Duncan Millard, Director of School Improvement, Faringdon Academy
The innovative nature of the resource.

This innovative book offers practical, easy-to-use ideas which invigorate and inspire. Jim Smith's no-nonsense approach is explained simply and realistically without educational jargon, and his amusing bluntness and refreshing candour gives readers encouragement. He describes possible problems without superiority and then offers excellent solutions. This exemplifies his extensive experience and practicality.

The impact on learning and the work of the teacher in the classroom, to what extent and in which areas.

Split into manageable chapters, and addressing all aspects of teaching, the book enables readers to quickly realise how uncomplicated Jim's -˜lazy approach' is. The refreshingly easy and usable ideas encourage the reader to implement them in their own practice. The ways of working suggested are explained thoroughly and simply, and then the reasons for working this way are expertly explained. His methods of ensuring pupils are involved and participating in their own learning changes the focus in the classroom and makes the teaching and learning more exciting and targeted. It also means that the system is adaptive to individual needs and is extremely easy to use. Most importantly, the emphasis is not on making more work for stressed teachers, but rather on making their methods more efficient and more effective. A system which advocates less preparation and paperwork is sure to appeal to all teachers.

How the title supports or enhances the everyday life or work of teachers, pupils or schools.

Although the title aptly describes Jim Smith's approach, it could be misinterpreted. Teachers are very aware of negative public opinions of their profession and too often they are accused of -˜only working 9am-3pm' and of always being on holiday. Teachers do not want to be labelled -˜lazy'; they will, however, be keen to grab the chance to become more effective practitioners and to improve their methods. The present mass exodus from the teaching profession, coupled with the reduced numbers of students going into teaching, surely exemplifies the urgent need to address teachers' work-life balance.

Cost-effectiveness in terms of educational aims and results - not just price

In order to improve current conditions, hone present practice and make teaching more manageable and effective, present methods have to change. If teachers' work-life balance is not improved, and planning/teaching methods not refined, teaching will reach crisis point. Jim's approach is the way forward. His advice and approach is refreshing, realistic and can be implemented quickly and easily. Most importantly, it is not costly - in fact, this approach will save money (especially on photocopying!). The Lazy Teacher's Handbook is a must-read for all teachers, and copies of it should be handed out in all staffrooms.
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