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Reflect, Expect, Check, Explain


Some students think mathematically. They have the curiosity to notice relationships, the confidence to ask why, and the knowledge to understand the answer. They are the lucky ones. Many others just ‘do’ maths. They look at a question, think about how to answer it, answer it, and then move on. In this book, Craig Barton, maths teacher and best-selling author of ‘How I wish I’d taught maths’, offers an approach to help all our students think mathematically. It requires the careful sequencing of questions and examples, the role of the teacher, and the mathematical behaviour of our students. It has transformed his teaching. Drawing upon research into the Self-Explanation Effect, the Hypercorrection Effect and Variation Theory, together with two years of developing this approach with teachers and students around the world, Craig describes exactly what this looks like in the classroom. But be warned: not everyone agrees. Indeed, it is this very approach that led to Craig being labelled as ‘the most dangerous and clueless man in maths education’. If that is not a recommendation to keep reading, I don’t know what is. Contents Foreword by Jo Morgan Introduction Chapter 1: Intelligent Practice Chapter 2: Where does Intelligent Practice fit in? Chapter 3: Different features of Intelligent Practice sequences Chapter 4: Intelligent Practice FAQs Chapter 5: Rule Chapter 6: Different uses of Rule Chapter 7: Pattern Chapter 8: Demonstration Chapter 9: Summary table Chapter 10: Teachers writing their own sequences of questions and examples Conclusion: A recipe for change?

Michaela: The Battle For Western Education


Michaela Community School in Brent, London is one of the most talked-about schools in the UK. In this follow-up to the best-selling book Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Teachers, their teachers further explain how their relentlessly high expectations are helping young people to get great results and be successful.Since opening in 2014, Michaela Community School has blazed a trail and defied many of the received notions about what works best in schools. In The Battle for Western Education, staff explore some of the things they have learned since the publication of the original book and further develop the ideology that lies beyond the headlines and social media arguments. Chapters include: Don’t be squeamish about scripture why we teach religion at Michaela; Relationships & systems; National Citizenship and Identity; Teaching National History; Digital Detox; Authority; Original Sin & Christian beliefs at Michaela; Telling kids the truth/teaching personal responsibility; Assessment at Michaela; Loving the difficult kids; The baby in the progressive bath water; The culture of feedback at Michaela; Why is teaching gratitude important?; Parenting the Michaela way.

Liminal Leadership


Stephen Tierney has spent thirty years working in schools, twenty nine of those in different leadership positions. In Liminal Leadership, he suggests that the education system is currently at a threshold; and it may be one in which the teaching profession is diminished or augmented. Using an honest and personal account of Stephen’s own journey as a framework, Liminal Leadership empowers current and prospective school leaders at all levels to scrutinise, polish and advance their skills to build enriching, aspirational and ultimately fulfilling cultures within which to work.

Reclaiming the Curriculum


Examines the nature of a broad-ranging and worthwhile curriculum, and presents case studies that exemplify how it can be provided for, managed and effectively delivered. A significant number of primary schools believe that their fate and reputation are dependent on data-driven inspections that take little account of the totality of the education they provide and who could blame them? Because of this, many schools sacrifice an emphasis on the broad curriculum, especially in Years 5 and 6, in the interests of a more narrow focus on English and maths. In ‘Reclaiming the Curriculum’ Bill Laar and Jackie Holderness redress the balance and present a cornucopia of case-study examples from schools who are bucking this trend by providing their pupils with specialist content that transcends the core curriculum. The book features a diverse variety of school initiatives ranging from computer programming classes to school-wide renewable projects and paints a vivid picture of how the provision of such enriching activities can be made compatible with the schools educational programme.

