‘This book is outstanding. It comprehensively addresses the broad range of key aspects of both policy and practice in the primary curriculum. With contributions from acknowledged experts in individual fields, it really is an essential companion for trainee teachers and NQTs. More experienced practitioners and teacher trainers who are keen to remain up-to-date with developments in primary teaching and learning, and to improve their own practice, will likewise find it invaluable.’
Angela McLachlan, University of Manchester, UK
‘Learning to Teach in the Primary School is an invaluable book for those in primary initial teacher education. It covers all the most important topics and issues, and supports students in reflecting on and deepening their learning. This is an essential text.’
Helena Gillespie, University of East Anglia, UK
‘A comprehensive text that will support the student teacher during training and beyond. Written by academics who are respected in their field, this is an authoritative text that synthesises pedagogy with practice and provides a solid foundation on which to build a reflective practitioner approach to teaching.’
Elizabeth Broad, University of Roehampton, UK
‘This book is a valuable collection of essential reading for any beginning or training teacher embarking upon their new career. The extensive literature covers topical issues prevalent in all primary classrooms and the wide variety of contributors indicate a breadth of knowledge and research that guide the teacher in many pedagogical areas. I would highly recommend the book and both Teresa Cremin and James Arthur (Eds.) should be commended for offering so much updated and current material within this third edition.’
Shauna McGill, University of Ulster, UK
‘Learning to Teach in the Primary School provides valuable support to all trainee teachers in developing understanding of all aspects of the role and achieving the Teachers’ Standards. This understanding is essential in becoming an outstanding, flexible, effective and creative primary school teacher whichever route is chosen in joining the profession. Recent developments are discussed and practical advice is offered throughout.’
Karen Russell, University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, UK
How can 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.
This second edition of Learning to Teach in the Primary School, fully updated since the introduction of the QTS standards, provides valuable support to trainee teachers during both the taught component and the school placement element of their initial teacher education course. It provides an accessible and engaging introduction to teaching and learning that every student teacher needs to acquire in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status, as well as the underlying theory.
Written by experts in primary school teaching, this edition is divided into 37 units each covering essential concepts and skills, including:
- approaching planning
- understanding early years practice NEW
- assessment for learning
- e-learning NEW
- inclusive approaches
- personalised learning and pupil voice NEW
- research and further qualifications NEW
- responding to ethnic diversity and gender differences
- teaching modern foreign languages NEW
- the professional standards of teaching
- working with others.
Each unit offers a range of learning activities for trainee teachers in the form of tasks. Masters Level challenges – new to this edition – and annotated lists of further reading are provided for those who want to explore topics in more detail.
This comprehensive textbook is essential reading for all students training to be primary school teachers, including those on undergraduate teacher training courses (BEd, BA with QTS, BSc with QTS), postgraduate teacher training courses (PGCE, SCITT), and employment-based teacher training courses (GTP, RTP, Teach First), plus those studying Education Studies.