How to get some really imaginative resources that help you develop thinkers in science.

Discovering if toy robots will be crushed when kids race them across an unopened stretch of motorway – by analysing the motion of the robots and oncoming steamrollers – has made thousands of pupils smile whilst improving their interpretations and calculations from speed graphs.

A little rebellious and a hint macabre, the approach has never failed to generate engagement in physics.  There is a wealth of engaging contexts and challenges for biology and chemistry too, from CSI themed activities to the exploration of alien worlds.  And they are all free.

Complete lessons, starters and plenaries are available. There are teaching screens, student worksheets, online quizzes and homework challenges that can be emailed to you a few times each term – ready to insert into your teaching as and when the time arises.

These curriculum linked resources are specifically designed to develop critical thinking, creative thinking and communication skills – the very skills the OECD report are in high demand by employers but in increasingly short supply.

Based on the approach and questioning style that has proven so successful in workshops delivered by Thinkers in Education since 2001 the activities will save you time, challenge your most able students and help to increase engagement for all via the unusual contexts and competitive challenges included.  Plus, you will receive exclusive discounts on a wide variety of workshops too.

It takes less than a minute to sign up for the updates.  Simply click here to have a look.

If you would like to discuss ideas, we would be delighted to talk with you.

You can call us on 01603 520 866 or email:  joseph@thinkersineducation.co.uk

Poor communication skills always hinder learning. But how can we improve a child’s communication skills?

Every child with poor communication skills has, quite obviously, difficulty in listening, understanding, and self-expression.  Which is to say, that child has difficulties with every aspect of learning.

As research has shown, this problem affects a huge number of children.  Ican, for example, has suggested that at least 10% of young people across the UK have communication difficulties severe enough to be hindering their learning.

These children invariably also have difficulties in areas such as problem-solving and maintaining relationships.

Many agree that what is needed in order to overcome such problems is a way to learn effective two-way interactive communication so that they can participate both in the formal side of their education and the social side of being at school.

But the problem is, how can this be arranged within the current financial situation?

We know that it is vital for children to be able to express themselves openly and articulate their thoughts and feelings.  We know that language is an integral part of our processing of daily events through our thoughts.

And beyond this we know that if we do not have the skills to process daily events internally then our mental health and well-being suffer.

But that still leaves the question, how can change be effected?

NLP4kids works in this area with many schools around the UK, and our work includes helping schools access government funding specifically set aside for this sort of project – thus effectively making our services available free of charge to the school.

If you would like to know more about our work in improving students’ communication skills and about the funding, please do have a look at our communication skills webpage.

To discuss the options without any obligation please do call 0345 3192 666 or 0203 6677 294 or email me at gemma@NLP4Kids.org

2018 Low cost Play Therapy Placement Scheme

If you your school is not already employing a registered Play Therapist, you could use the Play Therapy UK placement scheme provided by our accredited training providers APAC in collaboration with Leeds Beckett University.

This year there will be about 300 trainees from all over the UK looking for placements to work therapeutically with primary school pupils who have emotional, behaviour and mental health issues.

They will be clinically supervised in providing 100 hours of sessions (typically seeing 8 pupils throughout the year).

All you have to provide is a safe, confidential play room and a budget of about £300 for equipment and materials. ie a cost to the school of roughly £3 per session.

In addition, the placements will conduct parent interviews, assessments, measure outcomes for the children and also for your objectives – how you want therapy to benefit your school and provide regular progress reports.

See: http://www.playtherapy.org.uk/CareersInPlayTherapy/TrainingPlacements/Placements

First come, first served.  Last year our Autumn cohorts were fully placed by the end of October.

More information:  mokijep@majemail.com to fix a time for a chat.

www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

www.playtherapy.org.uk

How the idea of secret codes hidden within the texts can stimulate student interest in Shakespearean comedies

The notion that the world is not as we see it, is as old as humankind.  Carvings, markings, pictures, commentaries – these can all be seen as relating to deeper hidden meanings, and for most teenagers this is indeed a fascinating notion.

Indeed the concept that there is more to the world than can be seen, fascinates many teenagers – quite possibly the majority of teenagers.

Whether they have been told of hidden meanings within Renaissance paintings, of have watched the Da Vinci Code or any of its multiple spin offs, the fact that the world is not what it seems is a notion that appeals to many teenagers at a fundamental level.

So when they find that Shakespeare seriously may also have worked with arcane knowledge, and when they hear that some of the mysteries and anomalies in his works can be explained through references to alchemy, Renaissance magic, Celtic mysticism, the Cabala and so on, their interest in Shakespeare and his works, peaks.

Of course this is not to say that the students see the whole of Shakespeare as an elaborate code.  But it does mean that when students find that some of the more difficult to understand texts and settings can be explained in different ways, their appreciation of the works can be enhanced..

In this regard “Secret Meanings in Shakespeare” is an excellent source book for any teacher looking to find additional explanations for some of Shakespeare’s more convoluted theatrical moments.

Indeed the incorporation of just a few of the “Secret meanings” into the students’ study of Shakespeare can also give them a sense of holding knowledge that others do not have.

From there on all they need is to practice the introductory phrases such as “It has also been argued that…” and they can show examiners that they not only know the play but also can appreciate that in all things Shakespearean different explanations are possible.

“Secret Meanings in Shakespeare” examines the Shakespearean comedies from the point of view of materials and ideas to which he was most likely to have had access.  The exploration of the plays then helps enlighten the students and their understanding and gives them a sense of holding their own inside knowledge.

The book is available both as a paperback for £29.99 and as an ebook for £9.99.

To order a paperback or Kindle copy please click here.

To Order as an ebook please click here for apple devices.

For more information please email jonathan@m-ybooks.co.uk or call 01992 586279

How a revolution in the design and manufacture of classroom chairs can save your organisation hundreds of pounds as well as reduce maintenance costs and improve your students’ comfort & concentration……… 

Introduced  in 1996  the “one piece” Postura chair was the first classroom chair to be manufactured from a single mould of polypropylene.  Today hundreds of thousands of these chairs are in use throughout the UK in schools, colleges and nurseries.

What’s so special about the “one piece” Postura chair…..?

Before the introduction of the Postura chair, most classroom chairs were  made either of wood or  a metal frame  which was fixed to a polypropylene “shell” (the seat)  by screws or rivets.  If you have ever worked in a school then you will almost certainly  have come across broken or vandalised chairs ………How do they get broken?

The weak link is the fixings which join the shell to the frame. They can usually be unscrewed or damaged, either deliberately or by the constant stresses and strains of wear by students for several hours everyday, week after week, month after month and year after year.  Sometimes they can be repaired using a replacement shell or frame but more often than not such repairs tend to be of a temporary nature.

The Postura chair has done away with all this.   Its one piece design means there are no screws or rivets to be broken or damaged.  When you take delivery of Postura chairs you get a TWENTY year warranty with each one. That’s how confident are the manufacturers that you’ll get at least twenty years of trouble free use from each chair.

How can the Postura chair save us  hundreds  of pounds?

Simple. The warranty covers any possible manufacturing defects for 20 years.

This means that you’ll get 20 years of trouble free classroom seating from as little as 35p per term per chair…and this cost is based on the largest size, being used by ages 11 upwards…for primary and nursery schools the cost is even less !  So you can wave goodbye to broken and vandalised chairs…..no more time wasted in repairs, no more “wonky” chairs, no more expenditure for replacements when they have become unrepairable. It all adds up to big savings when you switch to Postura classroom chairs from the traditional classroom chair.

What about improving students’ concentration….?

If you’ve ever sat on an uncomfortable chair you’ll know….well, how uncomfortable it is. You  change your position, you fidget, you can’t sit comfortably and if you’re in a meeting the chances are you’re just as concerned with your sitting position than concentrating on what is being said.  It’s no different with your students, which is why the Postura chair was designed to be ergonomically beneficial …… to be comfortable and encourage good posture, so students can concentrate on lessons rather than continually trying to make themselves comfortable.

………..and here’s an additional reason to order Postura chairs now.

Central Educational Supplies Ltd., one of the leading distributors of Postura chairs in the UK, have held their 2017 prices throughout 2018….so your organisation can make even greater savings when ordering from this company.

If you’d like to know more about these excellent chairs or make an order, please visit the website of: Central Educational Supplies Ltd,  www.centraleducational.co.uk

or phone 020 7515 1797 and ask to speak to Martin Evans.  If you prefer to email then it’s info@centraleducational.co.uk or fax  020 7515 4420

P.S. orders are usually delivered within 7-10 working days.

Anger is a primitive response that everyone has, but when students can manage their anger life is so much better

There are several ways of classifying emotions, and one that is often found helpful contains four emotional pairs: joy-sadness, anger-fear, trust-distrust, surprise-anticipation.

