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Promoting Effective Group Work in the Primary Classroom: (Improving Practice) by Ed Baines

This handbook is for teachers and practitioners; it has relevance for all adults in the primary classroom, as it will often be TAs who will be leading groups under the teacher's direction. This is the second edition of the book, and it is full of valuable strategies for teachers and fun activities for children; of particular note is the way it emphasises the importance of encouraging children to take the lead and develop their own ideas. The book includes new material on whole school approaches to group work, the risks and challenges involved, and how to involve Teaching Assistants and other support staff in undertaking inclusive and effective group work in classrooms. The step-by-step approach encourages both children and their teachers to develop supportive relationships that have been found to facilitate academic performance, positive social behaviour and motivation. There is plenty of practical advice, with suggestions that can be implemented at all ages, and with varying numbers of children. With ideas to help resolve problems that might arise and suggested training activities to support pupils, this text is a one-stop resource to ensure effective group work in the classroom.  The book shows the value of group work in helping children to develop skills for life, and also emphasises the importance of a whole-school approach.It is an essential guide for both trainee and practising teachers, as well as TAs and support staff, and a valuable basis for school action - a book to be read by leaders as well as classroom teachers.

Improving Behaviour Management in Your School by Tim Dansie

Creating calm spaces for pupils to learn and flourish is the subtitle of this book which provides a common sense approach to understanding the causes and triggers of students’ challenging behaviour. Understanding is the first step, and this book then provides advice that equips teachers and school leaders with simple tools that can be easily implemented in any school. Teachers will appreciate the case studies which are found throughout the book. These draw on strategies based on CBT and mindfulness, and the practical examples will give teachers confidence that the strategies really do work. Teachers are encouraged to question how schools and classrooms are structured and they are given the tools they need to convince senior staff of the need for change, if needed. This will  to create environments where all students have the greatest possible opportunity to learn and grow as individuals. Chapters include:: What are the challenging behaviours? What are the causes of challenging behaviours in students? How to work with parents How to get staff on board; the appendices are extremely useful, and full of practical advice. This is a must-read for all practising and training teachers who wish to understand the reasons for challenging behaviour and how to improve it.

Exploring Poetry with Young Children: Sharing and creating poems in the Early Years by Ann Watts

Virtually every baby hears nursery rhymes and songs right from birth - we all love to share the old favourites with babies and watch their positive response. This love for poetry doesn't stop, and as adults we must do all we can to foster it and give children a life-long love for poetry. Poetry is a wonderful way to explore language - with the increased focus on children’s language in Early Years education, poetry can be a valuable tool in enhancing speaking, listening and communication. This book provides parents and practitioners with a guide on how and where to start with using poetry with children; I would say right from the start. finding the right poems for different ages of children - the book includes a wide-ranging anthology,which is very usefully sub-divided into various categories - perfect for busy teachers. There is also advice on how to encourage children to create and develop their own poems. The book discusses the nature of poetry and why it can be such important part of our well-being; ways of using and sharing poetry with babies and toddlers; how to share poetry with children as they become confident users of language; the rhyming aspects of verse and ways in which these can be used to develop children’s phonic awareness; the importance of establishing a poetic awareness in young children. This will be an essential guide for all Early Years practitioners, students and parents who are interested in using poetry to develop the speaking, listening and communication skills of young children. There's always time for a poem - often in an Early Years setting, there are a few minutes to spare at the end of an activity - read a poem.

Teaching Science Creatively (Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series) by Dan Davies and Deb McGregor

It can be challenging to teach science effectively and enthusiastically within the constraints of a primary school classroom, but help is at hand with the second edition of this informative book. It has been fully updated to reflect new research, initiatives and developments in the field and offers innovative starting points to enhance teaching. It helps teachers to harness children's natural curiosity, observation, exploration and enquiry, to give them a fuller understanding of science. With practical examples from the classroom and beyond, the book explores how creative teaching can enhance children's knowledge of the world. The book explores key issues including the links between scientific and creative processes; how to teach creatively, and for creativity; the role of play in early scientific learning; developing scientific understanding through drama (new); using the outdoors in science; how theories of learning relate to children’s creative development; teaching science topics in innovative and creative ways – games, drama, role play, puppets, mini-safaris and welly walks. Full of fresh new ideas, it may not be a book for every teacher to read right through, but it's excellent for science leads, who can then cascade the ideas to others.

A Handbook for Teaching Assistants: Teachers and assistants working together by Glenys Fox

TAs play a vital role in the primary classroom, but often they are learning 'on the job' and can feel rather isolated from staff training. This book gives an excellent overview and foundation for what takes place in the classroom, with its focus on teachers and TAs working together. The book explains the roles and responsibilities of the TA, as well as providing helpful advice on how to best support the teacher, the pupil, the curriculum and the school; it sets guidelines for what can be a difficult balance. Not just for new TAs; experienced TAs will be brought up to date on changes to National educational guidance, including changes in the National Curriculum, assessment, and the Special Educational Needs framework. It's essential they are aware of all this, but keeping up-to-date is time-consuming, so this books gives an excellent overview of the current situation. The book facilitates co-operative working between TA and teacher to the benefit of the class. Written in light of recent research and updates in legislation, this guide will ensure that: teaching assistants know what to expect of colleagues, and vice versa; pupils are given the best possible support by teaching assistants who understand their needs; teaching assistants and teachers are able to work together effectively to support the learning of all children, especially children who have special educational needs and disabilities; it highlights the benefit of training. A perfect textbook for both new and experienced TAs and also very valuable for teachers, helping them gain a better insight into the roles and responsibilities of their TAs.

