As head of a special education unit attached to Robinswood Junior School, Gloucester, Una Dowding faced many challenges. Where parents and other teachers had perhaps given up in despair, Una had to find a way of overcoming emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties to allow the children under her care to grow into useful and happy members of society. Una looks back over her career, remembering her former pupils with great fondness and recalling many bewildering and humorous incidents, and the successes that made teaching so satisfying and rewarding. As a member of the Cotswold Writers' Circle, Una is an accomplished poet. A small selection of her poetry is included.