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Support Not Surveillance: How to solve the teacher retention crisis

Support Not Surveillance: How to solve the teacher retention crisis

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Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, draws on her years of expertise and access to decision-makers to expose the gap between ministerial rhetoric and the daily reality encountered by teachers, and outlines a set of proposals to move beyond the seemingly perennial crisis in teacher recruitment and retention.

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Why are so many teachers leaving the profession increasingly early in their careers? What harm is being done to pupils' educational prospects by persistent teacher shortages? Why are teachers held uniquely responsible for the effects of poverty on children’s progress and attainment? What are the unintended consequences of rushed government education policy-making? And what can be done about all of the above? Supported by the latest international and national evidence, Support Not Surveillance seeks to address these important questions. Laying bare how the inadequacy of Westminster policies is compounded by an unfair Ofsted inspection regime, Dr Mary Bousted draws on her years of expertise and access to decision-makers to expose the gap between ministerial rhetoric and the daily reality encountered by teachers in their classrooms across England. Ending on a set of proposals to move beyond the seemingly perennial crisis in teacher recruitment and retention, Support Not Surveillance is an unflinching call to end the failed experiment of government interventionism in classrooms.

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Dr Mary Bousted is, with Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), the largest education union in Europe with 450,000 members. She represents the interests of NEU members to the government and to a wide variety of other stakeholders. Mary regularly appears in the broadcast media. Her views are evidence-informed, strongly held and forthrightly delivered. Mary was previously an English teacher and a university lecturer with nearly 40 years’ experience in education.

Mary contributes regular articles to newspapers and education journals, and has also contributed to education textbooks. She sits on the executive committee of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and was a member of the Acas board. Mary is also an accomplished public speaker and has debated at the Oxford and Cambridge Unions.

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Author Dr Mary Bousted
ISBN 9781915261168
No of pages 200
Format Paperback
Publication Date 8 Apr 2022

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