Modernising School Governance: Corporate planning and expert handling in state education (Routledge Research in Education Policy and Politics) by Andrew Wilkins

I have to say that this is not the book I expected - I was hoping it would be addressing governors themselves, and helping them to bring their own governance in line with the present-day requirements. This is, however, a far more scholarly work, aimed at researchers and postgraduate students in disciplines of education, sociology, political science, public policy and management. That in no way detracts from the value of the book, which examines the impact of recent market-based reforms on the role of governors in the English state education system. A focus of the book concerns how government and non-government demands for ‘strong governance’ have been translated to mean improved performance management of senior school leaders and greater monitoring and disciplining of governors. Drawing on large-scale research conducted over three years, the book examines the impact of these reforms on the day to day practices of governors and the diminished role of democracy in these contexts. Wilkins also captures the economic and political rationalities shaping the conduct of governors at this time and traces these expressions to wider structural developments linked to depoliticisation, decentralisation and disintermediation. The book certainly covers the topics in depth but I will be interested, as a Clerk to Governors in several schools, to know what impact it will have on day-to-day governance in schools.

Developing Young Writers in the Classroom: I've got something to say by Gail Loane

I wonder just how many School Development Plans in primary schools have writing as an area for development? I am sure it is many, because writing often seems to be an area for improvement. Our children have so much they want to say, and this book will help teachers encourage children to write, based their own experiences. We need to look beyond writing as an exercise in ‘getting words right’ and help children to grow up knowing that writing is an important and deeply satisfying life skill. Instill this in children and they will have gained an important life skill - communicating effectively. Children's own experiences lie at the core of the book, which offers detailed guidance, supported by planning documents, poetry and prose, examples of children’s work and stimulating visuals. The examples of children's work are excellent, and often very moving, showing how important it is they are encouraged to express themselves. Topics include: creating a classroom environment which supports an independent writer; students’ lives brought into the classroom; finding significance in our experiences; the use of memoir for recording experiences; description in all kinds of writing; choosing and writing about a character; writing in all curriculum areas This is important - writing is not just for English lessons); linking reading and writing; using other authors as mentors and teachers; collaborative learning. A really valuable resource for all teachers wishing to inspire writing in the classroom, with plenty of new thoughts.

Enhancing Learning through Play: A developmental perspective for early years settings by Christine Macintyre

This book is now in its third edition - testament to how valuable practitioners have found it, and also to the fact that the book keeps up with the latest developments in education, in the curriculum and in Early Years training. We all know that children love to play - the book explains why they need to play. New chapters focus on pretend play and the impact of parenting on child development; these contain useful suggestions that can be fed back to parents as well as being used in Early Years settings. Thought-provoking, it encourages the reader to challenge their own perceptions about play and exploring why children behave as they do at different stages in their development; these will all be useful topics for staff discussion/training. Play impacts on many aspects of a child's development - social, emotional, perceptual motor and intellectual development. Case studies, activities and discussion topics are found throughout the book, and offer practical support for the topics. The book includes a clear and detailed explanation of the different kinds of play children engage in as they learn and grow; how children learn through their play in a variety of situations; the subtle but genuine differences between male and female development; the difficulties children may have when they have over or under sensitivity to any specific sense or any problems with movement; the importance of emotional well being in children and how this affects their ability to play; an introduction to senses and brain development. As you can see, the book takes into account the many differences between children, and addresses them in a supportive and inclusive way. An invaluable resource for students on early years courses and practitioners.

Adventure Education: Fun games and activities for children and young people by Linda Ritson

The outdoor education children receive in school is of immense importance in our modern society, where children are increasingly spending time indoors, because of both their own inclinations (and the temptations of modern technology) and because of the dangers the world presents. This valuable guide promotes learning through activity-centred adventure experiences, providing skill development, social education and personal development for practitioners, teachers, support staff and youth groups. The adventurous activities will promote children's self-confidence, resilience and physical and emotional health. It is an eminently practical book, with a focus on planning, setting up and running adventure education sessions with children and young people. Divided into two parts, it gives an overview of adventure education, explaining how it relates to holistic and outdoor learning and how it encourages active engagement from the learners as well as the instructors. The book covers Early Years and primary age children and will be valuable to Early Years practitioners, primary teachers, support staff and leaders of youth groups. Adventure Education provides a toolkit of various games and activities that can be used with groups of young children, including parachute games, card and musical activities, and climbing and traversing games. It's a growing area, with forest schools, the government's recent Health Improvement Grant, and the continual growth in provision outside school, so the book will appeal to a wide audience.

Learning to Teach in the Primary Classroom by Anne Proctor

This book is primarily for trainee teachers undertaking their teaching blocks although, of course, there is always something to be learnt even for experienced teachers. The key element of the book lies in the multitude of classroom examples that are included, which will give aspiring teachers confidence by providing tried and tested information. The chapters cover all the basic topics needed by student teachers - Classroom organisation, Planning for children's learning, Teaching strategies, Assessment, recording and reporting, and Self-appraisal. This is designed as an introductory book and for those wanting more detail supplementary material is found at the end of the chapters. This includes analysis of curriculum and policy documents, case studies, suggestions for further reading and activities to try out in the classroom. Throughout, teachers are encouraged to think about how the basic skills fit together in their professional development. The book is easy to use, provides plenty of reassuring advice - an excellent book for all trainee teachers.

Your First Year: How to Survive and Thrive as a New Teacher by Todd Whitaker

The first year of a teacher's career is really important - new teachers need support and reassurance to start off successfully and to cope with the pressure that year brings. The book is relevant for primary and secondary teachers as the author has worked with his daughters - Madeline, an elementary teacher, and Katherine, a secondary teacher. This means readers have the assurance that the step-by-step guidance is based on experience. Topics include: Learning classroom management skills such as building relationships and maintaining high expectations and consistency; Setting up your classroom and establishing procedures and rules; Planning effective lessons and making your instructional time an engaging experience; Managing your own emotions in the classroom and dealing effectively with misbehaviour and Working with peers, administrators, and parents to build support and foster collaboration. It is a succinct book and that's perfect for new teachers who will have plenty to do without ploughing through masses of information to find relevant points. An essential aspect of teaching is being able to make changes when things don't work and a valuable aspect if the book is learning how to make tweaks or hit the "reset" button when something isn’t going as planned. Things may not always go perfectly your first year, but the practical advice in this book will help you stay motivated on the path to success! It's a really practical book which will give much-needed reassurance to new teachers. "As you read the book, get even more out of it by discussing it with others. Free study guides for practicing teachers and student teachers are available as eResource downloads from our website ."

