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  1. The Fascist Painting: What is Cultural Capital?

    The Fascist Painting: What is Cultural Capital?

    AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

    The Ofsted Inspection Framework states that cultural capital is 'The essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens' and that schools 'should be introducing [students] to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement'. They are now considering, 'the extent to which schools are equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.' But what does this term mean? And how are schools to respond to this?

    In this densely argued and wide ranging text, Phil Beadle answers those questions and many more by using the work of Pierre Bourdieu to prompt a discussion of how we improve the provision of cultural capital in our schools. Where does the best that has been thought and said come from? Why is the government importing the unexamined language of the private school into the state sector? What is the real purpose behind character education? Does sport, as is reputed, teach resilience, and why would anyone think it was appropriate to teach children a quality they already have? Is cultural capital just ruling class culture? Chiefly, does using a term originated by a French intellectual and radical sociologist to instate the culture of the rich as being superior prove anything other more a complete absence of thought, or have they accidentally given us a radical tool to change education for the better? This is a serious, rich and deeply intelligent piece of work that will radically alter the way we view culture in schools and will be a key text for anyone designing a curriculum.

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  2. Teaching for Mastery

    Teaching for Mastery

    In this book, Mark McCourt examines the history of a teaching for mastery approach, from its early beginnings to the modern day when cognitive scientists have been able to bring further evidence to the debate, demonstrating why a model that was first proposed in the 1910s has the incredible impact on both pupil attainment and attitudes to learning that it has had all around the world over many decades.

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  3. The researchED Guide to Education Myths

    The researchED Guide to Education Myths

    BUY THREE COPIES FOR £27 WITH VOUCHER CODE 3for27. ENTER ON THE SHOPPING CART PAGE

    researchED is an educator-led organisation with the goal of bridging the gap between research and practice. This accessible and punchy series, overseen by founder Tom Bennett, tackles the most important topics in education, with a range of experienced contributors exploring the latest evidence and research and how it can apply in a variety of classroom settings.

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    £12.00
  4. In Search Of My Alumni

    In Search Of My Alumni

    In Search Of My Alumni

    In his eye-opening and illuminating debut, Phil Crompton, the former headteacher and CEO of a multi-academy trust, is challenged by two old school friends to question the impression the school system has left on a generation of people. Armed with purpose, Phil embarks on a unique journey that takes him across the country to get himself closer to ‘the truth’ and talk to the general public in cafes in Norwich, offices in Newark, banks in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, shops in Nuneaton and community centres in Neasden where he discovers their experiences and reflects on what we can do to move forward and truly improve. Some were glowing in praise, others less so.

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    £12.00
  5. The researchED Guide to Literacy

    The researchED Guide to Literacy

    PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2019: ORDER NOW FOR DELIVERY ON PUBLICATION

    researchED is an educator-led organisation with the goal of bridging the gap between research and practice. This accessible and punchy series, overseen by founder Tom Bennett, tackles the most important topics in education, with a range of experienced contributors exploring the latest evidence and research and how it can apply in a variety of classroom settings.

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    £12.00
  6. Flipping Schools

    Flipping Schools

    Flipping Schools: Why it's time to turn your school and community inside out

    This brilliant book, focused on the education of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, offers a radical critique of traditional approaches to school improvement. The text argues for a movement away from the focus on social mobility to placing equity at the heart of school leadership. It suggests moving from improvement to social justice through a re-examination of the school's role in relation to its communities. The book is evidence-based and combines a focus on moral leadership with strategies to turn principle into practice.

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    £15.00
  7. Education Exposed: Leading a school in a time of uncertainty

    Education Exposed: Leading a school in a time of uncertainty

    The ultimate guide to understanding how a school can be led, managed and run, written by an author with extensive experience, and drawing heavily on research around knowledge-based curricula. Learn More
    £10.00
  8. Stop Talking About Wellbeing

    Stop Talking About Wellbeing

    Stop Talking About Wellbeing: A pragmatic approach to teacher workload

    As statistical figures of teachers leaving the profession reaches an alarming level, and teachers' mental health becomes a fundamental concern, wellbeing has been pushed to the top of the national agenda in a bid for schools to consider how to look after their staff.

