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  • Vocabulary Ninja

    Andrew Jennings

    Product Code: BWHUJ
    Paperback
    Vocabulary has to be the single most important aspect of a modern curriculum. Explicit and engaging vocabulary teaching has the power to promote independence in learners, ignite imaginations, deliver understanding and raise education standards in schools. From the creator of the Vocabulary Ninja website and app comes an essential toolkit of strategies and resources to supercharge primary pupils and transform them into vocabulary ninjas! With a focus on English and rich language banks associated with genres and topics, the ideas for reading and writing can be applied to any National Curriculum area and are perfect for modelling and scaffolding writing. This practical guide also features theory, teaching approaches and photocopiable activities, as well as vocabulary, etymology and phrases to bring the primary curriculum to life. If you're searching for an exciting and captivating approach to bring vocabulary into the primary classroom and see a significant impact on pupil confidence, oracy and academic outcomes, look no further than Vocabulary Ninja.
  • 50 Fantastic Ideas for Children with EAL

    Natasha Wood

    Product Code: BTODT
    Paperback
    Every year, an increasing number of children enter the Early Years setting either new to English or with English as an additional language (EAL), which can be daunting, not just for the child but for the practitioner too. How can Early Years practitioners ensure that the right support is in place for the child and themselves? What practical ideas can be used successfully to enrich an EAL child's understanding of a new language, while, at the same time, allowing that child to bond with their peers? 50 Fantastic Ideas for Children with EAL is an invaluable resource to help integrate children with EAL into the classroom with fresh, exciting and engaging activities that are easy to resource, require little preparation and are fun to carry out. The activities include simple speak-and-repeat games, visual ideas to support learning new words and phrases and activities that evoke feelings of being at home, allowing the children to feel welcomed and part of the school's diverse community. Traditional games are also featured to help children with EAL play with their peers, as well as feel that they can contribute to the learning of others. Perfect for promoting inclusion and self-esteem, 50 Fantastic Ideas for Children with EAL is ideal for supporting children as they navigate the ups and downs of having English as an additional language.
  • Effective Transition into Year One

    Alistair Bryce-Clegg

    Product Code: BLEGR
    Paperback
    Helping children make the transition between Reception and Year One is a challenge. When done well it can have a significant impact on children's emotional and academic development, but when done badly it can set some children's development back by up to a year. Alistair Bryce-Clegg is determined to help practitioners conquer this challenge. Having been involved in a number of transition projects that specifically focus on children's emotional, social and academic development throughout this period, Alistair's draws upon his experience in this new book. Packed full of practical ideas to help practitioners to plan for and create an effective learning environment that promotes high levels of attainment in Year One based on the effective principles of EYFS practice, this book should be an essential in any Reception and Year One teacher's library.
  • Comprehension Ninja for Ages 9-10

    Andrew Jennings

    Product Code: CDHOX
    Paperback
    From the creator of the hugely popular Vocabulary Ninja comes an essential handbook of strategies and photocopiable resources to supercharge primary pupils and transform them into little comprehension ninjas! Comprehension Ninja for Ages 9-10 presents 24 high-quality non-fiction texts and photocopiable activities with strong links to the National Curriculum to help embed reading skills in the primary classroom. With accompanying question sets that challenge pupils to effectively skim, scan and retrieve information and improve their subject knowledge, this practical guide features theory and teaching approaches that can be applied to any curriculum area. As well as improving their comprehension skills, Comprehension Ninja for Ages 9-10 provides excellent SATs practice for every child. If you're searching for an exciting way to bring comprehension more firmly into your primary setting using strategies and question types such as true or false, labelling, matching, highlighting, filling in the gap, sequencing and multiple choice, look no further than Comprehension Ninja for Ages 9-10.
  • Comprehension Ninja for Ages 5-6

