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Primary Professional Studies

Primary Professional Studies

Fourth Edition
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August 2018 | 408 pages | Learning Matters
Primary teacher training is challenging. Trainees must be prepared to consider teaching in innovative ways, while remaining focused on the unchanging requirements of children’s learning. The fourth edition of this popular core book supports trainee teachers working towards primary QTS who need to take account of the diverse aspects of primary professional studies

This is a comprehensive, core text for the primary professional studies module. It begins with an exploration of the curriculum and reviews the current curriculum. The text moves on to look at 'The Developing Child' encouraging students to focus on child-centred teaching and learning and explores the needs and learning journeys of all children. 

The fourth edition includes new chapters on technology and learning, mindfulness in the classroom, reflective practice and completing research and writing assignments for primary teacher training.

Section 1 The curriculum
1 Transforming teaching and learning
2. Curriculum approaches
3. Children’s learning and development in the early years
4. New technologies and learning in primary schools
Section 2 The developing child
5. Child-centred teaching and learning
6. Including all learners
7. Transitions and progression
8. Children’s voice
Section 3 The developing teacher
9. Teaching as a profession
10. Establishing your own teacher identity
11. Reflective practice in primary schools
12. Safeguarding children
13. The school community: being part of a wider professional environment
14. Research and assignments for teaching and learning
Section 4 Teaching skills
15. Assessment
16. Planning
17. Managing behaviour for learning
18. Managing the learning environment
Section 5 Beyond initial teacher training
19. Personal professional development
Appendix: The Teachers Standards

An interesting and varied collection of papers covering most of the key issues.

Dr Paul Demetriou-Crane
Education, Havering College of FE And HE
August 19, 2019

This is a recommended core text for primary ITE students as professional studies is an essential part of the course. This latest edition offers some useful updates to the previous edition. The chapters cover the essential and important areas of the course that a trainee needs to be aware of, and develop understanding of, in their training year. The mix of theoretical undermining supported by practice ideas and reflective questions should first well with ITE students whatever their route into teaching.

Mr Paul Hopkins
Faculty of Education (Hull), Hull University
September 4, 2018

This is a comprehensive update that reflects recent changes in education training for teachers. It is well structured for easy access to current topics embedded in training criteria, which I consider essential at this busy time in the teacher training calendar. Leaning outcomes at the beginning of each chapter promote a focus on study with reference to the teaching standards. The activities in this book are already proving useful when running seminars. Overall there is a good balance with reference to giving teaching strategies, for example how to cope with pupils having problems with absorbing verbal information and theoretical aspects of learning that underpin teaching. The case studies explore reflective practice which will be of benefit to trainees once they have qualified to teach.

Roger Tapley
Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
August 29, 2018
Key features
Helps trainees feel confident in approaching work as a teacher, fully aware of what it involved and their professional responsibilities

New chapters on working with parents and wellbeing and mindfulness in the classroom

Up to date information on assessing the primary curriculum

New content on child development covering both cognitive and physical development