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What is it really like to be a teacher in today's demanding classrooms?

The authors of this book spoke to teachers, parents and students in the UK, Asia, America and Australia and had some shocking responses to their questions. By looking at highly topical issues within teaching, such as teacher stress and teacher workload, they uncover an often bleak picture where individuals are frequently stretched to breaking point as they endeavour to ‘make a difference’.

Issues examined include:

the frustrations facing those trying to make inclusive education work in practice; the effects of constantly changing policies on the staff required to implement them; the loss of status the teaching profession has experienced; why so many are choosing to leave the job; what happens to those who stay and fight

This fascinating read will be of interest to anyone involved in teaching, school leadership and educational policy.

Introduction
Introduction

What has been the impact of various policy initiatives on the working lives of teachers over the last two decades? Has the government's remodelling agenda made a life in teaching easier and more fulfilling, as it was intended to do; and if not what is preventing the desired improvements from taking place? These are the central themes which this book seeks to address.

The research on which the book is based has been carried out over a five-year period. It began with an exploration of teacher's lives in primary schools in 2002 prompted in part by a report to government by PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2001, suggesting that the tasks teachers performed could be divided into ‘low’- and ‘high’-level activities, recommending that the former could either be ...

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