Descriptosaurus: Fantasy by Alison Wilcox

This series goes from strength to strength and is an invaluable resource for primary teachers, especially as creative writing is so often a focus on School Development Plans. This book builds on the excellent original Descriptosaurus book and within the context of fantasy develops the structure and use of the words and phrases to promote colourful, cinematic writing. Once teachers have used books in the series, they will be hooked on using them as they are such a superb resource, and so easy to use. The book incorporates the essential skills and creative devices that are used in other genres while extending to themes of battle, sieges, magic and mystery to unleash children’s imaginations. The outstanding feature of the books to me is the superb way in which they introduce a phenomenally wide vocabulary; a fundamental part of descriptive writing, but an area where inspiration can be sadly lacking - but not when these books are to hand! Fantasy is a hugely popular genre with young readers and the ideas in this book will really inspire them. A book not to be missed.

Working Scientifically: A guide for primary science teachers by Kevin Smith

Working Scientifically is a key element of the 'new' curriculum, so it is essential to ensure it is incorporated in all science teaching throughout primary school. Primary science teachers are most likely children's class teachers, who may not have specialist subject knowledge, so they will find this book invaluable. The approach is interesting - it uses the analogy of a journey to space as its central concept and, of course, it is essential that no part of that journey is omitted; in just the same way, scientific enquiry must form a part of learning throughout science. By using the book, teachers will discover the tools and resources that are necessary for teaching science in a fun and exploratory way; the book is so well explained that even non-scientists will be able to easily follow and understand the concepts. Focusing on individual skills, each of which is repeated several times through the course of the book to ensure it is firmly embedded. Scientific activities are shown in a number of different contexts and the book emphasises teaching through exploration, questioning and dialogue. There are plenty of activities to try out, and these are clear and easy to follow, and full of inspiration. The book also provides a large number of assessment sheets, plus guidelines and these will be very well received by teachers.

Early Childhood Playgrounds: Planning an outside learning environment by Prue Walsh

The trend is very much towards children spending as much time outside as is practicable within the constraints of the school day, and children in Early Years settings and Reception classes really benefit from this, especially when the outdoor learning environment is well designed and fulfils a range of purposes - and this practical book will really help anyone setting up or refurbishing outside areas. Amazingly, the author consulted over 2000 early childhood settings and schools internationally to gain information. The book considers all aspects of the outdoor learning environment and provides practical support on: planning procedures and ideas for designs; a wide variety of play within a playground through the inclusion of quiet, open and active play areas; stimulating and challenging play; a natural environment that will provide interest and sustainability; spaces for toddlers and babies; and playground needs for children with additional needs - I am really pleased to see that this important group is included as many mainstream settings will cater for these children. It's engrossing reading for everyone concerned with Early Years teaching, but it also reflects the needs of others who will work to set up the areas, including architects and planning professionals wanting to gain a greater understanding of play and the vital role it takes in meeting children’s needs and development. A practical and valuable book.

The Truth About Our Schools: Exposing the myths, exploring the evidence by Melissa Benn

Has there ever been a time when there has been so much controversy surrounding our schools? A time when changes have ever come as thick and fast as they are at present? In view of this, and of the controversy which surrounds all the proposed and actual changes, this book is most timely and deserves to be read by a wide audience including educators and politicians. Based on Melissa Benn and Janet Downs’ work as part of the pioneering Local Schools Network, this passionately presented book calls for us to urgently and articulately challenge unquestioned myths about state education. Benn and Downs believe fervently in the essential role that state education has and they challenge many commonly held points of view. Topics discussed include whether: Comprehensive education has failed; Local authorities control and hold back schools; Choice, competition and markets are the route to educational success; Choice will improve education in England: the free school model; Academies raise standards; Teachers need qualifications; Private schools have the magic DNA; Progressive education lowers standards. These are vital questions; each could almost fill a book in its own right, so the authors have done a sterling job of bringing the arguments together succinctly and forcefully.

Managing People and Teams in the Early Years Sector: An activity-based book (Managing in the Early Years) by Chris Ashman and Sue Stoodley

Pressure on managers of Early Years settings continues to increase, and the requirements can seem daunting. Many practitioners are working in small settings where they have to rely heavily on their own understanding, so this jargon-free practical advice will be warmly welcomed. It helps managers and aspiring managers to explore a range of ideas and approaches to aid continued development in management skills and leadership and combat the external pressures. By challenging readers to develop their own views whilst learning about management theory and practice alongside the 2015 Ofsted Common Inspection and Leadership & Management frameworks, practitioners are encouraged to think about the requirements and how they cab be applied and made to work on their own setting. The book acknowledges the vast differences in types of Early Years settings, and manages to keep the advice relevant so that the reader feels the book is for them. This hands-on book which is best used 'on the job', combines clear explanations of management and leadership theories with practical guidance. Practical scenarios and activities are ideal for CDP, and for general discussion among staff. This fully updated second edition is essential reading for those new to management or looking to develop their career into a managerial role and students working towards level 3 qualifications or a Foundation Degree.

