How can I develop my identity as a teacher? How does engaging in research benefit my own teaching practice? Becoming a successful teacher in secondary education requires a strong understanding of a wide range of professional teaching issues, including practical concerns such as curriculum development and learning through observation in the classroom, alongside key conceptual aspects such as critical reflection and understanding the nature of learning. This book addresses these issues alongside a range of additional important contemporary topics in secondary education. Highlighting the importance for student teachers to enhance their development by engaging with research, Professional Issues in Secondary Teaching is designed to support professional studies modules on secondary initial teacher education including postgraduate and employment-based routes into teaching, and early career teachers seeking to enhance their practice. Carrie Mercier is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cumbria. Carey Philpott is currently an Associate Dean in the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. Helen Scott is the Deputy Dean for Student Experience in the School of Education at the University of Northampton.

What is Diversity and how can i Respond to it?

What is diversity and how can i respond to it?
Joy Schmack

By the end of this chapter you should be able to consider critically:

  • what diversity means within a school context;
  • how you can support access and achievement for all pupils;
  • how you can prepare pupils for life in a diverse world.

This chapter explores what is meant by diversity in the school context and explores its relationship with pupil achievement and preparation for living in a diverse world. It considers the statutory requirements that schools should meet and also strategies that can be used within curriculum planning and delivery for teachers of all subjects.

The area of diversity can appear so broad that it can be hard to know ...

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