Psychologists have long argued about the best way to list all emotions, but whatever approach is used anger most certainly is one of the fundamental human impulses.

And because anger is so basic to the human psyche it is hard to control simply by saying “don’t get so angry.”

The tendency to get angry is innate, automatic, and, when triggered, very fast and we have it, because in earlier times getting angry automatically could enhance one’s chances of survival.

But, obviously, the classroom is not a life or death struggle, and thus anger in the classroom  is not helpful.  However helping students control angry reactions not just to everyday experiences but to accumulated problems across time can be difficult.

For anger expressed in the classroom can leave the teacher in an invidious position, wanting to offer emotional support to a student in difficulty, while at the same time having a duty towards everyone in the class.

And yet it is possible for students with anger issues to be fully integrated back into mainstream schooling.

This approach involves not just managing a student’s behaviour but also seeking out and dealing with the issues that are causing this behaviour as well as helping the student find the best emotional coping strategies to resolve the problem.

And this is what NLP4Kids offers: helping students communicate their thoughts and feelings with others, helping them make meaningful relationships, and ultimately helping them improve their employment opportunities all through bringing their anger under control.

If you feel that you have some students in your school who are not reaching their full potential because of anger and related issues, you may find our website helpful.

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 at http://nlp4kids.org.uk/schools-co-uk/

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

Gemma Bailey 

Director of NLP4Kids

 

How to break into fashion as a clothing designer

Working in fashion is a dream for many people — some have a creative flair when it comes to clothing and others aspire to learn the workings behind creating a garment. But how do you land a job in this field? Is there any preparation you can do to better your chances of landing this sort of role?

Retailers of men’s blazers and other menswear essentials, QUIZMAN and retailers of maxi dresses Quiz Clothing give us their top tips for breaking into the industry:

The UK fashion industry

Globally, the fashion industry is worth 2% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and between 2006 and 2016, it grew steadily at 5.5% annually, despite economic turmoil. With this growth, comes a range of employment opportunities. In the UK, around 555,000 people are employed in fashion, textiles and fashion retail. And, with the growth of online usage by consumers, more opportunities have become available for people to get involved in the industry remotely.

One key role in the industry is a clothing designer.

What does a clothing designer do?

As the title suggests, the main role of a clothing designer is to create designs for garments before they go to production. There are a range of industries that you could work in; high fashion, designer ready-to-wear fashion, high-street fashion, children’s wear or costume designer. The role of a costume designer is different as it’s the creation of looks for TV, film and theatre. This might involve designing pieces from scratch or pulling together outfits from a costume wardrobe. You may find a niche that you focus on too such as menswear, hats or accessories.

Being a fashion designer is a fast-paced and demanding role. Many designers work against a set of design instructions called a brief — this might have been set by the creative director or the party that is going to sell the garments and it’s their requirements for the design.

Naturally, you need to be able to create fashion sketches and technical drawings. This could be by hand or through computer aided design. Not only is this useful for those who might be buying your goods, but it’s essential for the manufacturers who must have accurate measurements to work against.

A creative eye will help you produce concept and mood boards. These are arrangements of images, materials, patterns and pieces of text that create a collage that can be presented to others. Mood boards can represent the theme of a design collection or one garment and it represents your inspiration behind the piece. If you are pitching a collection to a potential seller, this will help them get an idea of the type of clothing that you produce and see if it’s in line with their own brand.

You’ll also be required to do some budgeting. This is to estimate costs for materials and manufacturers and you may have to negotiate with suppliers to try and gain a better price. Many fashion designers have budgets to work against and this can also be a constraint to their creativity.

A big part of a fashion designers’ role is to spot and forecast trends. This might be trends in styles, colours and prints. Designers then need to be able to replicate these popular styles in their own work.

Although it can be a stressful role, it can also be highly rewarding to see your designs come to life. Think you’re up to the challenge? What grades and experience do you need to succeed?

Relevant subjects to study and work experience

There are some things that you can do to further your chances of becoming a fashion designer.

Studying Design, Textiles and Fashion related subjects are all good ways of building up your knowledge in the field. These subjects will also build your experience of technical drawings and fashion sketches, whilst developing your understanding of style and design.

Higher education qualifications such as an undergraduate degree will be helpful too. Courses at different universities vary but you will find degrees related to fashion design at many universities. Related topics such as fashion marketing, buying, graphic design and textiles would be useful too.

There are apprenticeships available in fashion too. You may start out as a design assistant and learn the workings of the trade before progressing yourself. This is a great way to gain hands on experience without full-time education.

Build up a portfolio of your work. This could be mood boards that you’ve made, technical drawings, or photographs of pieces that you’ve created. Many colleges, universities and employees will ask for these as you go through your career so it’s a good idea to start creating one as soon as possible.

The sector is very competitive when it comes to jobs so make sure that you’re networking when you can and meeting people in the industry. Try and get work experience in studios or workshop where you can so that you can understand what goes on in these spaces and talk confidently about it to future employees.

 

Sources

https://fashionunited.com/global-fashion-industry-statistics

https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/retail/our-insights/the-state-of-fashion

https://fashionunited.uk/uk-fashion-industry-statistics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information, please click here.

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

Janie Nicholas

Get your FREE sentence builder PowerPoint from “Learn Spanish with Luis y Sofia”

A story-based scheme addressing the Foreign Language Programmes of Study for teaching Spanish at KS2

Scroll down to request your FREE sentence builder PowerPoint!

The pack includes audio-enhanced e-storybooks for each of the 14 stories. The stories are acted out by native Spanish speakers bringing the stories to life. The e-storybooks can be shared with the class using an interactive whiteboard, read individually or in small groups.The Learn Spanish with Luis y Sofía 1a Parte Starter Pack is based around a story featuring a young brother (Luis) and sister (Sofía) and their friends and family. The topic-based stories are written entirely in Spanish, use simple sentences and introduce key vocabulary and language structures.

The teacherʼs book contains lesson plans for each story, translations of the stories and exercises, games and activities focusing on enabling pupils to communicate in Spanish.

The scheme is designed with non-specialists in mind and will make implementing the National Curriculum for England easy. Self-assessment sheets can be used to monitor children’s progress and ensure coverage of all the Programmes of Study.

Click here to request your FREE sentence builder PowerPoint slide from
Learn Spanish with Luis y Sofía
 

(The sentence builder activity practises the third person singular form of the verb tener – tiene.)

For more information or to order the Learn Spanish with Luis y Sofía 1a Parte Starter Pack for £47.99, simply visit https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/learn-spanish-with-luis-y-sofia-1a-parte-starter-pack-years-34-758. 

Alternatively, you can place an order:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

Signpost Educational Ltd   PO Box 999   London  E14 6SH

Anxiety is the leading cause of lower than expected grades in primary school.  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 pupils 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 child, because to the child 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 to overcome.

Also we must understand that although many children do worry abut tests and exams, that “worry” or “nervousness” is not the same as “anxiety”.

Worry about the future is built in to all of us, indeed it helps keep us safe.  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, haunting the child, never allowing the child to relax or escape.

Fortunately one short-term intervention programme during the primary school years with children 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 children – 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 children 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 children, 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 children 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

Gemma Bailey
Director of NLP4Kids

T: 0345 3192 666 or 0203 6677 294

M: 07849 604582

What is the best way to use the interest in Vanity Fair generated by the current TV series?

Vanity Fair is set in a society that might look very different to ours, with wigs, corsets and carriages, but it was still about navigating a world with defined rules. Those rules still exist, just without the corsets.”

So said “etiquette expert” William Hanson.

And the chances are that quite a few more students this year will have a greater (although perhaps still partial) understanding of Vanity Fair than was the case a year ago, because of the seven part serialisation of the book on ITV on Sunday nights.

All that is needed as a follow up to the series is a chance to read the book.  Especially as the students come to realise that, although Becky knows she has nothing that her society recognises, hidden within herself she has so much more.

Thus she uses what society cannot understand. Is that not exactly how quite a few teenagers come to feel?

Yet there is a problem for, of course, Vanity Fair is a large book, and the chances are that many students who start it will not finish it.

That might be both frustrating and annoying if one has paid a sizeable sum to have copies of the book available for those in your GCSE or A level class who want to see what the book looks like, having seen the TV series.

But there is a way around this since a full edition of Vanity Fair is available for just £2.50 with a 25% discount and free post and packing.   Which could make it worth ordering up a few copies.  Even if students are only reading part of the book.  

Vanity Fair is just one of over 400 titles in print, covering over 200 works of classic literature and many children’s books that are offered to schools at this very low price.

To get an overview of the sort of titles we can offer please do visit our website. Or if you would like to see a list of over 70 of the most popular titles which are available direct to schools, most at the special price of £1.88, that is available here.