Jumpstart! Science Outdoors: Cross-curricular games and activities for ages 5-12 by Janet Barnett

Teachers have the most amazing resource right outside their classrooms - the outdoor world - and it is especially valuab;e as a science resource, so use the inspiring ideas in this book to make good use of outdoor space. The book contains 44 engaging and simple to use activities, all of which will enhance scientific knowledge and understanding. The ideas are wide-ranging and include many cross-curricular resources - some ideas are alphabet garden, nest architects, natural weaving shadow faces and texture trail. Each activity is clearly explained, with a list of resources, an explanation of the activity, the scientific background and the cross-curricular links. This cross-curricular approach encourages teachers to develop useful links with other subjects which support and complement science - subjects include Maths, English, Computing, History, Geography, Music, Art, P.E and Design and Technology. Jumpstart! Science Outdoors is an essential teaching resource that will encourage the personal development of children by offering the freedom to put ideas into practice and to work co-cooperatively. Don't let your science lessons be circumscribed by the classroom, but make good use of outdoor space - something that is, thankfully, becoming more and more embedded in the school day.

Teaching Without Disruption in the Primary School: A practical approach to managing pupil behaviour by Roland Chaplain

Challenging behaviour is, sadly, an issue in many schools and primary schools are far from exempt. Teachers need to be able to approach troublesome classes and individuals with the confidence that they can and will manage behaviour - and this practical book will help to give that assurance, as it contains information based on a wealth of experience. It encourages teachers to reflect on what happens in their classroom through tasks, case studies, and research-based guidance. this extremely practical book reflects high quality behaviour management training and is crucially informed by empirical evidence on exactly what works in classrooms and schools. This is the second edition of a popular book and it includes two brand new chapters - one on the importance of theory in developing effective behaviour management, and the other detailing a helpful and practical toolkit for constructing effective classroom management plans. The book takes an in-depth look at the subject; it's a scholarly work which would be effective for CPD or mentoring discussions, as well as for individuals; it has relevance for both experienced and new teachers. Topics covered include effective behaviour management at the individual pupil, classroom and whole school level; professional social skills, assertiveness and coping strategies; understanding of how teachers’ thinking and behaviour can unwittingly affect pupil behaviour; a roadmap for establishing and maintaining authority; pupils’ self-control and social competence using a cognitive-behavioural approach; an appreciation of the value of adopting a research-based approach to behaviour management. Understanding what lies at the root of bad behaviour can really help teachers to develop their own effective strategies.

Planning to Teach Writing: A practical guide for primary school teachers by Emma Caulfield

Busy teachers will appreciate the easy-to-use, tried-and-tested framework which will greatly assist their planning and raise standards in writing. Using the circles planning approach, children and teachers familiarise themselves with a text type; capture the ideas for their own use and follow these with scaffolded writing experiences. This approach encourages long-term planning and provides inspiration for teachers who want to engage and enthuse their pupils, with exciting and varied hooks into writing, including picture books, short stories, novels and films. The children's needs are at the heart of the book, which models how to design units of work that will lead to high-quality writing outcomes in any primary school classroom. The formula for success is straightforward - Find the gaps in learning for your students; Choose a hook that you know will engage your students; Select a unit plan that you know will support you to get the best writing out of your students; Tailor it and Teach it! The book calls on a huge range of books for its content, ensuring there is plenty to enthuse every learner. This book is an accessible and necessary resource for any teacher planning to teach writing in their classroom, and will be a huge help in meeting the NC requirements for writing.

Inspiring Ideas to Support Early Maths and Literacy: Stories, rhymes and everyday materials by Janet Rees

Much of children's learning in the Early Years is done through play which engages them and makes learning fun right from the start. Capitalising on that, this book takes a play-based approach and uses ready available and inexpensive materials to provide a range of exciting learning opportunities. The chapters are Paperware; Bags, Boxes and Cardboard Tubes; Hair-related Items; Number LInes and Don't Throw This Away. Each of these chapters shows how learning can be reinforced and brought to life through resources made from everyday materials, providing children with an enjoyable and positive learning experience. The clear step-by-step instructions are accompanied by full colour photographs showing how to make practical and attractive resources for indoor and outdoor environments. Vocabulary lists re included for inspiration and to help teachers see the key features of each activity. There are ideas for developing a new play space or overhauling an existing space; these are practical, easy to implement and inexpensive. key questions to consider when planning and designing an indoor or outdoor play space are included and these are an excellent prompt for all practitioners to use together when discussing developments of the learning environment. Links to the Early Years Foundation Stage will guide the development of a future playground and challenge providers to enhance their practice, ensuring all the requirements are met. This practical resource will be essential reading for primary teachers, early years practitioners, students and all those interested in developing young children’s confidence in mathematics and literacy.

Exploring Outdoors Ages 3-11: A guide for schools by Helen Bilton

The great thing about this book is the way it follows a primary school throughout a whole year of outdoor exploration - it's a far cry from the idea that the outdoors is only for fine weather. This essential guide shows how to encourage children’s learning and support their development through year-round outdoor exploration; the really importance message that comes across is how much everyone involved enjoys the activities, children and adults. Of course, there are always concerns over safety and plenty of space is given to exploring the boundaries, and to the support and effective communication that will help to create a safe and happy environment. The first part of the book gives step-by-step guides on how to set up an outdoor site, either on or outside your school property, and advice on how to observe and record children’s learning and development outdoors. The second section follows the activities through the year with real-life case studies of children exploring outdoors from EYFS through to the end of Key Stage 2; all accompanied by plenty of photos showing the activities. It's a very practical book, drawing on experience and offering tips and ideas for outdoor activities throughout the year. The final section offers a bibliography plus a wide range of useful checklists, templates and pro-forma available to download. It's an inspiring book which will dispel any doubts and difficulties.

