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By: Nicola Walsh

A Broad View of Educational Perspectives

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A Broad View of Educational Perspectives is for teachers and school leaders working in English as a Second Language. It is a comprehensive textbook written by Nicola Walsh, an experienced educator from Yorkshire, England. With a hands-on approach to education and a focus on what truly makes a difference in the lives of children and their families, this book is designed for teachers and school leaders working in English as a Second Language. It covers a wide range of topics, from language acquisition to classroom management, and assessment strategies to cultural considerations. The book is organized in chapters that are easy to read and understand, making it an ideal resource for educators at all levels. It offers a great way to explore and gain an understanding of the latest thinking in the field of English as a Second Language education, by choosing a topic and diving in. It is written in a simple and engaging style, with practical examples and case studies, making it an essential guide for any teacher or school leader working in this field. 

Nicola Walsh is an experienced teacher, school principal and schools’ evaluator with over 30 years of international and UK-based experience in primary and early years education. She has served as a head teacher in the UK and as the principal of a large regional school in Sri Lanka. Nicola has inspected UK government schools, worked as an evaluator for the Ministry of Education in the UAE and as lead inspector for many British schools overseas. Working with charities and as a consultant she has advised and trained teachers in Cambodia, Egypt, India, Oman and Sri Lanka. Most recently she worked as the senior teacher for primary and early years for the British Council in Sri Lanka. 

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  • Alistair Downs

    This book covers a really wide range of topics, from school inspection and investment, to critical thinking, risk taking and creativity. I found it a very easy read and as each section is only a few pages long (and covers very different topics) it is possible to pick it up and put it down without requiring hours at a time.

    I liked the questions at the end of each section which could potentially be used for CPD within schools and education settings.

  • John

    One of the best books on education I've ever read! definitely recommending this in my school

  • Simon Sharron

    If you’re looking for an eye-opening present for a family member or friend who is a teacher or even a school leader, look no further. Wrap up a copy of Nicola Walsh's small but colossally insightful book "A BROAD VIEW OF EDUCATIONAL PERSPECTIVES".

    The book is an erudite whirlwind dance around the core elements of what makes better teachers and what makes schools more effective. The author's rich experience of teaching, headship, and inspecting schools all over the world has helped her boil down the complexity of school improvement into bite-sized chunks that can be easily digested. Whether it is the gift of evolution through inspection and the necessity of accountability, or why the best school leaders need to be good listeners, and humble learners themselves, the advice given by the book is steeped in recent research accessible in short bibliographies at the end of each concise chapter. The excited or

    just curious reader can then pursue their own interest to explore in more detail the knowledge banks of some of the most eminent thinkers in education.

    Nicola Walsh applauds the reflective practitioner and the self-analyzing school. A particular strength of the book is the points for reflection that follow each topic segment. This could be a practical guide on what to look for in a peer observation of a colleague's lesson. It could be a deeper question to ponder alone or with a fellow professional: "The more mistakes you make, the more you learn.’ How can that statement impact your behaviors as a teacher?"

    A school or organization of many schools would have an easy win by adopting "A BROAD VIEW OF EDUCATIONAL PERSPECTIVES" as essential reading that accompanies its teachers' handbook. As the author insists, wise investments in education can reap an infinite chain reaction of rewards. To make a better teacher cannot only be transformative for that person, but it can improve the lives of countless children.

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