Secret Teacher: parents, stop undermining us in front of your children

We want your children to succeed as much as you do. When you undercut us, it not only upsets us but we have to work even harder to regain students’ respect

I left school crying recently after parents’ evening. But it wasn’t a student who reduced me to tears – it was her mother.

I had just finished giving my speech about becoming who you want to be, leading by example and using lunchtime sessions to focus on learning, when I looked to her mum for support. All I got was: “She can’t work because your room is too noisy.”

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