Working the System

by Francis Gilbert

  • Published: 03 Sep 2009
  • Price: £12.99
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extent: 256p
  • ISBN: 978-1-906021-75-7
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Working the System provides invaluable answers to all your questions as a concerned parent – with tips and advice about everything from choosing and getting your child into a good primary school through to how to how keep your teenagers motivated.

Via entertaining case studies – such as ‘What could I have done to get more support for my son’s dyspraxia?’ And ‘Can I “do a Tony Blair” and avoid sending my child to the local sink school?’ – and using charts and diagrams to make complex issues comprehensible in a trice, this is the survival guide that every parent needs.

Working the System is the warts-and-all truth, told by an experienced teacher who has taught in the state sector for nearly twenty years and who has established a reputation for himself as a voice of candour and clarity in the world of modern educational doublespeak.

“A fantastic book, a cheeringly horrifying and right on the nail description of the sheer terror of being deep ended into teaching.”
<em>The Independent</em>
“It should be compulsory reading for successive secretaries of state…”
Clare Short, <em>New Statesman</em>
“Gilbert is a natural storyteller. I read this in one jaw-dropping gulp.”
Tim Brighouse, Commissioner for London Schools

About Francis Gilbert

Francis Gilbert has taught in a variety of comprehensives in London, and currently teaches English part-time. He lives in east London with his wife and son. All his pupils think his coolest appearance was on the Russell Brand show.

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