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Young lives blighted by a lack of support | Letters | Education

Your editorial (A less confrontational and better funded system for vulnerable pupils is needed, 28 October) was admirably understated. Its arrival on our breakfast table coincided with our grocery delivery, brought in by a cheerful young man whose job as a teacher and specialist in behavioural problems at a school in Cardiff had just been cut – along with the jobs of five others in his field. The reason given was that there was no longer any need for teachers…

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Mogg Hercules obituary | Education

My friend Mogg Hercules, who has died aged 80, set up and ran a remarkable school in Clerkenwell, central London. Its motto is: “Value your own worth and understand the differences in others.” Born Maureen Atkin in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, she was the daughter of Charlie Atkin, a bricklayer, and his wife, Connie (nee Smith), a machinist. The family moved to Melbourne, Australia, in 1949. Mogg, whose name came from her younger brother’s inability to say Maureen, won a scholarship to…

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