    However, wellbeing has become a tokenistic feature within the education sector, as staff participate in compulsory wellbeing-linked activities that have very little impact on their workload or their ability to do what they came into the profession to do: teach young people. With this book, Kat aims to flip the narrative on wellbeing completely.

    In a critical consideration of research both in and outside of education, Kat explores the key factors of a teacher's role within school, outlining a series of tools that teachers can use to take ownership of their workload, and achieve wellbeing through purposeful job fulfilment. Interviewing experts in the educational sector, Kat provides practical strategies for teachers in a bid to drive instrumental change to workload within schools at a grassroots level, but additionally, a range of case studies for teachers to use to challenge the norm so that we can create a profession built to last.

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    £15.00
  9. The Teaching Delusion

    The Teaching Delusion

    The Teaching Delusion by senior education consultant Bruce Robertson offers a bold, refreshing and sometimes provocative stance on teaching and leadership. Informed by the latest educational research and drawing on two decades of professional experience, Robertson examines how teaching in schools can be transformed from ‘good’ to ‘great’.

    The new title from John Catt Educational poses challenging yet important questions to its readers. Schools are filled with great teachers, but is great teaching taking place in every classroom? How can educators expect students to cultivate a lifelong passion for learning if they themselves are lacking this?

    Robertson’s solution is twofold. To promote excellent teaching, there must be a shared understanding of what high-quality teaching really is – what does it look like, and how can it be fostered? Secondly, there must be a school-wide desire to engage in professional learning. With his school having won the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s ‘Excellence in Professional Learning Award’ in 2019, Robertson uses his personal track-record of success to explore how these barriers can be addressed to lead to a transformation in teaching practice.

    Written by a teacher and school leader for teachers and school leaders, The Teaching Delusion aims to support teaching communities to develop and improve their practice, in order to ensure that all students receive the same level of excellent education. Aligning himself firmly on the side of teachers – and keen to avoid ‘teacher bashing’! – Robertson sensitively engages in an often controversial discussion about how to improve the quality of teaching, aiming to boost knowledge, awareness and ultimately self-esteem in both educators and learners.

    The Teaching Delusion combines practicality with pedagogy in a thoughtful, unique approach – making it a vital resource for teachers and leaders at all levels who are looking to better their practice.

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  10. Teaching Walkthrus: Five-step guides for instructional coaching

    Teaching Walkthrus: Five-step guides for instructional coaching

    Out now!

    Tom Sherrington and Oliver Caviglioli team up to present 50 essential teaching techniques, each with five clear and concise illustrations and explanations. It forms a truly unique repository of key teaching methods, valuable to any classroom practitioner in any setting.

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    £12.00
  11. Teaching English for the Real World

    Teaching English for the Real World

    So much of the teaching in schools of how the English language works does not prepare students for the real world. So little has changed in exams, the curriculum, or the way people think about English teaching, in several decades. This book is Joe Nutt's attempt to help schools redress that dramatic imbalance. Learn More
    £16.00
  12. Michaela: The Power of Culture

    Michaela: The Power of Culture

    The Power of Culture, a follow up to Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers, drives at the heart of what makes Michaela a trailblazing school. Their teachers and pioneering Head Katharine Birbalsingh reveal all as they take the reader on a journey through Michaela's alternative ways.

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    £16.00
  13. Rosenshine's Principles in Action: The Workbook (BUNDLES OF FIVE)

    Rosenshine's Principles in Action: The Workbook (BUNDLES OF FIVE)

    This Workbook seeks to further the recent engagement with Rosenshine's Principles in Action by providing a thought-provoking and reflective guide designed to encourage teachers in all settings to become self-aware practitioners.

    BUNDLE OF FIVE COPIES FOR £10. SINGLE COPIES CAN BE ORDERED VIA AMAZON.CO.UK

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  14. Preserving Positivity: Choosing to stay in the classroom and banishing a negative mindset

    Preserving Positivity: Choosing to stay in the classroom and banishing a negative mindset

    Thousands of amazing, experienced teachers are choosing to leave the profession, depriving generations of students of their passion and expertise. But it doesn't need to be this way. Preserving Positivity explores the reasons why people are choosing to leave the classroom and draws on the voices of other experienced teachers who tell us how they turned their careers around and give practical, adaptable strategies that will help you reignite your passion for teaching and bring the positivity back into your classroom. Learn More
    £14.00
  15. 60-second CPD: 239 ideas for busy teachers

    60-second CPD: 239 ideas for busy teachers

    AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

    Teaching is tough, yet its rewards are huge. Every teacher wants to carry on getting better and better at what they do, but when you have so much on your plate already and only so many hours in the day, how can you find time for professional development?

