THE ESSENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR EVERY MODERN PARENT In the last three years the government has changed pretty much every aspect of state education - the admissions process, the national curriculum, exams and assessments, the approach towards Special Needs, the whole attitude to children's general wellbeing. Working the System provides up to date answers to all your questions as a concerned parent. It includes tips and advice on everything from selecting the right school to helping your child make the right choices at GCSE and keeping them happy and motivated; and is packed with informative case studies - such as "What could I have done to get more support for my son's dyspraxia?" / "Can I do a Tony Blair and avoid sending my child to the local sink school?" Written by an experienced teacher who has taught in the state sector for twenty years and who has established a reputation as a voice of candour and clarity in the world of modern educational doublespeak, Working the System is the new school rules, warts and all. This highly readable guide will help you navigate all the key elements of state school education to get the very best out of the system for your particular child.
Francis Gilbert has taught for over twenty years in various English state schools, but has also worked at certain points as a journalist, novelist and social commentator both in the UK and international media. He is the author of 'I'm A Teacher, Get Me Out Of Here!' 'Yob Nation', 'Parent Power', 'Working The System -- How To Get The Very Best State Education for Your Child', and a racy novel about school, 'The Last Day Of Term'. His first book, 'I'm A Teacher...' was a big hit, becoming a bestseller and being serialised on Radio 4.
In his role as an English teacher, he has taught many classic texts over the years and has developed a great many resources to assist readers with understanding, appreciating and responding to them both analytically and creatively. As a result, he has written and published his own on Amazon.
He is the co-founder, with Melissa Benn and Fiona Millar, of The Local Schools Network, www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk, a blog that celebrates non-selective state schools, and also has his own website, www.francisgilbert.co.uk and a Mumsnet blog, www.talesbehindtheclassroomdoor.co.uk. He is currently experimenting with setting up specific blogs connected with the subjects and texts he is teaching or is interested in; links for these can be found on francisgilbert.co.uk.
He has appeared numerous times on radio and TV and is known for his robust defence of his ideas. He currently teaches part-time in a comprehensive in outer London and is completing a PhD in Creative Writing and Education at Goldsmiths College, University of London.