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.

Balancing the Workload Equation: A Continuing Story

Balancing the Workload Equation: A Continuing Story

Balancing the workload equation: A continuing story

In this chapter, we adopt a historical perspective to examine how several decades of school reform, undertaken by governments of different persuasions, have resulted in the loss of teachers' autonomy in matters of what and how to teach, with the result that many teachers have come to believe that those in authority no longer trust their professional judgements in matters affecting their pupils' learning.

Among the public at large, teaching is often seen as an easy option. Some primary teachers we interviewed (Galton and MacBeath, 2002) said that they never owned up to being a teacher when asked at social gatherings what they did for a living. This was because admitting to being ...

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