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.

A Life in Teaching: The Primary Teacher's Experience?

A Life in Teaching: The Primary Teacher's Experience?

A life in teaching: The primary teacher's experience?

In this chapter, we look at work-life balance of English primary teachers through the accounts of three practitioners representing different backgrounds and range of experience. In every case, although long hours are a feature of their dissatisfaction with their job, it is the underlying frustration to do with ‘intensification’ and the feeling of not ‘being trusted as professionals’ that give rise to growing disillusion with a life in teaching.

What has Changed?

What has been the impact of changes in the National Curriculum, key stage assessment and the introduction of literacy and numeracy strategies in the life and work of teachers? A raft of studies have all pointed to increasing dissatisfaction among ...

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