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Dumbledore named teachers' favourite fictional teacher

25/07/2014 Joanna
Harry Potter character Albus Dumbledore has been named as UK teachers' favourite fictional member of their profession.

Some 1,200 teachers took part in an online poll organised by The Times Educational Supplement and Dumbledore emerged victorious, beating a range of other promising candidates including Matilda's Miss Honey, who came second, and Mr Keating, from the Dead Poets Society, who took fourth place.

Analysing the results, Beth Marshall, associate professor of education at Simon Fraser University, said the appeal of many of the characters lay in their ability to circumvent the rules.

"Schooling is mostly learning about how to follow rules, and a lot of these teachers that we love break those rules," she commented.

Characters from the Harry Potter series featured prominently in the list, with Minerva McGonagall taking third place and Severus Snape coming seventh, testifying to the popularity of JK Rowling's creation.

Other notable inclusions were Hector from The History Boys, Mr Gilbert from The Inbetweeners and Grange Hill's Mrs McClusky.ADNFCR-2164-ID-801737847-ADNFCR
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