The Monkey-Proof Box


Written by Jonathan Lear, ‘The Monkey-Proof Box: Curriculum design for building knowledge, developing creative thinking and promoting independence’ is a manifesto on how to dismantle the curriculum we’re told to deliver and construct in its place the curriculum we need to deliver. A group of monkeys. A box full of nuts. A lever. A chute. The monkeys excitedly poke at the box with rocks … nothing happens. Meanwhile, one monkey sits to the side, observing. Then, when the others wander off, he gets up and with a curious push of his palm presses the lever and the nuts tumble down the chute! Not believing his luck, he eats the nuts, presses the lever again and is rewarded with yet more nuts. He’s cracked the challenge of the monkey-proof box. In their early years, children experience a world full of monkey-proof boxes it’s a time of discovery, observation and experimentation, as they engage in the frustration and joy of learning how to release life’s nuts. Then, as they progress through school, learning becomes more formal, easier in many ways. The nuts are handed to them on a plate and something important is lost. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this absorbing book, Jonathan sets out how primary school teachers can resist the nuts on a plate approach and deliver a curriculum rich in authentic learning experiences that help children learn from one another and grow into empowered, knowledgeable and creative thinkers who are driven by insatiable curiosity. In doing so, he inspires educators to unclutter their classrooms of the latest shiny initiatives and to foster a more refined pedagogical approach incorporating elements of facilitated and concept-based learning that simply improves pupils learning. Suitable for teachers, middle leaders and head teachers in primary school settings.

Planning the Primary National Curriculum


A complete guide for trainees and teachers To prepare to teach the new Primary National Curriculum, you need more than just the Programmes of Study. You need a resource to help you understand, plan for, teach and assess the curriculum. This is it! Your guide to planning the Primary National Curriculum. This book explores how to plan in primary schools. It covers curriculum design and structure, challenges to learning, and how children learn. New in this edition is a chapter on planning for mastery. For each curriculum subject the programme of study is included, with notes to help you interpret it for your own class. The text covers how the teaching of each subject can be organised, assessment opportunities, key and essential resources in each subject, and how ICT can best be used in each subject to enhance teaching. Sequenced lesson examples in all subject chapters link theory to practice and highlight progression. The final section of the book explores the many ways in which the curriculum can be delivered. It includes the creative curriculum, dialogic teaching, cross-curricular learning and more current thinking about interpreting the curriculum.  

The National Curriculum and the Teachers’ Standards


The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. The Teachers′ Standards underpin professional practice and all teachers need to work towards and within this framework. This two-in-one handbook presents the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for ALL curriculum subjects for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 PLUS the complete Teachers′ Standards, making it a handy reference copy whether you are in training or practice. Also included is an introduction by renowned education theorists Dylan Wiliam focusing on the need for a broad and balanced curriculum in schools.   A must-have resource for all teachers and trainee teachers!

Mindful Kids


This boxed card deck includes 50 creative mindfulness games, visualizations and exercises divided into 5 categories to help children feel grounded, find calm, improve focus, practice loving-kindness and relax. Whimsical full-color illustrations on both sides of the cards break down each practice into easy-to-follow steps. Tips on individual cards plus an 8-page instructional booklet show modifications that make these activities inclusive for children of all abilities.

Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom


Evidence has shown that happy people (those who experience more positive emotions) perform better in school, enjoy healthier relationships, are generally more successful and even live longer! It is an ever-growing concern, therefore, that children’s levels of happiness and wellbeing are decreasing, while their levels of stress, anxiety and depression are increasing. As a result, many schools and teachers are looking for accessible ways to address these mental health problems in young people. In this practical and thoughtful book, experienced teacher and advisor on children’s wellbeing, Adrian Bethune, takes the latest evidence and research from the science of happiness and positive psychology and brings them to life. Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom is packed full of tried-and-tested activities and techniques and has a foreword by Sir Anthony Seldon, former Master of Wellington College, well known for introducing and advocating happiness and wellbeing in education. It is an essential guide to supporting emotional and mental wellbeing in the primary classroom.

Lesson Planning for Primary School Teachers


Being prepared to teach every subject in the curriculum is an essential skill for all primary school teachers, and good lesson planning is a critical tool for coping with the workload, as well as for wowing your pupils, your colleagues, and Ofsted inspectors. In his new book, Stephen Lockyer provides a breakdown of lesson planning strategies, plus a range of practical and original ideas to use with your class. Using real primary classroom anecdotes, as well as helpful diagrams, tick lists and tips on how to implement planning techniques day-to-day, Lesson Planning for Primary School Teachers is a complete toolbox for primary school teachers who want to develop their key skills and strategies for lesson planning.