And when you are ready to order we have a page with all the details available here.

What is the simplest way of helping your pupils understand life in the Middle East?

The problem with the Middle East is that it is not so much a question of what is happening – but rather why it is happening.  And, of course, the “why?” questions are always the hardest ones to face.

Indeed a quick glance at virtually all of today’s news media will show that much of the time the media does not cover the issue “why?” at all, in relation to most stories.

This makes gaining an understanding of what is happening in the Middle East hard enough for adults.  But for teenagers it becomes nigh on impossible, since they have followed this timeline of events for a much shorter period of time.

As a result confusion and a lack of understanding about what is going on in the Middle East is likely to be much greater.

So what can be done?

Our response was to form a charity, Middle East Education, which offers a FREE talk in your school that gives a balanced and factual look at the issues involved in the Middle East today.

We take in the differing interpretations of historical and present-day events in the region and work with the students to unravel its obvious complexity.

And what makes this approach particularly interesting for students is that it is given by two knowledgeable, articulate and lively speakers, one Muslim the other Christian or Jewish, with the talks accompanied by PowerPoint presentations containing many maps and photos, films, and animations.

Naturally questions and discussion by your students are encouraged, because our aim is not to push a particular point of view but to generate informed debate.

If you would like to find out more before registering your interest, simply visit our website where you will also find a number of free resources, including PowerPoints, activities and teachers’ notes, arranged by subject area and/or education level.

Then if you are interested in booking one of our FREE talks, simply email office@middleeastedu.co.uk with your preferred dates (ideally please do give us at least two different dates) and we’ll do our best to organise a mutually convenient time for us to visit your school.

Likewise if you have any questions about our work please do email office@middleeastedu.co.uk.

When the causes of anger are identified, outbreaks of anger can be managed and greatly reduced

It is a simple fact that pupils in school who express anger which cannot be controlled cause disruption in the classroom and in the school at large.

But helping pupils control their anger is difficult; for this anger is often a reaction not just to everyday experiences but to accumulated problems across time.  Daily events are generally just the trigger.  The causes are invariably much deeper.

Unfortunately in such circumstances the teacher can be in an invidious position, wanting to offer emotional support to a pupil clearly in difficulty, while at the same time being a teacher with a duty towards everyone in the class.

And yet it is possible for these pupils can be fully integrated back into mainstream schooling and indeed subsequently become well-adjusted members of society – providing they get the right help.

Such reintegration involves not just managing a child’s behaviour but also seeking out and dealing with the issues that are causing this behaviour and then helping the child find the best emotional coping strategies to resolve the problem.

Sadly, for children who do not receive the support they need, education will only go so far to engage them. They need assistance in facing up to their problems and resolving them so that they avoid falling through the gaps in the education system or hiding from their issues with destructive behaviours that could harm themselves and others.

And this is what NLP4Kids offers.  Helping pupils communicate their thoughts and feelings with others, helping them make meaningful relationships, and ultimately helping them  improve their employment opportunities.

If you feel that you have some children in your school who are not reaching their full potential because of anger and related issues, and you would like to make use of external funding to help these children, 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 children you nominate. There are more details of our work at http://nlp4kids.org.uk/schools-co-uk/

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

Australian and New Zealand University Open Days 

Between Thursday 15 November and Saturday 17 November, Study Options will be holding Australian and New Zealand 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 and New Zealand.

Fifteen representatives from Australian and New Zealand 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

Western Australia, Australia

North Island, New Zealand

South Island, New Zealand

About the events

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

Thursday 15 November, 3.00pm-5.30pm
The Scotsman Hotel, 20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1TR 

Friday 16 November, 1.00pm-4.30pm
Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS

Saturday 17 November, 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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about these chairs please visit the website  

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Logik  LK 83XP has similar features to the Casio FX 85GT+  but without the “verify” and “recurring decimal” functions. Both calcs  feature  prime factorisation, random numbers, algebraic logic, multi-line replay, standard deviation, log / anti-log, hyperbolics etc and have a three year warranty and are available at short notice from Signpost Educational Ltd., The  Logik LK 83XP  is available from £ 5.29 each  ex vat while the  Casio FX 85GT+  starts from £ 7.75 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 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

Signpost Educational Ltd   PO Box 999   London  E14 6SH

 

A student with poor communication skills will invariably do poorly at school.  But how can we improve an individual’s communication skills?

Every student with poor communication skills has, quite obviously, difficulty in listening, understanding, and self-expression.  Such students will then also have difficulties in areas as diverse as problem-solving and maintaining relationships.

To overcome such problems these students need to learn effective two-way interactive communication so that they can participate both in the formal side of their education and the social side of being at school.

However research from Ican has suggested that at least 10% of young people across the UK have communication difficulties that are often not fully being picked up and addressed because of the individual and small group approaches that are needed to help such students.

Yet where these students can be helped to engage in rich, active, confident communication they can gain the skills that will allow them to benefit from the education that they receive.  They will, in short, be able to express themselves openly and articulate their thoughts and feelings.

Further, as many psychological studies have shown, language is an integral part of our processing of daily events through our thoughts.  If we do not have the skills to process daily events internally then our mental health and well being suffer.

And on top of all that, the importance of this issue can be further recognised by the fact that only 15% of children with communication difficulties go on to achieve 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (compared with 57% of all other young people.)

NLP4kids works in this area with many schools around the UK, and our work includes helping schools access government funding specifically set aside for this sort of project – thus effectively making our services available free of charge to the school.

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

Gemma Bailey
Director of NLP4Kids

Imagine the classic works of English literature from just £1.88 each with free delivery, and no minimum order!

And to add just a bonus to that headline: imagine that you can have a free sample before you order, just to assure you that this too good to be true offer is both good and true.

The works in question range from Jane Austen to the Brontës, from Dickens to Conan Doyle, from DH Lawrence to William Shakespeare.

In all Wordsworth Editions has 400 titles in print, covering over 200 works of classic literature, many of these children’s books.

And not only does each volume naturally have the full text, but with nearly all of the classics there is also a set of exclusive introductions and notes to help pupils and students with their studies.

Plus as a further bonus we are also adding new titles to our range regularly.

The normal price of the key texts is £2.50 which is reduced by 25% and free post and packing when you order direct from us.

To get an overview of the sort of titles we can offer please do visit our website. However if you would like to see a list of over 70 of the most popular titles which are available direct to schools, most at the special price of £1.88, that is available here.

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

And as I mentioned before there is the offer of a free book.  Just in case the notion of books at £1.88 each with free delivery seems just too good to be true.

So, if you would like a free sample, 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.

How can we help improve the mental well-being of pupils and students?

It is self-evident that pupils and students who feel well in themselves are likely to have a much more successful, enjoyable, and stimulating life at school.

Such young people will have more positive self-esteem than others, be more able to feel and express a wide range of emotions, and probably have better relationships with their peers and adults than others who have a less positive state of mental well-being.

Indeed they will almost certainly feel engaged and involved in the world around them and will cope with the normal stresses of everyday life.  They will be confident people who cope well with the modern world and all it throws at them.

And thus the question arises, how do we improve the mental well-being of young people who do not have the positive experiences and feelings described above?

It is a most important question, for those who have the ability to prevent mild conditions from becoming major problems cope better than those who don’t have this skill.

Sadly, for those who do not receive the support they need, education will only go so far to engage them. They need assistance in facing up to their problems and resolving them so that they avoid falling through the gaps in the education system or hiding from their issues with destructive behaviours that could harm themselves and others.

And this is what NLP4Kids offers.  Helping pupils and students communicate their thoughts and feelings with others, helping them make meaningful relationships, and ultimately helping them improve their employment opportunities.

If you feel that you have some pupils and students in your school who are not reaching their full potential because of anger and related issues, and you would like to make use of external funding to help these children, 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 children you nominate. There are more details of our work at http://nlp4kids.org.uk/schools-co-uk/

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

Do you (or the site manager) get fed up with broken or vandalised classroom chairs? 

Do you ever wish you could have a greater range of chair colours?

How would you feel about getting 2018 Postura Plus classroom chairs  at 2017 prices….. and to cap it all how about a 20 year warranty on every chair you order?

Postura Plus chairs are manufactured from a single mould of polypropylene with no  screws, bolts or other fixings to become loose or be vandalised.  Their ergonomic design promotes enhanced user comfort which should at the same time improve your students  concentration in lessons….. plus the 20 year warranty will make a dramatic dent in your organisations maintenance costs. Site managers like Postura Plus chairs as they have seen significant reductions in damage and vandalism.

What’s more, the Postura Plus range of one piece chairs is available in 16 colours and six sizes, right from nursery through schools to colleges and universities. Postura Plus chairs are already installed in thousands of UK schools and colleges, and not without good reason.

