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I am an android aide

In a class of eighty-two –

I keep the children on parade

And tell them what to do


No question is too sticky

Or even tarmacadam-y

Nothing is too tricky

In this robot-run academy


I am their bell, all trembly

I ring in moral fibre

I am each day’s assembly

My theme is always cyber


Of course I have no feeling

Of course I don’t emote

My lessons aren’t appealing

They’re all prepared by rote


I manage all the tables

Assessments – they’re the best!

I sort out all the labels

On the new tri-weekly test


I know where every coat is

I have no time for slackers

But I’ve handed in my notice

The marking drove me crackers



Read an article from the Independent here

Read an article from the TES here




Girls from the Girls Schools’ Association predicted that robots would take the place of teachers in fifty years. All schools are to be made ‘academies’ by 2022.

17 March 2016


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