GCSE Puzzler: Biology

By and large GCSE students like puzzles, and as such offering puzzles which are related to the syllabus can stimulate and motivate students who might be less stimulated by traditional test formats.

Better still, if the puzzles cover much of the course, they can be used throughout the two years of GCSE study.

It is with these thoughts in mind that the GCSE Puzzler: Biology was produced. It contains some fifty puzzles divided into seven groups: cell biology, classification, human biology, human diseases, plant biology, variation, inheritance and evolution, and finally environment.

As the puzzles all come in copiable format (meaning they can be photocopied or put on the school learning platform) and can be used over and over again. A complete set of answers is provided separately.

As a result this book complements the more traditional tests, as well as providing a varied approach to in-course revision for GCSE students.

GCSE Puzzler: Biology covers all the main areas of GCSE biology up to the standard of A* grade level. There is also a medical emphasis within some of the tests, and it will thus be of particular benefit to those who wish to pursue a career in medicine or other health-related professions.

There are sample pages available at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/biology/T1749.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1749EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 793 7


  • Photocopiable report in a book, £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the book and the CD £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery

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You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1749EMN

What is the most powerful learning and developmental tool that everyone can use?

The answer to the question posed above is both simple and deceptive!

In fact the answer is “self-evaluation”. People who are able to evaluate their own work and their own performance can become more highly motivated and more highly engaged in their own learning than anyone else.

But self-evaluation is not common sense. It is possible to evaluate and mislead oneself at the same time. Instead of development and improvement being a result of the evaluation, self-deception leads to a lack of motivation and development.

This issue is of supreme importance as Ofsted now looks at how schools use self-evaluation to develop and improve.

The reason is that Ofsted recognises that the “quality of the self-evaluation is an indicator of calibre of the school’s leaders and managers and the school’s capacity to improve.”

In other words, Ofsted puts great store by the way the leadership of a school uses self-evaluation and review to improve teaching, because such self-evaluation, when used properly, really can work. In the simplest of terms it provides a benchmark as to how much schools are improving.

One way of developing self-evaluation in your school while showing Ofsted that you are on top of this issue is to use the specially prepared Classwatch video which has led some commentators to suggest that they have learned more in 30 minutes about their teaching than in the previous decade.

The Classwatch video reveals how and why teachers are using Classwatch in their schools for self-evaluation and the sharing of best practice.

With the Classwatch video system colleagues can observe a lesson remotely, and all teachers have an opportunity for self-evaluation. The lesson can then be reviewed and discussed with the teacher so that great lessons can be shared with other teachers in your school

You can watch a short video on our website to see testimonials from the teachers who are already using Classwatch – and hear what they say about their experiences.

Additionally you can click the link below to see why Classwatch is now in 330 classrooms (and rising) around the UK.

There is also an information sheet and a brochure with full details of how the Classwatch video system could work in your school. Please click here to arrange for a copy to be sent to you or to arrange a free demo at your school and at your convenience.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Andrew Jenkins

The Bullying Intervention Toolkit

Provides a range of effective bullying intervention strategies.

No one intervention for bullying works best in all circumstances. Effective intervention occurs when facilitators have a range of strategies, with the accompanying knowledge and skills to know when – and when not – to use them. These include Brief Interventions, Peer mediation, Coaching students, Method of shared concern, Peer support Group Method, No Blame classroom conference method

With this book you learn:

How and why people Bully
Different solution focused strategies to deal with different situations and where each is most effective
How to encourage individuals to make pro-social choices
How to avoid labelling and aim to educate and heal, rather than punish.
How to create a healthy School culture

The resource includes:

■ 60 page book
■ 4 scripts-A4 size on CD

The Bullying Intervention Toolkit Ref: 305H £45.00

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