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Becoming an Outstanding Primary School Teacher

2nd Edition

By Russell Grigg


462 pages | 40 B/W Illus.

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What is meant by outstanding teaching?

What makes the best teachers stand out from the rest?

How can I develop my own practice to become an outstanding teacher myself?

Whether you are training to become a primary school teacher or you are newly qualified and striving to improve your practice, this fully updated second edition of Becoming an Outstanding Primary School Teacher will support, inform and inspire you on your quest for excellence. Throughout, Russell Grigg draws on theory, research and case studies of real classroom practice to discuss what it takes to become an outstanding primary teacher today.

This bestselling guide has been comprehensively revised to reflect the latest changes to the curriculum, including the National Curriculum in England for 2014 and Scotland’s Building Curriculum for Excellence. It has also widened its scope to appeal to trainee and serving teachers, reflecting the new Teachers’ Standards.

Key topics include:

  • defining and measuring outstanding teaching;
  • understanding the theory, nature and scope of the curriculum;
  • developing thinking skills in the classroom;
  • understanding and meeting individual learning needs;
  • using ICT to improve pedagogy;
  • behaviour management;
  • monitoring, assessment, recording and reporting.

Becoming an Outstanding Primary Teacher will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, including those on school-based programmes such as Teach First, as well as more experienced teachers seeking inspiration.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - How Do We Define and Measure Outstanding Teaching?

Chapter 2 - Know Thyself 

Chapter 3 - Professional Values and Practice in Action

Chapter 4 - Passionate and Creative Teachers: Developing Pupils' Thinking Skills

Chapter 5 - Professional Knowledge and Understanding: Theory, Nature and Scope of the Curriculum

Chapter 6 - Contemporary issues and best practice in English, Mathematics and Science

Chapter 7 - Developing an effective digital pedagogy

Chapter 8 - The Broader Curriculum: exploring the humanities and arts

Chapter 9 - Planning and Preparation

Chapter 10 - Promoting Inclusive Practice: Meeting the Needs of Learners 

Chapter 11 - Language, Literacy and Communication Skills

Chapter 12 - Behaviour Management

Chapter 13 - The Art of Juggling: Monitoring, Assessment, Recording and Reporting 

Chapter 14 - Continually Learning: Teachers as Researchers

About the Author

Dr Russell Grigg is Executive Head of Research at the Welsh Centre for Equity in Education.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary