Definition of chalkface in US English:



  • The day-to-day work of teaching in a school.

    ‘teachers at the chalkface’
    • ‘Years at the chalkface have given the High Master of St Paul's School for Boys a clear vision of what our education system needs.’
    • ‘A statement from the Department for Education and Skills reads: ‘Employers have realised spending more hours behind your desk or at the chalkface does not equal greater productivity.’’
    • ‘The Government should listen to the opinion of those teachers at the chalkface who see little discernible benefit for our children in national testing.’
    • ‘She was set for a life at the chalkface until she met musician Irion in Los Angeles through a mutual friend, Chris Robinson of the Counting Crows.’
    • ‘Spare a thought for the teachers who returned this week to the chalkface, their Mediterranean suntans fading as fast as the memories of the seven weeks' holiday.’
    • ‘But those at the chalkface say such firm action is rare.’
    • ‘Anyway at the end of a long day at the chalkface, I'm more inclined towards the poor player full of sound and fury and signifying nothing.’
    • ‘In the course of travelling and talking to teachers all over the world, the straight-talking English education consultant - a former teacher herself - has developed a comprehensive knowledge of conditions at the chalkface.’
    • ‘Is there any wonder that by late 1996, there was a huge gap between the reality of people at the chalkface and the policy that was emanating from the Ministry of Education?’
    • ‘Unpublished figures compiled from returns by local authority accountants reveal that the proportion of their education budgets making it to the chalkface and available for heads to use as they see fit is falling.’
    • ‘Threats, intimidation and violence - a regular day at the chalkface, according to one of Scotland's teaching unions.’
    • ‘Over the three evenings of August 28-30, the kids will put their talent on show at Storth Village Hall, in a story which may bring groans of recognition from teachers taking a break from the chalkface.’
    • ‘Much as we might be concerned by the state of English education, is the solution centralising power in remote pollies and bureaucratic nooks and crannies in the national capital far from the chalkface?’
    • ‘Teacher David Farrow has swapped the chalkface for the painter's easel, after giving up his job as head of art to become a professional artist.’
    • ‘Mrs Dewar was a teacher famed for her ‘stylish and elegant’ tales of her life at the chalkface.’
    • ‘I don't think many people were very keen to get back to the chalkface.’
    • ‘To this end I acknowledge with affection the presence of my parents this afternoon, Peter and Ruth Jones: one a farmer still milking cows and going on 73; the other a schoolteacher who, at the age of 66, is still at the chalkface.’
    • ‘At the chalkface, teachers came not to trust those who run schools.’
    • ‘However, the latest figures released by local government show that only 68% of allotted schools funding actually reaches the chalkface - with the rest kept by administrators in local authorities.’
    • ‘But even after forty years at the chalkface, Tom kept his beliefs intact; education was not about jumping through hoops, it was about enabling youngsters to think for themselves, to learn, to have curiosity and drive.’