How to Make Data Work: A Guide for Educational Leaders by Jenny Grant Rankin

Whatever we think about the emphasis on data, it is an important part of the way schools and teaching are assessed. Educators throughout school are increasingly responsible for using data to improve teaching and learning in their schools. This helpful guide provides leaders with simple steps for facilitating accurate analysis and interpretation of data, while avoiding common errors and pitfalls; this knowledge can be cascaded to all staff through CPD sessions. How to Make Data Work provides clear strategies for getting data into workable shape and creating an environment that supports understanding, analysis, and successful use of data, no matter what data system or educational technology tools are in place in your school and others against which you benchmark. This accessible resource makes data easy to understand and use so that educators can better evaluate and maximize their systems to help their staff, students, and school succeed. With this tried-and-true guidance, you’ll be prepared to advocate for tools that adhere to data reporting standards, avoid misinterpretation of data, and improve the data use climate in your school. School governors will also find the book of interest as they act in their role of critical friend.

Descriptosaurus: Myths & Legends by Alison Wilcox

This is an excellent series which really has the potential to revolutionise the teaching of descriptive writing - an area with which many pupils struggle. The book builds on the vocabulary and descriptive phrases introduced in the original bestselling Descriptosaurus - a book I highly recommend for all primary schools and on into KS3. Focussing, obviously, on myths and legends, this develops the structure and use of the words and phrases to promote colourful cinematic writing. This essential guide will enable children to take their writing to the next level, combine their descriptions of setting and character and show how the two interact. Children can then experiment with heroes, gods and supernatural beings to create a legendary story. The book starts with settings, with comprehensive advice on getting the setting right, including mountains, forests and caves. The lists are invaluable, with nouns, adjectives, verbs and phrases to build on. There is then a short section on building atmosphere before the third section which focuses on creatures, again with extensive resources to use. Planning sheets are also included. This new system also provides a contextualised alternative to grammar textbooks and will assist children in acquiring, understanding and applying the grammar they will need to improve their writing, both creative and technical; working this way is far more meaningful and the impact will be seen in all aspects of written work.

A School Leader's Guide to Dealing with Difficult Parents by Todd Whitaker

If you want to avoid that feeling of dread when you hear that a certain parent 'would like a word', then you need this book. There are many challenging discussions teachers face, and this covers a variety of situations including trying to resolve a heated argument or delivering bad news. The authors bring a range of practical and effective ideas help you develop a repertoire of tools and skills for comfortable and effective interaction with parents. it is helpful in enabling teachers to see the issue from the perspective of the parent too. The principles would make an excellent basis for a CPD session or for a staff meeting discussion. The book’s features include: Tools to help you understand parents’ motivations and how to work with them rather than against them; Detailed scripts for dealing with even the most stubborn and volatile parents; New strategies for increasing parent involvement to foster student success; An all-new chapter on the role that social media can play in interacting with parents; and a new chapter on initiating contact with parents to build positive credibility. The really important thing this book does is that it engenders confidence in tackling a range of situations and that is vital.

Bringing the Steiner Waldorf Approach to your Early Years Practice by Janni Nicol

Early Years practitioners will be aware of the Steiner approach but they may not fully understand it, or may feel it has no place in their setting. This clear and easy to read book, now in its third edition, explains the origins of the approach and shows how it can be used to benefit young children in any setting. Fundamental to the philosophy is the role of play in learning and the use of what are called the 'Three Rs' of the approach - rhythm, repetition and reverence. The book make excellent use of plenty of practical examples throughout which show how the principles translate into practice with children across Early Years - these are illustrated with photographs. To aid planning and recording, clear comparisons between Steiner practice and the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements are given; the book also outlines the Steiner approach to observation and assessment. The book also takes a look at international Steiner settings. Celebrating festivals is an important part of Early Years learning, and there is a chapter on this subject; communication with parents is also covered. An interesting and well written book that will help practitioners adopt the principles they want to use from the overall philosophy.

Teaching and Learning in Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms: Key Issues for New Teachers by Gill Richards

Our classrooms now are more diverse than they have ever been and teachers must be absolutely certain that every single child in their classroom is being given equality of opportunity. This can be a challenge, especially when class sizes are growing. We know that when Ofsted come calling, they will want to see evidence of inclusion - teachers who have read this accessible text will be aware of diversity in education and will know how to ensure all children and young people share the same opportunities. It provides an introduction to policy, theory and practical strategies in relation to diversity in education for practitioners, researchers and policy makers; although the book's subtitle refers to new teachers, these issues are for ALL teachers, and all will benefit. Topics include: inclusive education; ethnic and cultural diversity; challenging behaviour; bullying; gender identity and sexuality; Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children; special educational needs; listening to parents; religious and cultural diversity; disability and human rights; and children and young people who are refugees or seeking asylum. No school will be without at least some of these, so this book is valuable reading for all teachers. Teachers can easily look at the chapters that relate to their situation and the extensive references will be valuable for those doing further research. The examples given will help understanding of pupils from a variety of backgrounds. Perfect for the staffroom library and a good trigger for a training session.

Metacognition in the Primary Classroom: A practical guide to helping children understand how they learn best by Peter Tarrant

Children today have more responsibility for their own learning than ever before - but they need to understand the whys and wherefores of learning before they can really get to grips with their own learning. "Metacognition is "cognition about cognition", "thinking about thinking", or "knowing about knowing". It can take many forms; it includes knowledge about when and how to use particular strategies for learning or for problem solving." Teachers will find this book very useful in helping them to understand how children learn and therefore how they can enhance their own learning. When children have the language skills to talk about their learning, and are given the opportunity to share ideas and strategies with others, everyone can explore and develop approaches in order to learn better. This book is a crucial read for anyone interested in ensuring that pupils take an active role in their own learning. It will make you think and it will definitely have an impact on your classroom strategies, making your pupils more able learners. The appendices contain a huge range of practical resources to use to further embed the ideas learnt from the book.

