chapter  1
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A Background to Current Developments in Education

It is the first day of your school visit for teaching practice. You may have a mixture of anticipation, anxiety, excitement, eagerness, trepidation and more than a few butterflies in your stomach. That is entirely natural and to be expected. Maybe you have made a positive decision to be a teacher and this is the first time you are going into school not as a pupil. All change! You are one of life’s successes; you have gained a range of qualifications that have enabled you to reach this point. But here you are, a comparative novice whose only experience of education so far has been on the ‘receiving end’.