Australian University Open Days

On Friday 22 March and Saturday 23 March, Study Options will be holding Australian University Open Days. These are free information events aimed at students (and schools) who would like to find out more about university options in Australia.

Many representatives from Australian universities will be present at the events to speak with prospective students in person. Study Options’ Open Days are held twice a year, in March and November, and are a great opportunity for students to get more information and talk to representatives from the universities face-to-face. For the majority of the universities, these are the only in-person events they undertake in the UK.

Which universities will be there?

New South Wales, Australia

Queensland, Australia

Victoria, Australia

Tasmania, Australia

Western Australia, Australia

About the events

The Open Days are open to students, parents and schools. Please register your place at www.studyoptionsopendays.com.

Friday 22 March, 2pm-5pm

Crowne Plaza, Wollaton Street, Nottingham, NG1 5RH

Saturday 23 March, 1.30pm-6.00pm

Australia House, Strand, London, WC2B 4LA

There is a lot more information available at www.studyoptionsopendays.com regarding venues, opening times and how to register. Please do let us know if you have any questions or if there is any further information we can provide.

Please note, these events are not suitable for students who have Australian or New Zealand citizenship (passports), as these students must apply through a separate process. You can find out more about the domestic application process on our website.

Contact Study Options with any questions about the events or for free information and advice about studying in Australia and New Zealand.

Download an A4 PDF poster about the events here

Contact Study Options

Website: www.studyoptions.com

Telephone: 0207 353 7200

Email: mail@studyoptions.com

 

It’s all about Germany

Twentieth century Germany is still so important for both GCSE and A level courses.

Whether it’s Weimar, the Thirties, the period of WW2 or the Cold War, we can offer your students specialist study tours to increase their knowledge and understanding.

Take a look at History Tours to whet your appetite, then give us a call to talk through your needs.

Culture Trails

Travel House, Llwynmawr, Llangollen LL20 7BB

Tel: 01691 886161 e: history@culturetrails.co.uk

Could one workshop move pupils from a level 5 to a level 6? 

Five years of preparation towards the all-important exams create a plethora of challenges along the way, alongside which schools are expected to prepare pupils for the real world.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development now forms an integral portion of the OFSTED handbook which declares that an outstanding school would have a “thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”

Thus, the question arises: Can one workshop surrounding ‘Mindfulness’ truly have an impact on pupils’ GCSE results?

Since relaxation, stillness and focus can have a direct impact on exam performance it does seem that it may be able to make a difference.

Many schools have already turned to Mindfulness practice, especially in relation to revision techniques, as well as every day school life.

Our Mindfulness workshop is coupled with practical revision and homework techniques that are born out of the same focus and stillness.

Preachy clichés are kept at bay and, before any practical exploration, pupils gain a sense of what mindfulness practice actually is and how some people choose to apply it to their lives.

Pupils leave with their own unique ‘time management profile’ and are able to implement a ‘positive thinking plan’ to go alongside their academic revision plan. Perhaps it really could have an influence on the results in that brown envelope in August?

For more information on this Mindfulness workshop, you can visit https://qsworkshops.com/workshops/mindfulness/ or you can call me anytime on 020 8088 0717.

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 offer 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:

• a 12 month subscription (only £149 + VAT)
• a 24 month subscription (only £142 + VAT per year)
• a 36 month subscription (only £135 + VAT per year)

If you have any questions please email enquiries@assemblybox.co.uk

Is it possible to make Year 6 confident about Secondary School transition, in 90 minutes?

Apparently yes, it is possible, because so far over 100,000 pupils have enjoyed our workshops in their own school. Feedback from teachers has been universally positive.

What pupils develop in this workshop is a safe and secure mindset regarding the looming transition to Secondary School.

Using Drama, pupils are introduced to three characters with varying experiences on their first day of Secondary School. They learn their fears and how they overcame them, making them feel more settled and at ease.

They have the opportunity to interact with each of them, with the purpose of making them comfortable to ask any difficult questions.

The 90 minute workshop encompasses useful learning and thinking skills, annotation, keeping safe, cyber safety, developing friendships, and a broad introduction to steering clear from crime.

Most importantly though, pupils are encouraged to think positively about their futures.

Our transition programme was put together with a consortium of educators, writers and performers ensuring that it works for pupils, educators and parents every time – and with 800+ school visits to date, we feel confident that we can verify this is the case.

For more information, please visit https://qsworkshops.com/workshops/year-6-transition/ or you can call me anytime on 020 8088 0717.

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:

• a 12 month subscription (only £149 + VAT)
• a 24 month subscription (only £142 + VAT per year)
• a 36 month subscription (only £135 + VAT per year)

If you have any questions please email enquiries@assemblybox.co.uk

Two of the best  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 are in use in thousands of  schools and colleges throughout the UK.

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 and reliability of these calcs is excellent and they both  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 £ 5.25 each while the  Casio FX 85GT+  starts from £ 7.85 each.  Both are also available in class sets of 30 calcs in a Gratnells storage box with a foam insert and a clip on lid. 

For more details & prices please see:      www.signposteducational.co.uk    

 or email to: signpost@talk21.com or phone: 020 7515 1797

Signpost Educational Ltd  PO Box 999  London E14 6SH 

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

Business in action

If, like us, you think it essential to study business as it happens, where it happens, then we invite you to bring your students to some of Europe’s most exciting cities to see business in action.

You will be welcome guests at large and small concerns who are happy to show you the way they do things.

Take a look at Business Studies Tours to whet your appetite, then give us a call to talk through your needs.

Culture Trails

Travel House, Llwynmawr, Llangollen LL20 7BB

Tel: 01691 886161 e: business@culturetrails.co.uk

New – Video-based E-Learning Courses for School Staff.

With many years’ of experience in delivering accredited online keyboard skills training for school pupils, we are now pleased to announce the launch of our new online, video-based e-Learning courses for your staff.  These will provide key accredited training, some of which is regulatory, at a time and pace to fit around their work commitments – all at a tiny fraction of the price of conventional training.

There are three broad subject areas:-

Health & Safety – which includes Fire Safety, Food Safety, First Aid, Anti Harassment and Bullying, Behavioural Safety;

Business Skills – such as Delegation, Leadership, Equality, Diversity and Discrimination, Time Management;

Health & Social Care – including titles such as Safeguarding Children, Positive Handling in Schools; ‘Prevent’ Duty.

For a full list of courses and details of their content, click on the subject headings above.  You will find a preview of the first module of every course which you can view free of charge.

All our courses are of the highest quality, using video to illustrate and engage the learner.  Content is kept up to date constantly.  And each course includes a series of assessments which lead to a completion certificate, especially important where training is regulatory.

Please click here to make an enquiry and we’ll send you a price quotation.  For schools we offer flexible credit schemes with massive discounts against the individual prices shown on our website.

Regards,

Andy Stevenson, Director.
Type&Test Ltd

017683 42821

enquiries@typeandtest.com

www.typeandtest.com 

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We have space in the diary for you… but not much!

“It was fantastic! So professional and carefully engineered to give the students what they need.”

There’s still time to book any one of our four great in-school shows for the current academic year. However, the diary is filling up so I recommend getting in touch with Helen, our tour administrator, ASAP.

The four productions are:

ROMEO AND JULIET           MACBETH

A CHRISTMAS CAROL           JEKYLL AND HYDE

To discuss your requirements, and how we can help your students through one or more of our performances, either:

e-mail Helen in our office: helen@fred-theatre.co.uk

or visit our web site for more information: www.fred-theatre.co.uk/schools

Alternatively, you can call me for a chat about any aspect of Fred Theatre playing at your school on 01789 777612.

All we need to perform at your school is a space approximately 5m x 5m with room (of course) for the audience. If you have room, and feel it would be a good idea, you can also invite some parents along too, so that they can see what their sons and daughters are studying.

Our 90- or 60-minute adaptations are fresh and exciting re-tellings of the familiar and much-loved stories. Each is performed by a cast of six professional actors. We concentrate on the text and producing a faithful representation of the original—just a little shorter!

Get in touch today and let’s see if we can bring some great live theatre to your school soon.

Best wishes

Robert Ball
Artistic Director
Fred Theatre

PS: We have exciting plans for 2019-20 and I’ll be writing to you about these next month.

 

English Literature Summer School 2019 Booking Now Open

A wonderful opportunity for students aged 15-18 with a passion for literature to discover a range of new authors and texts, explore fresh approaches to familiar works and to prepare for undergraduate study of English Literature.

“I absolutely adored the summer school – it was completely inspiring and I enjoyed every second of it! I would have done the week over and over! I would recommend to anyone interested in literature, no matter whether experienced or not because you will, without a doubt, come away from the course with a passion for literature that will never leave you!”

The English Literature Summer School – Part 1 will cover literature dating from 650AD to 1790AD, including Middle English, Medieval Literature, Chaucer, The Renaissance, Shakespeare, Restoration Literature and the Rise of the Novel. In addition we will also be covering Historicist and Feminist critical approaches as part of this Summer School.

The English Summer School – Part 1 will be held on the 29th July – 2nd August – you can see a schedule for the course here.