Jumpstart! Talk for Learning: Games and activities for ages 7-12 by Lyn Dawes and John Foster

Jumpstart are brilliant books, full of lively and inspiring ideas for the classroom, which are simple to implement and which add a whole new dimension to learning. Most importantly, children will love them! Language skills are essential for children's learning but are sometimes overlooked in the books available to teachers. This collection of multi-sensory games and activities addresses the issue with practical and engaging ideas - the range from brief games to extended lesson suggestions means there is something for every opportunity, whether a few minutes to supplement a lesson, or for a full lesson. Teachers will also be inspired to develop their own teaching ideas based on the inspiration this book provides. It offers a basis for creating your own spoken language activities to match topics you are teaching and individual needs of your class. The National Curriculum has a series of requirements under the heading 'Spoken Language', and this book addresses those requirements so that teachers can give pupils a firm foundation. They will be helped to: participate in group and class discussions; use exploratory talk and share a range of points of view; use talk imaginatively to develop understanding; develop individual presentational talk and take part in active drama sessions. Part 1 of the book is 'Learning through talk' and this gives the principles behind Part 2 which is 'Curriculum activities and games'. This is simply packed with ideas to use in the classroom and many of these have cross-curricular links including music, history, geography and maths. Perfect for a staffroom library, this book offers a multitude of stimulating ideas and is bound to spark off discussion among teaching staff.

Learning Primary Geography: Ideas and inspiration from classrooms by Susan Pike

Sharing good practice is an excellent way for teachers to improve their teaching, so this book which gives tried-and-tested ideas is bound to be useful. Classroom teachers and trainee teachers will find the approach of the book easy to follow and will really appreciate the fact that these are practical ideas, refined by use. Case studies abound and there are plenty of photos showing the ideas in action. Creative approaches such as enquiry learning, learning outside the classroom, and using imaginative resources work really well in primary geography - it's a subject which can be studied all around school and the local area and the book encourages teachers to make the most of this. It explores a wide variety of geographical learning, with chapters focusing on key aspects of the subject, including: primary geography through the school grounds; topical geography through issues and events; learning about places in primary geography; children’s agency and action through primary geography. Throughout the chapters, the role of primary geography in helping children develop all types of literacies, including spatial, critical and digital literacies, is explored. Geography is a fascinating subject and one which can involve many areas of the curriculum as the book so ably shows. It's a subject children enjoy as they can see its relevance to their everyday lives and by using this book, teachers can build on that. Learning Primary Geography is highly practical with a hands-on approach; using the book will give teachers confidence and help them make the most of the subject.

Using Outdoor Learning to Improve Behaviour for All by Sarah Rockliff and Pauline Chinnery

Subtitled Taking the Wellie Wednesday journey together, this is the story of the project and the way it works with the schools and families of children who find accessing learning challenging. One of the key focuses is working together - teachers, parents and carers all need to work in harmony, giving children consistent messages. The outdoor environment and the benefits it brings for children is the prime focus, but classroom and home environments are included. Based on attachment theory and research in psychology and neuroscience, this practical book will support the practitioners, parents and carers of children who find themselves in negative cycles and situations, and help them to take steps forward to a positive future. It's not just theory - real situations and the needs of individual children and their families are at the heart of the book. The main sections are: Making a difference: for individual children, their parents, carers and schools; Can I be included? Case studies, including impact on family and school, strategies used, changes noticed and key questions raised; Addressing concerns: understanding behaviour as communication; and How change happened: enriching learning to improve behaviour. Offering a wide collection of case studies and practical strategies, Using Outdoor Learning to Improve Behaviour for All will be an essential resource for all teachers, parents and carers wanting to support and guide children towards accessing education successfully.

Enhancing Classroom-based Talk: Blending practice, research and theory by Robyn M. Gillies

The National Curriculum emphasises the importance of language skills and this book will help teachers understand the theory that lies behind developing effective classroom-based talk. It provides an overview of the major research and theoretical perspectives that underpin the development of classroom-based talk, outlining specific dialogic strategies and elaborating on the key role that teachers play in promoting interactions, challenging thinking and scaffolding the learning of students. While it is important to know how different dialogic approaches can enhance students’ interactions and learning and the effects they have on students’ social, emotional and cognitive development, it is also important to understand how students’ interactions promote understanding and learning during small group discussions. Throughout the book, teachers will be shown how to embed different dialogic approaches in their classrooms to promote discourse, with chapters covering: Interest in classroom-based talk; The teacher’s role in promoting dialogue in the classroom; Dialogic approaches to teaching; Strategies to promote students’ interactions, thinking and learning; Help seeking and help giving behaviours and Creating environments that promote classroom-based talk. I found the last chapter to be the one that will really interest classroom teachers the most, with its practical ideas. Enhancing Classroom-based Talk will be a valuable asset to all those concerned with promoting classroom-based talk, as well as postgraduate students, teachers and academics who are regularly called upon to assist in developing classroom interventions that provide for the academic and social needs of students.

Jumpstart! Grammar: Games and activities for ages 6 - 14 by Pie Corbett

We all know that the English language is tricky with lots of rules to remember. The best way to learn is through use, and this engaging collection of multi-sensory games and activities gives pupils many opportunities to learn grammar in a practical, hands-on way. This second edition is fully updated to help teachers teach in line with the new 2016 Grammar Tests. It includes coverage of the subjunctive and past progressive, selecting which tense is the most definite, identifying when a word is used as a subordinating conjunction/preposition, explaining how a comma can change meaning, and an increased emphasis on the passive. Jumpstart! Grammar really helps children to love langauge, playing with words and spinning sentences to make ideas dance. And, of course, they will be able to name the parts if that is what is required. Enjoyable games focus initially on helping children hear the difference various types of grammar can make; these are followed by activities to help them understand the different effects you can create with grammar. Technical terms will only be introduced once the children have established what the various features can do, with a particular focus on those terms that really help children discuss what makes language coherent and effective. Explanations are succinct, making even complex topics easily explained to pupils; support this with the enjoyable activities and you have a book which will give children an excellent grounding in grammar and, most importantly, they will learn to enjoy words and language. Children will really look forward to lessons planned with the aid of this book - and teachers will enjoy teaching them.

