Rescuing Teacher Professionalism

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 47 Number 2 & 3 (2005)

Rescuing Teacher Professionalism
DEREK GILLARD pages 175-180
DOI: 10.2304/forum.2005.47.2.7


If teachers are to reclaim any sort of agenda - let alone a radical one - they need to be taken seriously as professionals. Why aren't they? Derek Gillard surveys the history of teaching in England and argues that teacher professionalism was a short-lived phenomenon which has been in decline for thirty years. Far from rescuing it from the Tories, New Labour has extended the process of de-professionalisation. With a third of the teachers recently saying they are considering leaving the profession within the next five years because of workload, initiative overload and the target-driven culture the issues Derek Gillard identifies as key to the process of professional renewal take on a particular significance.

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DEREK GILLARD (2005) Rescuing Teacher Professionalism, FORUM, 47(2 & 3 ), 175-180.

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