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Must do better: How to improve the image of teaching and why it matters

Must do better: How to improve the image of teaching and why it matters

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In the eyes of many, teaching is not truly a profession akin to other professions. Must do better examines the origins of our problem with teaching, it shines a light on the exciting reality of teaching in the 21st century, and it charts a new course for the image of the modern teaching profession.

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We have a serious problem with the image of teaching in this country. In the eyes of many, teaching is not truly a profession akin to other professions. In the popular imagination, it is not on a par with medicine, law or accountancy, engineering, architecture or business. It is not held in the same esteem as careers which are of equivalent importance to society.

Must do better challenges this damaging and pernicious status quo. It examines the origins of our problem with teaching, it shines a light on the exciting reality of teaching in the 21st century, and it charts a new course for the image of the modern teaching profession.

The book is written to be easily read by the general reader, because ultimately it is with the general reader – the parent, the employer, the politician – that lies the power to effect the change that society needs.

With a foreword by Alan Johnson

‘Great education requires great teachers: this timely book explains why and how it can and must be achieved.' – Charles Clarke, former Education Secretary

‘A must-read – this excellent book starts a conversation that is long overdue. There’s nothing more important than good teaching, whether in the classroom or on the football pitch.’ – Per Mertesacker, Academy Manager at Arsenal Football Club

Must Do Better serves as a clarion call for every teacher to shape a refreshed and positive narrative which does justice to our shared vocation. Only if we believe that teaching presents a compelling career choice, and make it so, will we recruit and retain the calibre of people our future generations need and deserve.’ – Rebecca Boomer-Clark, CEO, Academies Enterprise Trust

‘For too many years, it’s been a tiresome cliché to say that the teaching profession needs higher status. Now here’s a call-to-arms explaining why it matters so much – and, most importantly, how to achieve it. Stand by for practical, achievable inspiration.’ – Geoff Barton, General Secretary, ASCL

‘No profession, none at all, is more crucial, transforming or stimulating than teaching. It should be at the apex of respect in every civilised country. This book explains why it isn’t – and what to do about it.’ – Sir Anthony Seldon, recently Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham

About the Authors

Harry Hudson is a history teacher at a state secondary school in West London. He graduated from Cambridge University with a double first in Classics, and has written for a range of media outlets, including The Times, The Telegraph and The Spectator.

Roy Blatchford CBE is a former headteacher, HMI and founder of the National Education Trust. He was the lead author of the Teachers’ Standards. Roy is currently director of www.blinks.education – working in the UK and internationally.

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Author Harry Hudson and Roy Blatchford
ISBN 9781913622978
No of pages 200
Format Paperback
Publication Date 24 Jan 2022

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