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Like everyone on their first day at school Sam Genovese was full of nerves and excitement. But at the age of 21, he was starting as a trainee teacher at a secondary school in a tough part of town.
Christine Alsford joined him on his first day teaching English at Redbridge Community School in Southampton.
She also spoke to pupils and the headteacher Jason Ashley.
Sam Genovese will spend two years getting skills, qualifications and experience as part of a scheme called Teach First which places talented graduates in schools serving low income areas. They aim is to narrow the gap in performance between disadvantaged pupils and those from more affluent backgrounds.