You can have all of these benefits at the same time when you order from Central Educational Supplies Ltd  who have been supplying Potura Plus chairs for well over ten years.

Why not visit their website (www.centraleducational.co.uk)  to find out more about Postura Plus chairs…and consider their 20 year warranty.  How much could Postura Plus chairs save your organisation compared with traditional classroom chairs, not to mention the advantages of purchasing this years’ chairs at 2017 prices.

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

  info@centraleducational.co.uk   Tel:  020 7515 1797

 

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

When this happens it’s frustrating, often disruptive, and always time-wasting……

But is there a solution?

Well, we believe there is. It’s called the “Student Essentials set,” a low cost but effective solution to the problems caused by students who turn up for lessons or exams without the basic kit.

The “Student Essentials set” consists of three quality black ink pens, two full length HB pencils, a 15 cm ruler, pencil sharpener and eraser, all packed in an “exam friendly” clear PVC wallet with a zip slider.  From just 85p each (ex vat) the “Student Essentials set” is ideal to give (or perhaps sell) to your students so they’ll have what they need for almost all their lessons.

Find out more from Signpost Educational Ltd on 020 7515 1797 or visit their website:

www.signposteducational.co.uk or contact them on: info@signposteducational.co.uk

Signpost Educational Ltd, PO Box 999  London  E14 6SH

Do you (or the site manager) get fed up with broken or vandalised classroom chairs?

Do you ever wish you could have a greater range of chair colours?

How would you feel about getting 2018  Postura Plus classroom chairs  at 2017 prices….. and to cap it all how about a 20 year warranty on every chair you order?

Postura Plus chairs are manufactured from a single mould of polypropylene with no  screws, bolts or other fixings to become loose or be vandalised.  Their ergonomic design promotes enhanced user comfort which should at the same time improve your students  concentration in lessons.

What’s more, the Postura Plus range of one piece chairs is available in 16 colours and six sizes, right from nursery through schools  to colleges and universities.

You can have all of these benefits at the same time when you order from Central Educational Supplies Ltd  who have been supplying Potura Plus chairs for well over ten years.

Why not visit their website (www.centraleducational.co.uk) to find out more about Postura Plus chairs…and consider their 20 year warranty.  How much could this save your organisation compared with traditional classroom chairs, not to mention the advantages of purchasing this years’ chairs at 2017 prices.

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

  info@centraleducational.co.uk   Tel:  020 7515 1797

PS Please ask to speak to Martin Evans who will be pleased to provide more information about Postura Plus chairs or assist with purchasing.

Boys – how you can better help them to achieve and succeed

A conflation of our two most popular workshops into an all-day experience. ‘Ensuring Boys Matter’. Mengage takes elements of ‘raising boy’s achievement’ and ‘boys don’t cry’ to create a workshop focusing on supporting the achievement, emotional & mental health needs of boys and young men.

Encompassing a school day, delegates will experience –

  • Exploring – Experience of working with boys and what the current data is informing us
  • Act like a boy – Being boy positive and creating boy friendly facilities
  • What stops him – Barriers to learning and what we can do as a school
  • Enabling -Experiences from elsewhere and what works?

This is feedback for this course –

‘Mengage were so accommodating when I approached them about potential CPD training in school. I asked for a blend of their different training programmes and they came up with a perfect bespoke day to be delivered in school. We had 4 workshops which incorporated facts, theories, pedagogy, practical suggestions, and stimulated excellent professional debate.

Liam was a great trainer. He is warm, friendly and funny, which put all the delegates at ease quickly. This was so important, as people did not feel inhibited to ask questions or share their thoughts and experiences. His past life as a teacher meant that he pitched the workshops perfectly, and everyone found them valuable.

We learned so much in one day, in the comfort of our own school, which was a real bonus – Liam travelled a considerable distance to be with us. The cost of the day was incredibly good value, considering the number of staff who accessed the workshops throughout the day.

I would not hesitate in recommending Mengage to other schools and organisations’.

Helen Mackay, Assistant Head, St Mary’s Catholic High School, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

These workshops, if bought separately, would cost £1945. Mengage are happy to offer this merging of the two at £1495. Ideally it will be for up to 25 staff – but negotiations can be had around involving more. You can see more about the workshop by clicking here

For more details please contact Liam Kernan on 01905 570180/07788 725318, liam@mengage.co.uk or go to the website for more information www.mengage.co.uk

“Can this calculator replace the  Casio FX 83GT Plus …..?  

The Casio FX 83GT+ is the UK’s best selling scientific calc… and deservedly so.  It’s been setting the pace in many UK schools & colleges and is  the first choice for GCSE exams for many students.    From only £ 6.49 each, ex vat (200+), it’s an excellent buy.

But now there is a credible alternative…… It’s the Logik LK 83XP which has almost all the features of the FX 83GT Plus  but with one big advantage…… it’s dual power.  This combination of battery and solar power  prolongs battery life and gives students  extra reassurance, especially when used in exams.

The LK 83XP has a THREE year guarantee, excellent build quality and reliability and is suitable for all UK exams where a calculator is allowed.  Features include: 252 functions, “natural (textbook) 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 only £ 5.22 ex vat.

Further details on:  www.signposteducational.co.uk 

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

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

To what extent do your pupils understand what is going on in the Middle East?

The average person knows very little of what is going on in the Middle East, and perhaps more importantly, WHY – a result of the differing interpretations of historical and present-day events in the region. Not to mention its obvious complexity.

And, since your pupils have followed this timeline of events for a much shorter period of time, confusion and a lack of understanding about what is going on in the Middle East is likely to be much greater. Which is why the charity, Middle East Education, was formed and is offering a FREE talk in your school that gives a balanced yet factual look at the issues involved.

If you are interested in booking one of our FREE talks, simply email office@middleeastedu.co.uk with your preferred dates (at least two different dates) and we’ll do our best to organise a mutually convenient time for us to visit your school.

Given by two knowledgeable, articulate and lively speakers, one Muslim the other Christian or Jewish, the talks can be provided in accordance with the requests from individual schools and are accompanied by colourful PowerPoint presentations containing many maps and photos, films, and animations. What’s more, questions and discussion by your students are encouraged.

If you would like to find out more before registering your interest, simply visit http://www.middleeastedu.co.uk/talks.html. On our website you will also find a number of free resources, including PowerPoints, activities and teachers’ notes, generally sorted by subject area (General Studies, History…) and/or education level (GCSE, A-Level…).

Let’s talk about how live performance at your school can give your students an advantage

Over the coming academic year, Fred Theatre is touring four exciting productions into schools:

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.

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 features a cast of six professional actors. We concentrate on the text and producing a faithful representation of the original… just a little shorter!

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

Last year we took two productions to over 40 schools and almost 7,000 students. This year I want to reach 100 schools and I’m more than happy to work with you on how we can bring live theatre to your school.

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 or 07974 210265. 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: The feedback we received last year from both students and teachers was great, and we’re more than happy to share this with you. You can read some now on our web site: www.fred-theatre.co.uk/schools

What is the role of fiction in a world in which the US President claims that a recording of one his speeches is “fake news”?

It appears that we are now approaching a world in which the boundaries between fact and fiction are vanishing fast.

And yet even so, we tend to expect our students to be able to tell the difference between the truth and the make believe. We don’t, for example, expect them to treat Wilkie Collins’ “The Moonstone” as a true account of history.

Nor would we want them to believe that Joseph Conrad’s “The Secret Agent” was exactly what life was like in the late 19th century.  And yet it is and it isn’t.  It is close enough to a portrayal of London at the time to be related to the truth, but it is not the truth itself.

And in many ways this is the value of the classic novel.  It isn’t true in the sense that “most people have two legs” is true, or that “kangaroos are native to Australia” is true.  But it is not so far from the truth as we might feel the notion that “the earth is flat” is not true.

Reading classic literature (which has its own unique take on the past, present or future) is, in fact, one of the most effective ways in which we can help our students to overcome the contemporary difficulty that much of the world has in terms of truth and lies.

And this is why we have Wordsworth Editions – reprints of the classics from as little as £1.88 each (with no delivery charge and no minimum order) covering authors from Robert Louis Stephenson to F Scott Fitzgerald.  From Dickens to Mary Shelley.

If you would like to see our list, grouped into collections, please take a look at this page from 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.

And that offer really is the absolute truth.  I promise.

What is the most effective way of ensuring that children who suffer from heightened anxiety can benefit fully from their schooling? 

Many children do suffer from anxiety in tests and exams, and generally there’s nothing wrong with that – a modest level of anxiety is a common human characteristic.

But when that anxiety is there consistently, it can mean that the child is going to suffer poor results at school which no amount of focus and hard work can put right.  And it is a problem that can remain with them throughout their lives.

