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Leading English in the Primary School
A Subject Leader's Guide

ISBN 9781138304925
Published October 17, 2018 by Routledge
228 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Leading English in the Primary School is a comprehensive guide for both aspiring and experienced leaders of primary English. It supports you in navigating your way through the role and offers practical guidance to help you develop a clear understanding of how to improve the teaching of English in your school.

Written by experts with extensive experience of both leadership and the primary classroom, it explores skills required for effective subject leadership while continually considering the specific implications for English. With action and reflection points throughout the book, it offers a detailed introduction to:

  • the role of the English subject leader
  • implementing strategy and vision
  • adapting to new educational policy
  • methods for leading teaching and learning
  • how and why leaders evaluate and monitor progress
  • contemporary changes to the curriculum.

Rich case studies reveal how schools lead English in practice and provide real-life examples of English subject leaders’ decision-making processes and actions. Grounding the subject leader role in the current curriculum, Leading English in the Primary School is a source of advice, support and inspiration for all professionals embracing the complex, challenging, yet fulfilling role of Primary English Leader.

Table of Contents

List of figures


List of contributors

Foreword Tony Martin


Chapter 1: Congratulations you’re the subject leader Lisa Baldwin and Liz Chamberlain

Chapter 2: What’s in a name? Lisa Baldwin

Chapter 3: Leading the English curriculum Lisa Baldwin

Chapter 4: A shared vision for English Lisa Baldwin

Chapter 5: Documentation supporting English Lisa Baldwin

Chapter 6: Pedagogical choices in primary English Liz Chamberlain

Chapter 7: Literacy in the 21st Century Sandy Stockwell

Chapter 8: Working in teams and managing change Neil Suggett

Chapter 9: Leading school development: One school’s journey Lisa Baldwin

Chapter 10: Observing key features of effective English lessons Lisa Baldwin

Chapter 11: Monitoring and evaluating progress Lisa Baldwin

Chapter 12: Working with families to support literacy development Mary Scanlan

Chapter 13: Hot topics: Grammar and writing Lisa Baldwin

Appendix 1: Audit of subject knowledge

Appendix 2: Checklist prompts for lesson observation

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Lisa Baldwin is Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Winchester, UK. She completed her NQT year in a Dorset school before becoming a senior teacher in a school in the London Borough of Brent. In 2007 she became a school improvement adviser for the London Borough of Hillingdon, delivering training and providing school support for English and school leadership. Her research interests are in all aspects of English, but particularly early reading.


‘Provides background knowledge and ideas as well as case studies of teachers, subject leaders and a school, all designed to build your knowledge of the different aspects of the role and enable you to reflect on your school and how you might lead the teaching of English in it…I have really enjoyed reading Lisa Baldwin’s book.’ - Tony Martin, Past President United Kingdom Literacy Association

"An essential read for anyone beginning their journey as an English/Literacy leader. Not only do the authors share a wide range of current and seminal research, they encourage practitioners to reflect on their own professional identity as an English leader. By considering not just the ‘what’ to do, but the ‘how’ and ‘why’, they guide teachers to consider actions they can take to develop high quality English practice in their schools in a meaningful and sustainable way. This is definitely a book that belongs on my classroom bookcase – it’s too useful to keep at home!" - Rebecca Barnard, Literary Leader, Churchfield Church School, Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust