Re-modelling as De-professionalisation

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 48 Number 2 (2006)

Re-modelling as De-professionalisation
MERYL THOMPSON pages 189-200
DOI: 10.2304/forum.2006.48.2.189


The article sets out the consequences of the British Government's remodelling agenda and its emphasis on less demarcation, for the professional status of teachers in England. It describes how the National Agreement on Raising Standards and Tackling Workload, reached between five of the six trade unions for teachers and headteachers paves the way for teaching assistants, without Qualified Teacher Status, to take over teaching activities and explores why teachers' trade unions have accepted a position which arguably reduces the professionalism of their members. It argues that remodelling has led to de-professionalisation and that this should be rectified by re-asserting the case that the formal knowledge of teachers justifies a distinct professional status.

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MERYL THOMPSON (2006) Re-modelling as De-professionalisation, FORUM, 48(2), 189-200.

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