    That’s where 60-Second CPD comes in. This book is a compendium of 239 easily accessible ideas and theories for professional development, each digestible in roughly 60 seconds. It’s a book that every teacher and leader, in every primary and secondary school, can return to again and again as the year moves on and their career progresses.

    Hanna Beech and Ross Morrison McGill have distilled the million and one ideas out there into one practical, concise and inspiration-packed book designed to build knowledge, provide opportunities for deep thought and reflection, and facilitate the sharing of ideas among colleagues and teams.

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    £14.00
  16. The researchED Guide to Assessment: An evidence-informed guide for teachers

    The researchED Guide to Assessment: An evidence-informed guide for teachers

    In this researchED Guide to Assessment, Sarah Donarski brings together chapters by Dylan Wiliam, Tom Sherrington, Alison Peacock and many others to consider the debates, critique the strategies and find solutions that not only better the progress of pupils but also assist the wellbeing and manageability of workload for staff. Learn More
    £12.00
  17. SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents - and themselves

    SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents - and themselves

    How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents - and themselves

    How can you transform the school experience for all stakeholders? SchoolX has the answer: design thinking. Jethro Jones teaches principals how to become designers, not just managers or leaders.

    Drawing on the wisdom of the hundreds of leaders he has interviewed for his Transformative Principal podcast and Transformative Leadership Summits, Jones reveals how you can use design thinking to put yourself in the shoes of the people in your school communities, using that empathy to drive radical change.

    Crucially, Jones argues that it is only once leaders improve their own experience that they can transform the experiences of others.

    SchoolX will empower you with an iterative and innovative way to approach the challenges you face every day.

    'Actionable, urgent insights for any principal ready to re-engage in the work that brought them to the field in the first place' Seth Godin

    'Jones has illuminated the link between design thinking and principalship in ridiculously helpful terms' Dr. Brad Gustafson


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    £12.00
  18. Leading Academy Trusts: Why some fail, but most don't

    Leading Academy Trusts: Why some fail, but most don't

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    So, you want to be an academy trust leader? This book shows you how.

    Sir David Carter started his career as a music teacher in several comprehensive schools before spending thirty years in school leadership before becoming one of the first Regional Schools Commissioners and then National School Commissioner.

    He knows what it feels like to be responsible for multiple schools and how the best leaders make large-scale collaboration work for their teachers, pupils, parents and the whole community.

    This personal and accessible book shares the recipe for understanding the purpose of academy trust leadership and give insider knowledge of how to do it well and with all stakeholders at the forefront of your mission.

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    £15.00
  19. Educating with Purpose: The heart of what matters

    Educating with Purpose: The heart of what matters

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    The past decade in education focused on what works. The decade ahead must focus on what matters. In his second book, Stephen Tierney argues that it is time for the purpose of education to move to the centre of the debate.

    Why we educate is a question from which all else evolves. A question for all times, it will resonate deeply with those who have experienced the Great Pause caused by the global pandemic in 2020. And it is a question that we need to answer, because that purpose will determine what schools and the education system as a whole will do next.

    Proposing that the telos of education must be a life well-lived, Tierney argues for a re-purposing of education. He provides the theory of four philosophies of education - personal empowerment, cultural transmission, preparation for work and preparation for citizenship - alongside a powerful critique that challenges the current orthodoxy.

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  20. Running the Room: The Teacher's Guide to Behaviour (BUNDLES OF 10)

    Running the Room: The Teacher's Guide to Behaviour (BUNDLES OF 10)

    DISCOUNT ON A BUNDLE OF 10 COPIES OF RUNNING THE ROOM: IDEAL FOR ALL-STAFF CPD

    Good behaviour is the beginning of great learning. All children deserve classrooms that are calm, safe spaces where everyone is treated with dignity.

