Learning Matters

  • Test Yourself: Biological Psychology provides essential learning and practice through assessment for your psychology students. It enables year 1 and 2 undergraduates to assess their confidence and competence and prepare for the types of questions featured in their formal university assessments. The book includes over 200 multiple-choice and extended multiple-choice questions, carefully designed to assess depth of knowledge. At the end of each chapter sample essay questions are provided, along with further guidance, to complement the multiple-choice questions and further test understanding. In addition, information is provided to help students make sense of their results and identify strengths and weaknesses.

  • Test Yourself: Cognitive Psychology provides essential learning and practice through assessment for your psychology students. It enables year 1 and 2 undergraduates to assess their confidence and competence and tackle the types of questions they will face in their formal university examinations. The book includes over 200 multiple-choice and extended multiple-choice questions, carefully designed to assess depth of knowledge. At the end of each chapter sample essay questions are provided, along with guidance, to complement the multiple-choice questions and further test understanding. In addition, information is provided to help students make sense of their results and identify strengths and weaknesses.

  • Test Yourself: Personality and Individual Differences provides essential learning and practice through assessment for your psychology students. It enables year 1 and 2 undergraduates to assess their confidence and competence and prepare for the questions featured in their formal university assessments. The book includes over 200 multiple-choice and extended multiple-choice questions, carefully designed to assess depth of knowledge. At the end of each chapter sample essay questions are provided, along with further guidance, to complement the multiple-choice questions and further test understanding. In addition, information is provided to help students make sense of their results and identify strengths and weaknesses.

  • Test Yourself: Social Psychology provides essential learning and practice through assessment for your psychology students. It enables year 1 and 2 undergraduates to assess their confidence and competence and prepare for the types of questions featured in their formal university assessments. The book includes over 200 multiple-choice and extended multiple-choice questions, carefully designed to assess depth of knowledge. At the end of each chapter sample essay questions are provided, along with further guidance, to complement the multiple-choice questions and further test understanding. In addition, information is provided to help students make sense of their results and identify strengths and weaknesses.

  • In order to give high quality care it is essential that mental health nurses have a solid grasp of the most common therapies and interventions used in mental healthcare. If nurses understand what the various interventions involve then they will be much better equipped to support patients through their recovery. This is a practical, engaging introduction to the major psychosocial interventions that demonstrates to students what the interventions are, why they are important and how they can be used.

    Key features

    - Interactive approach through realistic case studies that show how interventions can work to promote recovery
    - A patient centred approach considers the social as well as psychological aspects of mental healthcare
    - Each chapter is mapped to the relevant NMC standards and Essential Skills Clusters so that readers can see how they are meeting their professional requirements
    - Activities throughout challenge the reader to think critically and develop graduate skills

  • Provides busy social work and health care practitioners with an accessible guide to adult safeguarding in the context of mental capacity and financial abuse. Drawing on evidence and contemporary examples from practice this book will help readers understand the new landscape of safeguarding adults since the implementation of the Care Act 2014 and the introduction of Adult Safeguarding Boards. There are chapters on the current political landscape of adult social work, specific issues and contexts that make people vulnerable (social isolation, mental capacity, dementia), and important methods of assessment and intervention. A range of pedagogical features are also used to aid learning and understanding including the use of case studies, reflection points, brief exercises and further reading.

  • Are you thinking about applying to teacher training in England?  Not sure where to start or what to expect?
    This is your comprehensive go-to guide with helpful information and advice to help you on this very special journey ahead! Written by experts on initial teacher training in England, this guide:

    helps you understand the many different routes in to teaching
    provides essential information about the education sector and the different types of state schools
    offers advice and practice tests to pass the mandatory Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy
    gives insight about the application process and helpful tips to confidently face your interview

    Everything you need to know to secure your place on a teacher training course - now in one easy accessible guide!
    Hear what teacher training applicants and newly qualified teachers are saying about this guide:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN1yZye9zDA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WDaJ1xUEBA&feature=youtu.be

  • With recent research findings by The National Literacy Trust indicating that 1 in 2 children enjoy writing, should primary school teachers be using it more? There are opportunities for teaching and learning writing in all subjects and all lessons.
    Inviting Writing supports you to find these opportunities and to plan, assess and develop children's writing for a range of purposes in a range of styles. Chapters cover every curriculum subject and explore the unique writing opportunities for each one. It helps you to focus on teaching the skills of composition and on taking writing forward. Examples of good practice are included throughout, alongside suggestions for teaching activities. This book also outlines the many ways in which children's writing can be evidenced and encourages you to reconsider the ways in which children's progress in writing can be tracked and captured.
    This is a practical guide to teaching writing across the curriculum.  

