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Learning to Teach in the Primary School - Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series (Paperback)
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Learning to Teach in the Primary School - Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series (Paperback)

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How do you become an effective primary school teacher? What do you need to be able to do? What do you need to know?

Flexible, effective and creative primary school teachers require subject knowledge, an understanding of their pupils and how they learn, a range of strategies for managing behaviour and organising environments for learning, and the ability to respond to dynamic classroom situations.

The fourth edition of this bestselling textbook has been fully updated with the latest research and initiatives in the field, as well as the most recent changes to the National Curriculum across the UK. Twenty four new authors have contributed, sharing their expertise and experience as practitioners. Ten brand new units have been included on:

Becoming a professional in the current context

Building inclusive communities of engaged learners

Understanding schools' aims and enacting your own

Teaching for social justice


Grammar and punctuation

Mastery in mathematics

The value of outdoor learning

Primary education in a digital age

A selection of extra tasks have been woven throughout, with an emphasis on innovative, reflective practice, and new `vivid examples' bring each chapter's argument to life in a classroom context. In addition, each chapter contains M-level tasks and further reading to assist with research assignments, and differences in the National Curriculum and policy in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are highlighted.

Providing a comprehensive but accessible introduction to teaching and learning in the primary school, covering everything a trainee needs to know in order to gain QTS, this accessible and engaging textbook is essential reading for all students training to be primary school teachers.

This textbook is supported by a free companion website with additional resources for instructors and students ( and an accompanying series of books on Teaching Creatively across the curriculum.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138211063
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 1066 g
Dimensions: 248 x 191 mm
Edition: 4th New edition


"There is a reason why this book is now in its fourth edition - it is a classic. The work of the editors and authors responding to new research, new policies and new practices, over the many years of the book's life, is one of its many outstanding features. And for this edition the renewed emphasis on critical analysis is most welcome. Not only is this book invaluable for trainee teachers but policy makers could well find food for thought as well."

- Dominic Wyse, Professor of Early Childhood & Primary Education, University College London

"Unquestionably, teaching in the primary school is a messy, complex, demanding business. For anyone starting out in the classroom, this book is an easily accessible guide to the challenges you may face, offering both theoretical rationales and practical advice to help."

- Megan Dixon, Director of Literacy for the Aspire Educational Trust

"A welcome new edition of this outstanding, comprehensive book that should be a core reader for anyone embarking on primary teacher training. It will become the 'go-to text' for trainees across all routes into teaching. A highly accessible, interactive book written by highly qualified teacher educators who are experts in their field."

- Jane Warwick, Primary PGCE Course Manager, University of Cambridge

"This 4th edition is a contemporary and extremely relevant resource for prospective and qualified primary teachers alike. The wide range of established authors provides a detailed discussion and focussed insight into the complexities of being a primary teacher. The child as an individual and a reflective approach to the curriculum are valued as key components of effective learning and teaching. This is a must-read for all professional practitioners."

- Jenny Carpenter, Director of Partnerships, York St John University

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