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Welcome to the subject page for Primary Education.

This page has been compiled by your subject librarian and will help you to find information for your studies and research. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction. 

Take a look at the Using the library pages for more general information about using our services. The Placement Students  page provides information on accessing resources whilst away from campus. If you are a distance learner or School direct student please read out postal loans page.

Use OneSearch to find everything that the library has to offer including print books, electronic books, journals, teaching practice materials and more…

  • Books & Ebooks

    See OneList (online reading lists) for current lists of recommended reading for your course / modules.

    All ebooks, in OneSearch, provide online access from any location. 

    Selected Books


    Book coverCooper, H. and Elton-Chalcraft, S. (2018) Professional Studies in Primary Educaction

    This new edition covers practical issues including planning, assessment and classroom organisation, thought-provoking topics such as reflecting on your own teaching practice and developing critical thinking skills.





    Book coverCooper, H. (2017) Teaching history creatively

    Where teaching was less effective it was found that learning was passive, without challenge or clear goals and so with limited progression. There is also a generally perceived need for more creative approaches to a broader primary curriculum as reports warn of the winnowing out of fun in teaching pedagogies. This book tackles both issues head on, introducing teachers to the wealth of available approaches to historical enquiry, which will ensure creative, effective learning


    Book coverCopping, A. (2016) Being creative in primary English

    This volume demonstrates how creative thinking and learning can support primary English teaching, with case studies exploring high-quality primary English practice including planning, rationale and ideas for the classroom.




    Hodkinson, A. (2016) Key issues in special educational needs and inclusion

    Understanding and engaging critically with the field of special educational needs and disability (SEND) is a difficult task. However, the new edition of this bestselling book continues to help students contextualize SEND in relation to historical, ideological and political developments as well as support them in developing a critical understanding of the complexities associated with inclusion.

    Completely up to date with recent legislation such as the SEND Code of Practice (2014) there are case studies, reflections and activities which will help students question practice they have seen and experienced.

    Covering the 0-25 age range this book is suitable for all those working with children and young people across education, health and social work.


    Book coverPritchard, A. (2017) Ways of learning: learning theories for the classroom

    With greater insight into what is currently known about the processes of learningand about individual learners, teachers are better equipped to provide experiences and situations that are more likely to lead to effective acquisition of knowledge, concepts and skills. 'Ways of learning' has been widely used and now, fully updated, it seeks to provide further insight into the ways in which learning takes place, which teachers can make use of in their planning and teaching.




    Book coverWynne, H. and Qualter, A. (2018) Teaching of science in primary schools

    The Teaching of Science in Primary Schools provides essential information for students, trainee, and practising teachers about the why, what and how of teaching primary science. Paying particular attention to inquiry-based teaching and learning, the book recognises the challenges of teaching science, and provides suggestions and examples aimed to increase teachers’ confidence and pupils‘ enjoyment of the subject.

  • Journals & Eresources

    Eresources for Education

    Academic Search Complete full text of over 5,500 journals 

    Education Source full text education journals, books & conference papers

    Education-line Education-line is a freely accessible database of the full text of conference papers, working papers and electronic literature which supports educational research, policy and practice.

    JSTOR archive of Scholarly Journals

    Proquest Education Journals access to over 900 top educational publications, including more than 600 of the titles in full text. The coverage spans the literature on primary, secondary and higher education as well as special education, home schooling and adult education.

    Education Espresso Use Espresso to find exciting and challenging teaching resources and embed them effectively into lessons. It covers all year groups and subjects, plus whole-school initiatives such as SEAL and Healthy Schools. A separate username and password is required to access this database both on and off campus - please contact the library for details.

    PSHE Association access to teaching resources, key guidance with briefings, training and support from subject experts. A separate username and password is required to access this database both on and off campus - please contact the library for details.

    A large collection of journals for science and social science subjects.

  • Websites

    A selection of useful and reputable websites have been collected together for you here. Obviously many more are available on the web but do make sure you evaluate all websites and any information you find in them before using them in your studies.

    The Department for Education UK government.

    Education in England includes timeline and links to the full text of education reports.

    National Curriculum from September 2014

    National College for teaching and leadership 

    Office of National Statistics

    For government services and information:

    Educational resources

    BBC schools

    Primary resources free lesson plans and activity ideas.

    Schoolsnet includes lesson plans.

    Teaching Essentials free teaching resources.

    Topmarks teaching resources and educational websites for use in the classroom.

  • Placement resources

    Our libraries stock a range of resources for you to use on your teaching placement in schools. This is known as the Teaching Practice Collection. These books, big books, kits and equipment are also useful when considering how to make your own resources for your assignments. You may borrow up to 30 items from this collection. If you are going on placement for more than four weeks, you can register for extended placement loans. You are also encouraged to suggest ideas to add to this collection using the Get More Books scheme.

    Carlisle - Fusehill Street, this collection is to the right of the service desk.

    Lancaster, Lancaster holds a range of resources for teaching on the first floor in zone three.


    London students have access to the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service at 229, Bethnal Green Road E2 6AB. It is open 10 – 6 Monday to Thursday and 10 – 4 on Friday. Please remember to take your Cumbria Card with you.

    You are able to search the catalogue before you visit. We recommend checking the Tower Hamlets School Library Service website for holiday opening times and more information.