    Andrew Jennings

    Product Code: CDHOK
    Paperback
    From the creator of the hugely popular Vocabulary Ninja comes an essential handbook of strategies and photocopiable resources to supercharge primary pupils and transform them into little comprehension ninjas! Comprehension Ninja for Ages 5-6 presents 24 high-quality non-fiction texts and photocopiable activities with strong links to the National Curriculum to help embed reading skills in the primary classroom. With accompanying question sets that challenge pupils to effectively skim, scan and retrieve information and improve their subject knowledge, this practical guide features theory and teaching approaches that can be applied to any curriculum area. As well as improving their comprehension skills, Comprehension Ninja for Ages 5-6 provides excellent SATs practice for every child and covers topics from good friends and firefighting to the seven continents of the world. If you're searching for an exciting way to bring comprehension more firmly into your primary setting using strategies and question types such as true or false, labelling, matching, highlighting, filling in the gap, sequencing and multiple choice, look no further than Comprehension Ninja for Ages 5-6.
  • Comprehension Ninja for Ages 6-7

    Andrew Jennings

    Product Code: CDHCV
    Paperback
    From the creator of the hugely popular Vocabulary Ninja comes an essential handbook of strategies and photocopiable resources to supercharge primary pupils and transform them into little comprehension ninjas! Comprehension Ninja for Ages 6-7 presents 24 high-quality non-fiction texts and photocopiable activities with strong links to the National Curriculum to help embed reading skills in the primary classroom. With accompanying question sets that challenge pupils to effectively skim, scan and retrieve information and improve their subject knowledge, this practical guide features theory and teaching approaches that can be applied to any curriculum area. As well as improving their comprehension skills, Comprehension Ninja for Ages 6-7 provides excellent SATs practice for every child and covers topics from Rosa Parks to the emergency services and toys. If you're searching for an exciting way to bring comprehension more firmly into your primary setting using strategies and question types such as true or false, labelling, matching, highlighting, filling in the gap, sequencing and multiple choice, look no further than Comprehension Ninja for Ages 6-7.
  • Comprehension Ninja for Ages 8-9

    Andrew Jennings

    Product Code: CDGTN
    Paperback
    From the creator of the hugely popular Vocabulary Ninja comes an essential handbook of strategies and photocopiable resources to supercharge primary pupils and transform them into little comprehension ninjas! Comprehension Ninja for Ages 8-9 presents 24 high-quality non-fiction texts with strong links to the National Curriculum to help embed reading skills in the primary classroom. With accompanying question sets that challenge pupils to effectively skim, scan and retrieve information and improve their subject knowledge, this practical guide features theory and teaching approaches that can be applied to any curriculum area. As well as improving their comprehension skills, Comprehension Ninja for Ages 8-9 provides excellent SATs practice for every child. If you're searching for an exciting way to bring comprehension more firmly into your primary setting using strategies and question types such as true or false, labelling, matching, highlighting, filling in the gap, sequencing and multiple choice, look no further than Comprehension Ninja for Ages 8-9.
  • Comprehension Ninja for Ages 10-11

    Andrew Jennings

    Product Code: CDGTM
    Paperback
    From the creator of the hugely popular Vocabulary Ninja comes an essential handbook of strategies and photocopiable resources to supercharge primary pupils and transform them into little comprehension ninjas! Comprehension Ninja for Ages 10-11 presents 24 high-quality non-fiction texts and photocopiable activities with strong links to the National Curriculum to help embed reading skills in the primary classroom. With accompanying question sets that challenge pupils to effectively skim, scan and retrieve information and improve subject knowledge, this practical guide features theory and teaching approaches that can be applied to any curriculum area. As well as improving their comprehension skills, Comprehension Ninja for Ages 10-11 provides excellent SATs practice for every child and covers topics from obesity and diabetes to Barack Obama and The Shard. If you're searching for an exciting way to bring comprehension more firmly into your primary setting using strategies and question types such as true or false, labelling, matching, highlighting, filling in the gap, sequencing and multiple choice, look no further than Comprehension Ninja for Ages 10-11.
  • Comprehension Ninja for Ages 7-8

