Your teacher training or professional development course will now probably include Masters level assessment and credits as teaching ‘becomes an M-level profession’ and a greater emphasis is placed on helping teachers develop deeper understandings about aspects of learning and teaching through a higher level of critical reflection.Learning and Teaching at M-Level will guide you through the various different aspects of doing M-level work at either the primary or secondary level, and help you to develop a deeper professional understanding. Your ability to research and understand learning environments will form a key part of making you an inquisitive and better teacher, and engagement with research underpins the book.  

Teacher Professionalism Today

Teacher professionalism today

In this chapter you will explore:

  • The terrain of professionalism
  • Specialist knowledge
  • Collective autonomy
  • Civic duties and professional values
  • The curriculum: what it is and who designs it
  • Neo-liberalism and education
  • The 21st-century school
  • Modernism and education policy
  • Modernism and school organisation
  • Postmodernism and school organisation


The zeitgeist of the 21st century is characterised by a focus upon education. In England, New Labour came to power in May 1997 with a mantra of ‘Education, Education, Education’. Since then the focus has, if anything, become sharper. As you progress through your PGCE year you will become socialised into the professional context of education. This socialisation will take place in school, where, as soon as you enter the grounds, you are caught up in the rich fabric of everyday life, engaging with pupils, ...

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