This book deals with the key professional issues faced by students on teacher training courses and practising primary teachers. The authors set out the nature of primary education in England and the professional demands made on primary school teachers by parents, the children themselves, government agencies, society and the profession. Written by Primary PGCE tutors, practising primary teachers, headteachers, and practitioners doing educational research, each chapter offers practical suggestions and in-depth discussion of essential topics including: } the school environment. } teachers' values and professional practice in primary schools. } primary School Teachers and the Law. } parents' rights and roles in primary education. } special educational needs in mainstream schools. } provision in primary schools for gifted and talented pupils. } education for a multi-cultural society. } spiritual and moral development, and Citizenship Education. This book is important reading for trainee primary teachers following any initial training route; for NQTs and for practising teachers.