Five sections cover education policy, professional skills, theory, practice and reflection. The authors provide teaching ideas that work, and that will help trainee teachers to improve their grades and lesson observation profiles. There is a clear explanation of the theoretical underpinning that must be grasped in order to pass written assignments, and Masters level debates are addressed throughout the book, with a dedicated chapter exploring academic themes and issues.

Understanding Secondary Education

Understanding secondary education


By the end of this chapter the reader will be able to:

  • summarise post-war educational policies affecting the secondary and post-compulsory sectors;
  • identify the pattern of secondary educational change since the Second World War;
  • understand the marketisation of education and its effects on becoming a teacher;
  • comprehend the impact of New Labour education policy on teaching;
  • understand the re-occurring themes that are a feature of recent educational reform and policy.

Understanding Educational Reform

In this book we emphasise the importance for emerging teachers to reflect, and be reflective about, the many processes of becoming a teacher. Understanding the wider context in which ‘becoming a teacher’ is constructed is particularly important when considering the ever-changing educational landscape that successive governments introduce to ...

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