Why are Russian and Turkish troops and Hezbollah fighters in Syria? 

Why is Iran so interested in keeping its own and Hezbollah fighters in Syria?
Why is Israel stopping Hamas members entering Israel?

For answers to these and other topical questions, book a balanced talk by a Muslim expert together with a Jewish speaker, both with a deep understanding and knowledge of the current situation.

These talks are free.

Please email us at office@middleeastedu.co.uk to discuss available dates and your specific agenda.

See our website: www.middleeastedu.co.uk for details of possible topics, speakers, feedback, etc.

Dates are available this term and throughout the next academic year.

This whole new development must be making Beelzebub rather annoyed.

I can’t imagine there are many parents who still use the phrase about the devil finding work for idle hands, not least because the hands of the young are virtually never idle, being endlessly active on their phones.

And in a sense this is the heart of the problem.  When even TV (the curse of previous generations, at least according to earlier generations of parents) is considered passé, how does one encourage more reading of the classics from an era which was pre-TV?

But I believe we should, and indeed I still retain the belief that reading as a natural and normal enjoyable hobby will always be with us, not least because none of the previous dire warnings about the end of literature have come to pass.

Cinema, television, video machines, the internet, computer games: each has offered a new threat to an interest in reading by the young but as one entertainment is replaced by another, books and reading still remain.

Indeed I am told that the age of the average Facebook user is now rising so fast that by 2021 most users of the “platform” (as I have been trained to call it) will actually no longer be with us, and the service will be primarily used by mediums as a way of contacting those who have passed over.

The printed book, however, still going strong after six centuries, will remain.

And this is where Wordsworth Editions come in, as we have a wide range of books from as little as £1.88 each (with no delivery charge and no minimum order) covering authors from Wilkie Collins to Joseph Conrad, Conan Doyle to Mary Shelley.

Books ranging from those that are perfect introductions for teenagers who have forgotten about reading print, to the absolute classics of English literature.  If you want to see our selection of 50 essential texts please do click here.

We also have our offer of a free book just in case you have not come across Wordsworth Editions before.  (Or indeed just in case the notion of books from as little as £1.88 each with free delivery seems just too good to be true.)

So, to receive a free sample of one of our classics without any obligation please do email education@wordsworth-editions.com with your name and the school address, and we’ll put it in the post to you with our compliments.

What is the best way to support students on the autism spectrum with teen issues and relationships?

For many teenagers on the autism spectrum the world of feelings, emotions, relationships, and indeed the whole range of issues related to being a teenager, can be extremely difficult.

While many young people develop their ability to handle these topics and cope with such issues as sexuality, personal hygiene, body image, social drinking, fashion, self-confidence, and so on, for the student on the autism spectrum this can be difficult.

The same is true with everyday situations such as going to the pub, responding to suggestions that a friend is gay, speaking in public, having a tattoo, etc, etc.

As a result your SEN students can require a bit more support if they are to become able to form and maintain healthy relationships throughout adolescence and adulthood and deal with all the issues that can make the teenage years problematic.

Which is why we have devised the “Relationships” series and its companion “Teen Issues” series of resources.

These are comprehensive resources offering guidance to teenagers with a reading age of around seven. The approach is one of being sympathetic to the way that autistic teenagers and others with related special needs typically view the world.

Each series consists of:

  • Two copies of each of six story books which support the ASDAN Transition Challenge and Towards Independence Life Skills courses.
  • A CD-ROM providing electronic versions of the six books, making it ideal for interactive whiteboard presentations and for students who would also benefit from listening to the text. It is also possible to edit and save the text to make your own story, create differentiated texts, and personalise the text.
  • Supporting resources for teachers including page-by-page notes for all the stories and assessment resources (feedback sheets and student record sheets).
  • An extensive range of activity worksheets and interactive activities that encourage reading comprehension.

Each of the two series come in packs costing £139 plus VAT (save 10%). Individual elements from the two packs are also available separately. There is information on the contents of each pack through these links:

 Relationships Series          Teen Issues Series

Alternatively, please email info@senpress.co.uk or call me on 01582 833205.

Do your colleagues know you’re here?

One of the nice things about UK Education News is that there is no tracking going on – those of us running the service don’t know who you are, where you are, what you are reading etc.

What’s more, as you will have seen, the site is also totally and utterly free, and we intend to keep it that way.

But the fact you are reading this means that you are on UK Education News, and hopefully enjoying the service that we offer.  And so we’d like ask you a favour.

Could you send an email to one or two of your colleagues that says something like the example below.   (You might find it a bit cheesy so please do write something of your own; I’m sure you’ll do an infinitely better job that I can).

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To colleagues in the school:

I’m not sure if you read the free rolling news service UK Education News.  But I do, and find it quite interesting.   And the people who run the service have suggested that those of us who use the free service might pass a note on to one or two colleagues and friends to tell them about it.

It’s a site that carries education news headlines from the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph etc.  You can simply click on a headline and then read the full story.

The service is at www.ukeducationnews.co.uk

I think it is quite good, and it really is free, so I’ve agreed, just this once, to pass this message on.

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Now that may be far too horribly cheesy for you to pass on, but if you could rephrase it in any way you want, and pass it on that would be good.

And please do remember, there is no tracking going on.  We don’t know who goes on the site and we’re not asking for your email address nor that of your colleagues.

If you don’t want to pass this on, that’s OK too.  Although it is nice if you can.

Tony Attwood
Editor, UK Education News.

Clearing the confusion –  Pupils’ Emotional Well-being and Mental Health responsibilities

If you are completely clear about your school’s responsibilities for your pupils’ emotional well-being and mental health and the best ways of meeting them regarding:

  • Therapeutic as compared to educational support
  • The need to use practice based evidence
  • Ensuring that the therapeutic support of pupils is covered in your updated Data Protection policy

Congratulations – read no further!  If not:

Therapeutic as compared to educational support

There are the two different responsibilities for primary schools each requiring rather different sets of skills:

  1. Pupils with social, emotional, behaviour or diagnosable mental health issues that are impairing their learning capabilities and their future life prospects.  These make up on average 20% of all pupils in the UK.  They require individual therapeutic help.
  2. Teaching good mental health for all pupils as a part of the curriculum.

Unfortunately, some schools are using programmes that meet ii) to put a ‘tick in the box’ for i).  Even worse some others are using school staff with inadequate training by on-line or videos and with no clinical supervision to carry out therapeutic work on the basis that it’s a low cost option.  This can be dangerous for the children.  If there is a complaint against someone who is not on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) or registered with the HCPC for working with children the complaint will come directly to the school – with possible devastating consequence.  You wouldn’t send pupils to an unregistered doctor, dentist or nurse would you?

For more information about managing this risk contact Monika on: mokijep@majemail.com

The need to use practice based evidence

The Green Paper of Transforming Children’s Mental Health referred to the need for evidence based practice but didn’t specify what this should be.  The existing medical models of evidence bases are not suitable for psycho-social interventions.  There is a crisis of reproducibility.  However, the Integrated Holistic model, developed in the UK has an evidence base of over 59,000 measures collected over 12 years clearly showing the positive outcomes of between 74% and 84% that have been achieved year on year for a large variety of presenting conditions. As observed by teachers and parents.

For more information about practice based evidence or the Integrative Holistic model contact Jeff on: jefferyht@majemail.com

Ensuring that the therapeutic support of pupils is covered in your updated Data Protection policy

In updating your school’s Data Protection policy to meet the requirements of GDPR have you included therapeutic data, who processes it, how consent is managed and whom it can be shared with?  Do you have efficient systems in place to deal with requests from data subjects or their proxies and for notification of breaches of confidentiality or loss of data?

If not, we have a check list and model Data Protection policy available at no cost.  Contact Jeff: jefferyht@majemail.com

Hope that this has been helpful.

Kind regards

Monika Jephcott – Chief Executive Play Therapy UK
www.playtherapy.org.uk

Jeff Thomas – Registrar Play Therapy UK
www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

Free worksheet series from Brilliant Publications 

 “Can you see the wind?”

On a windy day go outside with the children and watch streamers blowing. Ask the children whether they can see and feel the effects of the wind on their faces and clothes. Watch the trees and plants move in the wind. 

This is just one of the activities that can be found in the series of worksheets that we are giving away, free of charge, from the popular volume “Science and Technology for the Early Years (2nd Edition)”. Other activities include:

  • Creating a tiny garden from the worksheet Look down
  • Creating an outdoor themed mobile and drawing or painting a picture of the sky from the worksheet Look up
  • Catching the wind in a plastic bag from the worksheet Can you see the wind?
  • Making a travel agency in the role-play area and making and writing postcards from the worksheet Where do you go for a holiday?
  • And much much more!

To request the free worksheet series, simply visit:
www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/pages/render_page/105  

Science and Technology for the Early Years (Edition 2) contains 120 science and technology activities for use in the Foundation stage, along with ideas for designing resource areas to stimulate purposeful play. The activities are clearly laid-out with the Purpose, Resources and Safety points given, as well as ‘Challenges’, which can be used to… read more.

Assessment is an integral part of the book and the activities are linked to the seven areas of learning and development and the Early Learning Goals of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (September 2012), as well as… read more. 

You can order the Science and Technology for the Early Years (Edition 2) on our website for £18.50 as a printed book, £12.99 as an e-book or both for a discounted price of £22.40.

