Book: Shifting Sands by @GaryBCU via @CriticalPub

Published by Critical Publishing

Shifting Sands: Contemporary issues in primary schools (Practical Teaching)













  • Offers a range of signpost and links to resources supporting primary school teachers when dealing with sensitive matters.
  • A range of different relevant topics explored throughout, including: online safety; radicalisation; tackling prejudice, and; mental health.
  • Good practice examples are shared throughout the book, allowing for clarification on how resources can support teachers and schools.
  • A very accessible book, allowing for unpicking key elements of (England based) legislation and policy.
  • A must-have book for school leaders and safeguarding leads who with to further understand challenges faced.

The complexities of primary school teaching are often underrated by policy-makers, the public and parents. In his book, Gary Pykitt looks at how primary school teachers (within England) need to put each child in their classroom at the heart of every curriculum and teaching decision made. With a focus primarily on safeguarding, online safety, bullying, mental health and wellbeing, this book unpicks key elements of legislation and policy, suggesting practical approaches and resources available to support teachers through some of the tougher challenges of the role.

Each of the chapters explores some of the key issues surrounding each topic, signposting to the policy guidance with links and references that encourage further reading. Policy summaries are scattered throughout, but the book also challenges the reader to ask critical questions about each of the topics, along with sharing ‘good practice examples’, which can be used or adapted into practical classroom or staffroom discussions to help ensure best practices are being undertaken on a daily basis.

All the issues explored in this book are not going to be faced often in schools, but having this resource to dip into – when required – means that it should be available to all primary staff working within such settings. The book is essential reading for school leaders and safeguarding leads, and very useful in clearing the muddied waters that policy changes and initiatives usually create within education.


*RRP, correct at time of publication. Review and ratings independently compiled by Colin HillSupported by Critical Publishing

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