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 the Primary Teaching Workforce

Remodelling the Primary Teaching Workforce

Remodelling the primary teaching workforce

What changes that have taken place in the primary schools we visited five years earlier, shortly before the introduction of the National Workforce Agreement? The biggest change to the teachers' working lives has come from the introduction of planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time. While broadly welcomed there was ambivalence about the role of teaching assistants (TAs) in covering teachers' time out of the classroom. Nor did additional non-contact time necessarily appear to reduce teachers' overall weekly workload, nor the amount of time spent during evenings and weekends. Why this should be so is discussed in the chapter.

What has Changed in Primary Teaching?

We first surveyed primary schools in 2002, the year before the workload agreement came ...

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