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Student Showcase – Sharing Success Stories

Many of our Education Alumni have moved on to exciting new ventures and we always love to hear about their success stories and showcase the many achievements in their life after Cambridge.

Just as the Library Team have fond memories of supporting our past students throughout their time in Cambridge it is great to hear that they also have happy memories of their experience at the Education Faculty. It was through one such experience that ‘Cilla Lee-Jenkins’ was born.

S Tan book

“I wrote my debut novel, Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire during my time at Cambridge.  Every night, I’d put away dissertation work, close my laptop, and get into bed with my iPad to write more of Cilla’s adventures. The Cilla manuscript was finished and revised there, and on my phone during Uni 4 bus rides on rainy days! That’s not all that shaped Cilla- the manuscript was also informed by the lectures I heard, academic debates I had, and many conversations in the Faculty of Education Phd lounge. It was a pleasure to write it among such a vibrant, thoughtful community!”

Susan Tan (PhD)

Our students’ successes have made their way onto the Education Library #BookFaceFriday archive on Instagram, where we highlight creations from gems in our collection such as Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s debut novel, The Girl of Ink and Stars.

Girl of Ink & stars

They say the day the Governor arrived, the ravens did too. All the smaller birds flew backwards into the sea, and that is why there are no songbirds on Joya. Only huge, ragged ravens…

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped. When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart. But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself. –

Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Prize 2017 and the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year, a Financial Times Book of the Year, twice-Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Award, shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize and the Branford Boase Award.

Both this award winning debut and Kiran’s latest novel, The Island at the End of Everything,  can be found in our Children’s Fiction collection.

The Island at the End of Everything

Kiran Millwood Hargrave (BA Education with English & Drama)


Another Alumni publication which has been nominated for a literary award and proudly presented in our Children’s Fiction collection is The Living Memory by Emma Dyer and Tim Byrne 

“The Living Memory is a timeslip/historical fantasy novel set in Victorian London and was longlisted for the Times/Chickenhouse Children’s fiction competition in 2017”

Emma Dyer (PhD)

The Living Memory Emma Dyer

This online interview with both Emma and Tim discusses writing the book and their ideas and inspiration: The Magic of Literature, Ancestry and Co-authoring: An Interview with Tim Byrne and Emma Dyer, Creators of The Living Memory.


The talents of our Education Alumni cover more than children’s fiction, as shown in this stunning book of poetry by Sarah Caulfield, available in our Poetry studies section here


Sarah Caulfield (BA Education with English & Drama)


With the long lazy summer evenings upon us it is hard to know what to choose to read first. If you don’t fancy fiction or poetry why not read Richard Brock’s book on Targeted Teaching.

Targeted Teaching

“The idea for Targeted Teaching arose because my colleagues and I observed that, whilst the authors of  teacher training books often advocated their interpretation of ‘best practice’ in a given context, our experience of teaching was that different strategies worked at different times and with different classes. Therefore, rather than offering a single approach to, for example, differentiation, behaviour management or questioning, the book provides a collection of different strategies that a teacher might experiment with and adapt to suit their own classrooms. We hope that trainee teachers and more experienced practitioners seeking to develop their practice will use the book as an easily accessible catalogue of teaching strategies.”

Richard Brock (PhD)

Don’t forget that you can keep up to date with all new publications in the Education Library via our Pinterest board.

New books

The World’s Our Oyster!

Faculty members continue to be very productive in terms of publishing work across a wide range of subject areas. Some of the most recent publications are international in their outlook and their appeal, evidence of the Faculty’s engagement with the world of education beyond the UK.

Youth Citizenship and the Politics of Belonging

This year Routledge has published Youth Citizenship and the Politics of Belonging, which is edited by Madeleine Arnot and Sharlene Swartz, a former PhD student in the Faculty. And the Faculty involvement doesn’t end with the editors – both Madeleine  and Sharlene have contributed several of the chapters, as have other former Faculty PhD students,  Georgina Oduro and Fatuma Chege.  The book looks at how social context and schooling in a range of countries – Australia, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Lebanon, Jordan – are instrumental in creating young citizens by presenting the voices of the young people themselves.

The theme of developing countries and education is the focus of Routledge’s series, Education, Poverty and international Development, Education Outcomes and Povertywhich is edited by Madeleine Arnot and Christopher Colclough. The books in the series are research-based and look at different aspects of the relationships between education, poverty and international development. One of the books in the series, Education Outcomes and Poverty, edited by Christopher has particularly strong links with the Faculty as it arises from a five-year programme of research carried out by RECOUP (Research Consortium on Educational Outcomes and Poverty). Madeleine and Christopher as well as  Nidhi Singal are all contributors to the book which deals with schooling outcomes in India, Pakistan and a number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Continuing with the focus on the outside world, Internationalisation and Reform of Secondary Schooling in Kazakhstan is the result of work by a whole host of academics associated with the Faculty – David Bridges, Colleen Mclaughlin, Olena Fimyar, David Frost, Fay Turner, Elaine Wilson, Liz Winter, Natalia Yakavets, Mike Younger, together with researchers from Nazarbayev University and the University of Pennsylvania. The context of the research is a major programme of educational reform in Kazakhstan aimed at schools and higher education, with the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education focusing on the school sector. The report presents the results of the researchers’ investigation of the ‘contemporary story of educational reform in Kazakhstan’ as expressed in policy documents and official statements and by key figures involved in the reform process.

