"I'm not learning from my teacher!"

At some point in your child's schooling you are bound to come across this statement. When I was younger, it was my maths teacher: she was old-school, liked to write some sums on the blackboard and then sit at her desk for the rest of the lesson while we tried and failed to work out what we were supposed to be doing. Any requests were met with derision... I think that very few teachers would do that today, where teachers are trained to spend the lesson doing the rounds of the classroom, helping out where possible and building relationships with pupils.

However, when our children come home from school saying that they are not learning from a particular teacher, we have to take that seriously. I have come from all th