Children Reading Picturebooks: Interpreting visual texts by Evelyn Arizpe

This is the second edition of a ground-breaking work which described the way children respond to contemporary picturebooks; it proved that they are sophisticated readers of visual texts and are able to make sense of complex images on literal, visual and metaphorical levels. Through this research, the authors found that children are able to understand different viewpoints, analyse moods, messages and emotions, and articulate personal responses to picture books - even when they struggle with the written word. It puts a whole new perspective on writing, reading and choosing picture books. This new edition has been published to take into account new research, with a review of the most recent theories and critical work related to picturebooks and meaning-making, it demonstrates how vital visual literacy is to children's understanding and development. The book includes three new case studies that address social issues, special needs and metafiction; summarises key finding from research with culturally diverse children; draws upon new research on response to digital picturebooks and provides guidelines for those contemplating research on response to picturebooks. This thought-provoking book will appeal to a wide range of readers, including research students, librarians, Primary and Early Years teachers, literacy co-ordinators, publishers of picture books and many more.

What Makes a Good Primary School Teacher?: Expert Classroom Strategies by Caroline Gipps and others

Bringing together fascinating, first-hand accounts of teaching, assessment and feedback strategies used by 'expert' teachers, this Routledge Classic is an indispensable guide for teachers and trainee teachers looking to extend their skills and improve their practice. This accessible and concise text illustrates good teaching practice, offering a range of rich case studies and first-hand narratives. It's potentially a huge subject, but the content has been efficiently distilled down to make a very readable book. Chapters investigate a number of key areas, including the most common lesson patterns and when to use them, how teaching strategies are varied according to subject, and how assessment and feedback can encourage pupils to learn. It is evidence-based and there are many real-life examples of good practice to be found throughout. The book will be particularly useful for those responsible for assessment in the classroom, whether experienced, looking for fresh approaches, or new to the role, looking for guidance and reassurance. Based on the experiences of skilled teachers, there is much here for trainee teachers as well as for those more experienced who are seeking to move their skills forward - hopefully to become not just good, but outstanding.

The Assertive Practitioner: How to improve early years practice through effective communication by Deborah Price and Cathy Ota

Working effectively together is especially important (not that it's not always important, of course!) in Early Years settings, because it is here that there will most likely be the highest staff/pupil ratio, meaning there are usually several adults working together. How a staff team works together and how effective and cohesive they are has a huge impact on the children that they care for as well; seeing adults functioning well as a group inevitably helps children in group settings. Cohesive working has implications for the general early years practice and the success of the business of the setting. Drawing together theory and practice, this book provides comprehensive guidance on assertive communication and offers a range of clear, practical strategies that are easy to implement in the Early Years setting. An excellent manual, full of practical ideas.

Creative Approaches to Teaching Grammar: Developing your students as writers and readers by Martin Illingworth and Nick Hall

This practical guide with its fun approach to learning spans upper primary school onto lower secondary school; usefully, the book takes a look at the problems of transition and ways to overcome them. It focuses on the fact that learning grammar is not a discrete process but works with and impacts upon developing students as writers and as readers. Interestingly, the book encourages teachers to focus on individual students' needs rather than taking the group as a whole. Creative ideas explored include: Being silly with grammar; Favourite words; Exploding sentences; Writing for real audiences; New punctuation marks and emoticons; Sorting out confusing words; Broadening active vocabulary; Top ten spelling tips; Flexing your vocabulary brain; Redundancy in language. It's a contemporary approach that acknowledges that grammar changes and that teaching needs to change too. With plenty of ideas to implement in the classroom, it helps teachers by encouraging students to take ownership of their own learning and progress.

Supporting Children with Medical Conditions (Nasen/Hull City Council) by Susan Coulter and others

This updated edition provides teachers and practitioners with a reference to medical conditions most commonly found amongst school-aged children, including asthma, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, eczema, epilepsy, head injuries, heart conditions, hydrocephalus and spina bifida; each condition has its own section for easy reference. Each condition is clearly described in terms of causes, symptoms and treatment; this is accompanied by an explanation of the educational implications – what teachers and support staff should be aware of, how they can minimise pupils’ difficulties in school and maximise access to the curriculum. Fully updated with the 2014 SEND Code of Practice and the guidance published in 2014 on ‘Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions’, this text will help professionals be more effective in supporting learners in a variety of settings. It also features useful checklists, templates and photocopiable resources. Schools have a requirement to: "develop a policy for supporting pupils with medical conditions that is reviewed regularly and is readily accessible to parents and school staff." This book will support schools and their governing bodies (who must also ensure their school supports pupils with medical conditions) in complying with that requirement. An invaluable guide, clear and comprehensive with understandable explanations so everyone can benefit; a worthy addition to any staffroom library.

Get Organized!: Time Management for School Leaders (Eye on Education) by Frank Buck

Today’s world seems to be a ceaseless round of demands and interruptions; they cannot be avoided but they can be managed, as this practical book shows. Get Organized! outlines a complete organisational system for the busy school leader (and for the rest of us!), offering simple tools and techniques to bring order and control to your personal and professional life. Practical advice allows the techniques to be implemented in small steps - the first chapter, which I found very helpful, is entitled 'Clear your desk'. The author includes easy to implement ideas, at little or no cost ― you can start right away! Each chapter contains practical tips and tools, listing exactly what to do in order to implement the strategy; well set out, with succinct and clear presentation, it's well worth taking time out of a busy schedule to benefit from the good ideas. Since the first edition of this book (2007), the pressures of managing time when bombarded with emails, social media and the sheer volume of information have intensified phenomenally; this new edition takes that into account with digital strategies and tips for thriving in the Information Age.

