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Ensuring Every Child Matters

Ensuring Every Child Matters
A Critical Approach

First Edition

April 2009 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In today's climate of multi-professional working, this book examines how children from the ages of 3 to 11 are educated, in the educational and social context of the Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda.

There are chapters dedicated to the five outcomes of Every Child Matters (which are: being healthy; staying safe; enjoying and achieving; making a positive contribution; achieving economic wellbeing), as well as comprehensive guidance on how to ensure the ECM standards are met. However, this book also looks at the broader scope of how children learn in early years settings and primary schools, and is written at a level that enables the reader to develop their own knowledge and understanding.

Issues discussed include:

  • Social justice
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • The child in society
  • Working with families

Case studies are provided in each chapter, along with activities, suggestions for further reading and useful websites.

Suitable for Childhood Studies and Education Studies courses, and for teaching assistants studying for a Foundation Degree or Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status, the content is equally relevant for teacher-training courses and practicing teachers and those working towards the EYPS award.

Every Child Matters and the Social Justice Agenda
The Child in Society
Being Healthy
Staying Safe
Enjoying and Achieving
Making a Positive Contribution
Achieving Economic Well-being

This will be essential reading for one module on an FdA programme entitled Every Child matters. It provides detailed knowledge split appropriately. it is easy to manage academically. it will be useful on several other modules on other courses as well.

Mrs Su Steed
Education and Professsional Development, Doncaster University Centre
September 14, 2010

This is a well written and thoughtful text which helps to stimulate criticality within the readers/ students at the beginning of the course. It is directly linked to required SENCO learning outcomes around the principles of ECM, and supports to foster a critical engagement with the issues.

Mrs Alison Ekins
Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
August 15, 2010

This book will give students a good overview of the many issues children have to negotiate in life. It asks the reader pertinent questions to initiate some critical thinking of practice.

Mrs Ruth Davies
Education and Community, Glyndwr University
July 16, 2010

Supports all courses delivered within the Early Years and Health and social care department. As the Every Child Matters agenda is embedded within all aspects of Awarding Organisation delivery. An resources that enables learners to understand the importance and implementation of the agenda.

Mrs Lyn Hall
Early Years, Warwickshire College
January 11, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Gianna Knowles

Gianna Knowles is Principle Lecturer and Head of Partnership (Initial Teacher Education) at London South Bank University . She has also worked with teacher trainee students from across Europe at the University of Jönköping in Sweden. Before working in Higher Education Gianna gained over 12 years experience of teaching in primary schools in England, in London and the Midlands. She has worked in Local Authority Advisory services, working with individual teachers and whole-schools staffs to develop school wide practice and policy. Gianna has experience of being an OfSTED Inspector and reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency. Her research... More About Author

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