New Perspectives Home

Contact us
About us
Planned projects
Previous projects
Thinking Through Pedagogy courses
New Perspectives on... courses
    Child development and learning styles
    Environments for learning
    Curriculum design
    Gifted and talented children
    Enhancing the achievement of young bilingual learners
    Spiritual development
    Creating an environment to enhance SMSC
    Assessment teaching and planning
    Teaching for creativity
    Every Child Matters
    community cohesion
    emotional well-being
Longer-term support programmes
Resources to support courses and programmes
What's New

log in

New Perspectives... on child development and learning styles


The need for this course stems from a belief that the importance of child development, and the implications of different learning styles, has been given too little consideration in recent years in teacher traiing, both initial and inservice. The focus is on the practical implications for teachers of research into how young children learn. This course can be run in conjunction with 'New Perspectives ... on environments for learning'.


This course is designed for all teachers, headteachers, and other staff in primary schools. It is appropriate for the staff of an individual school or a local partnership of schools. The course will be helpful both to those with little knowledge in this area and those who wish to update their knowledge, possibly as part of the development or review of a learning and teaching policy. It can be adapted, where appropriate, for groups of teachers from different settings, such as teachers in initial training or those three years into teaching.


The course can be run either as a training day or a set of two or three staff meetings. Where there are separate sessions, additional benefit can be gained by the reflection and conversation which occurs, and is encouraged, between sessions. A conversation with the head, senior member of staff or course leader will be necessary, in advance, to determine the current level of knowledge and experience of potential participants and to establish the specific objectives to be met.


Participants will:

  • gain a greater awareness of the implications for teaching and the curriculum of research into how young children develop and learn;
  • be helped to reflect on the implications for their own practice and that of their school in the task of enhancing children’s learning and providing a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum; and
  • be offered practical suggestions for teaching styles and approaches.

According to the needs of the school, this course can be linked to the development of a school’s learning and teaching policy. As with all 'New Perspectives ...' courses, it is hoped that participants will come to see their teaching in fresh and innovative ways, building on and enhancing their professional knowledge and providing new energy and motivation.

To discuss this course, or others offered by 'New Perspectives...', and how they can be most useful in your own context, please feel free to contact Dr Tony Eaude, 6 Long Wall, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4PG on 01865 711135 (phone/fax) or

Developing the expertise of primary and elementary classroom teachers -professional learning for a changing world was published by Bloomsbury Academic in January 2018. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.

New Perspectives on Young Children’s Moral Education
-Developing Character through a Virtue Ethics Approach
was published by Bloomsbury in December 2015. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.

How do expert primary classroom teachers really work? - a guide for teachers, headteachers and teacher educators was published in 2012. For further details, see the publications section of this website or contact
Details of how to order are on the Critical Publishing website.
Download flyer (pdf, 3.3MB).

Thinking Through Pedagogy for Primary and Early Years was published in January 2011. For further details see Thinking Through Pedagogy for Primary and Early Years.

Thinking Through Pedagogy: Primary and Early Years by Tony Eaude

Children's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development by Tony Eaude (second edition, 2008)

Enhancing Achievement for Young Bilingual Learners
Download flyer (pdf, 410K) by Tony Eaude, published in March 2007

For more details on how to order these, please contact