Troubador Nine Till Three and Summers Free

Released: 28/01/2018

ISBN: 9781788034678

Format: Paperback

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Nine Till Three and Summers Free

Life At A Teachers’ Training College: A Memoir


Prequel to the well-received A Life At The Chalkface.


Mike Kent’s new book Nine Till Three and Summers Free describes the extraordinary three years Mike spent as a resident student at a London training college in the sixties. Facilities were basic, many eccentric students seemed less than suited to the rigours of teaching, lecturers struggled to keep abreast of the enormous changes happening in primary education, and only a handful of GCEs were needed to gain a place.


With humour and insight, the author describes the extraordinary events, situations and characters he encounters - the physics lecturer intent on taking his students to pieces, the field course run by an eccentric major, and the hilarious attempt at starting a college film society, the chaotic Freshers’ Hop and the viva examiner who had a passion for Guernsey. Amongst other students we also meet Dudley Hornpipe, a most unlikely candidate for teaching, David Barton, always willing to shave his hair off for a bet, and Simon Daines, who could probably have been a nuclear physicist, but chose teaching instead.

Additionally, the book details Mike’s first teaching practice at a school in a socially deprived area of London, his affection and nostalgia for the children clear as he describes the school that set him on the path to a highly successful career in primary education.

What a delightful book. If you have ever been to college or spent time away from home, you must read this book. Smashing characters and an excellent sense of humour. A must for all book lovers. Loleta Pilgrim

by Loleta Pilgrim retired Deputy headteacher

After reading Mike Kent’s last book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this. It didn’t disappoint! Full of hilarious characters, it made me laugh out loud many times. My favourite part was the beautiful account of the author’s first teaching practice. It’s obvious that his love, passion and commitment to teaching has been there right from the start. Absolutely loved this book, a brilliant read.

by Rachel McMutrie

Captures the joy of training and teaching Primary children in the 60's - an enthusiasm that Mike Kent kept going for over 40 years - a must read for any aspiring teacher. Love and humour shine through every chapter.

by John Lord, Retired Headteacher

A fantastic and educational read that even made me giggle out loud!

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