Alison Hales, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of Greenwich
I will most certainly be using this book on our courses. The narrative style is lively and refreshing, and portrays a frank and honest discussion of the challenges that teachers face through real-life and authentic anecdotes. It prompts reflection and debate on a number of issues, some of which move us from our comfort zone, but everything is grounded in the real world. I particularly like the reference to character and values and the implications this has for becoming a teacher. I also think its constructive look at fundamental British values and the Teachers’ Standards is much needed and long overdue. There are few books that critically examine the profession in this way.