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Welcome to the subject page for Teaching and Learning.

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

    O’ Connor, A. (2017) Understanding transitions in the early years : supporting change through attachment and resilience. 2nd edn. Learning Matters: London.

    There are many transitions that children experience before they are five, including the first major transition from home to an early years setting. Successive changes can have a serious impact on young children and stress, separation and insecure attachments can affect not only a child’s emotional health but also cognitive and intellectual development.

    Featuring new material on provision for two year olds, school readiness, and families and transitions, this thought-provoking text explains why transitions matter and provides practical guidance on how to support young children’s developing emotional resilience and equip them to embrace change in the future.


    Garvey, D. (2017) Nurturing personal, social and emotional development in early childhood : a practical guide to understanding brain development and young children's behaviour. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London.

    This direct guide supports practitioners in nurturing personal, social and emotional development (PSED) in young children by demystifying brain development research.

    Condensing a wealth of recent research and theory around PSED into practical guidance, it gives professionals the knowledge and understanding they need to critically evaluate their own practice and find the best course of action to support PSED in young children. From the perspective of neuroscience, it explores what can help or hinder development, considers why some children bite and why toddlers have tantrums, and questions how well-intentioned actions, such as reward systems or putting new foods on a plate for children to 'just try', may be misguided.

    Music, G. (2016) Nurturing natures attachment and children's emotional, sociocultural and brain development. Routledge: London.

    This new edition of the bestselling text, Nurturing Natures, provides an indispensable synthesis of the latest scientific knowledge about children’s emotional development. Integrating a wealth of both up-to-date and classical research from areas such as attachment theory, neuroscience developmental psychology and cross-cultural studies, it weaves these into an accessible enjoyable text which always keeps in mind children recognisable to academics, practitioners and parents. 

    It unpacks the most significant influences on the developing child, including the family and social context. It looks at key developmental stages from life in the womb to the pre-school years and right up until adolescence, covering important topics such as genes and environment, trauma, neglect or resilience. It also examines how children develop language, play and memory and, new to this edition, moral and prosocial capacities. Issues of nature and nurture are addressed and the effects of different kinds of early experiences are unpicked, creating a coherent and balanced view of the developing child in context. 


    Sewell, K. (ed) (2018) Planning the Primary National Curriculum : a complete guide for trainees and teachers. Learning Matters: London.

    This book explores how to plan in primary schools. It covers curriculum design and structure, challenges to learning, and how children learn. New in this edition is a chapter on planning for mastery.

    For each curriculum subject the programme of study is included, with notes to help you interpret it for your own class. The text covers how the teaching of each subject can be organised, assessment opportunities, key and essential resources in each subject, and how ICT can best be used in each subject to enhance teaching. Sequenced lesson examples in all subject chapters link theory to practice and highlight progression.

    The final section of the book explores the many ways in which the curriculum can be delivered. It includes the creative curriculum, dialogic teaching, cross-curricular learning and more current thinking about interpreting the curriculum.  

  • 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.

    If you are looking for information on education within prisons you could try searching Criminal Justice with Abstracts or ProQuest Criminal Justice

  • 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.