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Thriving as a Professional Teacher

How to be a Principled Professional, 1st Edition

Edited by Ian Luke, Jan Gourd


174 pages

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Thriving as a Professional Teacher explores the tensions and balance between developing the classroom you know will be best for the children you teach, and facing external pressures such as Ofsted, performance management, Teacher Standards and the need to prepare children for SATs and other tests.

The book locates the professional in the political context before outlining the key challenges faced and experienced, and laying the foundations necessary for the professional to thrive. An expert team of contributors analyses the differences between professionalism and 'professionalisation', and emphasises the importance of promoting a collaborative, sharing culture to give you the knowledge needed to challenge and contest competing agendas. Topics covered include:

  • understanding the impact of policy upon teachers and the teaching profession;
  • developing a professional identity as a teacher;
  • building resilience and a sense of wellbeing as a teacher;
  • building and sustaining creativity in the curriculum;
  • safeguarding young people;
  • examining the impact of globalisation on educational practices.

With case studies, opportunities for reflection and clear chapter summaries woven throughout, Thriving as a Professional Teacher will help you to form a sustainable identity and to create a teaching and learning environment in which both teachers and students can thrive. It is an essential read for both trainee and practising teachers.

Table of Contents

Introduction Ian Luke, Jan Gourd

Section 1: Locating the Professional in the Political Context

Chapter 1. Policy, Professionals and Professionalism Ian Luke, Tanya Ovenden-Hope, Alison Milner

Chapter 2. Principled Professionalism Suzanne Hope

Chapter 3. Developing a Professional Identity as a Teacher Sally Eales, Anne Bradley

Section 2: Challenges Facing the Professional

Chapter 4. The Global Professional - Educational Futures in the Making? Sue Wayman

Chapter 5. Hidden childhoods: the unseen challenges facing professionals in schools today Sean McBlain

Chapter 6. Creativity and purpose in the curriculum Gill Golder

Section 3: Laying the Foundations for the Thriving Professional

Chapter 7. Resilience and wellbeing in childhood; education and therapy Hazel Bending

Chapter 8: Safeguarding: Rights and Relationships Chris Simpson

Chapter 9: Using Critical Reflective Practice to develope and thrive as a teacher Jan Gourd, Mark Andrew Dearden

About the Editors


Jan Gourd

Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom

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Ian Luke is Dean of the Faculty of Education, Enterprise and Culture, and University Director for Learning and Teaching at Plymouth Marjon University, UK.

Jan Gourd is Programme Area Lead for Education at Plymouth Marjon University, UK.

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