The English Literature Summer School – Part 2 will cover literature dating from 1790AD to the present day, including Romanticism and the Gothic Movement, Victorian Sensation Novels, Literature and the British Empire, Modernism, Postmoderism and Contemporary Literature. We will be covering the ‘Death of the Author’ and Postcolonial criticism as part of this Summer School.

The English Summer School – Part 2 will be held on the 5th – 9th August – you can see a schedule for the course here.

Please note that students can attend both Parts of the Summer School, or either one, depending on their literary interests. Although the courses complement one another, they can also be treated as stand alone events and there is no requirement to have attended Part 1 in order to register for Part 2.

The material will be challenging, about the level of difficulty one might expect in the first year at university, but a relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of discussion, debate, and opportunities for students to shape the direction of classes creates the perfect environment for getting to grips with new ideas. Working in small groups (usually around 12 students per class) over five days means a real chance to get to know tutors and fellow students and to explore the topics or questions that particularly interest each individual.

This Summer School is suitable for all students aged 15-18 with a love for literature!

“The Summer School was really fantastic. I had the chance to explore Old English which I was interested in, but had not fully explored. I now have so many ideas and further reading lists to look at especially for my personal statement which is very helpful indeed. The tutors are all experts in their fields and create an engaging, challenging environment. Highly recommend.”

“This was the second time I had done a Debate Chamber course, and it was just as good as the first. I really love the sequential nature of the English course, especially as it helps so much in placing texts in their historical and inter textual contexts. I particularly enjoyed the Measure for Measure session because we were able to all explore many of the problems and themes in the play in a very liberating and intense way. I loved the debates that were generated. I also really enjoyed the Anglo-Saxon session because it was an introduction to something I had never covered before, and which also introduced me to some excellent early feminist writers (Margery Kempe!). Every day I came home absolutely buzzing and it really helped cement my desire to take English Literature at university. Thank you so much to all the tutors and the rest of my group for making this week a brilliant and memorable experience.”

Read more reviews from previous English Literature Summer School students here.

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 2019. 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/project/english-literature-summer-school/Please note that there is a limited amount of bursary funding available for students who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending.

To book a place please visit http://www.debatechamber.com/, call us on 0800 810 1058, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Is it really possible to portray the entire PSHE syllabus in one hour… on stage?

Apparently yes, it is possible, because so far over 100,000 secondary school students have watched the theatrical presentation “Alphabet of a Teenager” in their own school.  Feedback from teachers has been universally positive.

What these students have seen is a production that covers 36 PSHE issues in one 60 minute performance.

The play follows a teenager as he reflects on how his life has changed over his time at school, the friends he’s made along the way, and the trials and tribulations of teenage life.

The performance encompasses drug and alcohol education, emotional health and wellbeing, work-related learning, racism and cyber safety.

Alphabet of a Teenager was put together with a consortium of educators, writers and performers, ensuring that it works for pupils and students every time – and with productions having taken place in over 800 schools, we can certainly verify that this is the case.

There are also optional follow up workshops which delve deeper into the issues raised.

To find out more about this performance please visit https://qsworkshops.com/workshops/alphabet-of-a-teenager/ or you can call me at anytime on 020 8088 0717.

What is the one factor that all parents are concerned about when it comes to schoolwear?

When it comes down to it there are two factors that parents can be concerned about, although sadly one of those factors is something that we can do nothing about.

The issue beyond our control is, of course, the unavoidable reality that all children grow, which means schoolwear has to be replaced year by year.

That obviously can’t be avoided, but the other issue – that is the quality of labels, embroidery, and print that is added to school clothing – is very much under your control.

Which is a rather important factor, for there is no doubt that the one thing that annoys parents almost more than any other is the quality of anything that is added to their school uniform purchases.

And the simple fact is that the quality of labels, embroidery, and print on school garments can vary from one supplier to another.  Indeed, as you may well have found, embroidery and print are services that many firms claim to offer, but not everyone gets it right.

The simple fact is that we are the specialists in this area of work including embroidery without minimum quantities, heat transfer printing, direct to garment digital printing, bespoke garment labels, and of course nametapes.

If it is labels and tags that you are interested in you will be able to find out more on our specialist web page

You can also find out more about each of these areas on our website – from this page you will find at the top links to the rest of our work.

Alternatively you can call us on 01208 833 070, fax 01208 781 158 or email wovina@aol.com and we’ll be pleased to quote you.

THE NEW GENERATION OF TRIM TRAIL PLAY EQUIPMENT

For the past twenty years or so, trim trail play equipment has been incredibly popular within school playgrounds and for good reasons – it caters for a wide range of children aged 4-11; it can easily be added to as funds allow; it is easy to install; some items do not require safety surfacing which can be quite expensive and it promotes physical and mental awareness.

Up until now, the standard material used for this type of play equipment has been timber and usually rounded log as this avoids any sharp edges for children. Whilst this is a pleasant material to work with, it also has its disadvantages too in that rounded posts suffer quite badly from radial cracking where the wood dries out from the pith (centre), causing shakes and splits which can open up quite considerably in the summer months. And more importantly, posts which are dug into the ground without the proper protection will eventually rot over a period of time and render the playground unsafe to use…or even condemned in worst case scenarios.

But there is now a new alternative and that is adventure trim trails made out of recycled plastic instead of timber. Recycled plastic has quite a lot of advantages for a school to consider when considering value for money – firstly, it is incredibly eco-friendly as it is manufactured out of recycled plastic milk cartons which very much complements the whole eco schools programme and teaches children about sustainability. It does not rot even when dug into the ground whatever the conditions; it is hard to vandalise; it lasts about five times longer than other materials; it is UV resistant and does not suffer from the afore-mentioned shakes & splits; it is splinter free and it is virtually maintenance free (so some big savings to be made for a school’s annual maintenance budget).

The trim trail range includes products such as stepping stones; traverse crossings; balance beams; play towers; multi-faceted activity cubes; spring boards; net climbers; log weavers; clatter/net bridges and fitness trails.

We have therefore put together some recommended trim trail packages but a school is also able to have their own “pick n mix” trail comprised of a selection of our individual products within the range.

And we can also provide for any attendant safety surfacing if so required.

The Hideout House Company  also offer other products in the recycled plastic range including planters, mud kitchens and tables, sandboxes, dipping pond platforms and tables.

If you would like to know how we can help your school develop its playground, then please contact the Hideout House Company on 01832 275902 or email: info@hideouthouse.com.

Young Fashion Designer Making Waves For A Big British Brand

Have you ever wondered what its like to be a fashion designer of an international brand? Well now, you don’t have to. With a phenomenal presence as an online retailer for both menswear and womenswear, several stores across the UK and entities in Spain and America, we were welcomed into the office of Emma Kenyon — a leading fashion designer at QUIZ.

Her life at work is everything you would expect it to be and more — she’s like the real-life Miranda Priestly. But nicer of course. So, if you’re studying fashion or want to make waves in the industry, this is the girl boss that you should be looking up to and we have all the deetz you’re dying to know.

How long have you worked at QUIZ?

Wow, you’re testing my memory now! I’ve been at QUIZ for around five years now — I guess time flies when you’re having fun. It’s interesting how I got to work here actually, I’ve always respected QUIZ as a brand and how it influenced my fashion choices when I was younger, so I rang up the HQ and told them that I thought I would make a great addition to their team even though there were no positions available, I secured two interviews and done a huge presentation in front of the decision makers!

What is the first thing you do when you arrive at the office?

Equipped with my coffee, I check out what has been selling that week and which styles have really taken off with our customers. This is really important from a design perspective, because once we know the type of items of customers want, we can tailor future products to those specifications!

What do you spend most of your time doing?

My aim is to create something that people feel proud wearing, so I spend a lot of time researching new shapes and taking inspiration from luxury brands. It’s important to strike a balance between affordability and the latest trends so that our customers can always have an up-to-date wardrobe at a low cost while not compromising on the quality of our garments.

What is the best part of your job?

Every designer will say this, but the best part of the job is seeing something that you’ve worked on go from development to fruition in stores. I love scrolling on Instagram and seeing lots of people wearing the dresses I have designed on their nights out!

Where do you get your design inspiration from?

There’s so much inspiration out there, but I mainly look towards trend forecasting agencies, international brands, catwalks and of course — Instagram!

What makes a great fashion designer?

If you want to be a fashion designer, a key interest in the industry is essential. You’ll need a lot of motivation, the ability to pick commercial trends and be able to know your customers like the back of your hand!

Did you study fashion related courses?

You should always work hard in all of your subjects as this can really open up more opportunities for your future. I did GCSEs and A-Levels in Textiles, then moved on to an Art and Design course at college where I specialised in fashion. Then, I went to university for four years and got my fashion design degree!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in fashion design?

Getting experience is essential, reach out to companies and ask if they offer internships! Before QUIZ, I completed an internship at House of Holland in the lead up to London Fashion Week where I learnt pattern cutting. As well as this, I also worked in John Lewis’ head office as an intern where I learnt CAD design skills. Take as many opportunities as you can — it will look great on your CV!

Volcanoes, dunes and cities

Of all the subjects on the curriculum, Geography must be the one that most demands its students to get out of the classroom and into the field.

As well as the ever popular Iceland, we offer tours to Germany to study urban planning and coastal geography.

Take a look at Geography study tours to whet your appetite, then give us a call to talk through your needs.

Culture Trails

Travel House, Llwynmawr, Llangollen LL20 7BB

Tel: 01691 886161 e: geography@culturetrails.co.uk

 

Accredited online keyboard skills training for pupils with an optional funded qualification.

Learning to type with speed and accuracy is one of the most useful skills a young person can learn.  It increases their confidence in using a computer, whilst enabling them to concentrate on learning content rather than typing mechanics.

For sixth-formers looking forward to entering further or higher education or employment, it is a skill that will prove to be invaluable.  A skill that will give them an advantage in the short term and then last a lifetime.

At Type&Test, we’re the UK’s foremost provider of online typing training and assessment tools for learners of all ages and abilities.   We offer engaging online learning, delivered through a dedicated secure portal, with up to 60 hours of varied content, pre and post assessments, tracked and measurable results, and an optional accredited qualification that is eligible for funding.

To find out more, with no obligation, please complete and submit our schools enquiry form.  Or just browse our website at www.typeandtest.com

Regards,

Andy Stevenson, Director.
Type&Test Ltd

017683 42821

enquiries@typeandtest.com

www.typeandtest.com

History Summer Schools 2019

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 (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 2019 for students (aged 15-18) interested in History:

The History Summer School is an intensive five-day course which looks at historiographical questions and historical methods, using seminars, lectures, activities and informal discussions. Topics are selected to challenge and broaden the historical outlook of participants, and give a taste of what the subject is like at undergraduate level.

See more details of the History Summer School here.

The Classical Civilisations Summer School looks at the ancient worlds of Greek and Rome from a range of perspectives, including politics, international relations, literature and philosophy. On this course we try to convey both the radical strangeness of the classical world, and to look at the legacy in modern times of ancient thinkers, ideas and institutions.

See more information about the Classical Civilisations Summer School here.

In addition to the those highlighted above, we also have Summer Schools in International Relations, Politics, Economics, Philosophy, English Literature, Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Maths and Physics.

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 2019. 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 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 0800 810 1058, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

 

What is the single biggest problem that comes from the need to deliver a new assembly every day? 

During the course of their primary school lives most children will take part in over 1000 assemblies.

Which provides a significant challenge.  How can one ensure that each day’s assembly has an immediate impact on each child, and then additionally ensure that some of these assemblies have such an impact that they will be remembered for months (and sometimes even years) to come?

This is the issue that schools face every day through the school year, and it is the issue we looked to solve when we created Assembly Box.

The aim has been to create a series of 350 outstanding assemblies that really engage the pupils and which they will remember over time.

Each assembly is fully scripted and the collection comes with a complete index so that you can choose your assembly by topics as diverse as community and citizenship, saints’ days, black history, social and emotional stories and so on.

What’s more each assembly comes with its own supporting presentation material, and a set of ready-to-use key word cards.   The assemblies can be downloaded and printed out, thus making them immediately usable without further preparation.

You can see a complete list of the 12 main categories our assemblies are divided into here on our website, and from there you can go into each categories and see  the details of all the assemblies on offer.  Just visit http://www.assemblybox.co.uk/

You can also read a full example of one of our assemblies by following this link

The complete set of all of our assemblies costs £149 (+ VAT).  Order on line at www.assemblybox.co.uk

If you have any questions please email enquiries@assemblybox.co.uk

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Let’s make Shakespeare come alive for the next generation

Responding to a number of enquiries, I’ve been busy working on a new interactive production for younger students who are about to embark on their Shakespeare studies. Working title: Introducing… Mr William Shakespeare

The concept is straightforward – make Shakespeare come alive through an exciting, fun session that imparts knowledge and encourages creativity. I’m planning a production that fills up a half day, has actors playing out short scenes, is full of fun facts and has students thinking and working creatively with each other. In other words, a session that leaves students enthused about the bard and prepared to study his works.

I’d love to talk to you about this, and how bringing the production to your school might help your students get ahead of the game when it comes to working on their Shakespeare texts.

The fist draft of the content is currently with colleagues at a couple of local schools for their feedback. We will be finalising this soon and then touring the production during the summer term.

In the meantime, there’s still time to book our touring productions designed with the needs of GCSE students in mind. These are…

JEKYLL AND HYDE     A CHRISTMAS CAROL 

MACBETH     ROMEO AND JULIET

Feel free to call me on 01789 777612 or email: ad@fred-theatre.co.uk to discuss any aspect of Fred Theatre playing at your school.

Robert Ball
Artistic Director
Fred Theatre

PS: For more information, please visit our web site: www.fred-theatre.co.uk/schools

Major anniversaries in 2019

Hard to believe that it’s 2019 and there isn’t a child in the world who was alive in the twentieth century!

So many anniversaries this year, all of which give even more reason, if you need more reason, to take your students on a study tour.

Amsterdam will be celebrating Rembrandt, and Paris (Louvre) – Leonardo.

The centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus suggest that this is the year to visit Berlin, Weimar and Dessau.

Take a look at Art study tours to whet your appetite, then give us a call to talk through your needs.

 

Culture Trails

Travel House, Llwynmawr, Llangollen LL20 7BB

Tel: 01691 886161 e: art@culturetrails.co.uk

Why reading poetry on-line is not reading poetry

If we consider the works of the great poets of the language – Blake, Burns, Byron, Chaucer, Keats, Shelly, Tennyson, Wordsworth, Shakespeare etc etc – all of it is available to read on-line.

But in a sense it is also not available on-line.   By which I mean it is there, but not in a way that the student can use.

Of course, one can find a particular poem and read it on the screen.  One can also print the poem out – but interestingly very few students do this.  What they do is read on-line, and then, if asked to write a commentary or critique, they cut and paste.

None of this activity takes them anywhere near the words as the poet intended. The overall impact of the poem as a unified whole is lost, and the value of the work in our culture is reduced to the same level as the distracting Facebook message that pops up in the corner of the screen while the student is reading on-line.

There is in fact every reason to encourage students to read poetry in book form.  And of course, not just the poetry that is part of the syllabus but other poems written by those whose work is being studied.

Which is why printed editions of the works of poets are still very much required if the student is to get a serious understanding of what the poet was saying.

And thankfully the printed editions are not only still available, they are available at very modest prices, so every school can have new editions of the collected works of the greatest poets throughout the history of English literature.

Not just those poets listed above, but also Kipling, Owen, Wilde, Whitman, Yeats and many more.

Our works include reprints of the classics from as little as £2.99 each, after deduction of our 25% school discount, with no delivery charge and no minimum order.

If you would like to see our full list of poetry collections please take a look at this page from our website.

Ordering our books couldn’t be easier, as they are supplied for us by Bookpoint Ltd, where nearly all schools will have existing accounts. You can find full details on our website.

And we also have our offer of a free book just in case you have not come across Wordsworth Editions before.  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 simplest way of ensuring that parents fully appreciate the excellence of your students’ work on stage?

 

While most of the energy in drama productions is taken up with rehearsals there is one factor that can hugely affect how the final work is appreciated by the audience.

And it is, unfortunately, a factor that can on occasion is overlooked because of the sheer volume of work involved in putting on a production.

This factor, quite simply, is the lighting; a factor which can totally transform any stage event from something that is rather good, into something that is extraordinarily brilliant.

However, lighting can be forgotten, it is not necessarily seen as being instrumental in enhancing the quality of the event and the enjoyment of the audience. There are, after all, enough other issues to worry about.

This is the key subject we specialise in: the installation of lighting systems into schools that will transform any production from the smallest school nativity play to the largest all-school end of year show.

But there is more for we also understand how value for money is essential. We don’t over engineer a project but we will leave room for expansion. And we’ll ensure that the end user is able to operate the system with confidence and always offer backup and support.

We stay in touch with the latest technology and we’ll do the research so you don’t have to. Plus we have our own team of installation and service technicians with a proven track record and reputation.

However perhaps the best bit is that you can also have a free no obligation site visit for schools within 60miles of our Birmingham base. And we are happy to quote for venues further afield.

You can take a look at some of our recent work here

or to start the exploration of what possibilities there are simply drop us an email with details of what you have in mind.

dgh@centraltheatresupplies.co.uk   Or you can call us on 0121 778 6400

Are you looking to pursue a career in the jewellery industry?

From goldsmiths to CAD designers, read on as we look at the various career paths you could follow to be involved with creating stunning pieces like wedding rings and necklaces.

The UK jewellery industry could be one that you find yourself working in if this is a passion of yours. In fact, over 55,000 people are employed within this industry and make up over 16,000 businesses. Have you considered the different roles in the sector?

Goldsmiths/silversmiths

To be a goldsmith, you need to enjoy being practical by working with your hands, as you’ll be forming metal into different shapes. Patience is also required, as you’ll need to be concentrating for long periods of time on one object. You may also be asked to make changes to jewellery to meet a client brief, so persistence is also key. Being able to create technical drawings is an advantage too and something that is sought after by some employees, depending on the company.

It’s important that you’re a team player too, but happy to work independently as well. It’s likely that you’ll be working with other craftspeople on different projects but will also spend time perfecting pieces on your own.

This is a highly skilled job, so training is necessary. On the job experience is key here and although gaining qualifications will help develop your industry knowledge, it may not help develop your skills in the way that you need them. The best way is to learn from other professionals, either through an apprenticeship or by spending time in industry.