    Creating that space is one of the most important things a teacher needs to be able to do. But all too often teachers begin their careers with the bare minimum of training - or worse, none.

    How students behave, socially and academically, dictates whether or not they will succeed or struggle in school. Every child comes to the classroom with different skills, habits, values and expectations of what to do. There's no point just telling a child to behave; behaviour must be taught.

    Behaviour is a curriculum. This simple truth is the beginning of creating a classroom culture where everyone flourishes: pupils and staff.

    Running the Room is the teacher's guide to behaviour. Practical, evidence-informed, and based on the expertise of great teachers from around the world, it addresses the things teachers really need to know to build the classrooms children need.

    Bursting with strategies, tips and solid advice, it brings together the best of what we know and saves teachers, new or old, from reinventing the wheels of the classroom. It's the book teachers have been waiting for.

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    £100.00
  21. Running the Room: The Teacher's Guide to Behaviour (SINGLE COPY)

    Running the Room: The Teacher's Guide to Behaviour (SINGLE COPY)

    For bulk purchases, email as@johncatt.com or CLICK HERE for a bundle of 10 copies for £100.

    Good behaviour is the beginning of great learning. All children deserve classrooms that are calm, safe spaces where everyone is treated with dignity.

    Creating that space is one of the most important things a teacher needs to be able to do. But all too often teachers begin their careers with the bare minimum of training - or worse, none.

    How students behave, socially and academically, dictates whether or not they will succeed or struggle in school. Every child comes to the classroom with different skills, habits, values and expectations of what to do. There's no point just telling a child to behave; behaviour must be taught.

    Behaviour is a curriculum. This simple truth is the beginning of creating a classroom culture where everyone flourishes: pupils and staff.

    Running the Room is the teacher's guide to behaviour. Practical, evidence-informed, and based on the expertise of great teachers from around the world, it addresses the things teachers really need to know to build the classrooms children need.

    Bursting with strategies, tips and solid advice, it brings together the best of what we know and saves teachers, new or old, from reinventing the wheels of the classroom. It's the book teachers have been waiting for.

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    £16.00
  22. Thinking Deeply about Primary Mathematics

    Thinking Deeply about Primary Mathematics

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    Thinking Deeply about Primary Mathematics is a comprehensive exploration of the ideas, theories and practices of most value to beginning teachers, as well as any teacher with the desire to improve their practice.

    Immediately applicable in the classroom and supported by robust analysis of research into mathematics teaching, this book is designed to provide inspiration for specialised teaching assignments with the power to enhance both the rate and quality of your professional development journey.

    Through the use of expertly crafted explanations, examples and tasks, each chapter will guide you step by step through the otherwise intimidating world of primary mathematics teaching.

    This book is perfect for teachers driven to become highly effective practitioners. It also serves as a blueprint for school leaders looking to develop the abilities of their teachers and ensure the highest quality mathematics education for all children.

    Teacher proficiency is a vast uneven continuum but in taking time to think deeply about primary mathematics we allow ourselves with the opportunity to build a solid base from which a successful, fulfilling career can be constructed.

    The insight and expertise provided by Thinking Deeply About Primary Mathematics is essential for anyone involved in the teaching of mathematics.

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  23. Back on Track: Fewer things, greater depth

    Back on Track: Fewer things, greater depth

    AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER

    There are a lot of redundant processes in schools. We need to take a hard look at these and consider whether they are adding value to the core purpose of schools.

    We need to apply Greg McKeown's 'disciplined pursuit of less' in order to create the time and space to do deep, satisfying work on the curriculum.

    This means that there will be some hard choices and recognise that if we cannot do everything, we need to move to a space which acknowledges there will be trade offs.

    This is more than a workload issue, it is about focusing our efforts on the most important agenda item in schools today - the development of an ambitious curriculum for every child, in every school.

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    £15.00
  24. Lessons for Learning: 12 Building Blocks for Effective Teaching

    Lessons for Learning: 12 Building Blocks for Effective Teaching

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    Published September 2020: Order now for delivery on publication

    How do you create effective lessons? How do you develop and implement what solid empirical research tells us about what works in the classroom? How do we help learners to learn more effectively, efficiently, and enjoyably? These are the core questions of the book Lessons for Learning: 12 Building Blocks for Effective Teaching.

