This comprehensive new textbook provides valuable support to student teachers on primary ITT, BEd and PGCE courses. It provides a sound and practical introduction to the teaching skills as well as the underlying theory. Written by experts in primary school teaching, the book is divided into twenty-three sections and covers: becoming a teacher exploring the nature of learning planning for learning approaches to the curriculum recent developments in primary education diversity and inclusion assessment partnership in practice your professional development. Each chapter contains a brief introduction to the key concepts, issues and skills, and provides learning activities in the form of tasks. Annotated lists of further reading are included for students who want to explore topics in more detail. This major textbook is essential reading for all students training to be primary school teachers, including those on BA (QTS), BEd and PGCE courses, as well as those on flexible PGCE courses, those on Graduate Registered Training courses, and those studying Education Studies.