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The Independent Publishers Guild We were honoured to receive the Nick Robinson Newcomer Award at the recent IPG Independent Publishing Awards 2014! Many thanks to the IPG and all our friends in the business who have supported us through our start-up phase.


Hello, we're Critical Publishing...


and we're here to help people in education and social work become the best students and professionals they can be.


We (Di and Julia) founded Critical Publishing in 2012 after taking redundancy from our previous jobs at the same publishing company. We met up in the cafe in the British Library and hatched a plan.  We believed we could produce books and learning materials for education and social work students and professionals that were fresher and better than what was already around. Vist our Blog.



Review: Evidencing CPD

"In the current climate, with close scrutiny focused on the social workers of the future, it is imperative that social work students and professionals find clear guides to enable them to put together the best possible portfolios... This book ‘Evidencing CPD; A Guide to Building Your Portfolio’ is an excellent starting point to do just that. It is a guide which anyone in social work would find very useful...."

Review in British Journal of Social Work 43(6).

Review: Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics 

"I wish this book was around when I was doing my teaching degree, to help make life a little easier and to help me navigate through such a vast field.....this is a very helpful read when it comes to thinking about the best ways to teach reading and writing. You will feel empowered"

Review by Martine Horvath, Early Years Educator, Sept 2013 of Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics & Early English by Jonathan Glazzard & Jane Stokoe

Review: Starting Social Work

"I feel this is an essential text for social work students to have when reading about NQSW status and I would certainly recommend that each social work student gets a copy while on their journey as a NQSW. It gives out the key messages some of the experiences and anxieties NQSW’s will face."

Greg Reardon, Student, University of Northampton.

Review: A-Z Guide to Working in FE

"This book is fantastic! I love the humour with which it has been written and the ease of access to information about so many topics. It will prove to be a great quick source of reference to many teachers."

Ann Gravells - FE Consultant

Review: Modern Mental Health

"This book draws on multiple perspectives to provide an urgently needed antidote to the sterile and ineffective ideology of biological psychiatry that has dominated our understanding of human distress, and our mental health services, for far too long."

Professor John Read,
Psychology Department, University of Auckland;

Modern Mental Health

Our Winner, Heidi Higgins

We are delighted to announce the winning entry in the inaugural

 CritIcal Writing Prize 2014

  for the best student essay demonstrating

a high level of critical thinking.

The winner is Heidi Higgins of the University of Greenwich for her piece entitled “A Reflective Evaluation of One Aspect of Effective Learning”. Nominated by her lecturer, Gemma Richardson, she receives Critical Publishing books to the value of £200.

Heidi (pictured left) was unusually tongue-tied when told she was our winner. She said: “Thanks for the fantastic news! I was really surprised to hear that I had won the competition.”

Gemma Richardson Senior Lecturer at Greenwich, Gemma Richardson (left) added: “The primary education department at the University of Greenwich is delighted that Heidi has won a prize for her critical writing. We are very proud of her hard work and believe that this reflects Heidi’s talents and commitment to primary teaching, as well as the quality of the taught provision offered here at Greenwich”.

The judge of the Critical Writing Prize 2014, Lesley-Jane Eales-Reynolds, Pro Vice Chancellor (Education) at Kingston University said of Heidi’s entry: “This is a really nice piece of writing. It was well structured, the author presenting conclusions and then offering evidence-based premises to support them. She also used this knowledge to interpret her own experiences in the classroom to construct a deeper understanding of what she had observed. She also gave justification for the sources of information that she used. Although reflection and critical thinking are not the same thing, the author demonstrated critical reflection and evidence of critical thinking throughout.”

Critical Publishing was very pleased with the number and quality of the entries. We are committed to helping people in education and social work become the best students and professionals they can be, in particular by fostering a critical approach to learning.

Inclusive Primary Teaching Inclusive Primary Teaching: A Critical Approach to Equality and Special Educational Needs

Janet Goepel, Helen Childerhouse, Sheila Sharpe (authors)

This is an invaluable and up to date text on inclusive practice for all primary trainees and teachers and for those working towards the National Award SEN Co-ordination.
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Janet Goepel Janet Goepel has been a teacher for many years and developed an interest in special educational needs through having children with additional needs in her class. She has taught children with profound and multiple learning difficulties who otherwise would have had to attend a special school. She has also taught children with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD as well as children who have social difficulties. Working with these childrenwas rewarding as well as challenging, taught her a great deal and changed her practice as a teacher. She now teaches Inclusion at Sheffield Hallam University and hopes to pass on her passion for inclusive practice to trainee teachers.
Understanding Substance Use Understanding Substance Use

Elaine Arnul (author),

The book will enable social work professionals to develop a critical understanding of substance use policy and theory, and will help them to apply this knowledge to their daily practice.
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Elaine Arnull‘s research has attracted international attention and exerted an influence on policy and practice. She is interested in finding innovative solutions to research, social policy and educational problems. Elaine was as a Probation Officer and has worked in the third and policy sectors. She is an experienced educator and has developed and taught social work, criminal justice, criminology, health and research methods programmes. She is the author of ‘Social Work in the Youth Justice System: a multidisciplinary perspective’ (2013) with Darrell Fox and numerous journal and research publications. Elaine has worked with substance users and their families, developed and campaigned on substance use policy and researched substance use across the spectrum of statutory, criminal justice and voluntary and not for profit sectors.