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A poem both about how I feel being observed on my PGCE teacher training course, but also giving a voice to the children I teach, as I also stand in the roll of ‘assessor’ for them.

They don’t know my worth.

No assessor, examiner or observer

can put a grade on me –

can put a price on me.

.

You might not like my work

You may tell me I’ve failed

at jumping through the hoops that you invented.

You may tell me I don’t fit

into the mould that you created for your own purpose

( mostly money?)

.

But I want to be who I am meant to be –

to be the shape I am meant to be

to take the journey I am meant to take

and if you let me, the world will gain from it.

.

Just don’t put a price on me

don’t put a grade on me –

You don’t know my worth.

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