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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: 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.

Developing as a Reflective Early Years Professional

I am thoroughly enjoying the new series from Critical Publishing. The latest one, Developing as a Reflective Early Years Professional, deals with the highly elusive and complicated concepts of reflective practice and reflection....."

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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

Teaching and Supporting Adult Learners

"This book is exceptionally accessible. It is organised, written and illustrated in ways that support the reader in understanding the cornerstones of effective teaching for adult learners.... Overall, this book is a timely, high quality contribution to the field. I will definitely be using it with and recommending it to the PGCHE and PGCFE students I work with."

Dr Deborah Robinson, University of Derby.

Critical Guides for Teacher Educators
Understanding and Supporting Behaviour Through Emotional Intelligence: A critical guide for secondary teachers Understanding and Supporting Behaviour Through Emotional Intelligence: A critical guide for secondary teachers

Victor Allen (author)

For all secondary trainees and teachers, this text examines how an understanding of emotional intelligence can improve classroom behaviour, promote stress-free teaching and so enhance learning in the secondary school.
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Victor Allen Victor Allen is a freelance educational consultant who focuses on behaviour and leadership issues, advising on improving all aspects of emotional intelligence with both students and staff. Previously, he had a successful career within the business sector developing teams and leaders, and was an advisor for youth authorities working with persistent young offenders. He is involved in training teachers at the University of Northampton, mentoring Newly Qualified Teachers in a variety of schools and runs European training events on leadership, emotional intelligence and special needs within mainstream schools. He is a regular contributor to tespro (TES) on behaviour issues and in his spare time works with a semi-professional football team helping with the emotional aspects of the game.
Social Media in Social Work Education Social Media in Social Work Education

Joanne Westwood (author)

An up-to-date guide to the effective use of social media in social work education.
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Joanne Westwood Joanne Westwood is a qualified social worker and senior lecturer. Her research focusses on child welfare policies and practice. Joanne teaches social work undergraduate and post graduate students and focusses on relational aspects of social work. Joanne believes developing and using genuine communication and interpersonal skills are key to effective social work practice.

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