Peter Ackroyd

“A frank and vivid account of a young teacher coming to terms with the horrors of real life in a real inner-city school” 
Philip Pullman

“This is a blast, chilling, often funny and eminently readable.”
The Journal

“A must read for any teacher, especially those who work in inner-city schools.”
Gillian Dobie, Children Now

“A salutary tale, vividly told.” 
Daily Mail

About Francis Gilbert

Francis Gilbert has taught in a variety of comprehensives in London, and currently teaches English part-time. He lives in east London with his wife and son. All his pupils think his coolest appearance was on the Russell Brand show.