This warts-and-all look inside an inner city primary school is an intimate and charming account of how people at Edith Neville primary school approach issues that face urban schools everywhere. The author's insightful journalistic eye focuses on how individuals cope with government initiatives, the needs of the pupils and the community at large.
Focusing on the progress of individual children, in some cases from the time they start nursery, this book illuminates contemporary urban school life and provides a human account of major and minor successes, and failures, over a twelve-month period in a passionate but complex educational community. The book highlights how:
In the background the school's managers endeavour to meet targets and inspections, while containing teacher stress and retaining a vision of the broader purpose of education.
'If I had to recommend one book to explain what has happened to Britain's schools in the past 20 years, this would be it…I approached Oranges and Lemons with high hopes. Wallace exceeded them.' -Francis Beckett, New Statesman
'This is a highly readable account of a year in the life of Edith Neville Primary School.' - Church Times
1. Purple Nursery 2. Lunch at the Golden Tulip 3. Red Nose Day 4. Green Jelly 5. Kind of Blue 6. Brown Eyes 7. White Christmas 8. Grey Skies 9. Bright Blue, Beginning with T 10. In the Black 11. Strawberry Ice Cream 12. Pink Hearts