This book shines a light on the best research into learning and the brain development that makes it all possible. Written by two distinguished education journalists, it provides an invaluable guide to the latest information for teachers and parents seeking to help children to make the best use of their potential and steer a true course through an often confused, noisy and crowded learning landscape where ideas compete and nothing can seem clear.
Summarising the most up to date and significant research in a jargon-free and understandable way, this book provides readers with simple and clear access to knowledge and information about what really helps children learn and flourish. Whether you’re a teacher who wants to encourage the right kind of parental support or a parent who wants to do the best for your child, this is an essential read. Drawing on expert analysis, interviews and example studies, the chapters tackle common misconceptions and myths, and explore crucial topics including:
- The use of neuroscience in education;
- The role of parents and how all parents can help their children learn;
- What works in the classroom and the best ways of teaching a child.
The first of its kind, this seminal text is a unique resource for parents, carers, primary and secondary teachers, student teachers, policymakers and anyone interested in the development of children and how they learn.
Table of Contents
1. In the beginning 2. The brain 3. Genetics 4. Before school 5. Ready for school? 6. Starting school 7. Organising for success 8. What works in the classroom 9. Children who struggle 10. Motivation 11. Its’s curious
Wendy Berliner is an award-winning former senior Guardian journalist. She specialises in education and has also worked at The Independent, edited the Times Educational Supplement and been Director of Parental Engagement for one of the world’s largest international school groups.
Judith Judd is a former editor of the Times Educational Supplement and former education correspondent of The Observer, The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Pro Chancellor of the University of Essex and Chair of its Council until August 2019.
"This is an information-packed guide for parents who want to ensure their children succeed at school from the start. Written by two seasoned education journalists, its underpinning aim is to help parents work with teachers to get the best out of the system, and as such it is a book that deserves to be read by teachers themselves." - Early Years Educator