However, one short-term intervention programme during the primary school years with children 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 children – and the bonus is that there is external funding available for this type of intervention so that there is no cost at all to the school.

Working with a small number of children in different ways through a short series of sessions, we are able to help such children overcome confidence issues, worries about their family or home life, and similar matters so that these children reach their potential.

If you feel that you have some children in your school who are not reaching their full potential because of anxiety and related issues, and you would like to make use of external funding to help these children, 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 children you nominate. There are more details of our work at http://nlp4kids.org.uk/schools-co-uk/

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

These two scientific calculators could be all your students need for the new school year ……  

The LOGIK brand of calculators has been used  successfully in  secondary schools and colleges during the past fifteen years.  If you’re considering  scientific calculators for the new school year then their two “flagship” models, the LK 183 and the LK 83XP are well worth considering.

Both calculators have a THREE year warranty (excludes damage to LCD) and are suitable for

KS 3, 4 and GCSE as well as scottish exams.  Both calcs come with  hard plastic keys, a slide-on case and all the features and functions your students will need for  GCSE maths.

From only £ 3.69  each (ex vat) both calcs are also available in class sets of 30 in a Gratnells storage box with a foam insert and handy clip on lid.

More details can be found on the website of Signpost Educational Ltd www.signposteducational.co.uk

or contact them by phone on 020 7515 1797   or email at:    info@signposteducational.co.uk

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

  info@centraleducational.co.uk   Tel:  020 7515 1797

PS   Please ask to speak to Martin Evans who will be pleased to provide more information.

The effect of heat on students’ exam results

Fitting a whole year’s worth of revision and lessons into just a couple of hours can be tough going for students. Exams are difficult enough as they are, but during the summer months, things can really heat up. According to the independent, students in buildings without air-conditioning attain worse grades during tests in the middle of a heatwave – by around 13%. So, just how widespread is this issue, and what can be done to help future students?

Feeling the heat

According to a study by the US National Bureau of Economic Research, heat has a significant impact on exam results. This study, which was picked up by numerous news outlets as the first major analysis of the correlation between higher temperatures and lower exam scores, took place over a 13-year time period and included 10 million US secondary school pupils. The study found that learning achievement fell by 1% for every 0.55°C increase to the average temperature. Any temperature exceeding 21°C was found to have a significant impact on learning, with anything above 32°C having even more of an effect. The effect of heat on learning was found to be particularly high at temperatures over 38°C.

The study also outlined that high temperatures only impacted exam scored on hot school days – hot weekends didn’t have an impact on achievement levels. Heat did affect educational time however, both at school and at home during homework time.

University challenges

Building on this, another study by Harvard University examined the effects of heat on students living in university accommodation. The study looked at university students during a heatwave – some stayed in rooms with air-conditioning and others stayed in rooms without. Ultimately, the students who stayed in the non-air-conditioned rooms were found to have scored much lower in both problem solving and memory tests.

The effects of heat aren’t limited to daylight hours, however – too much heat at night can also cause problems.

Trouble sleeping

During the UK summer heatwave of 2018, the Guardian reported an increase in sleep problems across the country. The sudden rise in temperature for a country so used to milder climates caused many people to feel irritable, tired, and less productive as a result.

Sleep medicine consultant Dr Michal Farquhar spoke to the Guardian spoke to the Guardian about the problem, stating that: “Britain isn’t really designed to deal with higher than average temperatures. Unlike warmer climates, our homes are designed to keep us warm in the winter more than to keep us cool in the summer, and air conditioning is relatively rare in private homes.”

He went on to explain how the ideal temperature for sleeping is rather restrictive at just 16-18°C, so a sudden temperature rise can cause a number of issues for many people – both at work and at school.

Cooling down

With the effects of climate change becoming more and more apparent, many of us are asking what we can do to help students overcome the heat.

Both Harvard University and the US National Bureau of Economic Research recommend using a good air conditioning unit in educational facilities, such as exam halls and classrooms. The institutions both noted that air-conditioning had a positive effect on reversing the damage to student exam scores caused by too much heat.

As outlined by the Guardian, however, air-conditioning is rarely found in the UK, especially in universities and schools. Historically, this makes a lot of sense, as the UK has never had a history of extended periods of high temperatures, so in the past, air conditioning wasn’t a wise decision financially. With summers getting hotter each year however, and heatwaves during summer becoming a regular occurrence, some have asked if it’s time for the British attitude towards the value of air-conditioning to change.

The National Education Union recommend that UK schools should have an action plan in place should temperatures exceed 26°C. They recommend measures such as encouraging drinking water in the classroom, moving pupils away from windows, limiting the use of computers and installing a good air conditioning system. Companies like Daikin, for example, can offer their expertise in fitting the right air-conditioning system for educational environments. If warmer summers are really here for the foreseeable future, the UK needs to adapt its buildings in order to keep people safe, comfortable and cool.

Sources:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44288982

https://www.teachers.org.uk/files/high-classroom-temperatures_0.doc

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/07/17/heat-makes-you-dumb-four-charts/?utm_term=.836e0353d41a

https://www.theguardian.com/education/shortcuts/2018/may/30/students-dont-do-so-well-in-exams-when-its-hot-so-is-it-time-to-overhaul-the-academic-year

https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/joshuagoodman/files/w24639.pdf

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/weather-heatwave-air-conditioning-hot-stop-brain-working-harvard-university-a8440986.html

 

Another FREE worksheet set from Brilliant Publications

 1) Who won the race?   2) What order did the team come in?
3) Show how you worked it out.  4) Make your own ‘Who Won?’ problem. 

This is just one of the activities that can be found in the set of worksheets that we are giving away, free of charge, from the popular “Open-ended Maths Investigations” series.

Among a few, other activities include: 

Measuring how much water you use (and can save) when washing  your hands,
from the worksheet Every Little Drop

Working out how a group of friends can buy movie tickets with the money that they have,
from the worksheet Movie Money

Calculating the price of clothes after the sales discount has been applied
from the worksheet Sale Time

Click here to request the free worksheet series 

The activities in the Open-ended Maths Investigations Series encourage pupils to apply higher order mathematical strategies, creatively and effectively. The investigations become increasingly complex as you progress through the series, enabling …read more.

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

Alternatively, you can place an order:

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

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
Mendlesham,
Suffolk,
IP14 5ND.

website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 767122

Want to better support your boys? 

Have you considered accredited mentoring?

How to effectively engage young males with education and provide them with the support and encouragement they need to go on to bigger and better things is always a concern for staff.

Mentoring, as well as offering an evidence-based approach to work with young men, helps young men to achieve their academic and vocational potential, addresses concerns related to problematic behaviours – and provides go-to support and signposting to other services from someone they have built trust with.

The Unit Award in Mentoring Boys and Young Men is a Level 2 award providing your staff/students with an understanding of mentoring work. Whether it is for your staff to better engage with boys or for the boys themselves to support one another, mentoring is an approach that has been shown to work.

The workshop covering the award criteria is 4 hours long. Each staff/student undertaking the award will be provided with their own copy of the Mengage course book: Mentoring Male: A guide to mentoring work with boys and young men. A Level 2 certificate will be issued upon completion.

Feedback received – 23 staff in a Liverpool School said –

Rating delivery and knowledge of the trainer as a one (brilliant), collectively the group said, “The facilitator was engaging and informative. The case studies were informative and beneficial to our CPD. We would recommend the course to others as it was one of the best training courses that has been delivered to us.” Lord Derby Academy, Huyton 

The workshop costs £1295 for up to 10 staff or up to 15 students or a mixture of both – works surprisingly well! Bigger groups are negotiable. You can see more about the workshop by clicking here.

For more information or to discuss a booking, you can contact Liam by email at liam@mengage.co.uk or by phone on 07788725318.

Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.mengage.co.uk to see what else we offer with regards to mental health and raising boys’ achievement.

How can classic literature give young students an enquiring mind for the rest of their lives?

Two days ago I got somewhat fed up when I heard that global warming had now passed a tipping point such that within a couple of months (or was that a couple of decades – I may have got confused) the earth would be too hot for humans.

Yesterday, however, the news said that the “next year is doomsday scenario” was at the extreme end of the scale of predictions, and I was probably safe to book my Christmas holiday to visit my daughter without worrying that the plane would melt en route.

Today, I learn that the Arctic Ocean used to be covered in a tiny fern called Azolla filiculoides that absorbed far more carbon dioxide than we put into the atmosphere now, and so created the cool planet. And with the genome having been sorted, it can be re-introduced so we’re all going to be safe after all.

Which is quite reassuring.

But here’s a thought. I studied the arts at A level and thereafter and never returned to science. So how come I can appreciate this story about the salvation of humankind and follow it with some degree of understanding?

I’d put that down to the fact that I read a lot. Not science books, but classic fiction which I started reading at school. Because through that classic fiction I met thousands of characters each of which had their own way of seeing the world, and that made me think.

