This specially commissioned collection of perspectives offers an analysis of the new organisation of the teaching profession - reconstructed around the notion of performance and the implications of a performance culture. The Performing School examines the roots, directions and implications of the new structure by drawing together insights from policy, research and practice at this time of rapid change and debate. This unique volume addresses three interconnected issues of modernisation and education:
*what is the background to and significance of performance management in modernising schools and teachers at the present time?
*what are the likely future effects of a performance culture on teaching, learning and schooling?
*what will it take to ensure that performance management improves pedagogy and professionality beyond the narrow confines of performativity, managerialism and market reform in education?
Introduction: The Performing School: Managing, Teaching and Learning in a Performance Culture PART I Liontamers and Jugglers? Challenges and Opportunities in Managing the Performing School 1. Managing 'Performance' in the Performing School: The Impacts of Performance Management on Schools Under Regulation 2. Managing Performance Management in the Performing School 3. A Right Performance 4. Towards Professional Learning Communities? Teacher Development and Teacher Culture in Performance Management PART II Highwire Artists and Acrobats? Professional Cultures and School Contexts 5. Teachers and the Myth of Modernisation 6. Teachers' Lives and Teaching Performance 7. Developing Teachers in a Performance Culture: Performance-related Pay and Teacher Motivation 8. A Culture of Teaching Under 'New Management' PART III Ringmasters and Big Tops? Performance and Performativity in Policy Frameworks 9. The Performing School and the Modernisation of Teachers 10. Teacher Professionalism in New Times 11. Performing and Conforming 12. Characteristics of Performative Cultures: Their Central Paradoxes and Limitations as Resources for Educational Reform 13. Performativities and Fabrications in the Education Economy: Towards the Performative Society Conclusion: An Agenda for Action and Evidence-related Policy