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Jo Morris meets three people who have turned their backs on lucrative careers and have chosen to retrain as teachers.

Recorded at various stages over the past academic year, hear how they cope in their first year and whether they've made the right decision.

Episodes

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Alan Coren1988110620140105 (BBC7)
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Robert Booth summons the humorist and broadcaster to his study to discuss school reports.

Robert Booth summons Alan Coren to his study to blow the dust off the humorist and broadcaster's school reports. From November 1988.

Robert Booth summons Alan Coren to his study to blow the dust off the humorist and broadcaster's school reports. From November 1988.

Robert Booth summons famous comics to his study for a quiet word

Dame Edna Everage1988120420140119 (BBC7)
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Robert Booth has a quiet word with the international megastar about her school reports.

Robert Booth has a quiet word with international megastar housewife Dame Edna Everage about her school reports. From December 1998.

Robert Booth has a quiet word with international megastar housewife Dame Edna Everage about her school reports. From December 1998.

Robert Booth summons famous comics to his study for a quiet word

Dark Days20181004Lucy Kellaway charts her new start as a trainee teacher at the age of 58, moving from the comfortable life of an FT columnist to the realities of teaching in East London.

In 2016, the Financial Times’ management columnist Lucy Kellaway announced she was starting a new career as a teacher. Calling on others of a certain age to join her, she set up the Now Teach organisation to help older professionals become trainees in challenging schools. The scheme received over a thousand applications and selected just under fifty to join, including former corporate lawyers, investment bankers and senior civil servants.

This series follows Lucy and the other trainees over their first year as they encounter the ups and downs of their new life as novice teachers in inner city London.

Episode 4 – Dark Days
Lucy confronts the difficulties of her new life and talks to others who have reached crisis point.

Producer: Russell Finch
Assistant Producer: Dasha Lisitsina
A Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

Journalist Lucy Kellaway charts her new start as a trainee teacher at the age of 58.

Producer: Russell Finch
Assistant Producer: Dasha Lisitsina
A Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

First Day20181002Lucy Kellaway charts her new start as a trainee teacher at the age of 58, moving from the comfortable life of an FT columnist to the realities of teaching in East London.

In 2016, the Financial Times’ management columnist Lucy Kellaway announced she was starting a new career as a teacher. Calling on others of a certain age to join her, she set up the Now Teach organisation to help older professionals become trainees in challenging schools. The scheme received over a thousand applications and selected just under fifty to join, including former corporate lawyers, investment bankers and senior civil servants.

This series follows Lucy and the other trainees over their first year as they encounter the ups and downs of their new life as novice teachers in inner city London.

Episode 2 – First Day
Lucy has her first day at her new school in East London, and teaches her very first maths lesson.

Producer: Russell Finch
Assistant Producer: Dasha Lisitsina
A Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

Journalist Lucy Kellaway charts her new start as a trainee teacher at the age of 58.

Producer: Russell Finch
Assistant Producer: Dasha Lisitsina
A Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

Kenneth Williams1987102820131215 (BBC7)
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Robert Booth summons Kenneth Williams for a quiet word about the actor's school reports.

Robert Booth summons Kenneth Williams to his study for a quiet word about the comic actor's school reports. From October 1987.

Robert Booth summons Kenneth Williams to his study for a quiet word about the comic actor's school reports. From October 1987.

Robert Booth summons famous comics to his study for a quiet word

Last Day20181001Lucy Kellaway charts her new start as a trainee teacher at the age of 58, moving from the comfortable life of an FT columnist to the realities of teaching in East London.

In 2016, the Financial Times’ management columnist Lucy Kellaway announced she was starting a new career as a teacher. Calling on others of a certain age to join her, she set up the Now Teach organisation to help older professionals become trainees in challenging schools. The scheme received over a thousand applications and selected just under fifty to join, including former corporate lawyers, investment bankers and senior civil servants.

This series follows Lucy and the other trainees over their first year as they encounter the ups and downs of their new life as novice teachers in inner city London.

Episode 1 – Last Day
It’s Lucy’s final day in her old job at the Financial Times. She talks to sceptical colleagues and undergoes that final duty of leaving a workplace - the boss’s speech.