Alternatively, you can place an order:

  • over the phone on 01449 766629
  • by email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk
  • by fax on 01449 767122
  • or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

What is the biggest obstacle to concentration in the classroom? 

The prime answer to that question is simple: it is a rise in temperature.

Of course, some classrooms have a problem with being too cold, but normally that can be adjusted.  However when we have the issue of rooms getting too hot, there can be a greater problem – especially if the windows won’t open, or when the outside is just as hot as the room.

Worse, in such situations, you will probably have 30 or so bodies producing heat in the room, and indeed by the time everyone’s sweltering, it is increasingly difficult to deal with it.

But there is a quick, easy and inexpensive answer – and it is not just a solution to rising heat during the summer, it is also one that effectively deals with blinding sunlight. Plus also it even acts as insulation, keeping rooms warm in winter months.

This answer involves using Maxam High Reflective Solar Film.

This film, which is very simply applied over the glass, allows a degree of natural sunlight into the room whilst greatly reducing the heat and glare.  It also protects against interior furnishings fading from UV rays.

And there is one further advantage; it makes it much, much harder for anyone to look in from the outside, giving privacy and deterring theft.

Since 1990 Maxam High Reflective Solar Film has been successfully fitted by Site Managers in thousands on schools across the UK. If you too would like to find out more how your premises could also benefit, please click here.

Alternatively if you’d just like to ask a question, receive a sample and information in the post or get a quote, please email me: john.edwards@maxam.co.uk or call 0800 0922 923

Fred Theatre HQ is audition central over the coming weeks

Here at Fred Theatre’s office in Stratford-upon-Avon we’ve reached the latest milestone on the road to preparing for our 2018-19 schools’ tours: casting!

We have four great productions setting out from autumn: A Christmas Carol, Jekyll and Hyde, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet. Over the next few weeks we’ll be auditioning a whole host of actors as we search for the perfect team of six to take on a variety of roles across all four shows.

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In order to keep you up-to-date on each production’s progress, we’re launching a newsletter that we’ll be mailing out to schools from late summer. Written for students, teachers and even parents, FRED’S NEWS will be full of accessible insights into the production process and the plays themselves.

All schools making a booking will receive the newsletter by email, in PDF format, and are encouraged to distribute it to students by email or by photocopying.

If you’ve not booked yet but would like to receive examples of the newsletter, email us and we’ll add you to the distribution list (details below).

WHY BOOK WITH FRED THEATRE?

Very many schools across the country are recognising the benefits a live performance can bring to their students. Fred Theatre is committed to helping these schools by providing top quality, competitively priced, in-school performances of GCSE texts.

Here’s what’s coming up and when:

Back for a second run, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is available for in-school performances from 8 October to 14 December 2018. 

Our highly popular production of MACBETH, Shakespeare’s classic tale of ambition, will be touring for the third time next year and is available for in-school performances from 21 January to 15 March 2019.   

Our new adaptation of JEKYLL AND HYDE is available for in-school performances from 22 October 2018 to 15 March 2019.

And, ROMEO AND JULIET is available, due to demand, for in-school performances from 18 February through to Easter.

All our in-school shows are 90 minute adaptations, fresh and exciting re-tellings of the familiar and much-loved stories. Each features a cast of six professional actors. We concentrate on the text and producing a faithful representation of the original—just a little shorter!

All we need to perform at your school is a space approximately 5m x 5m with room (of course) for the audience.

So, why not give your students the advantage of a live performance and reserve with Fred Theatre today?

To find out more, simply e-mail Helen in our office, helen@fred-theatre.co.uk, or call us on 01789 777612. We’ll collect a few details from you and respond with potential dates and a quote. And, that’s the same address to sign-up for the newsletter.

Robert Ball
Artistic Director
fred-theatre.co.uk

PS: We also offer workshops related to the themes of the text and our productions. Helen has more information on these too.

Do your colleagues know you’re here?

One of the nice things about UK Education News is that there is no tracking going on – those of us running the service don’t know who you are, where you are, what you are reading etc.

What’s more, as you will have seen, the site is also totally and utterly free, and we intend to keep it that way.

But the fact you are reading this means that you are on UK Education News, and hopefully enjoying the service that we offer.  And so we’d like ask you a favour.

Could you send an email to one or two of your colleagues that says something like the example below.   (You might find it a bit cheesy so please do write something of your own; I’m sure you’ll do an infinitely better job that I can).

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To colleagues in the school:

I’m not sure if you read the free rolling news service UK Education News.  But I do, and find it quite interesting.   And the people who run the service have suggested that those of us who use the free service might pass a note on to one or two colleagues and friends to tell them about it.

It’s a site that carries education news headlines from the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph etc.  You can simply click on a headline and then read the full story.

The service is at www.ukeducationnews.co.uk

I think it is quite good, and it really is free, so I’ve agreed, just this once, to pass this message on.

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Now that may be far too horribly cheesy for you to pass on, but if you could rephrase it in any way you want, and pass it on that would be good.

And please do remember, there is no tracking going on.  We don’t know who goes on the site and we’re not asking for your email address nor that of your colleagues.

If you don’t want to pass this on, that’s OK too.  Although it is nice if you can.

Tony Attwood
Editor, UK Education News.

Why quizzes are one of the most efficient ways of embodying learning,

… and how you can avoid having to write them

From childhood onwards the majority of people appear to enjoy quizzes – as long as they don’t come with the fear of being made to look foolish if one gets an answer wrong.

Which is rather handy since taking quizzes is a really good way of both gaining more knowledge and ensuring that knowledge already gained is not forgotten.

That in turn just leaves the problem of setting and marking the quizzes – which is exactly why Education Quizzes exists. To help children learn more facts and make them ever easier to recall when needed.

For the past two years we have worked with teachers across the UK to create over 3000 different tests in 18 different subject areas – and these are available free of charge for a limited period.

Each test is available online, so they are always simple to administer. Better still the children can see their mark at once, and see which questions they have answered wrongly.

You can have access to all our tests totally free of charge for one month, using the tests as often as you wish. And to make it really simple there is one login across the school for all the tests, so there are no complicated passwords to remember.

To find out more and have access to all our tests free of charge, please visit our website. You’ll be logged in and able to explore the tests within a couple of minutes.

If you have any questions please do email admin@educationquizzes.com or call 01406 371 799.

From the moment it cracks or breaks, what is the fastest and most cost effective way you can fix a window?

There are several things you probably want to do when a school window is broken, of which probably the most important is to quickly and safely fill the space where the glass used to be.

But there can be problems.  A question of finding the time and tools and having a temporary covering that doesn’t damage window frames. Something that doesn’t involve drilling, sawing or hammering, but which is fixed silently thus avoiding disruption to classes.

A replacement that doesn’t advertise the fact that a window has been broken.

If this solution also works brilliantly in PVC frames, keeps out the wind and rain, lets natural daylight in and can be put in place within a couple of minutes with no specialist skills, then better again.  In fact ideal.

However you might still have a question, such as “is it strong enough to protect the room until such time as the replacement glass can be installed?”  And here again the answer is a resounding yes.

For this material has 1/3 the tensile strength of steel with the highest BS security rating.

In fact it is so good and so quick to install, that many schools now use it to protect windows that are suffering from cracks and minor holes but really don’t need the expense of a completely new pane of glass, thereby preserving valuable resources.

It may sound to you as if some of these claims are almost too good to be true, but the fact is that Maxam175 Glass Repair Film is used to repair around half a million broken windows every year in towns and cities all across the UK, in buildings just like yours!

We invite you to see what it looks like in action, find out how others like you rate it, and read more about how quick it is to install without any tools or technical knowledge by clicking here.

And if you’d like a sample and brochure in the post or you have a specific question please email me on john.edwards@maxam.co.uk or call 0800 0922 923. I’d be delighted to help you further.

Make sure your school is at the front of the queue before the next term starts

The government is taking a number of steps to transform children’s mental health.  The details are planned to be finalised over the next few months.  When they are, there is expected to be a rush to train or recruit play therapy practitioners that meet the new requirements by being on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

You can take advantage, at very little cost, of the APAC/Leeds Beckett University placement scheme for trainees, which meets the requirements of the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists.  As the largest play therapy training organisation in the world we are currently training over 600 therapists.  During the Autumn term we expect to have 200 new trainees looking for a placement.

The scheme will provide 100 hours of therapy for your pupils at no cost for one year.  They will provide a complete service including briefing your teaching staff, assessments, parent interviews and communications as well regular activity and outcome reports meeting all professional and data protection requirements.

The only ‘costs’ to your school are the provision of a suitable room with equipment and materials (about £300) and a few hours of staff time for referral and review meetings

We have thirteen training venues throughout the UK so whilst we cannot guarantee that a placement will be available in your area, there’s a very good chance, especially if you apply now.

Of course, you can guarantee a trainee by funding a member of your staff.

Please contact me at mokijep@majemail.com for more information on placement and training opportunities.

Kind regards

Monika Jephcott – Chief Executive APAC and Play Therapy UK

www.playtherapy.org.uk

www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

What is the most effective way of showing students that science has a dramatic and exciting role to play in the everyday world.

Imagine a group of your students searching a vehicle found at a crime scene.  Given such a chance most students instantly become immersed in this new world, excited and engaged in the scenario evolving around them.

