Stand Up & Stand Out

Help students become the candidate
employers’ want.

Latest figures show over 20% of 16 – 24 year olds are unemployed. There is no doubt that this is a tough economic climate with fierce competition for every job advertised.

That is why we have launched an exciting new campaign designed to increase students’ employability. Stand Up and Stand Out will help our young people develop the essential skills that employers look for and want by focusing on the following:

  • Communication Skills
  • Team – Work
  • Leadership
  • Creative Problem Solving and Thinking Skills
  • The Successful Interview
  • Writing a professional CV
  • Confidence & Self – Belief
  • Entrepreneurship

The Stand Up and Stand Out project can range from half – day workshops to uniquely tailored programmes spread over several weeks.

All students will receive a certificate of attendance to add to their professional portfolio.

For more information please contact us on 01903 872 849 or email

New Geography A Level and GCSE AQA Learning Grid Resources

How do you make sure your students understand the facts and become confident with the material in the easiest possible way?

Learning Grids: A must-have for any classroom! Concise and easy to use,
this resource reinforces the basics.

The learning process is simple and organised as students have to use their own notes and textbooks to fill in the empty grid, written in exact specification order. The structured learning method aids weaker students and ensures they absorb all of the information. They are fully referenced against key specification textbooks so whichever book you have, these grids will work for you.

A Level AQA & GCSE Learning Grids

  • An easy-to-set, yet valuable homework option.
  • Requires minimal preparation and interaction from the teacher — great for cover lessons!
  • Results in a comprehensive set of revision notes.

AS & A2: Cross-referenced to both Nelson Thornes and Philip Allan textbooks.

GCSE: Cross-referenced to Nelson Thornes, Heinemann and two Oxford University Press textbooks.

  • ‘A very good resource that focuses the student’s attention on key concepts… resource would help the students build a sound knowledge base.’ – I Dambudzo, Geography Teacher, Examiner and Independent Reviewer

  • ‘Easy-to-follow grid format with clear indications to relevant textbook sections, a good resource which will allow pupils to carry out a minimum level of reading for the AS unit.’ – A Ali, Head of Geography and Independent Reviewer

View full inspection copies of all Learning Grid resources at

ZigZag resources are available as ‘copy masters’ or in editable format and come with a site licence, allowing you to pay once and copy as often as you need, or put on your server for multiple use.

GCSE and A Level Learning Grids are available as a photocopy master with site licence (£24 – £49). Also available in:

  1. Easy-printing PDF files (add 30%+VAT), or
  2. PDF with editable Word files (add 50%+VAT).

Order now at

ZigZag Education, Unit 3, Greenway Business Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol BS10 5PY
t: 0117 950 3199 | f: 0117 959 1695 |

Give your promotional code UY66 to get free postage!

What is the simplest and most effective way of implementing the 2013 pay and condition regulations?

To say that appraisals and performance-related pay are not the most popular concepts in schools at the moment is probably something of an understatement.

This leads to an interesting thought: as a result of this situation there’s little doubt that the only way to implement the new legislation without causing a lot of upset and difficulty is to use a standard, transparent approach throughout the school.

Better still is the idea of using a purpose-built approach, which not only handles all the data but also fits in exactly with DfE and teaching union guidance.

What is needed is a system which links lesson observation with objectives and standards frameworks allowing you to collect evidence using one system throughout the school.

This means that everyone experiences the new approach to pay and conditions in the same way, and everyone recognises that they are being treated in the same manner as all their colleagues.

At the same time what is needed is a system that gives you and your colleagues in the leadership team up-to-date observation reports and data for the whole school.

This not only enables you to make decisions and focus attention on issues as they emerge, but also means that when Ofsted comes calling you can show at once what you have been doing to abide by the new regulations.

There is a further benefit here, because a system such as the one described also sets the scene for the continuing professional development that is relevant to the entire school and supports your key improvement targets

Thus as time goes by the system records and stores lesson observations, identifies development and training needs and builds a portfolio of evidence mapped to objectives and standards for each member of staff.

Such is the thinking behind Filio – an approach to the 2013 pay and conditions regulations that works across the whole school, allows everyone to understand that they are all being treated in the same way and fits perfectly in both primary and secondary schools, with both teaching and non teaching staff.

If you would like to see a demo please email me at or call 07966 338059.

You can read more about it at