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New Perspectives ... on Every Child Matters

This course led by Dr Tony Eaude is intended to help those working in primary and nursery schools to explore the challenges and opportunities of ‘Every Child Matters' in their own context and with the children they teach and support to:

• gain a greater awareness of the five outcomes of 'Every Child Matters’, (being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being);

• recognise the broader policy context of Every Child Matters, especially for children with Special Educational Needs;

• understand the importance of ethos and the hidden curriculum in developing the whole child; and

• evaluate the strengths of their own provision and consider areas for development by reference to a set of key questions based on the criteria of Ofsted.

The importance of the development of the ‘whole child’ and the whole range of provision in enhancing this are emphasised. Courses are tailored to the particular needs of each school or group of schools but will involve a mixture of practical activities and discussion to explore questions such as:

  • How do we promote children's mental and emotional as well as physical health?
  • Which groups of children or individuals are especially vulnerable and to what extent should the school make special provision for them?
  • How can we help all children to feel safe in school, for instance through working against bullying and racism, and build resilience for when they are out of school and their later lives?
  • How can all children be more involved in their own learning?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities in making appropriate provision, in relation both to the curriculum and to the school environment?
  • How can we decide whether we have succeeded in ensuring that 'Every Child Matters'?

The course is designed for staff in primary and nursery schools, whether from one school or a group of several and 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.

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 contact Dr Tony Eaude, 6 Long Wall, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4PG on 01865 711135 (phone/fax) or

Identity, Culture and Belonging: Educating Young Children for a Changing World is due to be published by Bloomsbury Academic in February 2020. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.

Developing the expertise of primary and elementary classroom teachers -professional learning for a changing world was published by Bloomsbury Academic in January 2018. A paperback version was published in July 2019. 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