Summer Reading

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Whilst you are contemplating the course over the summer you might want to start with some reading to think about some of the issues that will impact on the course.

Below are some books, papers and on-line links that you may want to chase up this will give you a starting place on some of the ideas and the debates we will encounter. You will see the core and support texts that we recommed and there are also some downloads available towards the end of this page.

However, it is also important that you get some rest over the summer as next year will be very, very hard work (we have warned you!). These are mostly focussed on pedagogy and general ideas about teaching and learning - your school will suggest more classroom focussed materials.

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General Books - Primary - Secondary - Papers - Blogs
General Books
Visible Learning for Teachers: John Hattie (2011). Visible Learning means an enhanced role for teachers as they become evaluators of their own teaching. According to John Hattie Visible Learning and Teaching occurs when teachers see learning through the eyes of students and help them become their own teachers.

Fifty Modern Thinkers on Education: Liora Bresler [ed.] et alea (2001). Fifty Modern Thinkers on Education looks at fifty of the twentieth century's most significant contributors to the debate on education. Among those included are: Pierre Bourdieu, Elliot Eisner, Hans J. Eysenck, Michel Focault, Henry Giroux, Jurgen Habermas, Susan Isaacs, A.S. Neill, Herbert Read, Simone Weill etc...

Essential Teaching Skills: Chris Kyriacou (4th Edition, 2014). This is the fourth edition of an excellent book which develops a range of ideas about teaching and learning and which explores some of the key skills.
Child Development an illustrated guide: Carolyn Meggitt (2012). Fully updated and restructured so learners can match the new EYFS key areas and can be sure they have the most up-to-date information, Includes a DVD providing video clips of children’s developmental stages at all ages which gives learners the opportunity to experience this important area of child development and extended for children up to 19 years old.
Doing your PGCE at M-Level: Keira Sewell (2nd, edition 2012). Doing your PGCE at M level is a valuable guide designed to enable students to achieve success. Its approach, using clear explanations and case studies enable trainees to engage at a critical level and understand the potential benefits this can bring to them personally and professionally.
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Primary Books [core texts]
Reflective Teaching in Schools: Andrew Pollard (2014). Building on best-selling texts over three decades, this thoroughly revised new edition is essential reading for both primary and secondary school teachers in training and in practice, supporting both initial school-based training and extended career-long professionalism. Considering a wide range of professionally relevant topics, Reflective Teaching in Schools presents key issues and research insights, suggests 'Reflective Activities for classroom work and offers guidance on selected 'Key Readings.
Readings for Reflective Teaching: Andrew Pollard (2014). This book provides compact and portable library - of particular relevance to teacher education and professional development. It is part of a set of professional resources. It links directly to a textbook, Reflective Teaching in Schools, and to a website,
Primary Books [support texts]
Learning to Teach in the Primary School: Teresa Cremin et alea (3rd Edition, 2014). 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.
Primary Professional Studies: Alice Hansen (3rd Edition, 2015). Primary teacher training is challenging. Trainees must be prepared to consider teaching in innovative ways, while remaining focussed on the unchanging requirements of children’s learning. The third edition of this popular core book supports trainee teachers working towards primary QTS taking account of the diverse aspects of primary professional studies.

Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Primary Schools: Wendy Jolliffe et alea (2015) Systematic synthetic phonics is a key strategy in the teaching of reading. This text supports trainee teachers working towards primary QTS in how to use phonics effectively. It explores what works in phonics teaching, and why. It begins with the subject knowledge that underpins effective teaching and goes on to explore pedagogy from the early years to Key Stage 2. The book includes a review of different popular phonics programmes, set against the DfE (2011) criteria for high-quality phonics teaching.

Primary English for Trainee Teachers: David Waugh et alea (2014). Covering all areas of the new National Curriculum for primary English and offering insight into effective teaching, it helps you connect what you need to teach, to how it can be taught. It opens up the opportunities in the new curriculum for creative and imaginative teaching and covers all areas of children's literacy from poetry and literature to SPAG.
Primary Mathematics for Trainee Teachers: Marcus Witt (2014). Covering all of the areas of the new Curriculum for primary mathematics and offering insight into effective teaching, this book helps students connect what they need to teach with how it can be taught. Exploring opportunities in the new curriculum for creative and imaginative teaching, it shows readers how to capitalize on opportunities to develop children's reasoning and problem solving skills.
Primary Science: Teaching Theory and Practice: John Sharp et alea (7th Edition, 2015). The essential teaching theory and practice text for primary science. Covering the skills of planning, monitoring, assessment and class management, it relates these specifically to primary science.
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Secondary Books [core texts]
Learning to Teach in the Secondary School: A companion to school experience: Susan Capel et alea (7th edition, 2016). Learning to teach involves hard work and careful preparation. To become an effective teacher requires pedagogical and subject knowledge, an understanding of your pupils and how they learn, and the confidence to respond to dynamic classroom situations.

Learning to Teach <x> in the Secondary School: This is part of a series of books focussed on the secondary subjects. These are good combination of the theory and the practice of teaching and learning they come in:

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Research Papers [free downloads]
The science of learning: Deans for Impact (2015): This is a synopisis of learning from cognitive science over a range of key questions that is a resource for teachers and teacher educators. The questions are: How do students understand new ideas? How do students learn and retain new info? How do students solve problems? How do students transfer learning to new sits? What motivates students to learn? What are common misconceptions?
What makes great pedagogy? Nine Claims from research: Chris Husbands (2012) This paper looks for research evidence to support nine strong claims about the characteristics of nine highly successful pedagogies. The effective pedagogies give: consideration to pupil voice; depend on the behaviour, knowledge and beliefs of teachers; involve clear thinking about longer term outcomes; build on learning and experience; involve scaffolding learning; involve a range of techniques; develop higher order thinking and metacognition; embed assessment for learning; are inclusive of all learners.
Blogs about teaching and learning
There are a lot of people blogging and commenting on-line below are a few with a range of opinions, you should approach them all with some caution and a skeptical frame of mind, they are arranged in alaphbetical order with no priority.
Blog and Writer Focus URL
  • HeadGuruTeacher: Tom Sherringham
General, Leadership
  • Mr Histoire
  • Laura McKinnery
General, Policy, Politics
  • Learning with e's: Steven Wheeler
  • Literacy Shed: Rob Smith
Primary, Literacy
  • Love Learning: Debra Kidd
General, Primary
  • Pragmatic Education: Jo Kirby
School, Classroom
  • (The) Primary Head
Primary. Leadership
  • Ramblings of a Teacher: Michael Tidd
  • Splogs: Miss Smith
Education, Primary
  • Te@cher Toolkit: Ross McGill
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