Welcome to Learning Matters, now part of SAGE

SAGE acquires Learning Matters - Press Release

Learning Matters books are now available to buy or inspect through the SAGE website. This dedicated Learning Matters’ page replaces the Learning Matters’ website and has been developed to help you find your way around the SAGE website. 

You can find Learning Matters titles of interest to you by browsing using the left navigation side bar. Alternatively you can use the pink search box on this page to search for specific Learning Matters titles only.

If you are a lecturer wishing to inspect a book, click on how to request an inspection copy on the left navigation side bar. Councils, local authorities, practitioners and private training companies wishing to request sample copies for the consideration of bulk copy orders should contact specialsales@sagepub.co.uk.

All Learning Matters resources, including Education online subject audits, are now available. Simply click on the resources link on the side bar.

Happy browsing.


About Learning Matters

Founded in 1999, Learning Matters has rapidly become one of the UK’s leading independent higher education publishers, and joined SAGE in the summer of 2011.

We publish books and ebooks for professional and vocational courses studied at universities and colleges. Although our books are usually referred to as textbooks, we think of them as “learning books” – we work very hard to make sure each series and each title will help students learn the subject knowledge and skills appropriate to their course, as well as prepare for their subsequent professional career.

Our first titles were for students on teacher training courses and we now also publish in social work, nursing, policing, youth work, sport, counselling, public health, medicine and psychology.

Our approach to publishing is to understand the needs of our market, and to publish titles that clearly reflect those needs.

Our approach to business is to keep things simple, and always to aim to do things as well as we can.

Featured Titles

Critical Thinking and Professional Judgement in Social Work

Critical Thinking and Professional Judgement in Social Work

Third Edition

Lynne Rutter, Keith Brown

Critical thinking as a process can appear formal and academic, and far-removed from the everyday practitioner experience. This new edition of Critical Thinking for Social Work enables post-qualifying students to develop their analytical skills in line with their everyday experiences. By placing emphasis on professional judgement, communication and critical reflection, this book challenges the view that theory and critical awareness are the preserve of the classroom. Fully-updated to include guidance for social workers following the Munro Review.

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Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector - The New Award

Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector - The New Award

Fifth Edition

Ann Gravells

This popular and accessible guide to the NEW PTLLS Award is a comprehensive introduction to teaching in a variety of settings within the Lifelong Learning Sector, from colleges to work-based learning, offender learning and adult and community contexts. This fifth edition is written for the new Award, is structured around the teaching and learning cycle and includes full coverage of the core and optional units. Features examples and activities including ‘Extension Activities’ targeting level 4 learners. Based on the PTLLS assessment criteria and linked to the QTLS standards, this is a key text for the new Award.

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Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Education

Achieving your TAQA Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer Award

Ann Gravells

This focused and comprehensive text from Learning Matters is written specifically for TAQA trainee assessors and internal quality assurers. The content covers all six assessor and internal quality assurance units and all chapters are cross referenced to the standards. Easy-to-read and clearly structured, the text is accessible and includes activities and examples throughout to help trainees link theory with practice. TAQA trainees will find this text both an invaluable resource for their course and a useful handbook to take into practice.

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Mental Health Law in England and Wales

Mental Health Law in England and Wales

Second Edition

Robert Brown, Paul Barber and Debbie Martin

This revised second edition explains, and includes, the complete Mental Health Act 1983 as amended by the 2007 Act. It provides clear guidance on how mental health law operates in practice and describes how people can be admitted to psychiatric hospital or treated in the community. The 2007 Act provides the legal basis for informal admission, compulsory admission, as well as guardianship and the new Community Treatment Order, all of which are covered in the book. Above all, the book provides a clear and accessible guide for any Approved Mental Health Professional – from social workers to GPs and nurses.

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