As their names suggest, goldsmiths and silversmiths are skilled in making jewellery out of gold and silver respectively. A Master goldsmith is highly skilled in working with precious metals using a variety of techniques.

Independent jewellers

Some people decide to go solo when it comes to making jewellery and set up their own business. This is usually done as an additional job or a hobby, but some people are successful in making a career out of it.

There are many sites out there that focus on arts and crafts and appeal to a market that wants something truly unique. You can teach yourself how to make jewellery pieces, and experiment with different materials to find your niche.

If it’s something that you’re passionate about, you can start your own website and possibly supply your goods to others in the future! If you want to be your own boss, this could be for you.

CAD designer

Developments in 3D printing and Computer Aided Design (CAD) means that there are more technical roles becoming available in the jewellery industry. There is now a requirement for people who can use these digital tools with precision in the design and manufacturing process.

These types of software are able to create prototypes of models, which go on to be made into 3D designs and castings. Jewellery that is designed with this sort of technology uses state-of-the art equipment and is drawn with precision like no other. The designs are then sent to mills, printers and growing machines, where they come to life with the help of 3D wax or resin.

How can you get CAD training? There are courses online and ways that you can gain a CAD qualification from home. Alternatively, get in touch with your local vocational college and see what related courses they have to offer.

Jewellery designer

Jewellery designers are usually involved right at the start of jewellery creation. Depending on the size of the business, designers may have to discuss a brief with the client and liaise with them through to completion. Individuals in this profession use their artistic abilities to bring an idea to life, either by hand or using Computer Aided Design, also known as CAD (see below).

Many designers create models out of the jewellery, which will go on to be mass produced in a business-to-business trade or given to the customer for a bespoke design. It could also be part of the designer’s job to source gemstones, metals and other jewellery parts to create their proposed piece.

This is a role that’s very competitive and not often advertised, so networking and building contacts in the field is a good idea to get started. You’ll find that many jewellery designers have foundation degrees, or bachelor’s degrees in related subjects which looks at modules such as metalwork, design and metal design.

For students who learn best on the job, apprenticeships are also available. Again though, these are increasingly competitive. And, for those who are looking to learn jewellery design alongside other commitments, there are short courses available at colleges and private providers, but these aren’t usually as in-depth or may take longer to get to the level that an apprenticeship or degree qualification would provide.

More specific roles

In larger jewellers that deal with making a lot of new products or making repairs and alterations, there are a lot of specific roles. You might find your niche in jewellery making and find that you want a more specialised job. These roles again require patience and working with your hands.

  • Engravers — skilled in the art of engraving, they can engrave lines words and other markings onto jewellery pieces
  • Enamellers — apply powdered glass and heat to the metal to create decorative finishes
  • Bench jewellers — make, repair and alter items
  • Model makers — design and create models which are used to make numerous copies or an item through the casting process
  • Casters — generate multiple casts for the production process

Do any of the roles discussed in this article take your fancy? Start networking and build your portfolio to better your chances of breaking into the industry.

Sources

https://icould.com/stories/careers-in-jewellery/

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs/job-profile/jewellery-designer

Mathematics Summer School 2019

Our Maths Summer School offers bright and aspirational students the opportunity to study a variety of advanced topics in pure and applied mathematics that are not typically covered by the school syllabus. The course is particularly appropriate for students who may be considering further study of mathematics, but is also a great addition for those interested in related disciplines, such as physics, computing or engineering.

This Summer School offers the chance to explore some of the most exciting ideas in contemporary mathematics. As a general structure, students will develop a theoretical understanding of a particular branch of mathematics in the morning session, before exploring the practical applications of these ideas in the afternoon. 

Mathematics – Part 1 focuses on Number Theory, Algebra and Geometry and is open to all students aged 15-18. Topics will include prime numbers, Riemann-zeta functions, polynomial equations, non-Euclidean geometry, group theory, statistical methods, probability theory, algorithms, Turing machines and code-breaking. As part of this programme, students will explore some of the most fascinating and famous unsolved problems in mathematics, including the Riemann Hypothesis, Goldbach Conjecture and Twin Prime Conjecture.

Mathematics – Part 2 focuses on Calculus, Proofs and Infinities and requires that students have completed a minimum of one year of A-level study in Mathematics (or equivalent) at the time of the course. This programme offers a university-style approach to the topics of linear algebra, modular arithmetic, limits, multi-variable calculus, mathematical induction, set theory and cryptography. During the course, students will explore some of the most exciting modern-day applications of these ideas, including quantum encryption, RSA algorithms, Google PageRank, the Black-Scholes equation and Gödel’s incompleteness theorem.

Classes are small, typically containing twelve to fourteen students, all of whom should have a passion for mathematics, a curiosity to build on their existing knowledge and be keen to embrace and exchange new ideas. Classes will focus on problem questions and exercises, creating a comfortable environment for students to share ideas amongst their peers and to progress from their existing knowledge toward more challenging material.

The Mathematics Summer School will be held in late July 2019. You can find detailed schedules, available dates, costs, student reviews and tutors on the course webpage – here.

Feedback from previous students:

If you love Mathematics and are thinking of taking the subject at A-level and beyond then do not hesitate to attend this course. I came away from this week with crazy enthusiasm for maths as well helpful guidelines and knowledge to support my career in the subject. I made some great new friends and met inspirational maths-minded people who I will never forget!’ 

‘Even though we only spent one day on each topic, they were taught at a surprising level of depth. I felt that in in my time at Debate Chamber, the main focus of the tutors was for you to learn about new topics you wouldn’t usually study at school. In school, the main focus of the lesson is to learn a topic to a level that is sufficient for you to be able to solve problems in a test. Instead, in the summer school I felt encouraged to ask questions, to understand the logic behind the mathematics, why it works, and the underlying importance of the concepts learned in the real world.’ 

‘You won’t regret it! If you love the subject, you’ll love the entire week. It gives an unparalleled taster into university mathematics and allows you to explore some absolutely fascinating concepts – some of which will be almost entirely alien to you! The teachers were excellent, and the friendly atmosphere ensures that everyone has a great time. I wish I could go again’ 

‘The Mathematics Summer School is a great introduction to maths at university. During the five days, I was presented with a variety of new topics in mathematics which had not been covered in the A level course. I would highly recommend attending the Debate Chamber Summer School, as it gives you a great opportunity to look at other areas of maths.’ 

‘This is a great event as it gives you lots of exposure to university style teaching and ideas, really testing your knowledge and dedication to your subject. The tutors guide you through it, pushing you to your full potential but in a fun and engaging manner. This course is definitely worth taking part in.’

Bursaries 

Debate Chamber is committed to ensuring that financial circumstances do not prevent any student from attending our events. For details of how to apply for bursary funding, please see here. 

Practical Details

All of our courses will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

The Mathematics Summer School will be held in late July 2019. You can find detailed schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors on the course webpage – here.

To book a place students can complete the online booking form, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email us at info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

A guide to offering extra support to pupils with musculoskeletal disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders compromise of sore joints to aching bones and inevitably, this can have a significant bearing on a person’s quality of life. It’s important for schools to look at how many of their own students are affected by these sorts of conditions and consider carefully what they can do to help.

Do you have procedures in place to cater to students with such problems? If not, then it’s something you should consider developing and implementing for 2019. In addition to that, you must also ensure that such conditions aren’t caused by the environment of your school premises.

Read on to find out more about ways that schools can help those who suffer from such pain, as well as preventative action they can take to stop these types of disorders developing.

Musculoskeletal disorders can cause attendance issues

Research shows that 45% of musculoskeletal disorders are to do with the upper limbs or neck, 38% to do with the back, and 17% involve the lower limbs. There is a downward trend of musculoskeletal disorders per 100,000 from 2001 to 2017, but it’s still an issue that must be considered. If one of your students suffers from a musculoskeletal disorder, they might have issues with their attendance.

How can schools take action?

What can schools do to make learning and achieving goals more possible for these students? And potentially reduce the number of days missed from attending school?

Can your pupils complete some of their work at home?

Completing class work exercise at home is one area that you could look into if your students with musculoskeletal disorders have issues with attendance. Provide them with learning materials in a digital format and a face-to-face chat via Skype, to ensure they don’t fall behind which could lead to further pressures and strains.

If the students are not based close by the school, alleviating them from a commute to school every day could be beneficial. Instead, students can stay at home where they may feel more comfortable and get on with their studies — reducing stress and promoting wellbeing.

If you create a system, allowing your students with musculoskeletal disorders to complete their work at home when necessary, they’re likely be more flexible and attend any doctors and physio appointments in their own time. Perhaps their rehabilitation centre is closer to home than it is from school, and less time may be spent getting to and from their sessions than if they were travelling from school lessons.

Can you buy specialist equipment for your students?

To help make your students more comfortable in the classroom, why not buy specialist equipment to help them out? Examples of these include:

  • Sitting or standing desks — Giving students the option of a sitting or standing desk is one way to help. For some, standing upright may be more comfortable than sitting in the same position for a prolonged period.
  • Ergonomic keyboard — These are designed to reduce muscle strain and should be offered to employees. For sufferers of musculoskeletal disorders, tasks that may be easy for some such as using a keyboard, mouse or pen can be difficult for someone who suffers with repetitive strain injury for example. Those with arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome may also struggle with these types of tasks.
  • Lifting assistance — Where lifting and carrying books or art materials is concerned, to and from class or the library for example, offering assistance with heavy lifting can be helpful. A trolley for example can help students transport objects that they might be struggling with. This may relieve shoulder pain for example and can help prevent further injury and strain.
  • Other equipment — By talking to students, teachers can find out about other types of specialist equipment that could be helpful — tailored to each person and their needs.

Could your school offer free therapy?

For back pain relief and mental wellbeing, could you potentially offer your students complementary therapy? Your school may already offer different types of therapy but is it specific to sufferers of musculoskeletal disorders?

This could also help reduce stress levels for individual students and increase the number of days spent in school. There is a clear link between musculoskeletal disorders, mental health and lifestyle productivity. In fact, depression is four times more common amongst people in persistent pain compared to those without pain. Ensuring that all students have someone to talk to if they are feeling under pressure is important and encouraging positive energy throughout your group of students with social events can also help. If students are feeling extra stress, it could be worth looking into hiring extra teaching assistants or referring the students for therapy for example.

Why not encourage yoga lessons too? There are many ways that schools could encourage their students to participate in this exercise — through organised classes at lunchtimes or after work, or through funding the classes. Although expensive, it’s possible that this extra exercise will help manage pain levels and offer relief, boost wellbeing and reduce the number of days missed from school.

Other ways that you can support your students

Making sure that your students feel valued is essential. What else can schools do to support their students with musculoskeletal disorders?

  • Promote good communication inside and outside of school — teachers should take time to learn about each of their students and their individual issues and requirements. This way, appropriate changes can be made within the school environment, which can encourage students to come to their teachers with problems and suggestions.
  • Recognising and being aware of the conditions early on — If a student has recently been diagnosed with a musculoskeletal issue, they should be encouraged to tell their school as soon as possible. This allows for the school to intervene early and get the measures in place that will encourage the student to return to school and learning as soon as they can.
  • Creating a ‘return-to-school’ programme — For those who have sustained an injury, creating a phased return could be beneficial for them. This reduces the risk of them taking a long period of leave from school through appropriate adjustments in their learning environment.
  • If you have someone with such conditions, you must be aware of the triggering factors. Teaching staff should encourage their students to take breaks or move away from their desks/chairs frequently (at least once every hour).

Author bio

Lee Dover is a senior copywriter at Mediaworks with an interest in healthcare as well as researching into healthier ways of living. He has a BA (Hons) in Magazine Journalism.

Sources

http://www.hse.gov.uk/Statistics/causdis/musculoskeletal/msd.pdf

https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/ltc-op-eolc/ltc-eolc/our-work-on-long-term-conditions/si-areas/musculoskeletal/

State of Musculoskeletal Health 2017 report — Arthritis Research UK

https://wellbeing.bitc.org.uk/sites/default/files/business_in_the_community_musculoskeletal_toolkit.pdf

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 some 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 by email:  signpost@talk21.com  or by phone on tel: 020 7515 1797

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

What is it that the very best assemblies do at the very start?

Of course there are many answers to that question, but there are two answers that always seem to stand out.

Two issues which, if met, really enhance the chances of the children understanding and remembering the core message within the Assembly.

First there is the issue of how the assembly starts, which determines how much focus the child gives to the proceedings that follow.  And second there is the way the child’s attention is kept, which of course determines if the child follows the proceedings all the way through.

Obviously you don’t need me to tell you this, but the problem is that with the pressure to think up a new assembly every day it is occasionally possible to focus primarily on what the assembly is about, rather than how one is gaining and holding attention.

It was in thinking about this issue of not only providing assemblies that deliver an important and interesting message to the children about their lives, but also of producing assemblies that grabbed and held attention, that my colleagues and I began to work on the Assembly Box.

We wanted to create assemblies that were original, which met the social and emotional needs of the children who attend them, and which grabbed and held the children’s focus from the start to the finish.

In working through this idea 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

Debate Chamber Summer Schools 2019 – Booking Now Open

Debate Chamber Summer Schools offer students 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 our older age-group, about the level of difficulty one might expect in the first year at university), but a relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of discussion, debate, and opportunities for students to shape the direction of classes creates the perfect environment for getting to grips with new ideas. Working in small groups (usually around 14 students per group) over several days means a real chance to get to know tutors and fellow students and to explore the topics or questions that particularly interest each individual.

Highlights of Summer 2019 for students interested in current affairs:

The International Relations Summer School for students aged 15-18. This course 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 IR, regional sessions looking at China and the Middle East, and the European response to the migration crisis.

See more details about the International Relations Summer School here.

The Economics Summer School for students aged 15-18. Focusing on political economy and macro-economics, the five-day Economics Summer School will include seminars on a diverse range of topics, from financial and currency markets to an analysis of economic inequality and its potential remedies. We will also be looking at development strategies in emerging economies, and the emerging impact of Brexit on the UK and other economies. The focus throughout will be on debate and discussion, and on encouraging and supporting students to engage critically and actively with the material.

See more details about the Economics Summer School here.

The Politics Summer School for students aged 15-18. This five-day course will include seminars on key questions within political theory and philosophy, workshops on important policy areas, and analysis of changing voter behavior in both the UK and US. The Summer School will conclude with a full day Mock Parliament, with participants taking the role of MPs, forming parties, making policy and debating legislation.

See more details about the Politics Summer School here.

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 2019. 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/. Please note that there is a limited amount of bursary funding available for students who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending.

To book a place please visit http://www.debatechamber.com/, call us on 0800 810 1058, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Jigsaw PSHE: The only PSHE Scheme you will ever have to buy

Jigsaw PSHE is now being used in over 2600 schools in the UK and overseas to deliver a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health Education  programme with creative lesson plans and all the teaching resources needed.

This innovative, stand alone, evidence based whole-school programme covers all the required content for Relationships and Sex and Health Education.

Jigsaw the mindful approach to PSHE 3-11, guarantees your school will be fully compliant, takes away any concerns about forthcoming statutory status, and has a proven significant impact.

Click here to download the Meeting Expectations report – How Jigsaw the mindful approach to PSHE, delivers the draft RSE and Health Education Guidance.

https://www.jigsawpshe.com/meeting-expectations-jigsaw-pshe-3-11-meets-dfe-2018-draft-rse-and-health-education-guidance/

To claim your FREE USB stick or learn more about how you can get started with Jigsaw click here:

https://www.jigsawpshe.com/request-an-inspection-copy-of-jigsaw/

Or email:

elaine@janlevergroup.com

Major anniversaries in 2019

Hard to believe that it’s 2019 and there isn’t a child in the world who was alive in the twentieth century!

The centenary of the Armistice is barely behind us and already we are into the eightieth anniversary year of the outbreak of World War 2 and the seventy-fifth of D-Day.

To mark this, and in addition to our regular programme of tours focusing on various aspects of the Third Reich, from the founding of the NSDAP through to the fall of Berlin, Culture Trails is introducing two brand new study tour itineraries tracing the conduct of the war in Poland.

If you are teaching any aspect of German history from Weimar to Cold War, at GCSE or A level, then we have tours to help explain it to your students.

Take a look at Germany and Poland tours to whet your appetite, then give us a call to talk through your needs.

Culture Trails

Travel House, Llwynmawr, Llangollen  LL20 7BB

Tel: 01691 886161       e: history@culturetrails.co.uk

“Can this calculator take over  from the  Casio FX 83GT Plus …..?  

 

The Casio FX 83GT+ has been the UK’s best selling scientific calc…and deservedly so.  It’s been setting the pace in many UK schools and is  the first choice for GCSE exams for many students. 

But  now there is an alternative…… It’s the Logik LK 83XP which has almost all the features of the FX 83GT Plus  (no verify or recurring decimal)  and with one big advantage…… it’s dual power.  This combination of battery and solar power  prolongs battery life and gives  extra reassurance for your students when used in exams. 

The LK 83XP has a THREE year guarantee* and is suitable for all exams where a calculator is allowed.  Features include:  252 functions,   “natural (true) display,”  check, correct and replay,  stats. calculations, prime factorisation, hard plastic keys, slide on case etc. 

It’s a calc which can see your students all the way from year 7 to GCSE and at a surprisingly modest price, from just £ 5.25 ex vat.         

Further details on:   www.signposteducational.co.uk 

or phone 020 7515 1797  or email: signpost@talk21.com 

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

What is the most effective way of teaching the new PSHE curriculum?

One of the most common talking points by educators is how PSHE is integrated differently into everyday school life. Some schools opt to have collapsed timetable days and others weave it through form periods and one-off sessions.

I’m sure you join us in applauding the government in the changes to the statutory safeguarding guidance for schools and colleges.

PSHE Association Chief Executive Joe Hayman said: “The world our children are growing up in offers huge possibilities but significant risks too and the school curriculum should prepare them for that world. This aim is exactly what PSHE education is designed to achieve, emphasising the key skills and characteristics – such as resilience, critical thinking and the ability to manage risk – which pupils need if they are to thrive in a changing world.”

