Reviews: National curriculum

25 reviews found for "National curriculum"
Book review : A European education : citizenship, identities and young people
This is a book review of A European education : citizenship, identities and young people by Alistair Ross, published by Trentham Books in 2008, ISBN 9781858563671. It was reviewed by Brian Poole of Sohar University, Oman on behalf of ESCalate. This book provides a thought-provoking overview of educational issues around the notion of European citizenship, with a particular focus on schools. The author draws in insights from various fields...
Book review : Creating an inclusive school
This is a book review of Creating an inclusive school by Mal Leicester, published by Network Continuum Education in 2008, ISBN 9781855394544. It was reviewed by Liane Purnell of Newman University College on behalf of ESCalate. This book is a compilation of short articles on a series of given topics around inclusion that are interesting, but not especially helpful, or thought provoking. The lack of references to research and dated references mean...
Book review : Early childhood : a guide for students
This is a book review of Early childhood : a guide for students edited by Tina Bruce and published by Sage in 2006, ISBN 9781412920766. It was reviewed by Margaret Simms of ProCEEd on behalf of ESCalate. Editor Tina Bruce has pulled together the work of well-respected professionals such as Wendy Russell, Janet Moyles, Tony Bertram, Chris Pascal, Kathy Goouch and prominent others. Early Childhood is indeed a guide for students: it is also an...
Book review : Get global! A practical guide to integrating the global dimension into the primary curriculum
This is a book review of Get global! A practical guide to integrating the global dimension into the primary curriculum edited by Tony Pickford, published by Trentham in 2009, ISBN 9781858564241. It was reviewed by Angela Jaap of the University of Glasgow on behalf of ESCalate. The main focus of Get Global is the curriculum subjects and how they can be useful tools for promoting global ideas in learning. This book is divided into 16 chapters, with...
Book review : History teaching, identities, citizenship
This is a book review of History teaching, identities, citizenship edited by Luigi Cajani and Alistair Ross, published by Trentham Books in 2005, ISBN 1858563666. It was reviewed by Robert Guyver of University College Plymouth St Mark and St John on behalf of ESCalate. This publication raises and discusses serious issues associated with identity, citizenship and the history curriculum. The case studies are drawn from Germany, France, Romania,...
Book review : Learning to teach primary PE
This is a book review of Learning to teach primary PE by Ian Pickup et al., published by Learning Matters in 2008, ISBN 9781844451425. It was reviewed by Andrew Carry of St Peter's RC School on behalf of ESCalate. The purpose of this book is to inform the reader of the current rationale behind PE (Physical Education), how to deliver it effectively but also its importance within the primary curriculum in light of the array of other national...
Book review : Learning to teach religious education in the secondary school : a companion to school experience
This is a book review of Learning to teach religious education in the secondary school : a companion to school experience edited by L. Philip Barnes et al., published by Routledge in 2007, ISBN 9780415420464. It was reviewed by Stephen Parker on behalf of ESCalate. This 2nd edition text takes into account some of the changes in the subject, not least the growing popularity at A-level, by adding a further chapter on the practical challenges of...
Book review : Media literacy in schools : practice, production and progression
This is a book review of Media literacy in schools : practice, production and progression by Andrew Burn and James Durran, published by Paul Chapman Publishing in 2007, ISBN 9781412922166. It was reviewed by John Butcher of University College Falmouth on behalf of ESCalate. This book is based on the interrelation between research and practice at Parkside Community College (and partner schools) over the decade since Parkside became the first...
Book review : Modern foreign languages 5-11: a guide for teachers
This is a book review of Modern foreign languages 5-11: a guide for teachers by Jane Jones, Simon Coffey, published by David Fulton in 2006, ISBN 1843123908. It was reviewed by Dr. Ruth Heilbronn of the Institute of Education, University of London for ESCalate. The text is grounded in practical examples from Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 schools, with illustrative quotations and thumbnail sketches. Current research and theory is cited to illuminate...
Book review : Modern languages in the primary school
This is a book review of Modern languages in the primary school by Philip Hood and Kristina Tobutt, published by Sage in 2009, ISBN 9781848601291. It was reviewed by Liane Purnell of Newman University College on behalf of ESCalate. This book aims to examine ways in which language learning can be made a rich experience for all addressing, as an audience, those with language programmes already in place or those who wish to start language...
Book review : Primary English : teaching theory and practice
This is a book review of Primary English : teaching theory and practice (4th ed.), by Jane Medwell et al., published by Learning Matters in 2009, ISBN 9781844452750. It was reviewed by Tracy Wallis of the University of Wolverhampton on behalf of ESCalate. This book focusses on the QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) standards for Primary English. It is recommended as a core text for trainees whose knowledge needs consolidating as well as for those...
Book review : Primary ICT : knowledge, understanding and practice
This is a book review of Primary ICT: knowledge, understanding and practice by Jonathan Allen et al., published by Learning Matters in 2007, ISBN 9781844450947. It has been reviewed by Alex Melrose of Stockport College, on behalf of ESCalate. This book provides practical information on ICT skills needed for specific applications as well as information on the ICT National Curriculum and how ICT can be used in a professional capacity. The first...
