How To Support Learning

Good morning all,

Fiona Hall, author of our book ‘Supporting Primary Teaching and Learning‘ has prepared this entry to aid both teaching assistants and student teachers. This book is ideal for those of you looking to gain an invaluable insight into what pursuing a career in education really entails and how best to support learning.

Have a read and let me know your thoughts if you’ve got your own copy at home!

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Supporting Primary Teaching and Learning is an invaluable guide for school Teaching Assistants or as an ideal starting point for undergraduates interested in a career in education. Aimed at the primary sector, this book gives you the low-down on the essentials you need to gain and develop a career in education with the focus on supporting children’s learning. As well as guiding teaching assistants, it provides valuable insight for those aspiring to become teachers.

The book has been written by expert educators Fiona Hall, Duncan Hindmarch, Doug Hoy and Lynn Machin. Fiona, who worked in primary education and teacher training for many years advises, “This book offers some great advice to Teaching Assistants starting on their Higher Education journey and gives supporting literature for their practice in schools”.  Duncan, who heads up the Foundation degree in Education at Staffordshire University explains: We wanted to create a book that would be really useful for Teaching Assistants or students planning careers in the primary education sector. The chapters have been developed to include relevant contemporary subjects.” The book has been organised into key topics which provide you with the information needed to help you be a successful teaching Assistant. Lynn adds, As well as taking a theoretical standpoint, it also has useful practical advice too.”

Lead author Fiona explains: “We’ve kept it relatively short and focuses on some of the priorities with recommendations for further reading when appropriate.”

So, we think this book will be an ideal starting point for Teaching Assistants employed in the sector as well as appealing to undergraduate education students.

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What do you need to know to be able to teach this topic?


So it’s National Science Week and we have the third free extract of our newly published book ‘Key Concepts in Primary Science‘- I know what you’re thinking, what a fitting publication date!

Each chapter, or “key concept”, is introduced with reference to the national curriculum meaning that from the beginning, teachers know exactly how much they need to understand in order to effectively teach that topic.

Read this introductory passage on Chapter 8: Light

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World Social Work Day

Why is Social Work so important?

Here are a few thoughts from some social work students, authors and trainees.

“Social work is important because in a world of increasing inequality social work paints a shade of humanity onto the canvas of society. It is the thread that weaves social policy and the human ideals of social justice, equality and equity into lived experience of people’s lives and communities.”Claudia Megele, author of ‘Psychosocial and Relationship-based Practice

“Social work is important because it’s a platform to fight social injustice and discrimination of any kind.” – Shanti Boafor

“Carl Sagan said that we make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers. Good social workers make meaningful change through both these things.” Chris Dyke, author of ‘Writing Analytical Assessments in Social Work

“Social work is based upon the principles of social justice. It is important because it uniquely contributes to the well-being of disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals, their families and groups.”Angie Bartoli, author of ‘Anti-Racism in Social Work Practice

“Social work is important for lots of reasons – for some that maybe due to personal struggles and experiences or even tragedies and for others to enable us to support those who are vulnerable and in need of protection and /or support.  Hopefully it helps us give empowerment and a voice to those that need it most.”Julie Adams, author of ‘Positive Social Work‘ and ‘Active Social Work with Children with Disabilities

“Social work is key to how societies function and thrive. It provides an interface between the people and the state and cuts across a number of other professions in terms of what it brings to the health and social care table. It is often a misunderstood and misrecognised profession, even though the narrative around it acutely reflects the complexity and uncertainty it engages with. I see social work as the mediator of adversity, the negotiator of reason and the facilitator of change.”Amanda Taylor, contributor to ‘Social Media in Social Work Education

Free and Useful Websites for Teaching Resources

Good Morning Guys!

We have yet another entry from our trainee student and blogger Taylor Cornes.

Today she is going to give you 3 FREE websites for teacher’s to use to aid and inspire lesson planning.

Every student likes a freebie here and there, and this definitely applies to trainee teachers and free resources. When planning lessons, I always look online for inspiration as the basis of teaching is borrowing and adapting already-existing lesson and activity ideas. In my opinion, there is nothing worse than finding the perfect resource online and seeing the subscription fee that goes along with it in order to download it. This setback often results in me creating a similar resource from scratch – which of course – takes a large amount of time. There are an array of websites which boast fantastic resources, but I am going to share with you my favourite three in this post.

Twinkl is a brilliant website with Key Stages and Year Groups clearly categorised, making it easy to find the age-appropriate resources that you are looking for. Although there are different levels of membership which do cost, the free resources (that are on there I promise!) are beautifully illustrated and can be downloaded as a PDF straight to your device ready for personalising or printing. At key points in the year such as Christmas, Easter and Bonfire Night, Twinkl release even more crafty resources especially designed for that event – and yes, some of these are free too! I could talk about how much I love Twinkl for longer, but my immediate plan for when I secure my first teaching job is to subscribe to the Platinum membership so I can access all of the resources!

Primary Resources is another excellent website that offers resources across the curriculum, and each resource states exactly what year group it is suitable for. The resources range from worksheets to presentations, games to videos and there is truly something there for everyone. The resources can be opened directly with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, and therefore can easily be personalised and adapted to suit the needs of the learners within your class. Unlike Twinkl, all of the resources on Primary Resources are completely free!

TES is a website that I regard as the home of teaching. It has everything from current issues and news in the teaching sector, to job advertisements, and most importantly, free resources! As with both previously mentioned websites, you can quickly and easily find the age range of the children that you are finding resources for, and then pick the subject. The resources on TES are published by a range of authors, most of which are teachers who are simply sharing their resources with the rest of the teaching world, and some people even leave comments under the resource outlining exactly how they used it!

Of course there are more but these three are sure to be the best!

If you’d like any more information on technology and teaching then our book ‘Digital Literacy for Teachers’ is worth checking out! For details on any other title go to our website where all books are 15% OFF.

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