Book: Raising Attainment In The Primary Classroom via @BloomsburyEd

Bloomsbury CPD Library - By: Sonia Blandford and Catherine Knowles

Bloomsbury CPD Library: Raising Attainment in the Primary Classroom








Practical Ideas





  • Self-assessment questionnaires are extremely useful to analyse current teaching practice and find a starting point for all.
  • Key areas of focus are clear and succinctly explained to enable teachers to improve their practice.
  • The idea of using evidence based practice is essential in the ever changing world of education and many published theories are referenced as a guide to light the way through the CPD.
  • Advice on how to run effective professional development for raising attainment is useful to give the CPD context and relevance.

Review compiled by: Rebecca Halls

Supported by: Bloomsbury Education Publishing

Raising attainment in all schools is usually always one of the key objectives of any school improvement plan for the academic year ahead. As attainment is used as a key way to gauge the quality of education at a school this book has been published at the perfect time to guide primary educators towards raising attainment in their primary school.

Sonia and Catherine have set out clear frameworks to build high-quality teaching and learning founded on the four core values that they believe are imperative to the success of raising attainment.

Aspiration, access, attainment and achievement are used throughout this book to give educators a set guide to help them rise to the challenge of tackling eye watering statistics like one in five young people will not achieve expected outcomes due to the challenges that they face.

Each chapter is summarised with a list of teaching tips, something to pass on and advice on what to tweet or read to build insight into this area of pedagogy.

The questionnaires are relevant to the content as they allow any teacher, not only primary to evaluate their current practice and produce a plan of how to improve attainment in their classroom. This is extremely helpful as all staff are different and the questions highlight their key strengths and weaknesses to address.

The book culminates with a whole set of training plans to help CPD to run smoothly in any school addressing raising attainment and can be easily adapted to a secondary academy format. Any book that provides resources and saves teacher time having to plan a CPD programme, in my opinion, is a bonus to all those addressing raising attainment in their class or school.

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