It was my last day at my current school today. I didn’t know for sure until this morning so I couldn’t tell the students and that meant no presents or nice cards! 

Staff threw me a lovely leaving party and bought me champagne.

A few students said extremely lovely things like they never had a favourite teacher until me and that I am the most positive and joyful teacher they ever had. 

Then one went and spoiled it by saying that he heard I was gay but that I couldn’t be because I was a great teacher. I said, in response, “That’s an interesting analysis, I don’t think the two things are related”

Aren’t teenagers strange? Most are lovely and wonderful individuals but some are growing up in homes where homophobia is normal and this is not preparing them for the real world.
I am focussing on the positives and having a beer to celebrate another term of trying to make a difference.


Here’s where to leave your endorsement for my NDA nomination:


About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (, personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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