The Teaching as Work Project
The last decade has seen the introduction of new educational policies affecting the working conditions of teachers, the management of schools, the curriculum and its assessment, and relationships between teachers and their employers. What changes, if any, have these new policies brought into the work of teachers? It is over twenty years since teachers' work was systematically investigated and recorded in England and Wales. At Warwick University, the Teaching as Work Project, directed by Professor Jim Campbell and Dr. Sean Neill, has recorded and analysed nearly 7,000 working days from over 700 teachers over the period 1990 to 1992 in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.
The research provides a detailed picture of how the teachers spend their time on work, both on and off the school premises which the authors then analyse by reference to national policy, to issues of school management and to conceptions of teacher professionalism.