The Trainee Teacher’s Handbook


This book helps trainees to build skills and focus on developing their professional practice through understanding, reflection and experimentation. It’s practical structure and learning features help readers to recognise their own learning needs and set their own targets. The book takes the Teachers’ Standards as a base and covers:  planning creating teaching resources inclusive practice assessment and progress classroom management pastoral care

The (Un)official Teacher’s Manual


Teaching is a demanding profession. Many of the difficulties however, are not in the classroom… In The (Un)official Teacher’s Manual, Omar Akbar offers direct, humorous and accessible advice on how to deal with the daily issues faced by a teacher- none of which involve teaching! Includes guidance on: lesson observations, emails, promotions, avoiding meaningless extra work, meetings, parents, maintaining a work-life balance, dealing with workplace bullying, and much more. While Omar pulls no punches on the reality of working in a school, a positive streak is maintained throughout. A must read for any teacher or potential teacher. Contents: How to Get the Most from Observations, Learning Walks, and Book Scrutinies The Don’ts of the School Email System How to Get Promoted and Other Things to Consider How and When to Say No and Yes The Dos and Don’ts of Meetings How to Get Parents on Your Side Guidance for Trainee Teachers Ensuring a Life-Work Balance Bullying: the Problem and the Solution How to Get the Teaching Job You Want Maintaining Good Relationships Why It’s All Worth It

The Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Teacher


Are you at the start of your teaching career? Do you want to know what it’s REALLY like? Do you want to discover time saving ideas and shortcuts and avoid making too many mistakes?This book gives an honest insight into the wonderful, brilliant, emotional, tiring, challenging, frustrating world of being a teacher.Tim Mobbs is a Primary Leader who entered education through TeachFirst and rose through the ranks quickly. He has led Maths, Reading and Writing in several schools whilst leading Key Stage 2. He has particularly enjoyed mentoring trainees, students and Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) and developing them into excellent and resilient teachers. “I have written this book to help those at the start of their teaching careers learn from my mistakes and make them aware of the surprises and frustrations that I experienced in my career. It is the honest advice I wish someone had given me over a coffee and a chat before I started, but instead I sadly blundered into many avoidable mistakes, bleary eyed and unprepared. I hope this book stops others finding themselves in the same situation. I find that many education books paint a picture of an ideal and perfect profession in ideal and perfect classrooms – teaching is not that and neither is this book… but I would never do anything else!” – Tim Mobbs’The Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Teacher’ is broken down into bitesize segments, perfect for busy and tired educators to consume at their leisure.The manageable chapters cover:- Settling in to School- Wellbeing- Home life- Wider School Life- Behaviour Management- Classroom Teaching- Personal Development- Relationships- Teaching Practice- The World of EducationThe author has experience in primary and secondary education and many of the sections transfer to both sectors. The book relays the ethos of working “Smarter not Harder” and has a focus on teacher wellbeing. It includes anecdotes alongside sage advice based on real life. There are many practical ideas provided to make an immediate impact on any teacher and classroom.This is the first in the series: The Things I Wish I Knew About…With the second book: The Things I Wish I Knew About Active Assessment currently being written.

Teaching WalkThrus


Tom Sherrington and Oliver Caviglioli team up to present 50 essential teaching techniques, each with five clear and concise illustrations and explanations. It forms a truly unique repository of key teaching methods, valuable to any classroom practitioner in any setting.The book covers important practical techniques in behaviour and relationships; curriculum planning; explaining and modelling; questioning and feedback; practice and retrieval; and Mode B teaching. Each technique is simply explained and beautifully illustrated in five short steps, to make sense of complex ideas and support student learning.

Dual Coding With Teachers


As part of the discovery of cognitive science, teachers are waking up to the powers of dual coding – combining words with visuals in your teaching. But cognitive scientists aren’t graphic designers, and so their books don’t show teachers how to be competent in producing effective visuals. Until now.Dual Coding With Teachers is a truly groundbreaking educational book. No other book has been designed with both cognitive science and graphic principles in mind. Every page contains diagrams, infographics, illustrations and graphic organisers. It has been designed to cater for both the busy teacher in a rush, as well as the research-hungry colleague. Over 35 teachers, teacher developers, psychologists and information designers are profiled, each with a double-page spread, highlighting their dual coding practice.