    Andrew Jennings

    Product Code: CDGTL
    Paperback
    From the creator of the hugely popular Vocabulary Ninja comes an essential handbook of strategies and photocopiable resources to supercharge primary pupils and transform them into little comprehension ninjas! Comprehension Ninja for Ages 7-8 presents 24 high-quality non-fiction texts and photocopiable activities with strong links to the National Curriculum to help embed reading skills in the primary classroom. With accompanying question sets that challenge pupils to effectively skim, scan and retrieve information and improve their subject knowledge, this practical guide features theory and teaching approaches that can be applied to any curriculum area. As well as improving their comprehension skills, Comprehension Ninja for Ages 7-8 provides excellent SATs practice for every child. If you're searching for an exciting way to bring comprehension more firmly into your primary setting using strategies and question types such as true or false, labelling, matching, highlighting, filling in the gap, sequencing and multiple choice, look no further than Comprehension Ninja for Ages 7-8.
  • Flipping Schools

    John West Burnham

    Product Code: CDBFZ
    Paperback
    This brilliant book, focused on the education of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, offers a radical critique of traditional approaches to school improvement. The text argues for a movement away from the focus on social mobility to placing equity at the heart of school leadership. It suggests moving from improvement to social justice through a re-examination of the school's role in relation to its communities. The book is evidence-based and combines a focus on moral leadership with strategies to turn principle into practice.
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  • The Caste of Merit

    Ajantha Subramanian

    Product Code: CCXHT
    Hardback
    How the language of "merit" makes caste privilege invisible in contemporary India. Just as Americans least disadvantaged by racism are most likely to endorse their country as post-racial, Indians who have benefited from their upper-caste affiliation rush to declare their country post-caste. In The Caste of Merit, Ajantha Subramanian challenges this comfortable assumption by illuminating the controversial relationships among technical education, caste formation, and economic stratification in modern India. Through in-depth study of the elite Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)-widely seen as symbols of national promise-she reveals the continued workings of upper-caste privilege within the most modern institutions. Caste has not disappeared in India but instead acquired a disturbing invisibility-at least when it comes to the privileged. Only the lower castes invoke their affiliation in the political arena, to claim resources from the state. The upper castes discard such claims as backward, embarrassing, and unfair to those who have earned their position through hard work and talent. Focusing on a long history of debates surrounding access to engineering education, Subramanian argues that such defenses of merit are themselves expressions of caste privilege. The case of the IITs shows how this ideal of meritocracy serves the reproduction of inequality, ensuring that social stratification remains endemic to contemporary democracies.
  • How to be an Outstanding Primary SENCO

    Jackie Ward

    Product Code: CBHTT
    Paperback
    Written by Jackie Ward, a practising SENCO with a wealth of experience, How to be an Outstanding Primary SENCO is a step-by-step approach to excelling as a primary SENCO. Suitable for all current and aspiring SENCOs and linked to the SEND Code of Practice and legal requirements, this practical guide simplifies the terminology around SEND and explores issues a child might face and possible solutions. With a view to minimising workload and streamlining paperwork, Jackie does not shy away from the problems or potential setbacks that SENCOs may experience. Instead she provides practical, realistic solutions and strategies to overcome these challenges, including how to support colleagues and parents, work with outside agencies and communicate policies more effectively. Focusing on a SENCO's own self-care and wellbeing, How to be an Outstanding Primary SENCO celebrates this challenging role to enable SENCOs not only to be outstanding, but to have a fulfilling, long-term career and improve the life chances of children with SEND.
  • What Works?

    Lee Elliot Major

    Product Code: CAVTQ
    Paperback
    From the authors of the Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit comes What Works?, a must-read guide that summarises the research and hard evidence of what works and what doesn't in primary and secondary classrooms, and provides practical strategies for transforming pupils' progress. Lee Elliot Major and Steve Higgins look at common teaching approaches, including raising aspirations, improving behaviour, outdoor learning and parental engagement. They present the research and evidence behind each approach and provide practical steps for best practice in the classroom to boost the learning and life outcomes of all pupils. Explored in a concise, accessible manner, the research and evidence is distilled into clear, precise guidance that can be used immediately, ideal for any busy teacher. What Works? makes it easy for all primary and secondary teachers to become research-informed practitioners in every aspect of their teaching. From debunking enduring education myths to providing practical next steps and strategies that really make a difference, this is the essential guide to evidence-based teaching and a must-have for every teacher looking to increase their impact in the classroom.
  • Bloomsbury CPD Library: Research-Informed Practice