Researching and Teaching Reading: Developing pedagogy through critical enquiry by Gabrielle Cliff Hodges

This book studies the ways in which research and teaching are entwined both within and beyond the classroom; readers are encouraged to deepen their understanding of reading through high-quality teaching and research activities designed to engage young learners and generate rich research data, in the expectation that teachers will wish to adapt or develop them further within their own contexts. Key issues considered in this book include: Studying reading in terms of extending young people’s ability to interpret and enjoy texts; The idea of reading as a social practice; The concept of culture in relation to reading; Why historical and spatial theoretical perspectives matter when researching and teaching reading. This is a valuable resource for any student teachers or practising English teachers wishing to learn more about the connection between researching and teaching reading, how to combine them in the classroom and the positive effect bringing the two together can have on their own professional development.

Provision Mapping and the SEND Code of Practice: Making it work in primary, secondary and special schools by Anne Massey

The SEND Code of Practice came into effect in September and it places responsibility on schools to ensure that progress of SEND children is recorded and assessed. This book provides clear guidance on how to implement a simple and user-friendly system to ensure this is done without placing too much burden on teachers; one which can be used for all pupils. The book describes a tried and tested system that helps schools to successfully identify, implement and track provision for all pupils. It demonstrates how schools can implement the requirements of the new SEND Code of Practice; provides achievable solutions to the problems that schools face in trying to evidence the impact of the additional support they provide; provides photocopiable templates of tables that can be used to track progress of all pupils; contains easy to use tools that will allow a school to clearly evidence that additional funding is used efficiently. It is an excellent way to tackle what can seem an onerous burden and schools which use the system to monitor all pupils can be assured they are meeting all relevant requirements with this whole-school approach. This second edition has been fully updated to reflect the recent changes to SEN legislation, the new SEND Code of Practice (2015), the new National Curriculum and new assessment requirements and the new Common Inspection Framework. Additional material has been added to provide a resource for secondary and special schools. Headteachers, senior managers, leadership teams, SENCOs and other educational professionals will find the guidance and support provided by this book invaluable.

The Really Useful Book of Science Experiments: 100 easy ideas for primary school teachers by Tracy-ann Aston

It can be a challenge to offer really good hands-on science provision in the primary school, but with the aid of this simple to use book, all children can be offered the chance to observe and try a fascinating range of experiments. The book includes experiments on It’s alive: experiments that explore our living world, including the human body, plants, ecology and disease; A material world: experiments that explore the materials that make up our world and their properties, including metals, acids and alkalis, water and elements; Let’s get physical: experiments that explore physics concepts and their applications in our world, including electricity, space, engineering and construction; Something a bit different: experiments that explore interesting and unusual science areas, including forensic science, marine biology and volcanology. It's a shame that the book isn't actually split into sections, though - that would make it even easier to use. Each experiment is accompanied by a ‘subject knowledge guide’, filling teachers in on the key science concepts behind the experiment. There are also suggestions for how to adapt each experiment to increase or decrease the challenge, and useful questions to ask the children.

Outstanding Differentiation for Learning in the Classroom by Jayne Bartlett

For lessons to be outstanding, whether for internal moderation, external advisors or Ofsted inspectors, all learners must demonstrably make progress. To ensure this happens, teachers must differentiate according to the individual pupil and their individual learning needs and they must evidence this in their planning, delivery and outcomes. This book shows class teachers and their mentors how differentiation can be used to enhance and support all aspects of the learning process. It includes chapters on embedding differentiation during each phase of the lesson as well as assessment and questioning techniques. The practical guidance includes: what differentiation actually means and why it should be applied in the classroom; sequencing and planning for learning with an overview of the learning cycle; practical teaching strategies and effective techniques to use in the classroom; how to structure and apply differentiation practices in your classroom, department and school. It's not a particularly appealing text visually, but the examples, diagrams and summaries do help to break up the concentrated text. A vital starting point and effective guide for outstanding differentiation, this book is packed full of practical exercises that are easy to implement in the classroom and it is essential reading for newly qualified and experienced teachers alike.

Stop, Think, Act: Integrating Self-Regulation in the Early Childhood Classroom by Megan M McClelland and Shauna L Tominey

This book gives early years teachers an insight into the latest research and a wide variety of hands-on activities to help children learn and practice self-regulation techniques. A child who has self-regulatory skills can focus his attention, control his emotions and manage his thinking, behaviour and feelings - a tall order for a young child! The book postulates that self-regulation in early childhood leads to strong academic performance, helps students form healthy friendships, and gives them the social and emotional resources they need to face high-stress situations throughout life. The book takes you through everything you need to know about using self-regulation principles during circle time, in literacy and math instruction, and during gross motor and outdoor play. Each chapter includes a solid research base as well as practical, developmentally-appropriate games, songs, and strategies that you can easily incorporate in your own classroom. With Stop, Think, Act, you’ll be prepared to integrate self-regulation into every aspect of the school day.

Improving School Governance: How better governors make better schools by Nigel Gann

The role of governors has taken on more and more significance in recent years, with governors bearing a heavy burden of responsibility for school improvement. It focuses strongly on partnership, between people with little or no education experience working together with highly experienced education professionals. Topics include: How school governors got to be where they are today; How governing boards do their jobs; How individual governors can best contribute to their schools; Governors’ accountability; The nature of governors’ meetings; The rights that governors have; The relationships between governors and the headteacher; The role of governing boards in school inspection; Governors’ relationships with parents and the wider community; How to evaluate the performance and impact of governing boards; What the future might hold for state-funded schools and their governance; and what national strategic issues will need to be addressed by governing boards in the next five to ten years. It's wide ranging, with clear sections allowing governors to focus on their key area of interest - an essential addition to a governing body library. Written in straightforward language and drawing on a wide range of experiences, it's a book which will encourage governors to take stock of where they are and how they can move their school forward. This essential guide tackles all aspects of the work governors undertake and, although perhaps not a book for new governors, who are already inundated with information, it will be of great value to experienced governors looking for practical guidelines, clearly presented. A small point - as a Clerk to Governors, I was disappointed to see that the book gives very little attention to the vital role that clerks play in improving school governance.