Retrieval Practice


Retrieval practice may appear to be the latest buzzword in mainstream education … but in fact it is a very powerful learning strategy. Retrieval Practice: Research and Resources for every classroom is a very practical book written by a teacher in the classroom for teachers and leaders in schools. This book combines educational research with examples of how retrieval practice can work inside and outside of the classroom. Filled with evidence-informed ideas to support all teachers and leaders across Primary and Secondary. Retrieval practice is a vital element of the science of learning. Understanding how children learn is essential for all educators from NQTs to more experienced teachers and senior leaders. The educational research is presented in a format which is accessible, useful and informative and will help inform educators about cutting-edge research in a comprehensive, clear and applicable way. The practical resources are adaptable and ready to be implemented in any classroom to support and enhance teaching, learning and long term memory.

Rosenshine’s Principles in Action


Barak Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction are widely recognised for their clarity and simplicity and their potential to support teachers seeking to engage with cognitive science and the wider world of education research. In this concise new booklet, Rosenshine fan Tom Sherrington amplifies and augments the principles and further demonstrates how they can be put into practice in everyday classrooms.The second half of the booklet contains Rosenshine’s original paper Principles of Instruction, as published in 2010 by the International Academy of Education (IAE) – a paper with a superb worldwide reputation for relating research findings to classroom practice.Together with Sherrington’s insightful and practical guidance, it forms a powerful booklet that no teacher can afford to be without.

Behaviour for Learning


Behaviour for Learning offers teachers a clear conceptual framework for making sense of the many behaviour management strategies on offer, allowing them to make a critical assessment of their appropriateness and effectiveness in the classroom, and assisting them to promote closer links between ‘behaviour’ and ‘learning’. Now in a fully updated second edition, the book focuses on how teachers can provide a safe and secure setting where positive relationships are fostered, placing increased emphasis on learning behaviours that contribute to pupils’ cognitive, social and emotional development. The book is full of practical approaches that can help teachers support pupils to achieve, relate to others and develop behaviours that characterise self-esteem, confidence and resilience. It includes chapters covering: • relationship with the curriculum, relationship with self and relationship with others; • whole-school approaches and the school behaviour policy; • reframing special educational needs; • dealing with more challenging behaviour; • transitions. This second edition also includes an updated emphasis on the links between mental health, behaviour and relationships in schools, and reflects Department for Education advice for school staff, changes to the National Curriculum and the new SEND Code of Practice. Through the application of the Behaviour for Learning framework, the book encourages teachers to address the needs of pupils who exhibit behavioural difficulties, whilst still pursuing excellence in teaching and learning for all pupils. It is a compelling and essential read for all trainees and practising teachers, CPD coordinators and other professionals working with children in schools.

How to Revise for GCSE


For success in the Grade 9-1 GCSEs, look no further than this incredible CGP book. It’s the ultimate guide to GCSE revision from THE exam experts. There’s a huge range of advice covering everything from effective study techniques to tips for specific subjects. We’ve also included helpful checklists, timetables and planners to make sure students are 100% ready for the exams. A free Online Edition of the whole book is also included – to keep all that online procrastination at bay!

23 Tips to Get Better Grades


Preparing for an exam is like preparing for a battle. To succeed, you need to make sure you’re at the peak of your performance at the time of impact. It’s not easy, but it is a lot easier if you have the right strategy.This is what this book is all about.In it, Ian Gibbs has collected and digested the recommendations and advice from teachers, examiners and successful students and processed them into 23 Tips to help you get the highest grade you’re capable of.23 Tips to Get Better Grades is a simple, user-friendly guide to making sure the opportunity you have to sit an exam and show the world what you can do won’t be wasted.By learning these tips, you’ll not only be increasing your chances in your exams, but you’ll also be learning some important skills that will last you a lifetime.Although the references are from the U.K., these tried and trusted tips come from successful students worldwide. Whether you’re a student in Honolulu, Helsinki or Huddersfield, this student-friendly book could make the difference you need to get the grade you deserve.‘I wish I’d had this book when I was preparing for my exams. When I was studying for my GCSEs, I tried to revise, I had a drink at the ready, some relaxing music and a quiet space of my own. I sat down ready to revise only to realise I had no idea how to do it or where to start. It’s easy for teachers to say “revise”, but how do you actually do it? That’s when the panic set in for me. It was as if I had missed the lesson at school where you were taught how to revise properly. I imagined all of my classmates at home revising, making copious amounts of notes whilst I sat there not having a clue what I was supposed to be doing. This book would have solved that.-– Andrew Strutt, former student

