I have been working as a teacher educator at Leeds City College for the last 10 years, observing sessions in schools and in the post-school sector. I have, unfortunately, seen many examples of difficult and challenging behaviour in so many different training and educational contexts that I felt I wanted to write an accessible and pragmatic book, questioning the theory (in other words what experts say) and practice of behaviour management in classrooms. It is a book that listens to the voices of teachers, managers, theorists, trainees, teacher educators and students talking about what I call the ‘Battle Against Being Educated’. The meaning of this phrase is that students are being offered a gift of education, career prospects and personal development, and a considerable minority, particularly at lower levels of attainment are rejecting this gift.
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