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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Those Who Can, Teach by Andria Zafirakou, read by Andria Zafirakou.

The powerful, inspiring story of Andria Zafirakou, 'the best teacher in the world', and what it takes to work on the frontlines of education today.

Arts teacher Andria Zafirakou was always a rule-breaker. At her inner-city London school where over a hundred languages are spoken, she would sense urgent needs; mending uniforms, calling social services, shielding vulnerable teens from gangs. And she would tailor each class to its pupils, fiercely believing in the power of art to unlock trauma, or give a mute child the confidence to speak. Time and again, she would be proved right.

So in 2018, when Andria won the million-dollar Global Teacher Prize, she knew exactly where the money would go: back into arts education for all. Because today, the UK government’s cuts and curriculum changes are destroying the arts, while their refusal to tackle the most dangerous threats faced by children - cyber-bullying, gang violence, hunger and deprivation - puts teachers on the safeguarding frontline.

Andria’s story is a rallying wake-up call that shows what life is really like for schoolchildren today and a moving insight into the extraordinary people shaping the next generation.

©2021 Andria Zafirakou (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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"Andria Zafirakou's voice springs off the page: warm, honest and raw with passion. She is here to tell it how it is in British schools, and also what a born teacher can do about it. I am full of admiration." (Kate Clanchy, Orwell Prize-winning author of Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me)

"Zafirakou’s generosity offers a gleam of hope in a world that can seem unremittingly dark." (Guardian)

"Achingly humane.... Searingly wise.... Totally riveting.... Unmissable." (Michael Attenborough CBE)

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Governmental un-met needs in artistic UK education

How the arts saves the education and lives of pupils in the UK, and what more the Government should do. Accidental Teaching Assistant inspired beyond his current-known horizons. Recommended to all starting in challenging educational settings.

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The tacher I dreamt to be, but did not know how

Andrea Zafirakou story is probably many teachers' nightmare. Many continue the uphill journey hoping someone somewhere would show them the way. Read this book and you will understand why you should never give up. Every child, no matter how difficult, needs the Andrea in you. Do not miss this book.

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A must for every teacher!Brilliant!

A passionate delivery.Really ,as teachers ,we touch the future.Felt proud to have been a teacher!