The Self-Learning Blueprint


An approach to instantly make sense of a topic when learning from scratch and teaching yourself.Embarking on anything new is daunting and scary. That’s why you need a blueprint to point you in the right direction and make sure that you are moving forward.The skill of self-learning is the ability to change your circumstances and get from Point A to Point B.The Self-Learning Blueprint is the compass that will get you to Point B. Numerous scientifically-proven techniques are covered, as well as an overarching set of plans to ensure that you synthesize and truly understand new information.We all think we know how to learn, but the truth is, we don’t know much beyond taking notes and re-reading them. This won’t get you where you want to go. Learn how to learn from the ground up, all by yourself, on any subject matter. This goes beyond simple improved study skills – you will understand the nature of information itself.Become an auto-didact: higher grades, better job prospects, more goals achieved, and the key to unlocking all doors in life.Peter Hollins has studied psychology and peak human performance for over a dozen years and is a bestselling author. He has worked with a multitude of individuals to unlock their potential and path towards success. His writing draws on his academic, coaching, and research experience.Exact step-by-step methods to structure your learning and avoid information overload.•The four pillars of self-learning for expertise and comprehension.•Learning myths and the only thing you DO need for learning.•How the 50-50 Rule ensures memorization.Make sure you’re not wasting your time with sub-optimal techniques.•How to combine old and new information to learn.•10 question types to unlock deeper understanding.•The role of buoyancy, failure, and confidence in learning.Work and learn smarter by scrolling up and clicking the BUY NOW BUTTON at the top of this page.

The Student Mindset


In ‘The Student Mindset: A 30-item toolkit for anyone learning anything’, Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin provide clear, effective and engaging tools designed to help students plan, organise and execute successful learning. Successful students find a way to succeed. They get the results they want. And they achieve this not by superior ability, but by sticking to habits, routines and strategies that deliver those results. By cutting through the noise surrounding academic success and character development, bestselling authors Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin have identified the five key traits and behaviours that all students need in order to achieve their goals: vision, effort, systems, practice and attitude (VESPA). These characteristics beat cognition hands down, and in ‘The Student Mindset’ Steve and Martin provide a ready-made series of study strategies, approaches and tactics designed to nurture these qualities and transform your motivation, commitment and productivity. The book’s thirty activities, while categorised thematically under the VESPA umbrella, have been organised around six key phases of learning so that you can recognise which phase you re in before choosing from the range of tools and techniques to help you get through it. The six co-existing key phases are: preparation; starting study; collecting and shaping; adapting, testing and performing; flow and feedback; and dealing with the dip. At each phase you ll experience challenges and discover new ways of working, and this book’s activities have been designed to help you gain control and become a better learner by sharing workload management tactics and revision strategies associated with calm, purposeful study and ultimately getting good results. These tools include a range of effective prioritisation, stress reduction, procrastination-busting and mindset development approaches all neatly packaged into this outstanding practical guide to becoming a successful and confident student. Suitable for all students.

Becoming a Growth Mindset School


Becoming a Growth Mindset School explores the theories which underpin a growth mindset ethos and lays out how to embed them into the culture of a school. It offers step-by-step guidance for school leaders to help build an approach to teaching and learning that will encourage children to embrace challenge, persist in the face of setback, and see effort as the path to mastery. The book isn’t about quick fixes or miracle cures, but an evidence-based transformation of the way we think and talk about teaching, leading, and learning. Drawing upon his own extensive experience and underpinned by the groundbreaking scholarship of Carol Dweck, Angela Duckworth, and others, Chris Hildrew navigates the difficulties, practicalities, and opportunities presented by implementing a growth mindset, such as: forming a growth mindset curriculum launching a growth mindset with staff marking, assessing, and giving feedback with a growth mindset growth mindset misconceptions and potential mistakes family involvement with a growth mindset. Innovatively and accessibly written, this thoroughly researched guide shows how a growth mindset ethos benefits the whole school community, from its students and teachers to parents and governors. Becoming A Growth Mindset School will be of invaluable use to all educational leaders and practitioners.