Heathcliff got inside my head as did Sherlock Holmes, Fezziwig and Robin Hood, and all the time I kept asking “Why?” “Why is the character doing this?” “Why is the world like this?” “Why doesn’t one character see the the other’s perfidious nature?”

Yes perhaps it would have been good if I had had a broader scientific education, but I didn’t, and yet literature gave me the sort of enquiring mind that scientists often extol as the virtue of their subject.

Which is why my colleagues and I started Wordsworth Editions – reprints of the classics from as little as £1.88 each (with no delivery charge and no minimum order) covering authors from Conan Doyle to Oscar Wilde, Jules Verne to James Joyce.

If you would like to see what we have added new in 2018 those details are here. For a selection of the 50 texts most regularly bought by schools, taken from our full range of 400 titles, please do click here.

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 one factor that allows you to know that one school supplier is better than the others? 

Of course there is one thing that all school suppliers seem to have in common. They like to tell you they are the best.

But really, how do you know for sure?

One way to find out is to ask a prospective supplier for some free samples of each product you are interested in, not least because if you find the supplier doesn’t want to give you a free sample, you might start to be a little suspicious about the product and its long term viability.

Which is why we offer free samples of all the products in our range. Items such as ID badges, accident books, absence pass books, hi viz vests, school water bottles, visitor books, printing on sports kit, lanyards, wristbands, school bags, etc, etc.

And there’s a bonus: if you send a copy of your school logo or badge, we’ll incorporate that into the free sample: and the free sample still remains absolutely free.

We know that what we offer is high quality and that the moment our customers in schools across Scotland see what we have, they are interested in making a purchase. So, free samples it is. And yes, in the unlikely event that you don’t want to place an order, the samples are yours to keep. We don’t ask for them back.

If you would like to see free samples from any of our ranges all you have to do is go to our web site, tick the box/es of the items you’d like to see, and we’ll send them to you.

Alternatively if you would like to see some pictures just go to our products page, scroll down a little and you’ll see a lot of pictures of what we have to offer.

Or, of course if you have a question, or want to talk about any particular part of our range, please do call us on on our freephone number of 0800 999 2776 or email us with any questions on office@ultimateeducation.co.uk

What are the dangers of reading books and should we do anything about them?

I started to worry about the effects of book reading after I had been interrupted by sounds from my neighbour’s garden.

The calling in of Poirot or Holmes, however, was not necessary in establishing the reason for the commotion – the parents had decided that their teenager had spent enough of the day on whatever device he was on and had summoned him to join the family meal outside.

The teenager did not agree, but his argument against the “come outside” view lost a certain amount of its pervasive force, in my view, by being limited to expressions of how much she hated her parents and the rest of the family.

But then I remembered my teenage years in which my parents also sought on occasion to get me out of my book and into family conversation. Was I just a pre-digital version of this teenage girl’s behaviour?

Thus I got to wondering about the difference between books and video games, and in doing this I found a large number of articles saying that playing video games is good for young people because it stimulates their imagination and enhances creative thinking.

But that wasn’t what I observed as I did my nosy neighbour bit.  So I dug further and found that in articles written by psychologists with proper qualifications the clear view is that playing these games increases heart rate and blood pressure.  Stress hormones rise and the individual becomes overstimulated – and often unable to come down.

Although any kind of reading stimulates the brain, researchers at Stanford University found that “literary reading” (as, for example, reading of the classics) stimulates multiple cognitive functions. They conclude that reading a novel and then discussing it, thinking about it, and/or writing about it is an extraordinarily effective “brain exercise”.

In short reading a novel stimulates the imagination, while playing contemporary video games stimulates creativity in response to the game, but reduces any sense of exploration of abstract ideas and the ability to communicate.

So, after my grand survey of one family I conclude that reading is still a good idea. And to help encourage reading Wordsworth Editions has a very wide range of classics from as little as £1.88 each (with no delivery charge and no minimum order) covering authors from Conan Doyle to Oscar Wilde, Jules Verne to James Joyce.

If you want to see our selection of 50 essential texts taken from our full range of 400 titles, please do click here.

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 easiest way to give applicants and colleagues a feeling for work in a nursery and all that it can involve?

While reading about the work of nurseries and Sure Start Centres can teach us a lot, videos provide a much more meaningful experience for those who wish to get insights into what the day to day work with very young children is really all about.

All the videos listed below can be purchased outright or bought through our video on demand service. In each case you can watch a clip from the video on our website by following the link provided.

I Don’t Need Toys  A film about play in the first two years of life.  (18 Mins)

This film depicts babies and toddlers at play in the home environment, playing with household, natural and recycled objects as they discover, learn and gain enormous pleasure and satisfaction. At all times the babies and children are being supervised by a caring adult (with whom they have secure relationships) although the adults are rarely visible in the film.   More details here

Individual Differences: Infancy to Early Childhood (16 Mins)

Our individuality is created by genetic traits and the environment we explore as babies.  This film explores individuality and the broad range of characteristics that are considered normal. Tests devised to separate personality differences from traits that indicate developmental problems, are shown.  More details here

Infant Hearing Tests in three infant age groups. (28 Mins)

The video shows demonstrations of how to test the hearing of three age groups including the Distraction Test (6-18 months), Co-operative Test (18-30 months) and Performance Test (30+ months). Testing a hearing-impaired child is also demonstrated.  More details here.

Soft Baby Yoga: Yoga stretching for very young children, in an atmosphere of play. (17 Mins)

This step by step guide shows how to make full use of your baby’s natural love of movement and offers a very enjoyable way to encouraging a full range of versatile movement to maintain flexibility as a baby strengthens.   More details here.

Aggression in Young Children: Is hitting, biting and bullying normal? (16 mins)

If such behaviour is considered “normal” when does such behaviour start and when and how should we intervene to stop it?   These are indeed fundamental questions, because if we do consider aggression to be a normal part of young children’s behaviour, then that will affect the way we deal with it at school.

This two-disc DVD set uses direct observations filmed in natural settings and includes exercises, quizzes and interviews with experts on childhood aggression and offers a comprehensive guide to the subject.  More details here.

Speech and Language Therapy with Children: The development of oral communication skills (16 mins)

This programme looks at all aspects of the development of oral communication skills in children and some of the specific difficulties children experience. It shows in detail therapists working with children with various difficulties.  More details here

Yoga Gym: Animal Stretches: Teaching 3 to 7 year olds elementary stretches relating to animals.   (20 mins)

Children love and enjoy these stretches which maintain muscular suppleness and improve the flexibility of all the major joints. These stretches can be used on a one-posture-a-day basis or woven into a simple story and will maintain good posture and a wide range of versatile movement.

This is also a fun way for children to reduce nervous tension and muscular armouring and restore emotional balance and agility.  More details here.

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These videos relating to the work of nursery schools and Sure Start Centres are brought to you by Concord Media, an educational charity founded over 50 years ago and the source for many significant programmes in the education field’.  The videos can be bought outright or viewed through our video on demand service.

For more information and to order please follow the link with each individual video.  If you have any questions you can contact us on 01473 726 012 or via email at sales@concordmedia.org.uk

Our postal address is Concord Media, 22 Hines Road, Ipswich. IP3 9BG

Classroom chairs, manufactured in the UK with a FIVE year warranty and costing from less than £10 each (ex vat) ….. 

At a time when there have been increases in the price of classroom chairs it’s nice to be able to report that it’s still possible to purchase classroom chairs from an established UK manufacturer at very competitive prices.

It’s true that there is a limited colour range and in just one seat height (430 mm) but at these prices, AND with a FIVE year warranty, it’s hard to ignore the benefits of having extra seating eg. for exams, for fitting out temporary classrooms, or just for use in emergencies.

The “Poplar” classroom chair is available in black or blue from just £8.98 ex vat (200+) (slightly more for smaller quantities). Quick delivery can usually be arranged, subject to stock.

Further information can be found on the website of Central Educational Supplies Ltd www.centraleducational.co.uk or give Martin Evans a call on 020 7515 1797 or by email info@centraleducational.co.uk

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

Name Your Price Magic Show?   

This is Franc Karpo of Amazing Kids Magic.

Have you ever heard of an entertainer willing to let you name your price for a show?

My guess… probably never.

Well – all that is about to change. I have some very exciting news for you…

I realise that some Primary schools just don’t have the budget to bring in the finest quality enrichment programmes for their children.

As one of the leading kids/family entertainers in Scotland, my goal is to share my magic with every school that has not yet experienced my special Award-Winning kids magic show no matter what their entertainment budget is.

How can we accomplish this?

Great question!

The answer is simple. I am removing the issue of cost from the equation. No longer will you be constrained by your limited entertainment budget.