  • Just Teach! in FE

    Jim Crawley

    Just Teach! in FE is a straightforward, helpful, engaging and reliable read for all beginning teachers. It focuses on the needs of the teacher and the learner and outlines this people-centered approach. This focus on the principles of good teaching, and the theory behind them, frees the reader from ever-changing structures and provides truly practical strategies to use from their first lesson.
    The text supports beginning teachers to Be organised; Be resourceful; Be resilient and to Just keep teaching. It is an engaging exploration of real teaching in FE and of the pressures and challenges that FE teachers face.  

  • Schools must actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. The Teachers' Standards make it clear that teachers themselves must do nothing to undermine these fundamental British Values.
    So how do schools and teachers provide educational experiences for primary aged children that explore and promote these values?
    This text provides trainees, teachers and schools with practice-based advice, informed by current practitioners, relating to the delivery of `British Values'. The content covers many topical themes and provides a unique insight into delivering `British Values' in schools. It supports educational professionals to understand their duties around the PREVENT agenda and goes further to explore why this is important. It helps trainees and teachers to see how these 'values' fit within the wider context of education and what we value as educators.

  • This is a guide to the teaching of computing and coding in primary schools, and an exploration of how children develop their computational thinking. It covers all areas of the National Curriculum for primary computing and offers insight into effective teaching.
    The text considers three strands of computer science, digital literacy and information technology. The teaching of coding is especially challenging for primary teachers, so it highlights learning on this, giving practical examples of how this can be taught. For all areas of the computing curriculum the text also provides guidance on planning age-appropriate activities with step-by-step guides and details of educationally appropriate software and hardware.
    This book helps you to connect what you need to teach with how it can be taught, and opens up opportunities in the new curriculum for creative and imaginative teaching. It also includes the full National Curriculum Programme of Study for Computing, key stages 1 and 2 as a useful reference for trainee teachers.

  • This book guides you through what you need to know about Early Years Teacher Status step by step. It explains how you can work to meet each of the Standards and assessment requirements. The author addresses trainees' common concerns about early years practice and study skills and meeting EYTS requirements and gives many examples of the strategies that trainees found most helpful. Each chapter explores each aspect of every Standard and indicator, with notes on theory, practical tips, case studies, activities and suggestions for further reading.
     
    This book helps you to:
    o  understand all aspects of each Standard and indicator
    o  link your practice to the Standards
    o  understand the assessment requirements and how to strengthen your evidence
    o  plan and track your evidence
    o  complete your written assignments and create your portfolio with confidence
    o  develop the skills needed to take on a leadership role
    This Second Edition has been updated to include new guidance on Standard 7 around the Prevent Agenda and the work of Channel. The text is also updated to include information on the 'Integrated review' at age 2.

  • Teaching primary computing without computers?
    The Computing curriculum is a challenge for primary school teachers.  The realities of primary school resources mean limited access to computer hardware.  But computing is about more than computers. Important aspects of the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science can be taught without any hardware.  Children can learn to analyse problems and computational terms and apply computational thinking to solve problems without turning on a computer.
    This book shows you how you can teach computing through `unplugged' activities. It provides lesson examples and everyday activities to help teachers and pupils explore computing concepts in a concrete way, accelerating their understanding and grasp of key ideas such as abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. The unplugged approach is physical and collaborative, using kinaesthetic learning to help make computing concepts more meaningful and memorable.
    This book will help you to elevate your teaching, and your children's learning of computing beyond the available hardware.  It focuses on the building blocks of understanding required for computation thinking. 

