This new edition provides a wide-ranging overview of everything you will need to know to prepare you for your primary initial teacher education course, and your early career in the classroom. Covering practical issues including planning, assessment and classroom organisation, and thought-provoking topics such as reflecting on your own teaching practice and developing critical thinking skills in the classroom, this textbook gives you a pragmatic and insightful understanding of teaching in primary schools. Key new edition features: * Fully updated coverage of policy developments * Clear links to the Teachers' Standards * A new 'Work in Schools' feature in every chapter addressing key issues student teachers encounter in the classroom * Extended coverage of planning and assessment * A new chapter on workplace learning exploring how to develop as a professional in the classroom * Coverage of differences in teaching throughout the UK This is essential reading for all students on primary initial teacher education courses including university-based (PGCE, BEd, BA with QTS), and schools-based (School Direct, SCITT) routes into teaching.Hilary Cooper is Professor Emeritus of History and Pedagogy at the University of Cumbria.