Teacher essays offer ideas, insights and inspiration

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

From diversity in the curriculum to social mobility and mental health, some of the most pressing issues facing teaching and learning practice have been addressed in a series of teacher essays.


The essays have been brought together in a free book entitled Future of Teaching: Celebrating teacher expertise published by the Chartered College of Teaching.

The essays in the book have been categorized under five broad themes:

  • The purpose and vision of education.
  • Connecting and expanding learning.
  • Online and digital learning .
  • Building learning independence.
  • Professional learning for the 21st century.

Other articles in the publication include advice on improving parental engagement, addressing climate change, tackling the language gap in the EYFS, the identification of SEND, metacognition in the early years, peer coaching, and CPD.

The articles touch upon the authors’ personal experiences, research evidence and best practice in the classroom. The essays include:

  • Decolonisation, power and knowledge in the curriculum by Bennie Kara, a deputy headteacher and co-founder of the Diverse Educators network.
  • Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in primary schools by Adrian Bethune, a teacher at Broughton Junior School in Aylesbury.
  • Levelling the playing field and promoting social mobility through education by Jonathan Doherty from Leeds Trinity University.
  • Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals through social action in primary schools by Naheeda Maharasingam, headteacher of Rathfern Primary School in London.

Alison Peacock, CEO at the Chartered College of Teaching, said: “We are incredibly proud to launch this collection of essays, by teachers for teachers, on the future of education. When we consider the complexities of the challenges we face, it is clear teachers who are in the classroom each day, supporting students and listening to their needs, must be the ones to help pave the way for a brighter education future with children at the heart. We hope this free book will be a useful collective resource for the sector to draw on and inform teaching approaches.”

The Chartered College of Teaching is the professional body for teachers, representing more than 45,000 members.


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