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Zoe Paramour worked her way up from NQT to assistant headteacher in five years and is currently Head of English at a school in North London. She is also a freelance writer and has written for a number of national publications, including the Independent, the Huffington Post and the New Statesman. She is the founder of the award-winning blog The Girl on the Piccadilly Line and her first book, How to be an Outstanding Primary Middle Leader, was published by Bloomsbury Education in 2018.
Timothy Paramour was deputy headteacher of a primary school in North London until August 2016. In 2017, he wrote and performed a play about primary education that was staged in theatres in and around London, including the Lyric Hammersmith and the Oxford Playhouse. He is now Head of English and Drama at a school in East London. He blogs about education at www.timparamour.com and has written for a number of national publications, including the Independent and the TES. He tweets @timothyparamour.
Understanding and teaching primary grammar | As an English teacher, I am always on the lookout for a useful grammar book that I can dip in and out of, one where I can quickly check a query or confirm an idea. As the authors comment in the introduction, ‘Good grammar is often that which eliminates confusion or ambiguity’. It is so easy to think you know how something should be written and instinct often tells you where to put a comma, but it is not always easy to justify or explain. You have a feeling but cannot necessarily explain why something is what it is, which is not useful in the classroom. This book is very good at removing the myth, simplifying the rules, and clarifying things without patronising. The book is laid out very clearly, with a comprehensive glossary, useful references and a clear table explaining what grammar should be taught to what year group. Each area of grammar is clearly explained with appropriate exercises, examples, useful references, fun activities, and links to online support material. I put the glossary to the test to see if my theoretical questions could be answered and was rewarded with helpful answers on each occasion. It is a very user-friendly book and one I suspect I will regularly be dipping into. As teachers, you want reliable resources, easily available, which this certainly delivers. It is clear the book was written by teachers for teachers and is all the better for it.