It's 1977 and Jack Sheffield is appointed headmaster of a small village primary school in North Yorkshire. So begins Jack's eventful journey through the school year and his attempts to overcome the many problems that face him as a young and inexperienced headmaster.
It's 1977 and Jack Sheffield is appointed headmaster of a small village primary school in North Yorkshire. So begins Jack's eventful journey through the school year and his attempts to overcome the many problems that face him as a young and inexperienced headmaster.The many colourful chapters include Ruby the 20 stone caretaker with an acute spelling problem, a secretary who worships Margaret Thatcher, a villager who grows giant carrots, a barmaid/parent who requests sex lessons, and a five-year-old boy whose language is colourful in the extreme. And then there's also beautiful, bright Beth Henderson, who is irresistibly attractive to the young headmaster...Warm, funny and nostalgic, TEACHER, TEACHER is a delightful read that is guaranteed to make you feel better, whatever kind of day you've had.
Jack Sheffield was born in 1945 and grew up in the tough environment of Gipton Estate, in North East Leeds. After a job as a 'pitch boy', repairing roofs, he became a Corona Pop Man before going to St John's College, York, and training to be a teacher. In the late 70s and 80s, he was a headteacher of two schools in North Yorkshire before becoming Senior Lecturer in primary education at Bretton Hall near Wakefield. It was at this time he began to record his many amusing stories of village life. He lives in York and Hampshire.
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"Heartbeat for teachers" Fay Yeomans, BBC Radio "Howzat for a great Yorkshire novel" Dickie Bird "A wonderful gallery of village characters" Yorkshire Evening Press "Refreshing...hilarious detail" Yorkshire Post "Wry and touching ... the warm and nostalgic story of Jack's efforts to run the school is told with understanding and colourful humour...Sheffield writes with understanding and colourful humour" Good Book Guide
A funny, heart-warming and semi-autobiographical story in the tradition of James Herriot about a year in the life of a Yorkshire primary school in the late 1970s.