Producer: Russell Finch
Assistant Producer: Dasha Lisitsina
A Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

Journalist Lucy Kellaway charts her new start as a trainee teacher at the age of 58.

Producer: Russell Finch
Assistant Producer: Dasha Lisitsina
A Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

Lessons Learnt20181005Lucy Kellaway charts her new start as a trainee teacher at the age of 58, moving from the comfortable life of an FT columnist to the realities of teaching in East London.

In 2016, the Financial Times’ management columnist Lucy Kellaway announced she was starting a new career as a teacher. Calling on others of a certain age to join her, she set up the Now Teach organisation to help older professionals become trainees in challenging schools. The scheme received over a thousand applications and selected just under fifty to join, including former corporate lawyers, investment bankers and senior civil servants.

This series follows Lucy and the other trainees over their first year as they encounter the ups and downs of their new life as novice teachers in inner city London.

Episode 5 – Lessons Learnt
Lucy moves to a new school and teaches her final lesson.

Producer: Russell Finch
Assistant Producer: Dasha Lisitsina
A Somethin’ Else Production for BBC Radio 4

Journalist Lucy Kellaway charts her new start as a trainee teacher at the age of 58.

Producer: Russell Finch
Assistant Producer: Dasha Lisitsina
A Somethin’ Else Production for BBC Radio 4

Stephen Fry1987110420131222 (BBC7)
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Robert Booth summons writer and comic actor Stephen Fry to his study for a quiet word.

Robert Booth summons writer and comic actor Stephen Fry to his study for a quiet word about his school reports. From November 1987.

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Robert Booth summons writer and comic actor Stephen Fry to his study for a quiet word about his school reports. From November 1987.

Robert Booth summons famous comics to his study for a quiet word

Terence Stamp1987112520131229 (BBC7)
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Robert Booth summons the actor to his study for a quiet word about his school reports.

Robert Booth summons Terence Stamp to his study for a quiet word about the actor's school reports. From November 1987.

Robert Booth summons Terence Stamp to his study for a quiet word about the actor's school reports. From November 1987.

Robert Booth summons famous comics to his study for a quiet word

The Half-term Wobble20181003Lucy Kellaway charts her new start as a trainee teacher at the age of 58, moving from the comfortable life of an FT columnist to the realities of teaching in East London.

In 2016, the Financial Times’ management columnist Lucy Kellaway announced she was starting a new career as a teacher. Calling on others of a certain age to join her, she set up the Now Teach organisation to help older professionals become trainees in challenging schools. The scheme received over a thousand applications and selected just under fifty to join, including former corporate lawyers, investment bankers and senior civil servants.

This series follows Lucy and the other trainees over their first year as they encounter the ups and downs of their new life as novice teachers in inner city London.

Episode 3 – The Half-Term Wobble
As the trainees reach half term, Lucy finds out how they are adapting to being at the bottom of the pecking order.

Producer: Russell Finch
Assistant Producer: Dasha Lisitsina
A Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

Journalist Lucy Kellaway charts her new start as a trainee teacher at the age of 58.

Producer: Russell Finch
Assistant Producer: Dasha Lisitsina
A Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

Wendy Cope1988112020140112 (BBC7)
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Robert Booth summons the ex-teacher to his study for a quiet word about her school reports

Robert Booth summons poet and ex-teacher Wendy Cope to his study for a quiet word about her school reports. From November 1988.

Robert Booth summons famous comics to his study for a quiet word

0120051107How do they cope in their first year and do they have any regrets?

1/3. Jo Morris meets three people who have turned their backs on lucrative careers and have chosen to retrain as teachers. How do they cope in their first year and do they have any regrets?

0220051114It's the spring term, and one of the trio is starting to have second thoughts.

2/3. Jo Morris meets three people who have turned their backs on lucrative careers and chosen to retrain as teachers. It's the spring term, and one of the trio is starting to have second thoughts.

03 LAST20051121'I didn't think it was enough to have 'made a lot of money' on my tombstone.

I want to make a difference.'.

3/3. 'I didn't think it was enough to have 'made a lot of money' on my tombstone. I want to make a difference.'

Jo Morris meets three people who've turned their backs on lucrative careers and have chosen to retrain as teachers. Recorded at various stages over the past academic year, hear how they cope in their first year and whether they've made the right decision.