PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 July 2018 Alex Shaw Former teacher Rosina Purnell, 71, has written a memoir about her career in education. Picture: Ken Mears Archant A retired teacher has written a memoir about her years schooling some of east London’s most deprived pupils. Rosina Purnell. Picture: Ken MearsRosina Purnell, 71, who served on Havering Council for eight years, started her career in education soon after graduating college in Nottingham.Raised in Manor Park, she wanted to escape the capital and challenge herself.Her wish took her from a small mining town in Hoyland, South Yorkshire, to the now-demolished Faraday Secondary Modern School in Holborn Road, Plaistow.Under stretched resources and strict rules, she hoped to inspire children to take up a love of literature.Rosina Purnell. Picture: Ken Mears“It was partly terrifying and partly inspiring,” she told the Recorder.“There were huge discipline problems there.”Pupils, she said, put on a tough exterior in her English classes. Like the children in South Yorkshire, who exaggerated their accents to bemuse and baffle the only two southern members of staff — the other being the deputy head — young east Londoners didn’t take kindly to unfamiliar faces.“All the kids must have felt rejected,” said Rosina.“In order to gain… Read full this story
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