And the moment they find human remains that later need identifying using DNA tests, there is no tearing them away from their activity.

As such, placing students inside the sort of police drama they most likely see on TV,  is an approach which can change a student’s entire attitude towards what science is. And it can do this within a day.

Suddenly the students see science as interesting, relevant to the real world, and exactly the sort of thing they want to be involved in.   Students who haven’t spoken to their parents about school work in years are suddenly can’t wait to reveal what they have been doing.

This is what the “Thinkers in Education” workshops achieve, delivering a wide range of experiences that identify the strengths of each participant while developing an enthusiasm for science and a skill set that will be advantageous in education and the workplace.

Within the workshops there is a strong focus on higher order thinking, team building and communication within science – all assessed and given as immediate feedback to the students and performance reports for the school.

It is a proven formula that can change attitudes and improve performance levels in one day. Moreover, the reports generated can help support your assessment and provide additional evidence for Ofsted Inspections.

Spectacular Saturdays and Holiday Workshops are two of the easiest ways to introduce the students to science beyond the classroom. They offer you a chance to host leading STEM workshops at very little cost to the school, without affecting the timetable or adding to your workloads.  Plus, they have been recommended by every school that has taken part since 2001.

You simply choose the date(s) and provide the venue.  We send you the literature to distribute to parents so they can book a place.  If, after 21 days, you have 25 or more pupils enrolled, we will confirm the event and run the workshop on the date of your choice. If not, there is no commitment and we release the date.

Parents pay for their son or daughter to attend, as they would for a school trip, or the school can choose to subsidise the cost and use Pupil Premium funding if appropriate.  Parents can book and pay online, so there is no extra work for the school.

To find out about the Holiday Schools click here. Or to request an information pack you can email:  info@thinkersineducation.co.uk

Of course, workshops are also available during term time – enabling you to run highly effective transition days, activity weeks and challenge days to fit within the year plan.

If you would like to discuss options with an advisor, please call 01603 520866.

Help your SEN students to make sense of money with the Making Sense of Money Set

It is pleasantly surprising when a new topic is added into the curriculum with very few teething problems, such as the introduction of financial literacy to the maths and citizenship curriculum in 2014.

However, there does seem to be a lack of resources that explore and explain finances in a way that students with SEN can easily understand.

Which is why SEN Press has devised the Making Sense of Money Series which contains a wealth of resources about dealing with money in everyday situations, including:

  • Six story books which support the ASDAN CoPE Award. Titles include, “Money In, Money Out”, “Everyday Money”, “What’s it Worth?”, “Cash and Cakes”, “Keeping Money Safe” and “Making Ends Meet”.
  • A CD-ROM providing electronic versions of the above titles, making it ideal for interactive whiteboard presentations and for students who would also benefit from listening to the text.

    It is also possible to edit and save the text to make your own story, create differentiated texts, and personalise the text with your students’ names to enhance engagement.
  • An extensive range of activity worksheets and interactive activities that encourage reading comprehension. Activities include, Words and Pictures, Picture Search, Keyword Flashcards, Wordsearch, Spot the Difference, How Well Did You Read?, Missing Words, Quizzes, and Drag and Drop.
  • Supporting resources for teachers including page-by-page notes for all the stories and assessment resources (feedback sheets and student record sheets).

The complete set of resources containing two copies of each of the six readers, the complete teacher book, and the CD Rom is available for £139 plus VAT (save 10%).

You can see more details and sample pages from the readers, and details for ordering individual items as well as the full pack on our “Making Sense of Money” web page.

If you have any questions or need more information, please email info@senpress.co.uk or call 01582 833205.  We’ll be delighted to hear from you.

As Orwell suggests in “1984”, for the sake of their future survival, teenagers need a broader vocabulary

If George Orwell were alive today would he still make 1984 a book about the way people are controlled through the language they experience?

It is an interesting question, I think, especially when one remembers the way in which Newspeak was created as a language of restricted grammar and limited vocabulary, designed to limit freedom of thought and personal identity.

Now of course there isn’t such a centralised plan in the UK today, but it can be argued that students who don’t get to experience classic literature are being restricted to a lower level of self-expression which does nothing to enhance their chances when they leave school.

Indeed the issue is now that a significant number of children leaving primary school do so with a noticeable “Word-Gap” which can affect self-esteem and behaviour as well as their life-chances beyond school.

And it appears that the most effective way to reduce the word-gap is by giving pupils and students the experience of reading a wide variety of quality texts.

This is where Wordsworth Editions comes in, as we have a wide range of books from as little as £1.88 each (with no delivery charge and no minimum order) covering authors from Wilkie Collins to Joseph Conrad, Conan Doyle to Mary Shelley.

If you want to see our selection of 50 essential texts please do click here.

We also have our offer of a free book just in case you have not come across Wordsworth Editions before.  (Or indeed just in case the notion of books from as little as £1.88 each with free delivery seems just too good to be true.)

So, to receive a free sample of one of our classics without any obligation please do email education@wordsworth-editions.com with your name and the school address, and we’ll put it in the post to you with our compliments.

We look forward to hearing from you.

What is the best reaction you can have to the daily assembly?

Imagine a child going home after school and volunteering to his/her parents the story of what happened during the day (rather than waiting to be asked, and then offering the shortest of answers).

And imagine further that what the child chooses to talk about is the school assembly, with parents also bringing up the subject when they attend a parents evening, talking to you about how certain assemblies have really made an impact on their child.

Of course, you may well find this happens from time to time, with the parents spontaneously mentioning assemblies, but even if so you will know that there is a constant pressure to find more and more assemblies that grab attention and give children insights into the moral, personal, and social world in which they live.

It was to provide such assemblies that my colleagues and I began to contemplate what made certain assemblies have a really strong influence on the children we teach.

We knew of course that we needed to create assemblies that were original, and which also met the social and emotional needs of the children who attend them and offered a focus on the values that the school wishes to present to the children.

As a result we have produced a set of over 350 assemblies with each one categorised and indexed, each of which is instantly available and fully scripted.

You can read a full example of one of our assemblies by following this link. Additionally you can see the complete list of the categories and from there you can go into each category and see the details of all the assemblies on offer.

All the details are available at http://www.assemblybox.co.uk where you can also order online. The complete set of all of our assemblies costs £149 (+ VAT). If you have any questions please email enquiries@assemblybox.co.uk

Two of the best dual power scientific calculators for KS 3, 4 and GCSE maths and Scottish exams ……   

The Casio FX 85GT+ and the Logik LK 83XP are excellent choices for your

GCSE maths students.  They  benefit from battery power with solar power back-up  to provide extra reassurance for your students. Both calcs have a “natural display” function which enables students to enter expressions and data as shown in textbooks.  As you might expect,  the build quality of these calcs is excellent and both benefit from a THREE year warranty to provide peace of mind for teachers and students alike.   (excludes damage to the LCD).

The Logik  LK 83XP has similar features to the Casio FX 85GT+  but without the “verify” and “recurring decimal” functions. Both calcs  feature  prime factorisation, random numbers, algebraic logic, multi-line replay, standard deviation, log / anti-log, hyperbolics etc and have a three year warranty and are available at short notice from Signpost Educational Ltd.,

The  Logik LK 83XP  is available from £ 5.25 each  ex vat while the Casio FX 85GT+  starts at £ 7.75 each ex vat. 

In addition,  with orders for 100 or more of the LK 83XP   you have the option of obtaining the popular  “Value Maths set”   for  just 95p  (ex vat)

Normal  price  £ 1.25 (ex vat)

For more information & prices plus other products please visit:

    www.signposteducational.co.uk    

 or email to: info@signposteducational.co.uk    or phone: 020 7515 1797

Signpost Educational Ltd  PO Box 999  London E14 6SH 

PS.  orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

 

Classroom chairs with a TWENTY  year warranty can save your school or college hundreds of pounds  AND eliminate time wasted in trying to repair damaged chairs. 

Improvements in  design and manufacture  have  meant that the quality and durability of student chairs have improved significantly. The result is that it’s now possible to obtain classroom  chairs with a TWENTY  year warranty.

That’s up to TWENTY years with NO replacement costs and NO repair bills…which,  in a large school or college can save  hundreds of pounds.

Designed not only to be comfortable, durable and virtually vandal proof but also to encourage good posture, the “Postura Plus” chair is available in sixteen attractive colours and six sizes,  making it ideal for use across different departments and in both primary and secondary sectors.

For a limited period  it’s possible to order Postura Plus chairs at 2017 prices ……. a saving of at least 45p per chair on what are already very competitive prices.  So, if you have been considering adding to your stock of Postura Plus chairs or perhaps introducing them for the first time here is an opportunity to do so and save money at the same time.

For more information about these chairs please visit the website  

www.centraleducational.co.uk/index.php/product/postura-plus/ 

 If you’d like to discuss their suitability for your organisation or to chat about a possible order please call 020 7515 1797 and ask to speak to Martin Evans who will be pleased to help.

Central Educational Supplies Ltd can also be contacted by email on info@centraleducational.co.uk or fax:  020 7515 4420

Central Educational Supplies Ltd.,  PO Box 999  London, E14 6SH

Specialist support for your ambitious and highly able students that helps everyone engage in learning 

How many providers do you know that offer genuinely effective skill development programmes for ambitious and/or most able students?  More importantly, how many would you recommend?