I have decided to let you…

NAME YOUR PRICE!

Sound Crazy?

Well, you are in luck because… I have Gone Mad. :o)

I have created a Unique, and Unbelievable Discount Opportunity where you can…

Name The Price for my magic show!

How does it work?

Just click the link below and follow the simple steps to bring this outstanding show to your school at a price you can afford–because you named it!

https://www.amazing-kids-magic.co.uk/nyp-p

This promotion is available from now until the end of winter term, (21th December 2018).

Note: there is no catch – you really do Name Your Price!

Have your best day,

Franc Karpo
Amazing Kids Magic

P.S. As you can imagine, because I am willing to let you name your price, available slots will disappear fast. Once all the programme slots are booked… that is it, the promotion will be over.

Act now to make sure you reserve a date for your school ASAP as I would hate to see you miss out on this opportunity:

https://www.amazing-kids-magic.co.uk/nyp-p

Give your students the advantage of live performance in 2018-19

 How’s your summer going? 

The pressure is off a little here at Fred Theatre H.Q. but we’re still open for business and happy to have a chat about bringing top quality live performance to your school across the upcoming academic year.

We really believe in the benefits our productions bring to your students:

  • Experience the GCSE text in 90 minutes (great for revision)
  • Understand the narrative arc of the text
  • Hear those all important quotes in context
  • See the text rather than just reading it
  • And, of course, the simple joy of live theatre

In 2017-18 we performed in almost 50 schools. In every one an overwhelming majority of students provided positive feedback on the performance.

Available to you next year are four productions designed with the needs of your GCSE students in mind:

A Christmas Carol

Macbeth

Romeo and Juliet

Jekyll and Hyde

The diary is beginning to fill up, and once schools re-open in September past performance shows we’ll be handling a lot of enquires. We’re already set to surpass last year’s total by quite a margin.

 And, new for the coming year, we’re launching our student newsletters. We’ll be mailing these to teachers about once a fortnight throughout the run of all four shows. Each newsletter will be packed with really useful info on the texts, how we’re approaching them and the production process.

If you’d like a no-commitment chat, and to reserve some dates please feel free to get in touch.

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

Living in London: A guide to student accommodation

You’ve finished sixth form or college and now you’re heading to university for the time of your life. Whether you’re planning to study a subject allied to medicine, which was most popular amongst women with 226,420 applicants, or looking for a business and administration degree which most men were drawn to, totalling 154,720 submissions — there’s a lot you must consider when making the move.

Using the largest survey of its kind that questioned 6,000 students regarding their accommodation, we bring you the following analysis of what’s the best alternative — halls or house shares? However, it must be made clear that students that lived in halls are overrepresented (57%).

Looking at halls

Most first-year students believe that halls of residence are the only option on their list. Moving into student accommodation is all part of the student lifestyle and there are many benefits of this, including the ease of making friends within the university and that many halls are on campus or close by.

But, are they glad about their initial decision? The survey suggests that 55% of undergraduates and 61% of postgraduates were. However, a sharp increase in dissatisfaction showed that 19% of undergraduates were dissatisfied with their accommodation which was 7% increase on results from 2012.

The survey suggested that 15% of postgrads weren’t fond of their halls. One of the biggest factors to this was the cost; according to 27% of people. Common complaints surrounding university halls were related to plumbing, water and heating problems at 25% but it must be made clear that these problems should be fixed by the accommodation itself.

There are two types of accommodation you can go for in London.  Using University College London (UCL) 2018/19 accommodation fees as a guideline, a singled catered room would range from £173.88-£180.67 per week. If you wanted to go self-catered, this would be priced around £165.69-£242.62 depending which of course is dependent on building type and location.

Looking at house shares

House shares are becoming a more thought about option for students around the UK. However, with the finer financial details coming into play — saving as many pennies as you can has become vital for prospective students.

The survey found that 55% of undergraduates and 60% of postgraduates were happy.  But were the expectations for students upheld when they moved into their flat? Well, looking at results from 2012-2014, dissatisfaction increased by 4% for undergraduates and 5% for postgraduates.

Two main issues that were a common trend in the survey were problems with landlords and the condition of the property. London’s landlords are notorious for charging extortionate rates for small living spaces, which is probably why ‘people’ came up as a common student complaint, small spaces mean that you might be too close to comfort with people — all of the time.

Four in ten students pay less than £125 each week according to the survey (which also excludes bills). The majority of students from this survey, accounting for 31% said that they paid £126-£150 each week. This was soon followed by 26% that said that they paid £100-£125 each week.

If you’re from a fellow EU nation, you might find yourself paying a higher £140.43 but this is still less than those who are from outside of the EU who pay £150.35.

The end result

Although Oxford to London coach providers, Oxford Tube has provided you with these eye-opening statistics, it’s important to understand the financial position you will be in. You also need to consider how you’re going to afford everything — if you’re getting out a student loan, will this cover it?

It’s important for you to make the best decision that can support your lifestyle. You don’t want to miss out any important necessities — work with the mindset of what your financial situation will be.

Remember to carry out in-depth research into what accommodation will be better suited to you. Alternatively, if you go for a flat share — are you prepared to pay for bills that may not be included in your weekly rent, and put up with the landlords?

University campuses are usually close to the university accommodation — so make sure if you do go for a flat share, you’re close by — check out the London bus times to be extra vigilant. Of course, all of this does come down to personal preference but making sure that you’re happy with what you have is vital.

 

https://www.ucas.com/file/147881/download?token=EDbV_k7w

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_universities_and_higher_education_colleges_in_London

https://www.ucas.com/corporate/data-and-analysis/ucas-undergraduate-releases/2018-cycle-applicant-figures-january-deadline

https://www.spareroom.co.uk/flatshare/flatshare_detail.pl?flatshare_id=9735022&search_id=622712044&city_id=&flatshare_type=offered&search_results=%2Fflatshare%2F%3Fsearch_id%3D622712044%26&

https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/studentaccommodationsurvey15.pdf

https://www.mystudenthalls.com/?s=London

https://www.savethestudent.org/accommodation/national-student-accommodation-survey-2017.html#about

 

What is the easiest way to give applicants and colleagues a feeling for work in a nursery and all that it can involve?

These videos relating to the work of nursery schools can be purchased outright, or bought through our video on demand service.  In each case you can watch a clip from the video on our website by following the link provided.

A Day in the Life of a Day Nursery

This Detailed description of the work of a day nursery is an excellent guide to the demonstration of competencies which explains to the viewer the philosophy of good child care and its relationship with the everyday tasks of caring and nurturing the development of children in her/his care.

This 90 minute DVD is an ideal video to show to parents who are contemplating sending their child to a nursery for the first time, and to volunteers and first-time applicants for jobs who need an introduction to what nursery school life is about.

You can read more about the video and also see an extract from it here.

The Road Home

This film demonstrates the importance of one to one attachment for the emotional development of babies and young children and reflects on what happens when that attachment is not available.

The video will be of great benefit to anyone who is working with children who have not been able to form attachments in their lives thus far.

You can read more about the video and also see an extract from it here.

Getting the Feel of Things

In this film two two-year olds explore unfamiliar objects with their senses.  They move slowly and thoughtfully, absorbing what they find, and present what is for many people an unusual view of young children.

You can read more about the video and also see an extract from it here.

Cognitive Development

This American film gives a fairly comprehensive overview of current psychological theories of development, covering Piaget’s work and the work of behaviourist psychologists.

The ideas of Bruner and Kagan are contrasted with Piaget via examples from different schools which have adopted different approaches.  You can read more about the video and also see an extract from it here.

Through the Eyes of a Child

This video shows approaches to ways of helping people enter a child’s world. Small happenings, such as going on a bus, an encounter with a dog, and playing in the garden are seen through a child’s eyes,

You can read more about the video and also see an extract from it here.

The Psychology of the Pre-School Child – Part 1

Five children aged from three and a half to five years talk about their interests and fears, their attitudes to parents and grownups, the dreams they have and their desires to be older than they are. They demonstrate early defence mechanisms and various elements of sibling rivalry.

You can read more about the video and also see an extra from it here.

The Anna Freud Nursery School

This video looks at the running of a nursery school for children age 2 to 5 showing the principles and practise underlying the daily running of a group of 13 children aged 2 1/2 to 5 years.

You can read more about the video and also see an extra from it here.

Young Children in Brief Separation (five films in this series each featuring a different child)

At 17 months John is a placid, easy to manage child.

He spends nine days in a residential nursery. The nurses are young and friendly, but the system of care does not allow any one of them to substitute for the absent mother.

This film represents  a microcosm of the human dilemma of how to give appropriate care to those in need, whether they be infants, the aged, the mentally ill, or prisoners, all of whom need stable, supportive relationships.

You can read more about the video here.

