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Welcome to the subject page for Education Studies.

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. 

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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

     Hordern, J. and Simon, C. (2017) Placements and Work-Based Learning in Education Studies: An Introduction for Students. London: Routledge.

    Written specifically for education studies students, this accessible text offers a clear introduction to placements and work-based learning, providing an insight into work in schools and education settings.

    Including case studies to illustrate the diversity of placements and workplace opportunities, it explores the theory and practice of working in educational contexts and supports students as they develop the skills and aptitudes that enhance their employability. 

    Lindon, J. & Brodie, K. (2016) Understanding child development : 0-8 years. 4th edn. London : Hodder Education

     Linking Theory and Practice has helped thousands of students make the right connections between their lectures and the real settings that they go on to work in. This latest edition of Reflective Practice and Early Years Professonalism provides a useful overview of the subject in straightforward language that allows novices to access the more complicated concepts. Jennie Lindon's trademark approach provides a trusted and authoritative voice for a wide range of courses, including undergraduate and foundation degrees in Early Years and Early Childhood, PGCEs and BEd programmes.

    · Provides detailed references for further reading with descriptions of 'key texts' for each chapter
    · 'Pause for reflection' feature provides numerous opportunities to think about the impact of their own role.
    · Covers the latest thinking on child development, including topics such as neuroscience.


    Blyth, M. & Blyth, M.. S. (2012) Effective safeguarding for children and young people what next after Munro? Bristol : Policy Press.

    The number of children entering the child protection system has risen dramatically in the last three years with implications for children's services and partner agencies. This timely volume takes a critical look at the impact of the "Munro Review" (2011) on child protection and the Government's response. It looks at questions including how effective Local Safeguarding Children Boards are in providing the necessary scrutiny to ensure children are safe, how the early offer of help at local level might reduce the numbers of children at the critical end of the spectrum and whether reducing regulation from the centre will result in better outcomes for the most vulnerable? Moreover, it also considers those young people who traditionally bypass child protection services but remain at risk of harm. These are critical questions for both policy and practice in understanding the reforms Munro states are required. Contributions from leading experts working in the child protection system review current safeguarding policy and explore the future after "Munro".

     Curtis, W. (2014) Education studies : an issues-based approach. London: SAGE.

    Education Studies continues to grow as a popular undergraduate area of study. This core text addresses themes common to all Education Studies courses. It benefits from a large list of chapters from key contributors at key institutions. This third edition has been completely revised and updated with the addition of seven new chapters. Themes newly explored include gender, research, the power of money and status and alternatives to schooling. This fully comprehensive text is accessibly written, with learning features throughout to encourage students to approach issues critically. Fully up-to-date and covering a huge range of themes for Education Studies students.

    Ball, S.J. (2017) The education debate. 3rd edn. Bristol :Policy Press.

    Since the second edition of this book, the education debate has fiercened. Education policy must ensure economic productivity and competitiveness, but in recent years, debates about its contribution to the worsening of social inequality, particularly in relation to grammar schools, have become increasingly divisive. Ever-changing, stuttering policy can make this a field that's hard to keep track of... a problem that this book solves. Along with extensive updates, this third edition includes a new introduction and updated examples and references throughout. Ball examines new areas of focus, including the emphasis on neuroscience, the increased interest of business in education and the impact of austerity and precarity. Unlike so many other books on education policy, The education debate doesn't simply describe education policy, but captures key debates and themes in this fast-changing field.


  • 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.