Transforming Learning and Teaching is well worth reading. The story
of five schools acting together to improve what they do is a heroic
and admirable one, especially in the present climate. The pressure
to comply with prevailing orthodoxy, rather than devise orginal
treatments, has been too strong for many to act with the same
courage and insight as the five Redbridge schools, but it can be
done with enthusiasm and integrity, as these teachers, heads and
pupils show' - "Ted Wragg, The Times Educational Supplement, Friday
Rigorous, realistic, accessible and eye-opening - this book
ought to be at the well-thumbed heart of any primary school where
building children's "learning power" is a genuine priority' - "Guy
Claxton, Professor of the Learning Sciences, University of
This book shows how a group of primary schools transformed their
learning and teaching. The authors share the practical strategies
the schools used for supporting and enhancing
-the schools' capacity for learning.
They show how the focus on learning led to significant
improvements in children's motivation, behaviour, engagement in
learning and learning outcomes.
This book reminds us that there is more to education than a
narrow concentration on target setting and league tables. Based on
an action research project in which five schools focused on
developing children's learning and thinking skills, it tells how
the schools committed themselves to inclusive education and the
provision of a broad curriculum. Through this commitment, the
schools enabled young people to develop their confidence, their
self esteem and the attitudes needed to become lifelong
The authors describe what worked and draw out the main lessons
for: children teachers; support staff; headteachers; parents;
This book is for school leaders at all levels and for practising
teachers. It will also be useful to student teachers, those who
work with schools in an advisory capacity and those involved with
school improvement, educational leadership and developing learning
and teaching in the classroom.
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