Unfortunately, many schools are concerned about their overpopulated timetables and the pressures of the curriculum for academic subjects.

Thus the question arises: how can we maintain our busy school term and meet the new statutory obligations?

This is something we have invested a lot of time in supporting. As a result, we have 21 workshops available within the PSHE sector, catering for every subject area within the personal, social and health education framework.

Using various mediums of high-octane and energised delivery, our workshops support and enhance your own current PSHE programme.

If you would like to browse the workshops available, please visit the website – www.qsworkshops.com/workshops

And if you have any questions or queries about our workshops, please do call 020 8088 0717 or email me personally rosie@qsworkshops.com

Can you help Fred Theatre make Shakespeare live in 2019?

Everyone at Fred Theatre hopes you had a great break over the festive period and that 2019 will be a successful new year for you and your students.

We want to reach as many students as possible this year with our great in-school performances of:

ROMEO AND JULIET   and   MACBETH

Both of our 90-minute Shakespeare adaptations are available for in-school performances through till mid-April, as are our productions of:

A CHRISTMAS CAROL   and   JEKYLL AND HYDE

 The diary has been filling up, but there is still space for your booking. To discuss your requirements, and how we can help your students through one or more of our performances, either:

e-mail Helen in our office: helen@fred-theatre.co.uk

or visit our web site for more information: www.fred-theatre.co.uk/schools

Alternatively, you can call me for a chat about any aspect of Fred Theatre playing at your school on 01789 777612.

Robert Ball
Artistic Director

Fred Theatre

PS: We’re starting to think about 2019-20 and we’d love to hear your ideas for additional productions we can add to our repertoire. Email your ideas to Helen today.

Security on campus and access control

Many people have the time of their lives at university.  However, some recent stories have built up negative connotations for parents and students. For example, a video that went viral earlier this year recorded students at Nottingham Trent University in the UK chanting racist comments in front of the door of another student in their university accommodation (halls).

You might have seen this recent viral video that highlighted the negative, and potentially dangerous, side of residing in  university accommodation. Thankfully, with the advancements in technology and the implementation of access control systems in university halls, Rufaro was physically safe from any threat. But now, expectations must be higher to ensure that this type of behaviour, or risk, does not happen again.

In this article, security experts 2020 Vision investigate how useful security mechanisms – like access control systems – are for protecting students.

What is an access control system?

Essentially, an access control system offers two big benefits when it comes to security.  The first has a more basic yet effective approach and can enable or prevent someone from entering or exiting a location — this could range from the whole site, a wing of a building, or a singular room that needs protecting from unauthorised personnel.

The second benefit is that location movements can be tracked while a compliance audit can be completed.  It can also detect any areas where improvements could be necessary.

In addition to key cards, ID tags can also be incorporated into the access to a university hall of residence.  The purpose of having such security measures in place is to help protect students from unauthorised access, which could potentially threaten their wellbeing or put their possessions at risk.

With universities becoming ever-increasingly like businesses, and with the cost of entering university at an all-time high, the expectations are that student living standards and safety are paramount, especially with students – initially – having to live with strangers. According to a survey carried out by Save The Student, the average cost of renting is £131 per week, which leaves students with £8 to live on after deducting the payment from their maintenance loan.

Although university culture does play a large part on student life, excessive and unordinary behaviour is not acceptable. It was found that 52% of students have noisy housemates, 37% of housemates steal food (considered as theft), 8% have dangerous living conditions, and an astonishing 6% have experienced a break in or a burglary.

These stats highlight that there are many students who don’t view their accommodation as value for money.  Now, there is a demand for larger investments into suffering areas — accommodation providers are under extreme amounts of pressure to make changes otherwise they could encounter detrimental damages that will impact them in the long run.

What are the benefits of access control?

There are many potential benefits to having a campus access control system.  Evidently from the story above discussing the racist chants, it has become critical to ensure the safety and protection of young people as unsolicited actions can be carried out without any prior detection.

It’s true that some universities offer students the opportunity to choose their new living quarters with factors like gender, age and drinking preferences taken into consideration.  However, there are still many faults. Universities should be looking at implementing more personal options that enable young people to properly filter down the type of roommates they are looking for — such as language, religion, race, and more to create a safer and more familiar environment for all.

Advanced Credentials — smart phones are now a part of daily life for students.  Locked areas can now be accessed via security info/credentials stored safely on a phone. 

The neutralisation of old Key Cards —university accommodation keys – unlike regular keys – cannot be copied.  Once a student has left, each card can be deactivated. This removes the risk of any unauthorised entry and heightens the safety of the new tenant after the previous lease is up.

Access Limitation — an access control system means only eligible students can access the premises. As they require the swipe of a unique key card for entry permissions which are given only to students, this will make it difficult for anyone other those who are enrolled as residents to enter.

It’s clear that university accommodation should have enhanced security.  This is even more pertinent if it can be used in a lockdown process that helps reduce the obvious risks that come with fast-moving incidents (i.e. firearm attacks).

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-43328566

http://www.net-ctrl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/AAAC_Discussion_Paper_Students_fv-1.pdf

https://www.savethestudent.org/accommodation/national-student-accommodation-survey-2018.html

 

Fred Theatre’s no-fuss Shakespeare shows are back on the road

The cast of our current schools’ tour is returning to the rehearsal room to prepare this year’s Shakespeare productions: Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. These will both take to the road early in 2019, giving students the tangible advantage of live performance.

Each of our 90-minute adaptations is designed to be a great introduction to the text, or a useful revision tool. Watching one of the productions really helps your students understand the narrative arc of the text, and they will hear those all-important quotes in context. They see and hear the text rather than just reading it, and, of course, there’s the simple joy of live theatre.

Last year, praise for Macbeth included lovely comments such as this from Parmiter’s School:

“It was fantastic! So professional and carefully engineered to give the students what they need. The actors were really impressive—they held the audience for the entire performance.”

Although our diary is filling up, there’s still time to book an in-school performance from Fred Theatre for the current academic year. We are touring with four exciting productions:

Jekyll and Hyde     A Christmas Carol 

Macbeth     Romeo and Juliet

Please note, Jekyll and Hyde is a 60-minute adaptation.

We are very cost-effective. Booking a performance from Fred Theatre is a whole lot cheaper than paying for theatre tickets + travel costs + the time of staff and helpers.

All four productions are fresh and exciting re-tellings of the familiar and much-loved stories, and feature a cast of six professional actors. We concentrate on the original 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.

And we don’t leave our involvement with just the performance. We send out regular newsletters for students that build up to the performance with lots of great information on the show. We give students feedback cards which can be used as a valuable tool in the classroom after the show. And, we also arrange workshops if that’s of interest, as well as Q and As with the cast post-performance.

You can call me to discuss any aspect of Fred Theatre playing at your school on 01789 777612. Alternatively, email Helen in our office: helen@fred-theatre.co.uk. We’ll have a chat about how we can help, collect a few details from you and respond with more information.

 For more information, please visit our web site: www.fred-theatre.co.uk/schools

Academic Summer Schools – July and August 2019

Debate Chamber Summer Schools are great for bright students who enjoy an intellectual challenge, and who are curious about the ways in which their knowledge can be applied to help solve real-world problems.

Our courses are rigorous, with an emphasis on independent thinking and collaborative problem-solving, providing a valuable insight into university level education.

Debate Chamber tutors are selected for their exceptional communication skills, a charismatic and inspiring classroom presence, and a true passion for their subject (typically they are Masters or PhD students, and so young enough to relate easily to school age students, at the same time as offering exceptional subject knowledge).

Group sizes for these courses are 12-14 students, and teaching involves a combination of mini-lectures, seminar discussions, team tasks and practical activities. The comfortable and welcoming environment makes it easy for students to share ideas amongst their peers, and to progress from their existing knowledge toward more challenging material.

Highlights for students aged 15-18:

The Summer Law 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 Law, Civil Law or International Law, or to attend all three Parts for a comprehensive introduction to legal study.

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 Medicine Summer School offers a series of two-day events with specialist sessions on cardiology, paediatrics, oncology, emergency medicine and many other topics – enabling students to attend a wide-ranging introduction or select the sessions most relevant to their interests.

Our Mathematics and Physics Summer Schools now offer options for students at GCSE, and also for those who have completed the first year of A Level study. These five-day events offer a challenging and rigorous exploration of theory and application, with a focus on developing practical problem-solving skills.

We also have courses in Economics, History, Classical Civilisations, Philosophy and Politics (all for students aged 15-18).

Last but not least, we also have a smaller number of courses available for younger students (ages 11-14) in Law, Medicine, Creative Writing and Science subjects.

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 2019. 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 www.debatechamber.com.

There is a limited amount of bursary funding available for students who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see here for details.

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

We really look forward to hearing from you!

Every day the playground is becoming more and more important.

The introduction of the government’s Childhood Obesity Challenge last year required that all children should have an extra 30 minutes a day of activity in addition to the PE lessons already mandatory through the national curriculum.

This came about after a report was published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health which revealed that 40 percent of children in the country’s most deprived areas were diagnosed as overweight or obese in 2016.  Even in more affluent areas 27 percent were considered overweight or obese.