Please note this video is not available on video on demand.

Do your colleagues know you’re here

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

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

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

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

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To colleagues in the school:

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

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

The service is at www.ukeducationnews.co.uk

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

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

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

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

Tony Attwood
Editor, UK Education News.

How a simple game can get some unenthusiastic readers to engage more fully with what’s in a book.

There is a certain truth in the notion that in order to enjoy a novel one has to have a sense of imagination.  An imagination which turns the descriptions, conversations, and events into a new reality inside the reader’s head.

There is also a certain truth in the fact that television can reduce this sense of exploration of ideas while computer games reduce it still further until there is little imagination left.

At the same time texting reduces language to snippets to a degree that can make a work of fiction look like a visitor from another planet to some students.

One way to break through this barrage of anti-bookisity (apart from inventing new words like “bookisity”) is to ask students to open a book at random and find a few lines that intrigue them.

It makes an ideal game towards the end of term. They might come up with a famous quote to do with the best and worst of times, or they could find something seemingly mundane such as “Wait for the common sense of the morning*.”

And then the discussion: Is the morning a better time to consider problems? Is there such a thing as common sense?

From here the students can be taken anywhere in their reading, and the point is made that literature is a source of ideas in individual sentences as well as in the whole story.

Consider Wilkie Collins statement that we “see with nobody’s eyes, we hear with nobody’s ears, we feel with nobody’s hearts, but our own.”  One never quite knows where these explorations lead.

This adventure can be continued into the holidays if the students each have a classic novel to borrow from the school or department library.  “Choose one book, find ten quotes you want to share,” is the project for the summer.

To help in this venture, Wordsworth Editions has a very wide range of books from as little as £1.88 each (with no delivery charge and no minimum order) covering authors from William Blake to DH Lawrence, Wilkie Collins to Robert Louis Stevenson.

If you want to see our selection of 50 essential texts taken from our full range of 400 titles, please do click here.

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’s more, if you order anything from us now, we’ll get the books to you well before the end of term. We look forward to hearing from you.

*Taken from “The Time Machine” by HG Wells – one of the many books on our list.

To what extent do your pupils understand what is going on in the Middle East?

The average person knows very little of what is going on in the middle east, and perhaps more importantly, WHY – a result of the differing interpretations of historical and present-day events in the region. Not to mention it’s obvious complexity.

And, since your pupils have followed this timeline of events for a much shorter period of time, confusion and a lack of understanding about what is going on in the middle east is likely to be much greater. Which is why the charity, Middle East Education, was formed and are offering FREE talks that give a balanced yet factual look at the issues involved.

If you are interested in booking one of our FREE talks, simply email office@middleeastedu.co.uk to register your interest and to organise a mutually convenient time for us to visit your school.

Given by two knowledgeable, articulate and lively speakers, one Muslim the other Christian or Jewish, the talks can be provided in accordance with the requests from individual schools and are accompanied by colourful PowerPoint presentations containing many maps and photos, films, and animations. What’s more, questions and discussion by your students is encouraged.

If you would like to find out more before registering your interest, simply visit http://www.middleeastedu.co.uk/talks.html. On our website you will also find a number of free resources, including PowerPoints, activities and teachers’ notes, generally sorted by subject area (General Studies, History…) and/or education level (GCSE, A-Level…).


 Feedback

“Your presentation was extremely interesting – you managed to compress a huge amount of material into less than an hour without sacrificing its intelligibility, and our pupils were clearly engaged by what you had to say.”  – Ibstock Place School

“Our students found the talks beneficial, we wanted to cover the overview period with an emphasis on the present day and this was achieved. Having the aid of the ppt and Sami’s examples, gave our students further sources that they could use in their controlled assessment. We will be looking to have a talk next year subject to any review of our curriculum.” – Upton High

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An update on children’s emotional well-being and mental health policies and how they affect primary schools

 There is a window of opportunity to improve children’s mental healthPrimary schools have a vital part to play.

Current policy developments

During 2018 there has been much speculation about primary schools’ responsibilities and activities in respect of their pupils’ emotional well-being and mental health.  This has been caused by a Government statement to commit an additional £1.4 billion for children and young people’s mental health over five years, coupled with the publication of a Green Paper to enable this funding to be used appropriately.  The ‘Fit and Healthy Childhood All Party Parliament Group (APPG)’ published the ’Mental Health in Childhood on June 26th containing 73 recommendations, many aimed at improving the Green Paper.

We’ve just been through a similar situation with GDPR where poor advice is still being given.  Too many organisations left their planning too late which led to too many uninformed decisions.  Four key issues have been identified that you may wish to think about.

1              Appointment of mental health leads in primary schools

The proposal is that every school should appoint a Designated Senior Lead for Mental Health’ to oversee the school’s approach to mental health and wellbeing and to provide rapid advice, consultation and signposting.  This is a good proposal, although the job  specification still needs to be developed in detail and competencies defined so that adequate learning objectives may be derived for training.

Consider who is the best person to take over this role and any impact on your staffing plan.  Recruiting someone from outside has the disadvantage of lack of knowledge of the pupils and being more of ‘an unknown quantity’.

2              Service delivery channels

The recommended appointment of a Senior Lead for Mental Health is followed by a more contentious one. The Government ‘will fund new Mental Health Support Teams, supervised by NHS children and young people’s mental health staff, to provide specific extra capacity for early intervention and ongoing help. Their work will be managed jointly by schools, colleges and the NHS. These teams will be linked to groups of primary and secondary schools, providing interventions to support those with mild to moderate needs and supporting the promotion of good mental health and wellbeing’

This seems a step backwards. Many schools are already carrying out these services satisfactorily where teachers and assistants have been trained to register standards. This has been proved to be very effective and cost efficient – so why change? just apply the new funding to this service.

Those who do not yet provide this service might consider if their pupils will be better off receiving therapy in their known school environment and don’t have to travel to another centre, probably have less waiting time and whether there’s less administrative burden and school control as compared to using an external team.

3              Regulation

This area is a striking weakness of the Green Paper.  No reference was made at all to regulation aimed at safeguarding children with psychological or mental health problems. Play Therapists and School Counsellors have had registers accredited by the Professional Standards Authority since 2013.   The APPG report covers this serious omission by recommending that: ‘All counselling, including play therapy, must be delivered by suitably trained practitioners who are on a Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register such as: http://www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

Every school needs to consider risk management.  If the work is carried out by a registered therapist the risk of complaints by parents and others to the school is minimised because the professional organisation who manages the register are responsible for resolving the complaints.  This protects the reputation of the school.

4              Evidence based practice

The Green paper makes a simple statement ‘Committing to recruiting 1,700 more therapists and supervisors, and training 3,400 existing staff to deliver evidence based treatments’.    Again, the intention is good but the devil is in the very important detail.  It is essential to specify exactly what evidence based practice (EBP) means for therapeutic work with children.  The current medical model with a high reliance upon random control trials (RCT) is inappropriate mainly because of the ‘crisis of reproducibility’ associated with this research method.

Practice based evidence collected over a number of years is a better way forward.  This shows effectiveness and efficiency under real life conditions with all their complexity.  One model of play therapy, ‘Integrative Holistic’, has achieved this with over 59,000 outcome observations by parents and teachers.  It shows that overall 77% to 84% of the children show positive outcomes.  The variation is due to presenting condition, age, gender and number of sessions.

Schools should consider carefully which model of therapy is chosen, what practice based evidence exists and how they are going to compare their results, including cost effectiveness, to the national pattern.

The window of opportunity may not stay open long and may be obscured by the Government’s preoccupations with Brexit. But all schools can help themselves by thinking through the issues raised above for them.

Hope that this has been helpful.

Kind regards

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

More details, help and information from: Jeff Thomas Registrar Play Therapy UK jefferyht@majemial.com

 

We’re committed to delivering high quality theatre in even more schools in 2018-19

This year we’ve had superb feedback on our in-school shows. Here are just two examples:

“What amazing performances. It was so helpful. Thank you.”

Selina, year 11, Selly Park Technology College

“Very informative and I now remember some quotes.”

Jasmine, year 11, Elizabethan Academy

Based on the feedback we’ve received from staff and students, we’re pretty confident our in-school productions are making a real difference. Schools, like yours, across the country are recognising the benefits a live performance can bring to their students. Fred Theatre is committed to helping these schools by providing top quality, competitively priced, in-school performances of GCSE texts.

Across the upcoming academic year, Fred Theatre has four productions designed with the needs of your GCSE students in mind:

A Christmas Carol

Macbeth

Romeo and Juliet

Jekyll and Hyde

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

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

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

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

Robert Ball
Artistic Director
fred-theatre.co.uk

PS: The diary is beginning to fill up, so for the best chance of getting your preferred dates please get in touch before the summer holidays.

 

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