Free tailor-made Citizenship / PSHE lesson plans: Explore advertising

Why does advertising need to be regulated? How much do ads influence children and young people? Should advertisers have the freedom to say whatever they want?

These are the ‘big’ questions explored in Ad:Check – Understanding advertising regulation, a free teaching resource developed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Written for use in Citizenship and PSHE lessons at Key Stage 3 & 4, Ad:Check has proved to be very popular, having been downloaded over 500 times from the TES website alone!

The resource offers a range of flexible, easy-to-use lesson and classroom activities that encourage students to analyse real-life examples of ads, understand the rules that govern them and debate the topical and sometimes controversial issues surrounding advertising, as well as key issues that affect us as citizens and our society as a whole.

Ad:Check is free to download from the ASA website. You can download the whole resource or you can download each section separately, if you would prefer to focus on a particular area for study.

If you haven’t already, why not try Ad:Check out for yourself? We are in no doubt that you will find it a useful addition to your Citizenship or PSHE curriculum.

We hope you enjoy using Ad:Check, and we would love to hear from you. Please contact us with any feedback, queries or general comments at, or join our mailing list to receive more information from us about the ASA and our schools engagement programme.


March 2013

What is the most motivating thing you could do for your caretaker, for a dinner lady or for your catering manager?

Unsung heroes in schools are generally unsung because they are not on the front line. They are chefs, cooks, dinner ladies, kitchen workers, kitchen managers, catering managers, restaurant managers, caretakers and site managers.

As you look at that list you will, I am sure, agree that such members of your team often don’t get the recognition and encouragement they deserve.

And that’s why we are running the National Unsung Heroes Awards.

There is no charge for entering the awards – and nomination is very straightforward. In fact the quickest and easiest way to submit a nomination is via the nomination form on our website. And it is worth noting that you can nominate more than one colleague for an award.

I’d also add that being shortlisted is a great achievement and a real morale booster for both the individual and the school. Indeed there are few things you can do to improve performance, attitude and commitment that are as powerful as nominating your people for an “Unsung Heroes” Award.

The 2013 Awards categories:

  • Chef/Cook of the year
  • School Dinner Lady of the year
  • Kitchen Worker of the year
  • Kitchen Manager/Catering Manager/Restaurant Manager of the year
  • Caretaker/Site Manager of the year

The closing date for entry is July 1 2013.

Best wishes, and good luck.

Tony Ricciardi

CK Direct Unit 9, Botolph BridgeTrading Estate, Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 9QP
Tel 0808 17800900 Fax 01733 569433 Email

All teachers love meetings … So why not hold another one!

There is no perfect way to run a business and lessons unfortunately are often learnt and understood the hard way – when something goes wrong!

In order that students might see how things can go wrong, or how they can go right, we’ve put together a great business exercise called Management Meetings. It is designed to simulate a formal meeting and give students the opportunity to practice decision making in a working environment.

The exercise is suitable for KS4, Sixth Form and Business Studies students who are divided into small teams of 8. Each will act as a senior manager in a department store. Each manager will have individual briefing notes that set out their own departments’ problems.

The Scenario: A large department store, built over two floors and enjoys a prominent position in the local town. It has six departments: Food, Ladies Outerwear, Menswear, Children’s Wear, Lingerie and Homeware.

The Problems: It is approaching Christmas and one of the problems facing the management of the store is where to locate the special gift area which will have a very high sales turnover. Staff problems, stock and security issues are plentiful. How will your students deal with them?

Teamwork, communication, negotiation and problem solving skills are the key to success.

This resource contains: clear teachers’ guidance notes that explain how to run the exercise and include the key information from the job roles, job roles briefing notes for eight students, an organisational chart showing reporting lines and a floor plan of the store.

There are more details at…

You can pay and download the exercise direct from our website using Paypal or you may wish to pay with either a cheque or a purchase order number. Simply e-mail your purchase order number to us and we will send the exercise to you along with the invoice for payment.

Julie O’Brien
Creative Learning Events
0113 3909814
07977 489779

What is the most effective way of developing an outside space so that it plays a central part in the development of pupil education and awareness?


What is the most effective way of developing an outside space
so that it plays a central part in the development
of pupil education and awareness?

For many pupils, over 20 percent of their time at school is spent in their outdoor space.

As such the areas around the school buildings can be incredibly influential in terms of each pupil’s development and growth.

All that is required is the will to turn the surrounding environment into an important educational resource. ….

And that’s where we come in. We’re Grassroots, a team of people who are passionate about creating exciting and inspirational spaces.

We provide a complete service from design through to construction and aftercare. We work with award winning architects on bigger projects or with our own design team for smaller ones. So we are a flexible depending on your needs.

We offer a free consultation service, which includes free conceptual drawings when looking at any space. Once the idea has been adopted, we can explore with you what the possibilities are. These can range from monkey bars to large playgrounds, outdoor classrooms to making unusable spaces accessible.

Nicky Godetz ; head teacher of Cypress: a large, split site primary school in south London, has this to say about us:-

“We have really enjoyed working with Grassroots Play and would highly recommend you introduce yourself to them and begin to share your aspirations and thoughts and see what they can offer.”

Please click on the link below and have a look at some of the projects that we have done.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,


Tom Hickman
Grassroots Play