Finding an external scheme that actually makes the impact you want and offers good value for money can be surprisingly difficult.

Perhaps the secret is to learn from others and look at workshops hosted year after year by schools in your region or by some of the top performing schools in the UK.

Thinkers in Education deliver a range of these – enriching the curriculum, identifying the strengths of each participant and developing a skill set that will be advantageous in education and the workplace. There is a strong focus on higher order thinking, team building and communication – all assessed and given as immediate feedback to the students and performance reports for the school.

It is a proven formula that can positively change attitudes to learning and improve performance levels.  Moreover, the reports generated can help support your assessment and provide additional evidence for Ofsted Inspections.

But, one of the biggest benefits is that a single day workshop can inspire your staff to trial new techniques and strategies in their own lessons – with all pupils.

Workshops are available during term time – enabling schools to run highly effective transition days, activity weeks and challenge days – or at weekends and during holidays.

In fact, weekend and holiday workshops are actually two of the easiest ways to introduce the range. They offer the school a chance to host leading STEM workshops at very little cost to the school, without affecting the timetable or adding to teacher workloads.  Plus, they have been recommended by every host school since 2001.

To try this approach, you simply choose the date(s) you can host the workshop and provide the venue.  We send you the literature to distribute to parents so they can book a place.

If, after 21 days, you have 25 or more pupils enrolled, we will confirm the event and run the workshop on the date of your choice.   If not, there is no commitment and we release the date.

Parents pay for their child to attend, as they would for a school trip, or the school can choose to subsidise the cost and use Pupil Premium funding if appropriate.  Parents can book and pay online, so there is no extra work for the school.

To request an information pack you can email:  info@thinkersineducation.co.uk

Alternatively, to view details of the Spectacular Saturday Workshops click here and to find out about the Holiday Schools click here.  You can request a brochure online.

If you would like to discuss options with an advisor, please call 01603 520866.

Summer Schools 2018 – Last Places Available

The Debate Chamber Summer Schools offer students age 11-18 the opportunity to find out more about some fascinating subjects, prepare for university applications, meet like-minded peers and get to grips with some tough intellectual challenges.

The material will be challenging (for the older age-group, about the level of difficulty one might expect in the first year at university), but the atmosphere will be relaxed, with plenty of discussion, debate, and opportunities for students to shape the direction of classes. It is an environment conducive to getting to grips with new ideas.

Working in small groups (usually around 14 students per group) over several days offers participants a real chance to get to know tutors and fellow students and to explore the topics or questions that particularly interest them.

Highlights of Summer 2018:

The International Relations Summer School will introduce the central theories involved in the academic study of IR – realism, liberalism, constructivism and Marxism – and will then look at a range of detailed case studies in order to apply, test and explore these theories. Topics covered will include military intervention, international law, development aid, feminism and foreign policy, regional sessions looking at China and the Middle East, and the European response to the migration crisis.

The Law Summer School, in three distinct five-day Parts to allow time for more cases, more analysis and more debate on some of the most intriguing legal questions. Students can choose to focus on Criminal & Family Law, Civil Law or International and Human Rights Law. Each course builds towards a Mock Trial in which students play the role of barristers, build their case from the evidence, question witnesses and make speeches to the jury.

The English Literature Summer School, also in three 5-day blocks to allow time for a more in-depth look at various literary critical perspectives from feminism to psychoanalysis. Students can come to Part 1 for literature up to 1790, including Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton, to Part 2 for literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, or to the particularly exciting Part 3 which covers contemporary poetry, prose and drama.

The Philosophy and Critical & Cultural Theory Summer Schools will look at some of the biggest questions in metaphysics, ethics and political theory, giving an opportunity to engage with the work of some fascinating thinkers, and also to develop students’ own skills of reasoning and argumentation.

For students interested in the Social Sciences or Humanities, we also have Summer Schools in Economics, Politics and History, while Arts enthusiasts should take a look at the Classical Civilisations Summer School.

For aspiring scientists and mathematicians we also have the Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics and Medicine Summer Schools.

Practical Details:

All the Summer School events will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London, and will take place in July and August 2018. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

You can find full details of schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors at https://debatechamber.com/summerschools/

To book a place on any course please visit our website, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email info@debatechamber.com. Remaining places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Scroll down to request your FREE pdf download of Who is keeping us safe in Britain? from the popular resource, ‘Talking about Terrorism’

If your pupils could bring in one new law, what would it be? This is just one of  several activities that can be found, not only in Talking about Terrorism: Responding to pupils’ questions, but also in the free sample pages which you can request at the link below.

Talking about Terrorism: Responding to pupils’ questions will give you guidance for the best way to respond to children’s questions about terrorism, such as, “What do terrorists want?”, “How can we stop someone becoming a terrorist?”, “Who is keeping us safe in Britain?”, “Why are terrorists so angry and full of hate?” and “When will terrorism end?”.

The book enables teachers to provide pupils with a greater understanding of terrorism by using clear, easy-to-understand language – providing simple, objective explanations and reassurance – while being careful not to raise unrealistic expectations.

In addition activities such as discussions and debates, role-play, poetry and artwork help to develop children’s understanding of this complicated subject.

For more information and to see what people have said about this resource, visit https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/talking-about-terrorism-740.

>> Click here to request your FREE sample pages from Talking about Terrorism<< 

You can order Talking about Terrorism on our website for £19.99 as a printed book, £13.99 as an e-book, or both for a discounted price of £24.19.

Alternatively, you can place an order:

  • over the phone on 01449 766629
  • by email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk
  • by fax on 01449 767122
  • or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND

What is the most practical and easy way to achieve the driving force of school improvement?

School improvement methods come in many different shapes and sizes. However virtually all of them have one thing at their heart: an agreement between colleagues about what the school wants to achieve, and how it will achieve it.

Getting this agreement can be harder than it sounds though as it can be difficult to get over the first hurdle of getting everyone working together.

While school improvement is about sustainably raising standards, to be truly effective it has to be about much more than that. The process has to be something that everyone in the school will buy into.

When achieved, the benefits can be enormous: from higher test and exam pass rates through to reduced stress levels, higher morale and lower levels of absence among colleagues.

It is easier to get agreement of the improvement aims and the methods of achieving them when everyone understands not just what changes are being made in the school but why.

The fact is that teachers who feel genuinely empowered, supported, recognised, and valued will work to create a school to be proud of.

In schools where senior leaders drive improvement from deep insights into how the staff feel about their work, actions are focused and results achieved quickly.

If you have a few minutes and would like to know more about how this is possible please take a look at http://info.teamsatchel.com/satchel-pulse-info

What’s the best way of solving the problem of students who turn up for lessons or exams without a pen, pencil, ruler.. ? 

It’s not easy to ensure that every student comes to school or college properly equipped for  lessons or exams.

But  NOW  there’s a simple, effective and low cost way of solving the problem The “STUDENT ESSENTIALS” set 

Consisting of, three quality black ink pens, two full length HB pencils, a 15 cm ruler, metal sharpener, eraser, all contained in  a clear “exam friendly” PVC wallet with a zip slider.

From just 85p each, ex vat it’s a simple and effective way of improving productivity and helping students succeed in their  lessons and exams.

More details at: www.signposteducational.co.uk/student-packs/

or you can contact them on: Tel:  020 7515 1797    Fax: 020 7515 4420   email: info@signposteducational.co.uk

Orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

Signpost Educational Ltd   PO Box 999   London  E14 6SH

Pupils’ Mental Health – TWO issues – which is most important?

The consultation on the Green Paper Transforming Children’s and Young Persons’ Mental Health has raised a bit of a furore. Over 2000 responses have been made.  Will the government listen?  We’ve picked out two of the most important points.

It’s important to distinguish the two different responsibilities for primary schools that require rather different sets of skills:

i) Pupils with social, emotional, behaviour or diagnosable mental health issues that are impairing their learning capabilities and their future life prospects. These make up on average 20% of all pupils in the UK.  They require individual clinical help.

ii) Teaching good mental health for all pupils as a part of the curriculum.

Unfortunately, some schools are using programmes that meet ii) to put a ‘tick in the box’ for i).  Even worse some others are using school staff with inadequate training by on-line or videos and with no clinical supervision to carry out therapeutic work on the basis that it’s a cheap option.  This can be dangerous for the children.  If there is a complaint against someone who is not on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for working with children the complaint will come directly to the school – with possible devastating consequence.  You wouldn’t send pupils to an unregistered doctor, dentist or nurse would you?

The Green Paper completely missed the need for regulation.  We hope that it will now be made a condition that only therapists on a PSA accredited register or with Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) will be employed or contracted in schools.  Over 1500 schools in the UK have school staff trained to the required standards, most haven’t – www.playtherapy.org.uk and www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

The Green Paper referred to the need for evidence based practice but didn’t specify what this should be.  The existing medical models of evidence base are not suitable for psycho-social interventions.  There is a crisis of reproducibility.  However, Play Therapy UK has an evidence base of over 59,000 measures collected over 12 years clearly showing the positive outcomes of between 74% and 84% that have been achieved year on year for a large variety of presenting conditions. As observed by teachers and parents.

