Resources for UK Teachers

Welcome to our Resources for UK Teachers website. Here we offer an unrivalled collection of high-quality practical and professional books for teachers, students teachers, teaching assistants and other education professionals.

FreeBooks on Literacy

Are you looking for help with students who are struggling to read and write?

The pressure on schools to ensure all pupils make progress in helping struggling children has intensified greatly over the years. To help teachers and school leaders, this FreeBook, provides a handy compendium of direct insights and practical advice, as well as an exclusive statement from the National Literacy Trust. You’ll discover whether or not children in the twenty-first century read for pleasure, the benefits of adopting a social practice approach to literacy, how you can creatively teach and engage children in reading at 5-7 and then 7-11, as well as helping you to reflect on your own writing identity and ideas for ‘getting writing going’ in the classroom.

Download your free copy here

Are you looking for ideas and activities to improve literacy in your primary classroom?

Developing and improving literacy for primary-aged pupils is a key focus for many schools; both new and experienced teachers continue to look for new ideas or tips to support their literacy teaching practice. Drawing from the experience of key authors Pie Corbett, Julia Strong, Alison Wilcox, Tony Martin, Chira Lovat and Glynis Purnell, this FreeBook brings you ideas and activities for teaching grammar, poetry, speaking, listening and drama, and creative writing in the primary classroom.

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  • Descriptosaurus: Ghost Stories

    By Alison Wilcox

    Descriptosaurus: Ghost Stories builds on the vocabulary and descriptive phrases introduced in the original bestselling Descriptosaurus and, within the context of ghost stories, develops the structure and use of the words and phrases to promote colourful cinematic writing. This essential guide will…

    Paperback – 2015-08-28

  • Descriptosaurus: Action & Adventure

    By Alison Wilcox

    Descriptosaurus: Action & Adventure builds on the vocabulary and descriptive phrases introduced in the original bestselling Descriptosaurus and, within the context of adventure stories, develops the structure and use of the words and phrases to promote colourful cinematic writing. This…

    Paperback – 2015-08-13

  • Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories

    Storytelling and story acting in the early years

    By Trisha Lee

    Stories and fantasy play engage all young children and help them to draw connections and make sense of the world. MakeBelieve Arts Helicopter Stories are tried, tested and proven to have a significant impact on children’s literacy and communication skills, their confidence and social and emotional…

    Paperback – 2015-08-11

  • Teaching English Creatively

    2nd Edition

    By Teresa Cremin

    What does it mean to teach English creatively to primary school children? Teaching English Creatively encourages and enables teachers to adopt a more creative approach to the teaching of English in the primary school. Fully updated to reflect the changing UK curricula, the second edition of this…

    Paperback – 2015-04-29
    Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series

  • Researching Literacy Lives

    Building communities between home and school

    By Teresa Cremin, Marilyn Mottram, Fiona M. Collins, Sacha Powell, Rose Drury

     ‘A ground-breaking book. For years educationists have sought evidence of genuine partnerships between schools and homes – reciprocal partnerships where schools are as keen to foster home practices relating to literacy and learning as they are to tell families ‘this is what we do’ and ask that…

    Paperback – 2014-11-25

  • Building Communities of Engaged Readers

    Reading for pleasure

    By Teresa Cremin, Marilyn Mottram, Fiona M. Collins, Sacha Powell, Kimberly Safford

    Reading for pleasure urgently requires a higher profile to raise attainment and increase children’s engagement as self-motivated and socially interactive readers. Building Communities of Engaged Readers highlights the concept of ‘Reading Teachers’ who are not only knowledgeable about texts for…

    Paperback – 2014-06-20

  • Learning to Teach English in the Secondary School

    A companion to school experience, 4th Edition

    Edited by Jon Davison, Caroline Daly

    How do you approach teaching English in the contemporary classroom? What is expected of a would-be English teacher? The fourth edition of this best-selling text combines theory and practice to present an indispensable introduction to the opportunities and challenges of teaching English in the…

    Paperback – 2014-05-08
    Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series

  • Descriptosaurus

    Supporting Creative Writing for Ages 8–14, 2nd Edition

    By Alison Wilcox

    Reviews of the first edition "This book is a treasure trove of descriptive language... Highly recommended for both teachers and parents. I wish I’d had a copy of this book when I was a full time English teacher! Invest in a copy today; you’ll be glad you did." Sue Cowley, bestselling author,…

    Hardback – 2013-03-05

  • The Really Useful Literacy Book

    Linking theory and practice in the primary classroom, 3rd Edition

    By Tony Martin, Chira Lovat, Glynis Purnell

    Now in its third edition, The Really Useful Literacy Book is the definitive guide to the high quality teaching of literacy in your primary classroom. Written specifically for primary school teachers and student trainee teachers, this book offers inventive ideas for the classroom together with an…

    Paperback – 2012-06-14
    The Really Useful

  • Jumpstart! Literacy

    Games and Activities for Ages 7-14

    By Pie Corbett

    This collection of simple to use, fun, multi-sensory games and creative lesson starters will jumpstart pupils enthusiasm for literacy learning. The `jumpstarts' cover: Warming up the word - spelling and word games Syntactic gymnastics - creating sentences and written style Games to stimulate -…

    Paperback – 2004-08-06

Focus on Literacy: Books for Inspirational Teachers

Are you looking for some inspiration? Our Focus on Literacy Collection contains details of our latest practical and professional books to support literacy teaching in schools. Click here for more information. 

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