    Jennifer Ludgate

    Product Code: BZPJJ
    Paperback
    Research-informed practice has an ever-growing impact on teaching. It involves reading widely, and discussing and debating evidence from sources outside a teacher's own educational setting. When done well, it can greatly improve practice, although it can often be complex and time-consuming. Bloomsbury CPD Library: Research-Informed Practice provides simple, manageable strategies for busy classroom teachers to access and engage with research and use it to transform teaching. Experienced teacher and research lead Jennifer Ludgate presents an invaluable guide to using research to inform teaching practice within a busy school term. Full of top tips, it's split into two sections - teach yourself and train others - to develop a research-informed culture across the whole school. This easy-to-follow title in the Bloomsbury CPD Library series features self-evaluation tasks for reviewing your own progress and includes ready-to-use training plans for 20 hours of CPD. With all handouts and presentation slides available as a free download from the companion website, this is an essential resource for any classroom teacher or school leader who would like to improve teaching practice using research and evidence.
  • Learning in the Fast Lane

    Chester E. Finn, Jr.

    Product Code: BZQWP
    Hardback
    The first book to tell the story of the Advanced Placement program, the gold standard for academic rigor in American high schools The Advanced Placement program stands as the foremost source of college-level academics for millions of high school students in the United States and beyond. More than 22,000 schools now participate in it, across nearly forty subjects, from Latin and art to calculus and computer science. Yet remarkably little has been known about how this nongovernmental program became one of the greatest success stories in K-12 education-until now. In Learning in the Fast Lane, Chester Finn and Andrew Scanlan, two of the country's most respected education analysts, offer a groundbreaking account of one of the most important educational initiatives of our time. Learning in the Fast Lane traces the story of AP from its mid-twentieth-century origins as a niche benefit for privileged students to its emergence as a springboard to college for high schoolers nationwide, including hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged youth. Today, AP not only opens new intellectual horizons for smart teenagers, but also strengthens school ratings, attracts topflight teachers, and draws support from philanthropists, reformers, and policymakers. At the same time, it faces numerous challenges, including rival programs, curriculum wars, charges of elitism, the misgivings of influential universities, and the difficulty of infusing rigor into schools that lack it. In today's polarized climate, can AP maintain its lofty standards and surmount the problems that have sunk so many other bold education ventures? Richly documented and thoroughly accessible, Learning in the Fast Lane is a must-read for anyone with a stake in the American school system.
  • The Case against Education

    Bryan Caplan

    Product Code: BZGXC
    Paperback
    Why we need to stop wasting public funds on education Despite being immensely popular-and immensely lucrative-education is grossly overrated. Now with a new afterword by Bryan Caplan, this explosive book argues that the primary function of education is not to enhance students' skills but to signal the qualities of a good employee. Learn why students hunt for easy As only to forget most of what they learn after the final exam, why decades of growing access to education have not resulted in better jobs for average workers, how employers reward workers for costly schooling they rarely ever use, and why cutting education spending is the best remedy. Romantic notions about education being "good for the soul" must yield to careful research and common sense-The Case against Education points the way.
  • 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Supporting Pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties

    Roy Howarth

    Product Code: BYNSO
    Paperback
    Research has found that any one class might contain two to six children with profound social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Without effective intervention and response, this can have a profound impact on the progress of these children, as well as the delivery of the curriculum to all pupils. Roy Howarth uses his extensive experience and expertise in this field to present practical solutions for supporting pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, as well as alleviating pressures on whole-class teaching and management. Suitable for all mainstream and specialist teachers, 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Supporting Pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties considers techniques for observation, intervention and differentiation, as well as preventing and dealing with significant difficulties. This fully updated edition will help teachers ensure all pupils can participate fully in lessons, learn more constructively and make better progress.
  • The If Machine, 2nd edition

