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The Teachers’ Standards in Primary Schools

The Teachers’ Standards in Primary Schools
Understanding and Evidencing Effective Practice

First Edition

February 2016 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Every primary school teacher needs to ensure that they meet the criteria set out in the Teachers’ Standards. However translating what this means in the classroom isn’t always easy, especially when you're starting out your career in teaching. 

This book directly looks at the standards providing guidance on how professionalism can be demonstrated and evidenced in primary schools underpinned by practical examples.

Steps to Success boxes in each chapter look at challenges in the classroom encouraging a reflective perspective on your teaching.

Key coverage includes:

  • Effective teaching and learning and what it means to be a learner
  • Planning and assessment for successful teaching
  • Meeting the needs of all children
  • Behaviour management
  • The role of subject and pedagogical knowledge


Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
Plan and Teach Well Structured Lessons
Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils
Make accurate and productive use of assessment
Manage behaviour effectively to ensure good and safe learning
Professional Responsibilities
Personal and professional conduct
Keeping the ‘L’ Plates: Life-Long Learner

This is a useful, practical guide for student teachers and NQTs to support their ability to evidence The Teachers’ Standards. Supported by academic literature and theory, each chapter  unpicks the language used in each of the standards and  makes it more accessible; this would make it easier to  engage in professional dialogue and to set professional  targets. The layout of the text makes it easy to use, especially to dip in and out of. A valuable companion text.

Paula Stone
Canterbury Christ Church University

This straightforward and accessible book will be a valuable addition to every trainee teacher’s toolkit. It not only provides essential guidance on the components of each Standard, the theory that underpins them, and advice on how to evidence them, but also brings them alive in the classroom with practical examples and useful top tips.

Hilary Smith
Bath Spa

A key publication to support students on their journey to teacher training.

Miss Tracey Canham
Caring Professionals, Swindon College
August 13, 2019

So much of what we provide for the students is linked to the Teachers' Standards, that to have a book that gives clear guidance will be an invaluable resource. The book is very clear to follow and has excellent top tips and practice examples as well as areas to consider linked to the section that is being covered. Not only will this book be helpful for developing teachers, but also to take on with them into their career so they can see how to further develop in each area.

Ms Miriam Ruth Walker
Faculty of Education, Winchester University
September 13, 2016

When students first start the course they struggle to understand the details of the teachers' standards. This book clearly presents each standard with discussion and practical application. It usefully guides students through expectations and how to meet them. This book is very useful on our professional studies modules.

Anne Bradley
Faculty of Education, University of St. Mark and St. John
September 12, 2016

This book is a very good starting point for our trainees to begin reading about ICT tools and apps that may be used within their teaching practice, but also as a starting point for their ICT assignment.
The website with additional resources and handouts is an added bonus.

Mrs Nesta Wynne Elliott
School of Education, Bangor University
August 9, 2016

A thorough and insightful guide to the teaching standards. I will be discussing aspects of this text with trainees as it will be useful for them to see how the standards can be evidenced in different ways.

Mrs Sharron Galley
Education , Ashton Sixth Form College
July 5, 2016

A useful book to support trainees and school mentors with the TS.

Mrs Jane Scholey
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
May 12, 2016

A key text that will enable all students from Level 4 to Level 6 to develop critical analysis of all issues surrounding the standards. An easily accessible text. The case studies and reflective tasks are extremely useful for students who have limited practice experience.

Mrs Cathryn Keighley
Children, Young People and Families, Leeds Trinity University
April 28, 2016

An excellent book, easy to read with real life and relevant examples to today's teacher training. Practical ideas for how to evidence the teacher standards.

Miss Audrey B. Wood
Department of Education, Huddersfield University
April 24, 2016

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