So, although it might appear that responsibility i) is harder to fulfil, it needn’t be with PTUK’s help and we don’t need to hold our breath on the forthcoming White Paper.

Contact Monika at mokijep@majemail.com for more information on placement and training opportunities.

What is the most effective way of overcoming the Word Gap that many students now appear to have?

Recent research by OUP has established that increasing numbers of young people have what the publisher is calling a “Word Gap”.  This occurs when children don’t read for pleasure and don’t have much chance to expand their vocabulary.

Initially this was thought to be a primary school problem with just under half of the children in primary school suffering from a noticeable Word Gap.

However further research has shown that by Year 7 that gap still remains for 43% of those in school.

Reading is obviously fundamental to education, but it also affects self-esteem and behaviour, according to the OUP report, as well of course as life chances after school.

In the research 60% of secondary teachers reported that they were working with students with limited vocabulary, and 80% agreed that this affected the student’s self-esteem.

According to OUP one of the main ways in which some schools are overcoming the Word Gap problem is by giving pupils and students access to a wide range of quality texts.

This is where Wordsworth Editions come in, as we have a wide range of books from as little as £1.88 each (with no delivery charge and no minimum order) covering authors from HG Wells to Dickens, from Jane Austen to the Brontës.

If you want to see the full list of over 400 titles currently in print along with a ready to use order form, should you need it, then we have a page with those details.

We also have our offer of a free book just in case you have not come across Wordsworth Editions before.  (Or indeed just in case the notion of books at £1.88 each with free delivery seems just too good to be true.)

So, to receive a free sample of one of our classics without any obligation please do email education@wordsworth-editions.com with your name and the school address, and we’ll put it in the post to you with our compliments.

Two of the best dual power scientific calculators for KS 3, 4 and  GCSE maths  plus scottish maths lessons and exams …… 

The Casio FX 85GT+ and the Logik LK 83XP are excellent choices for your GCSE maths students.  They both benefit from battery power with solar power back-up  to provide extra reassurance for your students. Both calcs have a “natural display” function which enables students to enter expressions and data as shown in textbooks.  As you would expect the build quality of both calcs is excellent and both calcs benefit from a THREE year warranty. (excludes damage to the LCD).

The Logik  LK 83XP has similar features to the Casio FX 85GT+  but without the “verify” and “recurring decimal” functions. Both calcs  feature  prime factorisation, random numbers, algebraic logic, multi-line replay, standard deviation, log / anti-log, hyperbolics etc and have a three year warranty and are available at short notice from Signpost Educational Ltd., The  Logik LK 83XP  is available from £ 5.29 each  ex vat while the  Casio FX 85GT+  starts from £ 7.45 each ex vat. 

In addition,  with orders for 100 or more of the LK 83XP   you have the option of obtaining the popular  “Value Maths set”   for  just 95p  (ex vat)

Normal  price  £ 1.25 (ex vat)

For more details & prices please see: www.signposteducational.co.uk  or email to: info@signposteducational.co.uk    or phone: 020 7515 1797

Signpost Educational Ltd  PO Box 999  London E14 6SH 

PS. orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

FREE WORKSHEETS FROM   OPEN-ENDED MATHS INVESTIGATIONS

Naturally the mathematics programmes of study puts a great deal of emphasis on number and functions; yet there is much less emphasis on problem-solving, and consequently teaching resources have been written to reflect this.

However, the ability to problem-solve is fundamental to maths attainment, and a lack of it can grind pupils’ progress to a halt, despite their comprehension of number and functions. Which is why we have made six worksheets from the Open-ended Maths Investigations Series available to you, free of charge.

Click here to request your FREE copies of the worksheets from Open-ended Maths Investigations

The activities in the Open-ended Maths Investigations Series encourage pupils to apply higher order mathematical strategies, creatively and effectively. The investigations become increasingly complex as you progress through the series, enabling pupils to develop proficiency in a wide range of problem-solving strategies.

The books in the Open-ended Maths Investigations series will provide you with open-ended investigations matched to the following strands of mathematics: Number, Money, Measurement, Space, Chance and Data, and Patterns and Algebra.

For more information or to order the Open-ended Maths Investigations bundle for £40.00 (hardcopy), please visit www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/open-ended-maths-investigations-for-primary-schools-603.

Alternatively, you can place an order:

  • over the phone on 01449 766629
  • by email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk
  • by fax on 01449 767122
  • or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND

Which of these popular Casio GCSE and A level calculators would be best for your students ….. ?

 

FX 83GT+                       FX 991 EX                           FX 85GT+

For KS 3, 4 and GCSE exams the FX 83GT+ and FX 85GT+ have been  favourites for several years.   Excellent build quality, a THREE year guarantee and competitively priced, they are highly recommended.

For A and AS level and scottish exams, (as well as for GCSE) the FX 991 EX, introduced in 2017 has quickly made a name for itself.  With   “natural textbook display”  an easy menu function, spreadsheet, binomial and normal distribution, metric conversions, equation solver, numeric differentiation and integration to name just a few of its 552 functions.  The FX 991 EX is dual power and has a hi-res LCD screen, slide-on protective case, auto power off and online visualisation via a QR code, PLUS Casio’s usual THREE year guarantee.  It’s a remarkable new calculator which has been very well received  and in a short space of time has received excellent reviews.

All  these Casio calculators can be obtained from Signpost Educational Ltd., at competitive prices.

FX 83 GT+    £ 6.49  (200+)    £ 6.55  (100+)   £ 6.65  (40+)   £ 6.75  (1-39)
Class set of 30 calcs in a Gratnells box, foam and lid   £  221.50

FX 85 GT+    £ 7.75  (100+)  £ 7.85   (40+)    £ 7.95  (1-39)
Class set of 30 calcs in a Gratnells box with foam and lid  £  252.50

FX 991 EX   £ 18.75 (50+)   £ 19.15  (30+)   £ 19.45  (10-29)  £ 19.75  (1-9)

Class set of 30 calcs in a Gratnells box with foam and lid  £ 587.50

Order or enquire by phone on 020 7515 1797  email:info@signposteducational.co.uk
or fax on 020 7515 4420 or visit their website:  www.signposteducational.co.uk

Prices exclude VAT, delivery extra (usually within 1-3 working days)

Signpost Educational Ltd.,  PO Box 999  London  E14 6SH

PS.  Ask for your very useful  FREE  teacher’s “Survival Pack” when you order 50 or more of any of the above calcs…see details on the website.

 

Free activity materials from the Grammar and Punctuation Series Pack

Year 1: Nouns are names

Year 2: Noisy verbs

Year 3: Preposition opposites

Year 4: The Problem of ‘me’ or ‘I’

Year 5: Hyphens

Year 6 Words that help your writing

The Grammar and Punctuation Series Pack contains six photocopiable books (one for each year group) and teaches grammatical and punctuation concepts in a fun and memorable way which will challenge and stimulate the whole class. The sheets are designed for the practice, reinforcement and consolidation of grammar and punctuation skills and they address the requirements laid out in the Programmes of Study in the September 2014 National Curriculum.

The books will provide you with the tools you need to teach grammar effectively, including an assessment checklist, and will complement other language and literacy schemes of work.

To order the Grammar and Punctuation Series Pack for just £79.00 (hardcopy), visit http://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/brilliant-activities-for-grammar-and-punctuation-series-pack-584.Alternatively, you can place an order:

  • over the phone on 01449 766629
  • by email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk
  • by fax on 01449 767122
  • or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND

Are your students ready for their  GCSE maths exams? 

It’s perhaps easy to assume that all your students will turn up to  their maths exams with the equipment they need….but what happens if there’s a panic on the morning of the exam?

27 students have left some or all of their kit at home and it’s too late for them to go back and get what they need!

Fortunately there is a solution. There’s a “one stop shop” where schools can get Casio and Logik calcs, geometry sets, Value Maths sets, “Student Essentials” sets etc…all designed to equip  students and help them succeed.

Why not order some of these Value Maths sets,  from just £ 1.22 each, ex vat in advance of the exams, so they’re ready to hand out on (or before !) exam days… just in case!

Full details on the website:  www.signposteducational.co.uk

or contact Signpost Educational  Ltd., by phone;  020 7515 1797 or

email:  info@signposteducational.co.uk       Fax:  020 7515 4420

Signpost Educational Ltd.,  PO Box 999, London E14 6SH

To express themselves creatively in a foreign language, your students may find a multilingual word discovery tool invaluable.

Here’s an easy way to help them.

Wordipedia is the only multilingual deep word discovery tool on the Internet.

What do we mean by ‘deep discovery’?

Deep discovery is finding words in the desired language:

  • By meaning or topic
  • By category
  • By class
  • By sound or pattern
  • By relationship
  • By context
  • By implication, such as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ connotation
  • And by a combination of these criteria

With Wordipedia, you don’t need to know a word to find it. You specify your criteria and Wordipedia’s  search algorithms return suggestions and allow you to refine your search as well. Regardless of the language (English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Hindi, Russian, etc.) Wordipedia will provide suggestions matching detailed criteria. Students will extend their foreign language vocabulary and express themselves with creativity, clarity, and impact.

You can try Wordipedia yourself for free by simply joining with a trial membership on our JOIN page, as well as clicking this link to see more details of the Benefits for students and teachers. YouTube tutorials are available by clicking on the LINKS tab of our site.