What’s more, the reports associated with this initiative showed quite remarkably that rather than reducing the academic performance of pupils, diverting 30 minutes a day away from classroom learning into a greater level of activity not only improved the children’s physical well-being, but also improved their academic performance.

One straightforward way to encourage activity and enhance positive play in the school grounds and simultaneously encourage children to meet the 30 minutes a day activity schedule is by teaching the children one game a week which they can then work on together.

Some games will catch on and become continuing favourites. Others by the nature of things will fade after a few days.  But if the games that catch on are then passed on to parents, perhaps by being put on the school’s website, the impact of the game can be extended further and further.

What’s more because the game is initiated by the school, its uptake in the playground can be tracked very easily, as the government’s new “30 minute a day” programme requires.

PSHE in the Playground is a downloadable book which both looks at enhancing activity and enhancing positive play behaviour.  It can be copied and circulated among your colleagues, and indeed parents if you so wish.

The book incorporates enough games to last a full school year and includes games that are suitable for both key stage 1 and key stage 2 children.  Most games can be taught to children in a matter of minutes.

Publisher’s reference: T1691
ISBN: 978 1 86083 726 5

The book costs £14.95 and can be purchased:

 

Supporting personal development, behaviours and attitude through promoting mental health and wellbeing

The recent consultation on transforming children and young people’s mental health provision has highlighted the essential role that the education sector can play to support mental health and wellbeing. We recognise the real and positive differences staff working in education can make and we also understand the challenges this can present.

Team Mental Health provide an expert led, whole school approach developed by medical doctors who specialised to become consultant psychiatrists and a headteacher. As part of our multidimensional approach, we offer a whole school mental health awareness programme.

We don’t expect those working in education to become experts in mental health. However, we do want to empower all staff to continue to make a positive difference through prevention, detection, early intervention and stamping out stigma associated with mental health.

Our unique approach will also support schools to evidence to Ofsted their commitment in relation to the new inspection judgements set out in the 2019 framework.

Our next Advanced Mental Health Masterclass event is on Thursday 6th December 2018 at the MacDonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham.

  • 9.00am: Coffee and registration
  • 9:15am: Start
  • 4:30pm: Finish
  • Also included: Refreshments breaks & lunch / Supporting documentation / Attendance CPD certificates
  • Cost – £185 / delegate (exc VAT)

This intensive, fast paced, CPD UK accredited event is delivered by consultant psychiatrists. It is recommended for those working in the education sector who hold a position of responsibility relevant to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and staff and implementing development plans and policies.

More information about this masterclass can be accessed here: https://www.teammentalhealth.co.uk/courses/view-module/57b7b8d0-29c3-11e7-800e-0ad59815a061

To reserve a place please email: training@teammentalhealth.co.uk

Dr Libby Artingstall
Co-Founder & Director Team Mental Health
Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

www.teammentalhealth.co.uk

@GoTeamMH

Debate Chamber Summer Schools

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 passion for their subject (generally they are Masters or Doctoral candidates, and so young enough to relate easily to school age students, but with excellent subject knowledge).

Group sizes for these courses are 12-14 students, and teaching involves a combination of lectures, group discussions, team games and practical activities. The comfortable and welcoming environment makes it easy for students to share ideas amongst their peers, and to progress from their existing knowledge toward more challenging material.

Young Scientists Summer School (ages 11-14) 

The Young Scientists Summer School is aimed at younger students, 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.

‘It was a great experience with fun, engaging activities, lots of good advice from the teachers and they were very nice and welcoming.’

Physics Summer School (ages 15-18) 

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 (ages 15-18)

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 (ages 15-18)

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.’

We also have a Young Doctors Summer School, which covers some of the more accessible medical topics for students aged 11-14.

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 90% 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 2019. 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 www.debatechamber.com. 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, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Making your garden an exciting classroom

Many children spend the majority of their time in front of an electronic screen, cooped up indoors. Getting them out for a spot of fresh air can be a challenge. But you needn’t struggle to get them to enjoy an expensive day out. In this article, ericaceous compost supplier Compost Direct will show you how all the fun of the outdoors can be found in your garden.

In the early-years stages

Early-years skills can be developed through playing in the garden. Messy play is a great way to improve sensory and cognitive development, whilst having fun. There is an abundance of research behind the advantages of messy play and how this unstructured form of activity can really help your child develop. This can be done in the garden with sand, water or even mud! It’s all about breaking down the usual rules that your child might face, such as being restricted to a play mat or not being too disruptive with toys. Encourage your child to draw shapes with different (child-friendly) tools and their fingers in various materials — this can help children to build up their finger and arm muscles, which is useful for when they come to hold a pen.

Your child can come into contact with so many new textures in the garden. They become used to handling solid objects, such as toys, and these are easy for children to learn because they don’t change shape. For example, letting your child come into contact with mud, a softer material, lets children broaden their knowledge and allows them to compare and understand new textures.

Overall learning experience

Doing homework out in the garden on a nice evening can be a great way to get some fresh air. Your child might have spent all day behind a desk at school doing their work and it’s nice to have a break from this when they come home. Make it easy for your child to work outdoors by purchasing a gazebo or having a table and chairs outdoors where homework can be done. 85% of teachers reported that they saw a positive impact on their pupils’ behaviour when they were taught outside. In addition to this, 92% of pupils said that they preferred their lessons to be outdoors. In a study between pupils who learnt indoors and those who learnt outdoors, those who were outside were found to have a better understanding of their responsibility to care for the environment.

Healthy diet

Research has revealed how children are more eager to eat fresh fruit and vegetables that they have had a hand in growing. This can be a great way to improve their diet and get them outdoors. Easy fruit and vegetables to grow include: strawberries, cabbage, radishes and potatoes. You can decide on the size of your patch and watch as your child runs outside to see what has grown that week.

Tasks for your children

Children like to have little tasks and jobs in order to feel responsible. Give them some tasks to do daily, or even weekly, and it’s likely that they’ll start to look forward to spending time in the garden. One simple task to get children outdoors could be to grow a sunflower. Each day your child can head outdoors to see how their plant is growing and practise some maths skills through measuring. This can be exciting for a child, as often the sunflower will grow taller than them!

If you are mowing the lawn or potting plants, why not get your child involved with keeping the garden tidy. Let them trim the edges of your garden, water the plants or do some de-weeding — it’s a nice way to spend time together, too.

Sources

http://www.peecworks.org/peec/peec_reports/01795CA8-001D0211.32/CYE_FactSheet3_Benefits%20of%20Gardening%20for%20Children_August%2020.pdf

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 £ 5.25 each  ex vat while the  Casio FX 85GT+  starts from £ 7.75 each ex vat.

For more details & prices please visit:

    www.signposteducational.co.uk    

or email to: info@signposteducational.co.uk  or phone: 020 7515 1797 and ask for Martin Evans who will be pleased to assist with queries or orders.

Signpost Educational Ltd  PO Box 999  London E14 6SH

P.S.  orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

What is the most effective way of offering positive, creative experiences for young children?

There are some aspects of human behaviour which virtually every child finds engaging, encouraging, helpful, and positive.

Children don’t have to be tutored in any way to get enjoyment out of these activities – it is just a natural element of self-expression; a part of growing up.

For example, drawing and painting can be considered one such area that virtually all children seem to enjoy and benefit from experiencing.  Movement and dance is another, while a third is singing, and yet another is writing lyrics to songs.

Building on this natural desire for artistic expression among children, SEALSONGS was created by a well-known songwriter, working with a group of London primary schools, using children’s ideas.  It is now used in hundreds upon hundreds of schools across the country and has become a firm favourite in assemblies.

What’s more, in addition to the songs, SEALSONGS gives advice to non-specialist teachers on teaching songs and leading singing.

Indeed Sealsongs also acts as a classroom resource for SEAL, with notes on how each song relates to its topic, while explaining how pupils may explore their ideas by writing new lyrics to the songs.  Thus it gives children the positive experience of working with others in creating new songs within the SEAL framework.

The SEAL themes include New beginnings, Getting on and falling out, Say no to bullying, Going for goals, Good to be, Relationships and Changes.  Two further general songs – one about writing songs and one providing a Rhyme Game – are also included in the pack.

SEALSONGS was written by David Stoll, the well-known composer of music for the concert hall, the theatre, television and radio. David often also writes songs and other works for children, and he designs projects in creativity for schools, higher education and the corporate sector.

The complete pack including music, lyrics, backing tracks and teachers’ notes is available as a download.  The price is £24.00, which includes a licence for printing, copying and using the products in a non-commercial way within schools; the price also includes VAT.

Sample pages are available to download from www.schools.co.uk/samples/SEALSONGSSamples.zip

SEALSONGS is available for immediate download from www.schools.uk/index.php/on-line-shop/item/13-sealsongs

Two simple, cost effective products which can transform teaching and learning in schools and colleges throughout the UK……  

Over the years I’ve spoken to various teachers (mainly in secondary schools) and one topic seems to crop up more than others. It’s the problem of students  turning up to lessons without a pen, pencil, ruler etc.  Apparently this leads to a measure of disruption and wasted time at the start of lessons while students try to beg, steal or borrow what they need to benefit from the lesson.

Fortunately there are now a couple of simple, low cost  products which can help to  solve this problem.