Book review : Primary languages : effective learning and teaching
This is a book review of Primary languages : effective learning and teaching edited by Cynthia Martin and published by Learning Matters in 2008, ISBN 9781844451388. It was reviewed by Jill Wallis of the University of Bedfordshire on behalf of ESCalate. The book starts with a helpful and objective account of the history of language teaching, including research into the long-term impact of early language teaching on children’s language learning at...
Book review : Primary science : extending knowledge in practice
This is a book review of Primary science : extending knowledge in practice, by Judith Roden, Hellen Ward and Hugh Ritchie, published by Learning Matters in 2007, ISBN 9781844451067. It has been reviewed by James Williams of the University of Sussex on behalf of ESCalate. This book is intended to provide for non-scientists a good grounding in the knowledge required to teach the KS2 science curriculum. That is a tall order, but the book squares up...
Book review : Primary science : teaching theory and practice, 4th ed
This is a book review of Primary science : teaching theory and practice, 4th ed., by John Sharp et al., published by Learning Matters in 2009, ISBN 9781844452798. It was reviewed by Tracy Wallis of the University of Wolverhampton on behalf of ESCalate. This book follows the familiar structure of the “Achieving QTS” series with each chapter beginning with an overview of the relevant Qualified Teacher Status standards, case studies, research...
Book review : Rethinking english in schools : a new and constructive stage
Book review : Rethinking English in schools : a new and constructive stage, edited by Viv Ellis, Carol Fox and Brian Street, published by Continuum in 2007, ISBN 9780826499226. It was reviewed by John Butcher of University College Falmouth, on behalf of ESCalate. This edited collection originated in an Oxford conference, - Why English? The editors and contributors are researchers in English Teacher Education, representing UK, US and Australian...
Book review : Teaching music in primary schools
This is a book review of Teaching music in primary schools by Patrick Jones and Chris Robson, published by Learning Matters in 2008, ISBN 9781844451418. it was reviewed by Angela Jaap of the University of Glasgow on behalf of ESCalate. This book is written specifically with the trainee (and non-specialist music) teacher in mind. The authors discuss important and recent legislation such as the Music Manifesto, breaking the learning outcomes down...
Book review : Teaching Religious Education : primary and early years
This is a book review of Teaching Religious Education : primary and early years by Elaine McCreery, Sandra Palmer, Veronica Voiels, published by Learning Matters in 2008, ISBN 9781844451081. It was reviewed by Margaret Simms of ProCEEd on behalf of ESCalate. Teaching Religious Education offers a matter-of-fact approach to teaching Religious Education to children in Chapter 3: Principles into practice. In Chapters 5 and 7, authors McCreery, Palmer...
Book review : The curriculum : theory and practice
This is a book review of The curriculum : theory and practice (6th ed.) by AV Kelly, published by Sage in 2009, ISBN 9781847872753. It was reviewed by Linda Barlow-Meade of Northumbria University on behalf of ESCalate. This is the 6th edition of Kelly’s work on Curriculum, a work first published in 1977. Kelly continues to argue strongly for a curriculum which promotes genuine education, a curriculum that will develop the whole person in a truly...
Book review: Children, their world, their education : final report and recommendations of the Cambridge Primary Review
This is a book review of Children, their World, their Education - Final report and recommendations of the Cambridge Primary Review, edited by Robin Alexander and published by Routledge in 2009, ISBN 9780415548717. It was reviewed by Mark Jenkins of the University of Winchester on behalf of ESCalate. The Cambridge Review was a major research project on the future of primary education in England. It made 75 recommendations for the future of...
Book review: Children, their world, their education: final report and recommendations of the Cambridge Primary Review
This is a book review of Children, their world, their education: final report and recommendations of the Cambridge Primary Review edited by Robin Alexander and published by Routledge in 2009, ISBN 9780415548717. It was reviewed by Keith Savage of Stockport College on behalf of ESCalate. This Report might, in other times or circumstances, have been described as a 'landmark' but with the government-sponsored Rose report and the statutory New...
Book Review: Citizenship And Democracy In Schools: Diversity, Identity, Equality
Citizenship and Democracy in Schools is the core text for continuing professional development courses in Citizenship Education at MA and MEd level and will also be required reading on initial teacher training. It provides a framework for Citizenship Education in the context of cultural diversity
Book Review: Creativity in Crisis; Design and Technology at KS3 and KS4.A report from a joint invitation seminar held 10th September 2002 by Nuffield Design and Technology in conjunction with the Design and Technology Association
This report emerges from a seminar that considers the UK Government's rhetoric about the place of creativity in the curriculum, based upon their report 'All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education', and has a particular emphasis on Design and Technology education at Key Stages 3 and 4. The seminar report, whilst celebrating that the focus of education appears to be moving away from an over reliance on prescriptive methods based upon...
Book Review: Education Policy and Social Reproduction
The abstract and promotional details that introduce this important and timely work read as follows: 'This book takes a theoretically informed look at British education policy over the last 60 years when secondary schooling for all children became an established fact for the first time. Comprehensive schools largely replaced a system based on academic selection. Now, under choice and competition policies, all schools are subject to the rigours of...
Book Review: Teaching and Learning in the Early Years
The new edition of this book has been written to take account of recent developments within the English education system namely the Foundation Stage and Early Learning Goals. Whilst the Preface makes reference to the critical importance for early years education in the UK the book essentially considers this in the light of the English experience