  • Social work with vulnerable adults is becoming increasingly centred on a key piece of legislation: the Mental Capacity Act. The Act provides a framework for protecting the vulnerable while allowing those who may lack capacity to have certain safeguards enshrined in law.
    This book will help support students to learn two things: first, how the Mental Capacity Act operates and what its key principles are when applied to safeguarding adults; and second, what are the compassionate skills and values that need to be interwoven with legislative knowledge? The authors show how these two principles interact and inform one another and how taking a person-centred approach to safeguarding vulnerable adults will mean better outcomes for the individual and our wider society.
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  • Life After Levels

    Sam Hunter

    This is the story of one school's successful journey to a 'life after levels'.
     
    Together, the Headteacher and staff at one successful school took on the challenge: 


    Where do we begin?

    What is the best assessment system for our school and our children?

    How do we make the most of assessment opportunities in the classroom?
    How do we create an assessment policy from scratch and implement it in the school?
    How do we evaluate it, re-shape it and talk about it to parents, the wider school community and our colleagues in primary education? 

    Through exploring one school's story, this text supports teachers and schools in a time of uncertainty, confusion and choice to make the most of the new opportunity to assess children without the restrictions of levels. 
    "The removal of Levels has given all professionals involved in education a unique opportunity to rediscover what we value in this key aspect of teaching and learning...and it is an opportunity that we must grab with both hands. I want this book to provide a time for reflection for teachers and school leaders to re-adjust their thinking on assessment and to get excited about it."
    - Sam Hunter -

  • Preventing and controlling infection has long been an on going challenge for all healthcare workers at every level. High profile examples like the Ebola outbreak in West Africa or the prevalence of `super bugs' like MRSA demonstrate that this challenge is not going to go away. As a nurse you have a responsibility to protect your patients from harm and preventing and controlling infection is a crucial component of this.
    By introducing the unpinning microbiology to explain how infection occurs and spreads and the practical steps and precautions that you need to follow, this book will equip you with the knowledge and information necessary to play your part in preventing and controlling infection. 
    Key features:
    ·         Written specifically for pre-registration nursing students providing the core, evidence-based knowledge that you need to know
    ·         Breaks the science down using easy-to-follow language, practical examples and case studies
    ·         Applies microbiology to practice introducing practical steps, precautions and strategies that will benefit you as soon as you get onto your placements
    ·         Includes multiple-choice questions to test your understanding and activities to help you engage with wider issues around infection prevention and control.
    About the author
    Deborah Ward is a lecturer at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, Manchester University.

  • What do you need to know to teach computing in primary schools? How do you teach it?
    This book offers practical guidance on how to teach the computing curriculum in primary schools, coupled with the subject knowledge needed to teach it. 
    This Seventh Edition is a guide to teaching the computing content of the new Primary National Curriculum.  It includes many more case studies and practical examples to help you see what good practice in teaching computing looks like.  It also explores the use of ICT in the primary classroom for teaching all curriculum subjects and for supporting learning in every day teaching. New chapters have been added on physical computing and coding and the importance of web literacy, bringing the text up-to-date. 
    Computing is both a subject and a powerful teaching and learning tool throughout the school curriculum and beyond into many areas of children's learning lives. This book highlights the importance of supporting children to become discerning and creative users of digital technologies as opposed to passive consumers.

  • The Reception Year is a special time for children and their teachers.
    This text celebrates the uniqueness of the Reception Year and the unique role of the Reception Teacher. This is a book for those aspiring to be reception teachers, those new to teaching in reception and for those with a love for the reception year. 
    This text addresses many key features of working with 4 and 5 year olds in the reception class environment. These include:

    creating a positive learning environment that values every child
    involving parents and carers in children's learning
    understanding about child development to support your role
    spreading the word on the importance of early years teaching and learning
    discovering what works for you and your class
    creating effective learning spaces and resources 
    harnessing the learning potential of the outdoor environment
    taking risks and challenging yourself and your class
    being the best teacher for your class this year and in the years to come

    Working in Reception you are not just a teacher. You will also be a carer, a collaborator in learning, a partner in play, a creator of magical environments, a leader of your team and an observer of the creativity and skills of young learners. This text will help you to understand your role and be the best Reception teacher you can be.
     

