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 Secondary Teaching

A Life in Secondary Teaching

A life in secondary teaching

This chapter discusses issues that arise for teachers in secondary schools in England. We begin with data from our survey in 2004 then revisit these issues in 2007 following Workforce Reform. Many of the issues of overriding concern – poor pupil behaviour, inclusion policies, curriculum overload, imposed targets, high stakes testing – were still in evidence three years on. While in 2007 teachers were happy to be relieved of some of the irksome and distracting tasks the essential dissatisfiers remained.

The Secondary Context

Our first report, A Life in Teaching gave us insights in to the life of primary staff, raising questions how these issues might play out in a secondary context. The secondary study followed a similar ...

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