Teaching in the glass-room: the school teacher under observation
7 July | 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Teachers are no longer simply just ‘watched’ but are now very heavily ‘surveilled’. My doctoral research is on the topic of teacher surveillance. From Ofsted and ISI, to observations, work-scrutiny and learning walks, to apps like ‘rate-my-teacher’ and ‘ShowMyHomework’, teachers are constantly very much under the microscope, and the consequences of this are not always those which are intended. This session draws upon my case-study research to explore the many varied ways teachers are surveilled by management, colleagues, parents and pupils. I discuss the impacts of this ‘surveillant assemblage’ upon teaching as a profession, and offer recommendations for alternative approaches.