A Beginner’s Guide to Mantle of the Expert


“This inspirational and informative book brings to life the Mantle approach to teaching with first hand examples from current teaching.The author explains it concisely and clearly, taking the reader through the stages of deepening the children’s interest and engagement and outlining the curriculum threads within. This book is a must have for every school and every teacher.”

“This is the book I wish I had had when I was starting out as a teacher. And even now, twenty-one years on, I know it’s one I’ll return to again and again. Tim doesn’t just tell us – in simple, clear and glorious detail – the what and how of Mantle of the Expert. But he delves beautifully and sensitively into the why. He shows us the importance of perspective in building children’s capacities for acting with grace, responsibility and thoughtfulness. He examines the careful balance between freedom and rigour that the pedagogy offers. He gives clear and engaging examples from his own practice and ultimately, he reminds us that to be a teacher is to be a guide into a future in which children are equipped with the power to build a better world.” – Debra Kidd

We are currently sold out, however, the book is back at the printers and will be available in early February 2018. If you would like to preorder a copy please email
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From the introduction
From Ch.5 – Creating imaginary contexts for learning
From Ch.8 – Questioning

Click here to access the Resources Pack

Paperback: 255 pages
Publisher: Singular Publishing
Graphic Design: Emily Benton
Photography: Steve Beaumont

Information for book shops and other buyers of multiple copies

Paperback: 255 pages
Publisher: Singular Publishing
Publication: July 15th 2016
Isbn-13: 978-0993557200
Isbn-10: 0993557201
Binding: Sewn bound
Copyright: Tim Taylor
Edition: 1st
Publisher name and address: Singular Publishing, 9 Rigby’s Court, Norwich, UK, NR2 1NT
Book Weight: 1kg
Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.1 x 24.5 cm

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Tim Taylor is a teacher. After five years working in schools in Egypt, Czechoslovakia, and Spain, he became a primary school teacher in 1995. He is currently a freelance teacher and teacher-trainer in Mantle of the Expert, and since 2006 has been a visiting lecturer at Newcastle University and for the Qattan Foundation in Palestine. A Beginner’s Guide to Mantle of the Expert is his first book.
Tim is the editor of and blogs at
You can follow him on Twitter at @imagineinquiry 


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