The Faculty Library has a growing collection of material on education with an international focus and these titles make a very welcome addition to it.



New books

Publishing Success for Faculty Members – Part 2

Faculty staff continue to demonstrate a very wide range of interests, as is clear from the following list of recent publications. All books are in stock in the Faculty Library, so do contact us if you would like to borrow any of them. And remember to look at the Pinterest board where we post details of all new books by Faculty members

Professional Knowledge in Music Teacher EducationPam Burnard is a contributor and one of the editors of a new book on professional knowledge and pedagogic practices in music education.  Professional Knowledge in Music Teacher Education  edited by Eva Georgii-Hemming, Pam Burnard  and Sven-Erik Holgersen, presents work by internationally renowned scholars  who explore  the current debates about  knowledge, practice, professionalism, and learning  and teaching in music.


Teaching secondary chemistryThe second edition of Teaching Secondary Chemistry edited by Keith Taber, which also contains a contribution by Elaine Wilson, aims to provide support for teachers at all stages of their careers, whether they are student teachers, NQTs or those with some years of experience. Each chapter covers a different section of the curriculum and for each of these there are suggestions about the teaching sequence, advice about students’ misconceptions, enhancement activities and suggestions for the use of ICT.

teacher self efficacyRecognising that the teaching profession is facing ever-increasing pressures from society and policy-makers, the Education International Research Institute commissioned a study which draws on research on teachers’ self-efficacy, teacher voice and leadership in education. The resulting publication by David Frost and John Bangs, Teacher Self-Efficacy, Voice and Leadership: Towards a Policy Framework for Education International reaffirms the role of teachers in bringing about positive educational change.


New books

Publishing Success for Faculty Members

Evidence of the wide-ranging and diverse interests of members of academic and research staff in the Faculty comes in the form of the following books, all of which are available in the Faculty Library.

Teacher Education and Pedagogy: Theory, Policy and PracticeMichael Evans has edited ‘Teacher Education and Pedagogy: Theory, Policy and Practicewhich contains contributions from eight other members of Faculty staff. The key themes of the book are research, theory, policy and practice in relation to teacher education, and as Michael says in his introduction, ‘the book as a whole aims to provide a broad theoretical and policy-related canvas against which a more fine-grained depiction of aspects of teacher education practice are analysed.’


MasterClass in Music Education: Transforming Teaching and LearningCentral to ‘MasterClass in Music Education: Transforming Teaching and Learning, one of whose editors is John Finney, is the idea of teachers engaging in research to enhance their music teaching. The contributors convey their enthusiasm for the research process and the ways in which it can help them to develop and extend their music classroom practice.


A Common Wealth of Learning; Millennium Development Goals RevisitedA number of past and present members of the Faculty have contributed to a work edited by Mike Younger and John MacBeath, ‘A Common Wealth of Learning; Millennium Development Goals Revisited’, which looks at the MDGs, using case studies of education in a wide range of Commonwealth countries. Many ideas for making progress towards the achievement of the Goals are discussed by the contributors, several of whom are members of the Centre for Commonwealth Education.


Old Enough to Know: Consulting Children about Sex and AIDS Education in AfricaAnother publication to come out of the Centre for Commonwealth Education is ‘Old Enough to Know: Consulting Children about Sex and AIDS Education in Africa’  by Colleen McLaughlin, Sharlene Swartz, Susan Kiragu, Shelina Walli and Mussa Mohamed. This book is based on research which was carried out in three sub-Saharan African countries and examines children’s sexual knowledge and its interaction with formal schooling.


A Life in Education and ArchitectureThe name Mary Beaumont Medd may not be familiar to everyone but as Cathy Burke makes clear in her book ‘A Life in Education and Architecture, Mary Medd was a pioneer in the design of school buildings. The book reveals the importance of the relationships between different architects, educators, artists and designers and how they influenced the architecture of new school buildings after World War 2.


Please don’t hesitate to contact the Library if you would like to borrow any of the above books. And remember that details of all new books by Faculty members can be found on our Pinterest board.


New books

New children’s books!

Some of our new children’s fiction books.

We’ve got some wonderful new children’s books in the Library and there’s something to suit everyone. There are amazing picturebooks like Farther by Graham Baker-Smith to fire the imagination,  and three books featuring Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinsosaurs which are hugely entertaining and funny. For fantasy and escapism have a look at the titles in the Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud and for supernatural thrills and romance we now have the incredibly popular Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. However, the personal favourite of the Library staff is a little book by Shaun Tan called Eric – it just has to be one of the most appealing books in the whole Library. Well, that’s what we think!


New books

Coming soon – Musical Creativities in Practice

We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Pam Burnard’s latest book Musical Creativities in Practice. There is a book launch in the Faculty tomorrow (13th April) and it will be available to borrow from the Library soon.

Musical Creativities in Practice is full of case studies and real-life examples from people working in music across the world, and explores the social and cultural contexts of musical creativity. Students and researchers in the fields of music education and music psychology will find this a fascinating read.

More information about Musical Creativities in Practice can be found here.

New books

New to the Library: Learning In and Out of School

The Routledge World Library of Educationalists series publishes compilations by international experts of what they consider to be their most significant writings. John MacBeath’s book, Learning In and Out of School is one of the most recent titles in this series and the different papers reflect the full range of educational issues which he has researched  and written about over the past 30 years. Some of his co-authors are also current members of the Faculty and include Peter Gronn, David Frost and  Sue Swaffield.

Check Library availability here.