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About Rob Donovan
  • Grammar-school educated in Dartford, Kent.
  • Scholarship to St Catherine’s, Oxford, to read History.
  • Thirty years plus at the chalk-face – the love affair with teaching the young never diminished.
  • Degrees: Four Masters and one Doctorate.
  • A creative life now as an author.
 
More About Rob Donovan

I wrote quite a lot about myself in ‘What’s Wrong with Schools’ in 1984. Anyone interested in some of the salient features of the early life would find that piece an interesting read.

Here, I single out a few of the ‘personae’ that have identified me in my later life, since my mid-30s:

 

Rob Donovan - Scholar and Academic

Having failed the 11+ first time round and scraped into Dartford Grammar School after supplementary tests and interview, my self-confidence was, shall we say, fragile. But I had internalised my parents' concern that I should work hard and do well. And on the whole I did enjoy lessons and learning. I was usually in the top third of the class in most subjects and did take pleasure in doing very well in History.

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Rob Donovan - Teacher

First, the bare statistics for this classroom teacher who made it into the ranks of middle management as a Head of Department in his second year of teaching and rose no further:

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Rob Donovan - Runner

I relish this ‘persona’ a lot, not least because it seems so counter-intuitive for someone like me who ‘couldn’t run for toffee’ as a child to qualify as a runner today. As a kid, I was short-sighted and didn’t get to wear corrective glasses until I was 11 years old. I remember knocking myself out and being taken to hospital when I misjudged the gap between the wall edge at the back of the house and the passage way to the side-kitchen door and ran straight into the wall, aged around nine. Doh!

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More About Rob Donovan
Rob Donovan - Scholar and Academic
Rob Donovan - Teacher
Rob Donovan - Runner
 
Rob Donovan - Scholar and Academic
Rob Donovan - University of East Anglia, Norwich - Ph.D. ceremony - 2004
 
Rob Donovan - Teacher
Rob Donovan - Suffolk Comprehensive - c1993
 
Rob Donovan - Runner
Running in the London Marathon – 2012