This book heads the Open University's Flexible PGCE series, "Teaching in the Secondary School," which brings together a range of articles from books and reports that inform an understanding of secondary schools in today's education climate. Through these, student teachers and practising teachers looking to update their knowledge are introduced to the big issues and ideas currently being debated in each subject area. Together with the OU's "Aspects of Teaching" series, they provide a comprehensive resource for those engaged with initial teacher training and continuing professional development.