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.

The Inclusion Enigma: The Policy Context

The Inclusion Enigma: The Policy Context

The inclusion Enigma: The policy context

In this chapter, we examine the context of our 2006 NUT-sponsored study into the impact of inclusion. The study took place at a time when the issues had been brought to the surface by Baroness Warnock's recant on her earlier embrace of mainstreaming for children with special needs. We briefly trace some of the history of legislation around pupils with ‘handicap’ and ‘disability’ and the paradoxes in trying to provide for children on an equal playing field within a market economy and high-stakes testing. We portray three worlds of inclusion of policy makers, academics and advocates, and the world of schools and classrooms.

The End of Deficit and the Dawn of Integration

Pupils, no matter their ...

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