    Peter Worley

    Product Code: BYLSN
    Paperback
    Fully updated edition with five brand new sessions and bonus features. Fully updated with new developments in the theory and practice of teaching philosophy, this new edition of the bestselling book, The If Machine, presents 30 clear, ready-to-use plans to teach philosophy in the classroom with children aged five to 13. Each tried-and-tested session offers an imaginary situation, followed by a series of questions to encourage children to challenge key philosophical ideas such as values and ethics, gender and identity, and existence and beauty. With a star system indicating the level of difficulty, this practical book by Peter Worley, founder of The Philosophy Foundation, outlines Peter's philosophical enquiry method, which he has developed over 20 years of teaching. This fantastic resource also includes a new hints and tips section, as well as a troubleshooting table with guidance and links to further resources about how to deal with common problems such as unanimity. Accompanied by a companion website featuring an introduction to the philosophy that inspired the ideas, The If Machine is a must-have resource for all classrooms.
  • Words No Bars Can Hold

    Deborah Appleman

    Product Code: BYGOP
    Hardback
    Words No Bars Can Hold provides a rare glimpse into literacy learning under the most dehumanising conditions. Deborah Appleman chronicles her work teaching college-level classes at a high-security prison for men, most of whom are serving life sentences. Through narrative, poetry, memoir and fiction, the students in Appleman's classes attempt to write themselves back into a society that has erased their lived histories. The students' work, through which they probe and develop their identities as readers and writers, illuminates the transformative power of literacy. Appleman argues for the importance of educating the incarcerated and explores ways to interrupt the increasingly common journey from urban schools to our nation's prisons. From the sobering endpoint of what scholars have called the "school to prison pipeline", she draws insight from the narratives and experiences of those who have travelled it.
  • Reformed American Dreams

    Sheila M. Katz

    Product Code: BXJTW
    Paperback
    Reformed American Dreams explores the experiences of low-income single mothers who pursued higher education while on welfare after the 1996 welfare reforms. This research occurred in an area where grassroots activism by and for mothers on welfare in higher education was directly able to affect the implementation of public policy. Half of the participants in Sheila M. Katz's research were activists with the grassroots welfare rights organization, LIFETIME, trying to change welfare policy and to advocate for better access to higher education. Reformed American Dreams takes up their struggle to raise families, attend school, and become student activists, all while trying to escape poverty. Katz highlights mothers' experiences as they pursued higher education on welfare and became grassroots activists during the Great Recession.
  • Celebrating Difference

    Shaun Dellenty

    Product Code: BXIPG
    Paperback
    Celebrating Difference is an inspiring handbook for LGBT+ inclusion, aimed at all primary and secondary teachers and leaders. Written by Shaun Dellenty, internationally celebrated lead in LGBT+ inclusion in education, it is filled with practical advice to enable schools to bring about organisational change to ensure the safety, success and wellbeing of all pupils and staff. This ground-breaking book examines the roots and impact of identity-based prejudice in schools, drawing on Shaun's own experiences of homophobic bullying and his subsequent career as a teacher and school leader. The core of the book is based on Shaun's award-winning training programme Inclusion for All, endorsed by the Department for Education, presenting an effective approach to LGBT+ inclusion at a whole-school level. This includes practical strategies to eradicate prejudice, prevent bullying, embrace diversity and improve whole-school outcomes such as attendance and attainment, as well as ideas for INSET training sessions and school assemblies. Case studies and interviews with pupils and teachers who have experienced the Inclusion for All process and unique research insights from Dr Joseph Hall, University of Leeds, demonstrate how the strategies work in practice. Clear guidance will also enable schools to comply with Ofsted and statutory equality legislation. Written with warmth, humour and compassion, this is a must-read guide for all teachers and school leaders who wish to promote inclusion, celebrate difference and ensure safer futures for all young people.
  • Evaluating Early Years Practice in Your School