     

  • Social work research often focuses on qualitative designs and many students believe that the quantitative research pathway is either too complicated or is beyond their grasp. This book outlines how social work students can undertake a research project from either a qualitative, quantitative or mixed methodological approach. The authors introduce key concepts in an accessible and structured manner and go on to demonstrate each of the approaches from inception of research idea, to realisation of methodological approach, to research process, to data analysis and conclusion.
    More than just another research text, this book remains grounded in social work practice and has clear links to the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work.
     

  • This popular, widely recommended, text supports trainees on primary initial teacher training courses where a secure knowledge and understanding of English is required for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). A rigorous and focused test enables trainees to identify their strengths and weaknesses in English. This test can be revisited at key stages in their course as a tool to monitor and evaluate progress. The fourth edition has been updated in line with the new National Curriculum, includes more information on expanding and developing a knowledge of English and is linked to the 2012 Teachers' Standards.

  • "Teaching Character in the Primary Classroom provides an excellent and very accessible overview of the emerging field of character education. It covers, in detail, the theory of character education as well as advice and guidance about how this should be applied in practice in primary schools."    
    Professor James Arthur, University of Birmingham

    Character matters. 
    As more and more schools are choosing to teach Character Education, trainee and beginning teachers need to know more.  What is Character Education? Can it really be 'taught'? How does children's learning benefit from discussions around character in the classroom? How do I teach it? What does good teaching of Character Education look like in the classroom?
    Teaching Character Education in Primary schools tackles these questions, and many more. This is a practical guide to why and how we can teach character in primary schools. It begins by exploring why character matters and considers what 'character' is and (importantly) what it is not. It goes on to discuss the place for teaching character in primary education and includes practical guidance on how it can be taught. The text also looks at character beyond the classroom, how parents and the wider community can be included in the teaching of character and how outdoor learning and education can contribute.
    This book is written for all those who are new to teaching character.

  • This is essential reading for professionals making judgements under pressure. It demonstrates how self-leadership is not only about surviving but thriving in a continually changing environment and introduces key theories, skills and debates to help professionals deliver high quality professional practice every day. The book focuses in on the quality of professional thinking, self- and social awareness, self-regulation and self-management, and the fundamentals of sustained resilience.

  • Lesson planning in line with the new Primary National Curriculum!
    Why do we teach children to read?  It is not merely to decode the words.  We teach them to derive meaning from the text, to comprehend it. To not just read the lines, but to read between the lines and even read beyond the lines. So how can you make teaching comprehension in primary schools effective and engaging?  How are you ensuring that children are finding meaning in what they read and how do we support more able readers to learn more? What does a good 'reading' lesson look like? This book demonstrates the effective teaching of reading through exemplar lessons. It discusses what makes them good lesson plans and how they can be adapted to suit different classes and different schools.  
    In particular, this book helps you to meet the needs of more able readers particularly in years 5 and 6, outlining ways to challenge more able pupils to support them with the level 6 tests in Year 6. It helps you to cultivate your subject knowledge and invigorate your classroom teaching through focusing on what children need to learn and how to teach it. Did you know that this book is part of the Lessons in Teaching series? 
    WHAT IS THE LESSONS IN TEACHING SERIES?
    Suitable for any teacher at any stage of their career, the books in this series are packed with great ideas for teaching engaging, outstanding lessons in your primary classroom. The Companion Website accompanying the series includes extra resources including tips, lesson starters, videos and Pinterest boards. Visit www.sagepub.co.uk/lessonsinteaching
    Books in this series: Lessons in Teaching Grammar in Primary Schools, Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools, Lessons in Teaching Number and Place Value in Primary Schools, Lessons in Teaching Reading Comprehension in Primary Schools, Lesson in Teaching Phonics in Primary Schools

  • With chapter sequencing following the new Curriculum, this book supports trainee Primary school teachers to make use of the opportunities presented in the new National Curriculum for effective and engaging Mathematics teaching. 
    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.  It explores how to make links between mathematics and children's lived experiences to enhance their learning and enables trainees to develop an ability to plan with discernment,  making the most of existing thinking and research as well as building confidence in adapting and customizing ideas.
    Includes the full National Curriculum Programme of Study for Maths, key stages 1 and 2 as a useful reference for trainee teachers.
    Other books in this series include: Primary Science for Trainee Teachers and Primary English for Trainee Teachers

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