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Primary English for Trainee Teachers

Third Edition
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March 2020 | 392 pages | Learning Matters

What do I need know about English to teach it effectively in primary schools?  
How do children learn English? 
How do I teach it?
What does a good primary English lesson look like?

This is the ultimate guide for primary trainee teachers grappling with these questions.  A comprehensive guide to teaching the National Curriculum for primary English, it covers both subject knowledge and teaching theory and practice.

This new edition now includes new chapters on the teaching of phonics and the barriers to learning English in primary schools, making it the complete course textbook.

David Waugh
1. The National Curriculum
Wendy Jolliffe
2. Speaking and listening
Jane Carter
3. Vocabulary development
Ruth Harrison-Palmer
4. Reading
Kate Allott, Wendy Jolliffe and David Waugh
5. Phonics for reading and writing
Kate Allott
6. Spelling
David Waugh
7. Grammar and punctuation
Debbie Myers
8. Fiction
Holly Dyer
9. Poetry
Kirsty Anderson
10. Non-fiction
Claire Warner
11. Writing
Claire Norcott
12. Multi-modal texts
Eve English
13. Is there a place for drama?
Kate Allott
14. Planning for delivery
Kirsty Anderson
15. Assessment
Kate Allott
16. Mastery in English
Kulwinder Maude
17. Challenges and barriers

An excellent book with contributions from leading authorities on Primary English.

Dr David Waugh
School of Education, Durham University
March 13, 2020

David Waugh

David Waugh is a former deputy headteacher who worked in ITT from 1990 at the University of Hull, where he led the PGCE course and became Head of Department. In 2008 he was appointed as one of two (the other being Wendy) National Strategies Regional Advisers for ITT. He is currently lectures at Durham University. He has published extensively in primary English, as well as developing e-learning resources for National Strategies for English, mathematics and mentoring and coaching. David also writes children’s stories, including The Wishroom, which was written with 45 children from 15 East Durham primary schools and published in 2017. More About Author

Wendy Jolliffe

Wendy Jolliffe is Professor of Education and worked in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) for 14 years; latterly as Head of Teacher Education at the University of Hull. She worked previously as a Regional Adviser for the National Strategies and advised ITT providers on effective provision for literacy.  She has published extensively in Primary English and Cooperative Learning. More About Author

Kate Allott

Kate Allott is Senior Lecturer in Education at York St John University. Kate worked as a literacy consultant in a local authority from the inception of the National Literacy Strategy. More recently she spent two years as a regional adviser with the Primary National Strategy, working on the Communication, Language and Literacy Development initiative. More About Author