    Ann Langston

    Product Code: BXHVD
    Paperback
    Evaluating Early Years Practice in Schools focuses on raising Early Years practitioners' confidence so that they worry less and achieve more. Linked to the teaching standards and the Ofsted framework, this invaluable guide looks at ways that teachers can evaluate their own EYFS practice to reduce unnecessary workload and allow for more 'hands-on' teaching and learning. Should children in Reception classes attend school assemblies? Should young children be taught to write in nursery? Should practitioners' plans be based on young children's specific interests or should they look to meet the needs of individuals entering Early Years settings with speech and language delay or autism? Early Years specialist Ann Langston considers all of these questions and more to present simple solutions for teachers and leaders on what to plan, what assessments are needed and how to approach teaching and learning. With chapters on observation and assessment, continuous provision, outdoor learning, transition, and internal and external evaluation, this book is ideal for all Early Years practitioners and leaders looking at ways to reflect on their approach to teaching and feel confident about their own judgements and the effectiveness of their practice.
  • The Wellbeing Toolkit

    Andrew Cowley

    Product Code: BXHSZ
    Paperback
    The Wellbeing Toolkit is an invaluable resource for promoting wellbeing among all school staff, thereby improving staff attendance and retention, and helping all teachers fall back in love with teaching. In this thought-provoking book, Andrew Cowley, co-founder of Healthy Toolkit (@HealthyToolkit), draws on his own experiences as a school leader to unpick the myths around wellbeing and set out a practical, authentic and values-driven model that will enable leaders to foster a positive atmosphere for the benefit of the whole-school community. With a focus on developing a culture of positivity, effectively enabling all staff members to take ownership of the wellbeing strategy and supporting and promoting healthy lifestyles, this practical guide also considers scenarios arising from potentially more stressful incidents such as a bereavement. Staff wellbeing needs to be a strategic consideration for all primary and secondary school leaders, not something delivered on an ad hoc basis. Emphasis must be placed on really knowing staff, what motivates them and what may affect their confidence. The Wellbeing Toolkit offers effective strategies for addressing staff wellbeing from a whole-school perspective with particular reference to reducing workload, managing stress and supporting teachers in challenging circumstances.
  • Blended Learning in Practice

    Amanda G. Madden (Georgia Inst

    Product Code: BWGQE
    Hardback
    A guide to both theory and practice of blended learning offering rigorous research, case studies, and methods for the assessment of educational effectiveness. Blended learning combines traditional in-person learning with technology-enabled education. Its pedagogical aim is to merge the scale, asynchrony, and flexibility of online learning with the benefits of the traditional classroom-content-rich instruction and the development of learning relationships. This book offers a guide to both theory and practice of blended learning, offering rigorous research, case studies, and methods for the assessment of educational effectiveness. The contributors to this volume adopt a range of approaches to blended learning and different models of implementation and offer guidelines for both researchers and instructors, considering such issues as research design and data collection. In these courses, instructors addressed problems they had noted in traditional classrooms, attempting to enhance student engagement, include more active learning strategies, approximate real-world problem solving, and reach non-majors. The volume offers a cross-section of approaches from one institution, Georgia Tech, to provide both depth and breadth. It examines the methodologies of implementation in a variety of courses, ranging from a first-year composition class that incorporated the video game Assassin's Creed II to a research methods class for psychology and computer science students. Blended Learning will be an essential resource for educators, researchers, administrators, and policy makers. Contributors Joe Bankoff, Paula Braun, Mark Braunstein, Marion L. Brittain, Timothy G. Buchman, Rebecca E. Burnett, Aldo A. Ferri, Bonnie Ferri, Andy Frazee, Mohammed M. Ghassemi, Ashok K. Goel, Alyson B. Goodman, Joyelle Harris, Cheryl Hiddleson, David Joyner, Robert S. Kadel, Kenneth J. Knoespel, Joe Le Doux, Amanda G. Madden, Lauren Margulieux, Olga Menagarishvili, Shamim Nemati, Vjollca Sadiraj, Donald Webster

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