Also, we provide low-cost access for school libraries.

“Teachers’ voice strain – a thing of the past” …

Schools across the UK are saving thousands of pounds and teaching hours by using a classroom SoundField system from Connevans.

Are you missing out on a potentially huge money saver?

There is a simple and free way to see for yourself how you can save your teachers’ voices and all the costs associated with voice strain.

A SoundField trial gives you and your colleagues the opportunity to try the equipment within your school.

The teacher will never have to raise or strain their voice, you will quickly find that all the children become more engaged, and the children with poorer hearing and attention will hear perfectly.

Simply tell us a convenient time to visit and we will bring the SoundField system to you and show the relevant teacher how to use it. Set up in the classroom takes just 15 minutes.

There is more information about the popular, easy-to-use Swift Digital SoundField system here … www.connevans.co.uk/product/3109896/

The Swift Digital SoundField system is designed by Connevans, the UK’s leading manufacturer of Classroom SoundField systems used in classrooms all over Europe.

To see how easy the Swift Digital is to use and to arrange a free three-week trial, simply call or email and leave the rest to us!

Email: phil@connevans.com     Phone: 01737 247571

As a special school trial offer there is a 10% discount on the Swift Digital.

If you would like us to have a look at your school hall or offer free advice regarding simple equipment to help ensure the school is complying with the Equalities Act for visitors who are hard of hearing, we will be pleased to help.

What part of the school day do children in your school enjoy the most?

Whether you’ve asked the children that question or not the chances are you can guess the most popular answers. Play time, lunch break, games, the reading of a story, art…

But does anyone say “Assembly”?

If any children do give that as an answer they are probably going to be in a minority, and yet it ought to be possible to generate more enthusiasm for assemblies, since the assembly is an opportunity to do something utterly different from what happens in the rest of the day.

Indeed, there is no reason why the children should not look forward to each day’s assembly in order to find out what new and exciting event is going to happen next.

And there is, of course, a bonus here, because in such a scenario what we inevitably find is that one has everyone’s complete attention.

It was with this idea in mind that I began to collect ways of delivering Assemblies that did more than meet the statutory requirement.  Assemblies that become as riveting as the TV programme that children ensure they get home in time to watch each day.

But, of course, assemblies need more than originality, for they also need to meet the social and emotional needs of the children who attend them and offer a focus on the values that the school wishes to present to the children.

As a result of this thinking we have produced a set of over 350 assemblies which are instantly available and fully scripted. And we are still working on the project with new assemblies being added every month.

These assemblies are divided into 12 categories along with an index which allows you to choose your assembly by topic. You can read a full example of one of our assemblies by following this link 

Additionally you can see the complete list of the 12 main categories and from there you can go into each category and see the details of all the assemblies on offer.

All the details are available at http://www.assemblybox.co.uk where you can also order online. The complete set of all of our assemblies costs £149 (+ VAT). If you have any questions please email enquiries@assemblybox.co.uk

Royal Wedding classroom PowerPoint: a great Citizenship/PSHE resource

All over the UK Britons are preparing to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

This royal wedding themed PowerPoint Presentation is a highly accessible and enjoyable citizenship and PSHE resource to help classes learn more about some great British institutions.

From the wedding venue, Windsor Castle to the roles being played by the public sector, military, and the Church of England – all working together to help ensure that Prince Harry and Megan have a great day.

To purchase and download the Royal Wedding Citizenship/PSHE Classroom PowerPoint click here

To find out more about our range of British Values books and posters click here

Gresham Books Ltd

info@gresham-books.co.uk

www.gresham-books.co.uk

 

Free Tools to Support Your Active School

 

As you’ll be aware, there is a growing expectation for Primary Schools to offer more physical activity within the school day, not only in PE but across the whole curriculum. This is a totally new way of teaching, so not surprisingly some teachers are finding this concept a little daunting; you might even have colleagues who are struggling to see the importance and questioning the benefits it will have on their classrooms.

I hope the tools below will help you to change mindsets and support teachers with in getting more activity into the school day.

Physical Activity is the key to whole school improvement…

  • Active kids do better! Brains work better, they are better behaved, more focused, happier and healthier, and their learning improves.
  • Active schools do better too! With better performance, improved Ofsted results, happier learning environments, improved attendance and improved staff confidence.

In an article published last month, our very own Ian Pickles explains all… To receive a free copy of this report please email active@schools.co.uk

A teacher’s experience of imoves…

“we saw the enthusiasm for movement and dance soar”

A school in Lincolnshire have been using the imoves dance resources since 2016 (this case study is based on John Harrox Primary School and was commissioned by Youth Sports Trust).

It shows that with the right tools and resources, together we can get children more active, not only in school but also in extra-curricular activities too! Here’s what one parent told the school:

“One parent was particularly pleased that their daughter had come home pestering her to find a disco class for her to go to. She now attends disco dance weekly at a local community venue. It has increased her activity levels out of school along with her confidence”

Read full case study here >

Free Tools to Support Your School

You’ve heard what other teachers think about imoves, now try it for yourself!  Simply drop us an email and we’ll give you a free trial membership, along with some you some really useful tools to help assess current activity levels within your school and highlight areas for improvement.

Giving visitors a totally positive feeling concerning the values at the heart of your school

It shouldn’t be like this, but sadly it often is.  We live in a society in which people make snap judgements.

Indeed, even when there is a chance to revise that judgement later, the fact is the first impression lingers and can dominate.

Which is why it is so important to make sure that everyone who comes to the school – from inspectors to those delivering goods, from parents to students – has a very powerful and positive first image of the school.

Take for example the simple issue of where visitors should report.  A sign that says “All visitors go to reception” is brusque to the point of being rude, and doesn’t actually help a flustered parent or bewildered delivery man if there is no sign pointing the way.

A sign that says, “If you’re a visitor please go to our reception area; first door on the left,” is more friendly and welcoming.  It might seem a trivial point but it can make a difference.

It can also be helpful to have site plans, floor plans, 3D plans as well as signs: and all of these are exactly what we specialise in: signs and plans that not only make it clear where a room or building is, but which also say, “don’t worry, we’re friendly” at the same time.

There’s more information about making your school as friendly as possible to visitors  on our website and if you have any questions you can call me on 01746 766233.

Michael Best

Director

michael@bestwayfinding.co.uk.

What makes a student read one book and not another (or come to that, none)?

02A recent report concerning teenagers and their phones told the story of a couple of young ladies of around sixth form age, who were clambering over some rocks at the edge of a beach.

The activity wasn’t particularly dangerous, although a slip might well have caused grazing or cuts, or even a sprained or broken ankle.

Both teenagers carried shoulder bags, which was sensible, except that each climbed with their mobile phones in one hand, thus seriously impeding their mobility.

As to why they did this, one can only surmise, but the most likely explanation would seem to be that so deep was their anxiety about missing a phone call, even placing the phone in a bag at their side felt like creating too great a distance between the self and the phone.

The story is, I feel, relevant to those of us concerned to introduce classic English literature to students, for it emphasises the battle that we can have just to get some students to focus on literature that is more than a few lines long.

However, we think we have found a way of encouraging students to consider the classics further by producing English literature texts in thoroughly modern covers and by reducing the price to just £1.88 each (with no delivery charge and no minimum order), meaning that you can offer the students a wide choice of books to read.  

The authors in the catalogue range from HG Wells to Dickens, from Jane Austen to the Brontës, covering more than 200 of the greatest works of classic literature.  Indeed not only does each volume have the full text, but with all of our classics there is also a set of exclusive introductions and notes.

If you would like to see a list of over 60 titles that are set texts on various curricula and are available from as little as £1.88 that is available here.

Then if you want to see the full list of over 400 titles currently in print along with a ready to use order form, should you need it, then we have a page with those details as well.

And here’s one final offer of a free book.  Just in case the notion of books at £1.88 each with free delivery seems just too good to be true, we’d like to assure you of the quality of our publications and the speed of our service.

So, to receive a free sample of one of our classics just email education@wordsworth-editions.com with your name and the school address, and we’ll put it in the post to you with our compliments.

It is self-evident that even a minor mental health issue can compromise a young person’s ability to learn.

So what do we do?

Medical professionals generally concur that one in four adults in the UK experience mental illness at some stage in their lives, and in half of these cases the problems take root before the age of 15.

Thus if we can improve and help support the emotional, social, and physical health and wellbeing of pupils and students in our school we will be giving these young people two incredibly important benefits.

First we will be helping to improve their personal wellbeing, and second we will be giving those who don’t suffer from any mental health issues in later life a much deeper understanding of what mental health issues are and how their own children might one day be affected.

To undertake this task, NeuroHeadway provides resources for teachers to deliver in the classroom on the subject of Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Our resources are collected into modules each of which are focussed on a single topic that can be delivered in PSHE and Science lessons, to improve and help support the wellbeing of all pupils and students.

Content for the NeuroHeadway modules has been supplied by practising psychology and neuroscience experts from around the world and shaped by us into classroom ready materials, suitable for all secondary school pupils and students.

For information on how the resources work, please click here.

For more information, please call: (+44) 01562 730 696 or email: enquiries@neuroheadway.com

Information and activities to support your SEN students to demonstrate good work etiquette during their work experience placement

Organising work experience for SEN students can be something of a challenge, for not only must it be tailored to the needs of a young person, but it must also be tailored to the needs of a young person with a SpLD or who may view the world in a wholly different way.

