Authority, Trust and Teachers - Plenary The Crisis of Authority within Education

A podcast of the opening of this session can be downloaded here

Opening conference plenary by Professor Frank Furedi, Associate of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, University of Kent, and author of Wasted: Why Education Isn’t Educating.

The authority of the teacher is rarely discussed as an educational issue in its own right. Yet the issue of authority continually lurks in the background. Debates about England’s school curriculum, pupil behaviour, inspection, as well as the professional status of teachers, are all directly or indirectly related to the question of who – if anybody – possesses authority in the classroom.

In this session Frank Furedi explored why teachers no longer seem to speak with an authoritative voice and how schools and educationalists have sought to develop alternative ways of controlling the classroom.