The first is the “Student Essentials set”  consisting of three good quality black ballpens, two full length HB pencils, a 15 cm ruler, eraser  and a pencil sharpener  …all packed in an A5 size “exam friendly”  clear PVC zip slider wallet. From only 85p ex vat it will almost certainly prove useful for students and teachers alike.

The second is the “Value Maths set”…and once again it comprises the same  A5 size

“exam friendly”  clear PVC zip slider wallet  but with some components which are specific to maths lessons: a metal compass and half pencil, 180 degree protractor, 15 cm ruler, sharpener, eraser,  two good quality black  ballpens and a full length HB pencil. From just £ 1.25 ex vat it should help restore a bit of order at the start of maths lessons!

Both these products can be obtained from Signpost Educational Ltd  via their website:

www.signposteducational.co.uk or by phone (020 7515 1797)

or email: info@signposteducational.co.uk

We understand that the firm holds good stocks of these products and  usually deliver  within 1-3 days of receiving orders.

Debate Chamber Summer Schools

The Debate Chamber Summer Schools offer students age 15-18 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.

Working in groups of 12 – 14 students 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 from our Summer Schools 2019 programme include:

Law Summer School

The Law Summer School offers an exciting and challenging introduction to the legal profession, and is aimed at students who wish to take their first steps towards a legal career or Law degree. With options top specialise in particular areas of interest, this course includes mini-lectures on key areas of the law, seminar discussions on tricky and controversial legal questions, lively group negotiations and activities, and concludes with a full mock trial in which students take the role of barristers for the prosecution or defence.

‘The Summer Law School was an exhilarating and unforgettable five days. It gave me great insight into the theories of law and how they are implemented in real court cases; and also provided me with the opportunity to meet other young people with similar interests to me.’

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.’

Physics Summer School

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!’

In addition to these highlighted courses, we also offer courses in English Literature, Philosophy, Economics, International Relations, Politics, Mathematics and Dentistry.

Bursaries

Debate Chamber is committed to ensuring that financial circumstances do not prevent any student from attending our events. Students can apply for bursaries covering up to 95% 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 2019. 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/.

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.

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

The Casio FX 83GT+ and the Logik LK 83XP are excellent choices for your GCSE maths students.  They are in use in thousands of schools and colleges throughout the UK.

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 and reliability of these calcs is excellent and they both benefit from a THREE year warranty. (excludes damage to the LCD).

The Logik LK 83XP has similar features and functions to the Casio FX 83GT+ (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 £ 5.22 each ex vat while the Casio FX 83GT+ starts from £ 6.55 each ex vat.

Even though both calcs have a THREE year guarantee there is however, one significant difference. The Logik LK 83XP benefits from both battery and solar power (thus prolonging battery life) while the Casio FX 83GT+ is battery power only. 

For more details & prices please see: www.signposteducational.co.uk   

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

Signpost Educational Ltd PO Box 999 London E14 6SH 

P.S. Orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

History teachers: save time and money

Your ideas matter…

Judith Loades has been publishing materials for schools for nearly 30 years and many of those titles have been suggested by teachers.

To celebrate the new website going up in January I am launching a new discount programme saving you money on advertised prices.

For instance a single paperback is yours for £3.50 rather than £6.99. If you buy five sets of Notes in soft covers (many teachers buy more because they save you time) then £100 becomes £60.

How do you qualify for these discounts? Simply email your name and school to judithdavenant@gmail.com or telephone Oxford reception on (01865) 292148 with the same information and you will receive your first pack.

Please contact me now and start saving, see www.davenantpress.co.uk

What is the single most important factor when it comes to supporting pupils and students with ADHD?

There have been many takes on this question and one of the most common responses across the years has been that the school should work with parents to ensure that the young person in question takes the behaviour modification drugs prescribed.

Only when this is done, it is argued, can the individual modify her or his behaviour enough to be able to settle into mainstream education.

However recent research has cast doubt on this approach. Indeed research from the University of Exeter Medical School has found that the greatest progress of all occurs where the school undertakes three actions related to the pupils and students.

First, this most effective approach needs to include ensuring that all colleagues throughout the school understand ADHD and support the approach being used to help the pupil or student.

Second the approach must be undertaken with the wishes of parent. If  the parent is very keen on constant medication, then this alternative approach will simply cause difficulty.

Third the approach needs to be talked through regularly with the pupil or student.  This is not just a case of a single session where what is happening is explained.  Rather opportunity needs to be found to return to the topic and the approaches used on regular occasions, helping the pupil or student reflect upon the progress being made.

But what is particularly interesting is that although this approach was designed as a way of working with students and pupils who are not taking medication it now turns out that these three fundamentals are just as important when working with those who are taking medication to modify their behaviour.

Where these three factors are all in place then, whether it is with or without medication, better progress and exam results can be expected.

It is to help with the multiplicity of such issues that relate to ADHD that we have produced “Helping ADHD pupils and students through school”.

It is a book which is available as a download, which means that you can then take any of the short articles that appear in the book and make them available for colleagues without any further charges for reproducing the information.

To see sample pages please click here

ISBN:  978 1 86083 855 2   Order code: T1789 – please quote with order.

You can purchase the download copy of the volume for £14.95 including VAT

  • On the phone with a school order number at 01604 880 927
  • By email to sales@schools.co.uk with a school order number
  • With a credit card via PayPal at our on-line shop

Anxiety is the leading cause of lower than expected grades and exam results.  So what can be done?

Because “anxiety” is such an everyday term, it can be easy to forget what it actually means.  And that can be a shame, because for some students anxiety means they never achieve the results in school that could and indeed should be theirs.

At its simplest anxiety is a worry about a future event. The worry does not have to be realistic to affect behaviour, and sadly simply telling a person there is nothing to worry about or “you’ll be fine” often does not help at all.

Indeed such comments can make matters worse for an anxious student, because to the teenager the anxiety is completely real, as real as any pain following any injury, but quite often far more debilitating. That it is irrational, only makes it worse.

And here we see the problem that we as teachers face.  If we have not suffered from anxiety it is hard to appreciate how debilitating it is and how difficult it is to overcome.

Worry about the future is built in to all of us; indeed it helps stop us taking too many risks.  Anxiety, however, is worry that is out of control and unrealistic.  A desperate concern about what will happen in specific situations which has nothing to do with what actually happens.

Indeed no matter how many times the individual faces that worry and comes through it satisfactorily, the anxiety can be just as strong next time.

Worse, after a while each anxiety episode builds up, so in the end it is always there in the background or foreground, never allowing the student to relax or escape.

Fortunately one short-term intervention programme with students who suffer in this way can result in a wholly different outcome.  One in which anxiety is reduced to more normal levels.

Such a change can be achieved through a short period of intervention with a small group of secondary school students – and the big bonus is that there is external funding available for this type of intervention so that there is no cost at all to the school.

If you feel that you have some students in your school who are not reaching their full potential because of anxiety or related issues, and you would like to make use of external funding to help these students, I would ask you to get in touch.

We have already worked with numerous schools across the country and now have additional time and funding available to come to your school and work with the students you nominate. There are more details of our work with pupils with anxiety at on the Anxiety section of our website.

If you would like to discuss the options without any obligation please do call 0345 3192 666 or 0203 6677 294 or email gemma@NLP4Kids.org

Our 2018-19 tour is on the road with great reviews

The first two productions on our current menu hit the road last week, and we asked students what they thought of them.

Meghan, a year 11 student in Evesham, says of A Christmas Carol what she’ll remember most is: “Everything!!! It was incredible. The comedy was impressive. Would love to see it again.”

Harrison, a year 11 student in Birmingham, says of Jekyll and Hyde what he’ll remember most is: “The portrayal of the characters and the accuracy of the performance in relation to the book.”

Staff have been posting great feedback on Twitter too. One teacher Tweeted about Jekyll and Hyde: “It was wonderful! Great learning experience for our boys who thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to your Macbeth performance already :)”

There’s still time to book an in-school performance from Fred Theatre for the current academic year. We are touring with four exciting productions:

Jekyll and Hyde     A Christmas Carol 

Macbeth     Romeo and Juliet

Each of our 90-minute adaptations is designed to be a great introduction to the text, or a useful revision tool. Watching one of the productions really helps your students understand the narrative arc of the text, and they will hear those all-important quotes in context. They see and hear the text rather than just reading it, and, of course, there’s the simple joy of live theatre.

Jekyll and Hyde is a 60-minute adaptation.

All of this at a very cost-effective price too! Booking a performance from Fred Theatre is a whole heap cheaper than paying for theatre tickets + travel costs + the time of staff and helpers.

All four productions are fresh and exciting re-tellings of the familiar and much-loved stories, and feature 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.

And we don’t leave our involvement with just the performance. We send out regular newsletters for students that build up to the performance with lots of great information on the show. We give students feedback cards which can be used as a valuable tool in the classroom after the show. And, we can also arrange workshops if that’s of interest.

You can call me to discuss any aspect of Fred Theatre playing at your school on 01789 777612. Alternatively, email Helen in our office: helen@fred-theatre.co.uk. We’ll have a chat about how we can help, collect a few details from you and respond with more information.

Robert Ball
Artistic Director
Fred Theatre

PS: We are more than happy to engage with the audience via a QandA session after the performance, if that would be helpful.