So, to help your SEN students to succeed during their work experience placement (and to make organising their work experience placement easier for you) SEN Press has devised the Work Experience Series.

The Work Experience Series contains a wealth of information, support, and resources about what your students can expect when undertaking work experience and how to demonstrate good work etiquette in the array of situations they’re likely to find themselves in.

Not only has the value pack’s content been specifically designed to respond to the way in which students with autism typically view the world, but it will also respond to their learning needs – it has been designed for older students with a reading age of around seven.

The Work Experience Series uses an approach that we have adopted through a series of six student reading books each focussed on a particular work setting, ranging from an animal charity to a fast-food restaurant, from a garage to a supermarket.

The six reading books, each of which builds upon the themes of the series (time-keeping, showing respect, and so on) are accompanied by a set of copiable worksheets and teachers’ resources, supplied in spiral-bound format for easy use.

The teachers’ resources also include around 100 A4 pages of additional resources including keyword flashcards, word searches, and spot the difference pictures.

Finally the pack also includes a CD rom which has a set of eBooks and whiteboard resources. These include real voice audio tracks of the eBook versions of the readers and a wide range of interactive activities so that the students can practise various life skills.

The complete set of resources containing two copies of each of the six readers, the complete teacher book, and the CD Rom is available for £139 plus VAT.  Individual elements from the pack are also available separately.

For further information, please click here.

Alternatively, please email info@senpress.co.uk or call 01582 833205.

Debate Chamber Events 2018  

Debate Chamber Summer Schools

Debate Chamber Science and Mathematics courses are for students who enjoy being intellectually challenged and who are curious about the ways in which their knowledge can be applied to help solve real-world problems. Our courses are challenging, with an emphasis on independent thinking and collaborative problem-solving, providing a valuable insight into university level education.

Our tutors are selected for their exceptional communication skills, their charismatic and inspiring classroom presence, and their very strong knowledge base and passion for their subject. Our classes consist of a combination of lectures, group discussions, team games and practical activities, creating a comfortable environment for students to share ideas amongst their peers, and to progress from their existing knowledge toward more challenging material.

Young Scientists Summer School (New for 2018) 

The Young Scientists Summer School is aimed at students aged 11-14 and focuses on developing intellectual curiosity and critical thinking. Covering a wide range of skills from the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Engineering, students will learn how to build bridges, design spaceships, search for life on distant planets, and trace the history of the universe all the way back to a trillionth of a second after the big bang.

Physics Summer Schools

The Physics Summer School provides an opportunity for bright students to explore some of the most exciting and challenging ideas in contemporary physics. The Summer School is split into two parts: Part 1 focuses on classical mechanics and astrophysics and is open to GCSE and A-level students. Part 2 focuses on quantum mechanics and relativity and is open to students who will have completed at least one year of A-level mathematics.

‘Challenging, but great fun, the Physics course was a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into some of the fundamental principles that govern our world, giving me a better idea of what Physics at University might be like. From learning about the abstract world of Quantum Mechanics to discussing black holes and teleportation, the course left me astounded by both the amount we already know, and how much we have yet to discover!’

Mathematics Summer School 

The Mathematics Summer School explores a variety of advanced topics in pure and applied mathematics, including set theory; prime numbers; algorithms; infinites; multi-variable calculus; proofs; cryptography; probability theory and Turing machines. Part 1 focuses on number theory, algebra and geometry and is open to GCSE and A-level students. Part 2 focuses on calculus, proofs and infinities and is open to students who have completed at least one year of A-level mathematics.

‘It was a fantastic opportunity to discover new areas of maths that I would otherwise have not been introduced to through the A Level syllabus. I enjoyed the course and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in approaching more challenging maths problems.’

Medicine Summer School 

The Medicine Summer School is split into five 2-day programmes, each covering a different area of medical practice. Students will be given the opportunity to work alongside practising medical students to develop the theoretical and applied skills necessary to become a doctor.

‘Debate Chamber’s Medicine Summer School was great! I learnt in great detail about medical topics such as oncology, paediatrics and epidemiology. Suturing bananas was a highlight for me and I would thoroughly recommend the course for anyone considering medicine as a career.’ 

Bursaries 

Debate Chamber is committed to ensuring that financial circumstances do not prevent any student from attending our events. Students are able to apply for bursaries covering up to 100% of the course fee through our website. 

How can my students attend?

All the Summer School events will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London, and will take place in July and August 2018. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

You can find full details of schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors at http://www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/. There is a limited amount of bursary funding available for students who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

To book a place please visit www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  

Specialist support for your ambitious and able students, at little to no cost for the school

How many providers do you know that offer genuinely effective skill development programmes for ambitious and/or most able students?  More importantly, how many would you recommend?

Finding a scheme that actually makes an impact and offers good value for money can be surprisingly difficult.  Perhaps the secret is to learn from others and look at workshops hosted year after year by some of the top performing and most highly rated schools.

Thinkers in Education deliver a range of these – enriching the curriculum, identifying the strengths of each participant and developing a skill set that will be advantageous in education and the workplace. There is a strong focus on higher order thinking, team building and communication – all assessed and given as immediate feedback to the students and performance reports for the school.

It is a proven formula that can positively change attitudes and improve performance levels.  Moreover, the reports generated can provide valuable evidence for Ofsted Inspections.

Spectacular Saturdays and Holiday Workshops are easy ways to introduce the range. They offer the school a chance to host leading STEM based workshops at very little cost to the school, without affecting the timetable or adding to teacher workloads.  Most importantly, they have been recommended by every host school since 2001.

Of course, workshops are also available during term time – enabling schools to run highly effective transition days, activity weeks and challenge days to fit within the year plan.

You simply choose the date(s) you can host the workshop and provide the venue.  We send you the literature to distribute to parents so they can book a place.  If, after 21 days, you have 25 or more pupils enrolled, we will confirm the event and run the workshop on the date of your choice.   If not, there is no commitment and we release the date.

Parents pay for their child to attend, as they would for a school trip, or the school can choose to subsidise the cost and use Pupil Premium funding if appropriate.  It costs £15 per pupil for a half day and £25 for a full day.   Parents can pay online, so there is no extra work for the school.

To request an information pack you can email:  info@thinkersineducation.co.uk

Alternatively, to view details of the Spectacular Saturday Workshops click here and to find out about the Holiday Schools click here.

If you would like to discuss options with an advisor, please call 01603 520866.

How to Improve Engagement in Science through Competition and the Gamification of Learning

Science is still regarded as one of the hardest subjects.  The OECD still report a significant STEM skills deficit in the UK – and unfortunately students know X Factor can be won without either.

But for over a decade, more than 98% of participating students – of all ability ranges, in all types of schools, from Australia to the UK – have raved about a particular approach that has changed their perception of not only science but of learning.  As a result, every host school has recommended it since 2001.

The secret has been to combine intriguing contexts and gamification strategies with curriculum content, all wrapped within a competition format.   It ensures activities, from redox reactions to electronics, are made relevant to each individual and generates huge amounts of engagement and enthusiasm.

In the ‘game’ it is a matter of life and death.  In reality, pupils truly respond.  And so do staff, particularly when they form a team to challenge the pupils.

Once you have the formula, you can positively change attitudes and improve performance levels.

The Real STEM Competition is designed to challenge up to 72 pupils in a day and demonstrate the approach to staff.  It runs until science week 2019 but could well be a valuable addition to your upcoming activity weeks and transition days, especially as there is a £1000 prize available for the winners, runner-up prizes and free activities for all host schools.  Furthermore, discounts are available if you host the workshop in July.

This year’s competition is called ‘Space Pioneers’ – reinforcing and expanding upon KS3 & KS4 curriculum content within a thrilling scenario about the colonisation of Mars.  With NASA, MarsOne and SpaceX all in a real-life race to Mars, the context has never been more relevant.

The workshop is delivered on the school site – so there is no travel required.  Up to six teams of six pupils can compete in a 2-2.5 hour session that is repeated for a different group after a short break.  The competition runs within the normal timings of your day to minimalise disruption to your timetable.  It can allow the school to really challenge the high achievers in one session and motivate those that need a gentle push in another as each session is carefully facilitated for the ability of the group.

To help with funding, you can receive a £100 discount if you host an event in July and quote the promotional code RSSP18 when booking.  It brings the cost down to less than £10 per pupil.

To find out more about the competition, logistics and prizes you can visit the website.

Alternatively, you can email events@thinkersineducation.co.uk or call 01603 520866 for further details.

Thinkers in Education also offer a range of CSI themed workshops in the same format, and whilst these are not part of the Real STEM Competition you can still benefit from the £100 discount by using the code RSSP18 for July events.  Plus, the discount applies to these workshops in September too – so it is a great way to motivate pupils at the start of the school year.

Take an idea and s-t-r-e-t-c-h it

Scroll down to get your FREE pdf download of Take an idea and s-t-r-e-t-c-h it from the popular resource, ‘Able Writers in Your School

It is not unlikely that your school has a sports team so that pupils’ who excel at sports can continue to practice and refine their sporting talents. But what for those who are talented at writing?

