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.

Remodelling: Structures or Mindset?

Remodelling: Structures or Mindset?

Remodelling: Structures or mindset?

Has remodelling of the workforce changed structures or fundamentally affected conceptions of who are the teachers? This chapter explores this question. We start with Ruth Kelly's prediction of a teacher's changing role from instructing to managing and wonder if the next decade will in fact be any different from the preceding three in which revolution was always just around the corner.

What will Teachers be Doing Ten Years from Now?

Writing in the Sunday newspaper, The Observer, Mary Riddle (2007) recounts an incident when Gordon Brown, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, was preparing to take over as Prime Minister. He invited the then Education secretary, Ruth Kelly, to hear his vision of education for the twenty-first Century. In the course ...

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