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    £14.00
  25. Fiorella & Mayer’s Generative Learning in Action

    Fiorella & Mayer’s Generative Learning in Action

    PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2020. AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

    Generative Learning in Action helps to answer the question: which activities can students carry out to create meaningful learning? It does this by considering how we, as teachers, can implement the eight strategies for generative learning set out in the work of Fiorella and Mayer in their seminal 2015 work Learning as a Generative Activity: Eight Learning Strategies that Promote Learning.

    At a time when a great deal of attention has been paid to the teaching and learning from the perspective of effective instruction, Generative Learning looks at the flip side of coin and considers what is happening in the minds of the learner. This book takes a teacher’s-eye view of a range of theories of learning and keeps their application to the classroom firmly in mind through the use of case studies and reference to day-to-day practice.

    Generative Learning in Action also discusses key considerations and potential limitations of each of the strategies, as well as how you could implement these in your own practice and more widely across a school.

    This book is the next in a series that began with Tom Sherrington’s Rosenshine’s Principles in Action (2019).

    Tom Sherrington is the editor of the In Action series.

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    £10.00
  26. Symbiosis: The Curriculum and The Classroom

    Symbiosis: The Curriculum and The Classroom

    AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

    When the teaching profession places the curriculum at the heart of what it does, transformative change can take place. Curriculum reform is now at the forefront of every school agenda; in spite of this, there is a danger that its message may become lost in translation. When curricular change is poorly implemented, teachers experience a complete detachment from their sense of purpose, autonomy, and capacity to become curriculum designers of the future.

    Employing an astute blend of theory and practice, Claire Hill and Kat Howard offer a methodical approach to designing and delivering a curriculum, to ensure that all feel part of a collective curricular journey. At a time when work on the curriculum can be politicised, monetised and overcomplicated, Symbiosis: The Curriculum and the Classroom provides a series of practical strategies for curriculum designers at every level, in order to not only keep and develop the skilled and professional teachers desperately needed in schools, but also to provide a world-class curriculum to students.

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    £10.00
  27. Education Exposed 2: In pursuit of the halcyon dream

    Education Exposed 2: In pursuit of the halcyon dream

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    Education Exposed 2 follows on from Sam Strickland's first book, Education Exposed. The book is a pacy, punchy and forthright critique of how to drive the curriculum, behaviour and teaching within a school and the pivotal role that leadership plays in pursuing the halcyon dream. The book is neatly laid out, with each chapter identifying common curricular misconceptions, posing lots of key questions to consider and offering multiple practical ideas that you can take away. Every chapter ends with five key takeaway points for you to carefully consider.

    The books neatly interplays theory, research, Sam's expertise and experience coupled with a practical and real-world approach. The first section of the book champions the importance of the curriculum and knowledge. The second section examines behaviour and how this can be driven by senior leaders coupled routine driven approach to learning. This section also takes you through a series of curriculum tools and teaching approaches that will assist you in thinking about how to implement and drive the curriculum. The third section of the book examines leadership; how leaders can champion the teacher as the expert and how a school culture can be supported and monitored carefully.

    Education Exposed 2 is relevant for anyone working in a school, irrespective of their position or role. It is designed to be an accessible, versatile and quick read. Equally, it can be used as a dip-in and dip-out guide. Multiple practical approaches and strategies are offered as key take-away points.

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    £10.00
  28. Fear Is The Mind Killer: Why Learning to Learn deserves lesson time - and how to make it work for your pupils

    Fear Is The Mind Killer: Why Learning to Learn deserves lesson time - and how to make it work for your pupils

    An eight-year evaluation with the University of Cambridge revealed that Learning Skills led to significant gains in subject learning, with rapid gains among students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In this practical guide for teachers and school leaders, James and Kate reveal a recipe for success rooted in three key concepts: metacognition (reflecting on learning); self-regulation (taking ownership over the learning process); and oracy (developing high-quality speaking and listening skills). This is a book about what happened when a small team of teachers seized an opportunity to provide their students with the knowledge, the skills and the confidence to take control of their own learning. This journey began with a question: how and what would we teach, if there was no one watching? On the other side of fear is the teacher you want to be, and the children you'd like to teach… Learn More
    £16.00