Brilliant Publications has developed Able Writers in Your School – a resource that will enable pupils who excel at writing to continue to practice and refine their writing talents, past the curriculum’s requirements.

Able Writers in Your School challenges children to raise the standard of their writing and turn their ideas into masterpieces through:

  • encouraging pupils to:
    • show rather than tell
    • stretch their ideas
    • use similes, metaphors and personification
    • utilise the power of simplicity – less is more
  • teaching pupils how to:
    • create a character and setting
    • develop plot and dialogue
    • add conflict and suspense
    • avoid clichés
    • improve descriptive writing

You can order Able Writers in Your School on our website for £14.50 as a printed book, £9.99 as an e-book, or both for a discounted price of £17.50.

Free UK delivery for all orders placed in April 

Alternatively, you can place an order:

  • over the phone on 01449 766629
  • by email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk
  • by fax on 01449 767122
  • or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND

What’s the simple and cost effective way to help maths lessons be more productive,  both for teachers and students…….? 

Every now and again I get to chat with  teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why many students don’t  bring a pen, pencil, ruler etc to their lessons.  They tell me that this leads to wasted time and a measure of disruption,  even before teaching has begun.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s  now a  product called the “Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their  maths lessons.

Consisting of  two quality black ink ballpens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, metal compass and half pencil,  and a sharpener, all packed in an  A5 size, clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider.

From just £ 1.25 each (ex vat) the “Value Maths set”  is a convenient and cost effective solution to the problem of students who haven’t brought the correct kit to their maths lessons.  Ideal to give or sell  to students at the start of lessons or at the start of a school day………  also very useful for exams.

Full details of the “Value Maths set”   can be found on the website:

     www.signposteducational.co.uk 

You can order

Signpost Educational Ltd.,   PO Box 999   London   E14 6SH

Imagination has made us different from the rest of the animal kingdom. But is digital technology changing children’s minds?

One has to be careful of course, because wolf has been cried so many times. The TV age, digital games, mobile phones, apps… each has been blamed for a change in the way children see the world, and a decline in their imaginative powers.

The counterbalance to this decline is of course the creative arts, wherein children become involved in, and witness a professional performance right in front of them.  It is the prime way in which the spirit of imagination can be rekindled.

Which is also where crying wolf comes in, for Aesop’s tale—which was created 2500 years ago—is as vibrant and stimulating for children now, as it was then.

And that is why our team of three professional actors visit schools across the country and over the course of a day work with individual classes. The children assist with the creative preparation for a show which grows from Aesop’s tales, creating elements of the set, writing their own short stories, etc.

Once the team has spent approximately half an hour with each class, all classes come together to experience Aesop’s Fab Fables. Performed by the actors, this is a 45 minute show suitable for both KS1 and KS2 children based on three of the classic stories.

The approach works as a great introduction to live theatre as it breaks down the barriers between performers and audience, stimulates creativity, and rewards the pupils who will see the fruits of their labour employed in the show.

Aesop’s Fab Fables is available for in-school performances throughout the summer term of 2018.

To find out more, simply e-mail Helen in our office, helen@fred-theatre.co.uk, or call us on 01789 777612. We’ll collect a few details from you and respond with potential dates and a quote.

I look forward to hearing from you, and I welcome any feedback you may have on this production or any of the work we do here at Fred Theatre.

Robert Ball
Artistic Director

fred-theatre.co.uk

 

SoundRanger – a portable PA system, perfect for School Sports Days & Summer Fayres.

Have you got an outdoor event coming up this summer? Will everyone hear everything that is being said?

With an easy to use SoundRanger portable PA system – everyone across the school field, children, parents, helpers and staff will hear everything easily and clearly.

Your special event will take on a really professional atmosphere as everyone will hear all of your results, information and announcements.

Built-in rechargeable batteries give you all the power you need, without mains leads trailing across the playground or field.

When you are not speaking, you can play music from your phone, that’s easy too!

Karen from Aldershot said … “Sports Day with a megaphone days are GONE! It was used today for the PTA Summer Fayre …………… oh my wow, the difference is amazing!!’

But don’t take Karen’s word for it – try the system for yourself with no charge.

Simply tell us about your event and we will put together the best SoundRanger system for you and arrange for you to try it on a 30 day Free Trial.

Set up takes just 15 minutes and then you can use it straight away.  After your event, you can of course use the SoundRanger system in your school hall as well!

There is more information about the SoundRanger systems on our website here:  www.connevans.co.uk/catalogue/3215538/

To hear what Karen heard and arrange a free 30 day trial simply call or email and leave the rest to us!

The SoundRanger Compact 4 is so reliable and robust, it has been used by the British Army to play battlefield sound effects to their recruits on assault courses!

Please reply quickly as these systems are understandably very popular during the summer!

What is the most effective way of teaching computer science to a mixed ability class?

Both teachers and students love the idea of using robots in their lessons.  As human beings we have always been fascinated with robots – the beings that have arms and legs and look somewhat like humans, but clearly are not.  Literature and films find a rich vein of stories involving robots too, which many of us have grown up with.

Being so deeply ingrained in our psyche it is no surprise that pupils and students are always fascinated by lessons that allow them to build their own robots.

To make it easier and more affordable to bring robots into your classroom we have designed a range of hands on robotics workshops. We bring all of the equipment to you and have a range of fun themes to choose from: including robot wars, robot farming and maze solving.

Students are encouraged to learn by doing and trying out their own ideas. They are given plenty of guidance when needed, but at the same time we tend not to “teach from the front”. We like to give students the opportunity to be creative and make their own mistakes.

We are currently offering an extra hour free for a half day booking, which is £300.

Or a free Arduino board with a full day booking for £400.

(Please note some travel expenses may apply depending on which area you are in, please get in touch for details.)

If you are interested, please hurry as we can only run this offer until the end of May 2018. We are nearly fully booked for the summer and are now also taking bookings for the new academic year.

For more information and to book contact me directly on 07703 294 942, email: zan@zobotics.tech or visit the website: www.zobotics.tech

Can you solve this brainteaser?

Mr Steven George stepped off the train in France and met a friend he had not seen in years. Beside his friend was a little girl. ‘Steven!’ shouted the friend. ‘How delightful to see you! Did you know that I’m married? This is my daughter.’ ‘Hello,’ said Steven to the little girl, ‘What is your name?’ ‘Same as my mother’s,’ replied the little girl. ‘So you must be Catherine,’ said Steven. How did he know?

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE ANSWER

Brilliant Activities for Stretching Gifted and Talented Children contains a wealth of brainteasers just like this one, as well as other refreshing, motivating activities, based on the latest theories and research, to stretch your pupils’ analytical, creative and evaluative skills.

Activities range from quick warm-ups, brainteasers and maths focussed activities to entertaining, open-ended exercises for pupils to complete independently. With over 100 activities, Brilliant Activities for Stretching Gifted and Talented Children will be able to keep stretching your pupils for many years to come.

You can order Brilliant Activities for Stretching Gifted and Talented Children on our website for £18.50 as a printed book, £12.99 as an e-book or both for a discounted price of £22.40.

Free UK delivery for all orders placed in April.

  • over the phone on 01449 766629
  • by email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk
  • by fax on 01449 767122
  • or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND

ANSWER: STEVEN’S FRIEND IS THE GIRL’S MOTHER.

It’s a combination of things. 

Children are typically very good at acting, not least because it is pivotal to make-believe play. Thus, combining drama with other subject areas, such as literacy, naturally leads to improved engagement and subsequent attainment.

 It is for this reason that we have developed the resource:

Teaching Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling through Drama

The 70 plus ready-to-use activities in the resource offer a new approach to teaching literacy and cover each of the rules that children are expected to know and use in the Year 6 SATs.

Through acting out parts of speech, letter strings, and punctuation children will internalise the language and absorb ideas, skills and understanding. They will be able to draw on this knowledge when they are being tested, but, more importantly, use it in their own writing.

What’s more, the combination of visual, aural, and kinaesthetic approaches means that the activities suit all types of learner and can be used with both large and small groups of mixed ages and abilities.

In addition to literacy understanding, pupils will also develop skills in problem solving, teamwork, and social confidence.

You can order Teaching Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling through Drama on our website for £18.50 as a printed book, £12.99 as an e-book, or both for a discounted price of £22.40.

An (almost) Free Play Therapy Service

If you are not already using a Play Therapist on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority you could use our placement service for 100 hours to find out how well play therapy will work in your school.

Play therapy not only helps pupils with emotional, behaviour and mental health issues, it reduces stress on teaching staff caused by disruptive or ‘difficult’ pupils.  It also improves their learning capabilities: better listening, better concentration, etc.

About 1700 primary schools are already using Play Therapy UK therapists to support pupils with emotional, behaviour and mental health issues.  Between 75% and 84% show a positive change.

Is there a snag?  It’s not money – all you need to do is provide a suitably equipped room, usually costing about £200.  The only other problem is availability.  We have about 300 trainees from 13 training centres in all parts of the UK this year.  So it depends upon one being available in your area.  But it’s worth applying – you’ve nothing to lose.

As an alternative, a good investment would be to fund a member of your staff to train as a Registered Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills. You’ll recover the cost very quickly.

Email me personally at mokijep@majemail.com  for details of both opportunities.

More information on play therapy at:

www.playtherapy.org.uk

www.playtherapyregister.org.uk