‘It gives students an edge…’

René Cochlin guides students through every crisis, scandal, issue and Act of 2013. If it’s relevant to the A Level Government and Politics exams, it’s covered! From party policy and coalition government to resignations and reshuffles, all the exam-relevant events are covered chronologically, with more detailed sections on key events.

  • ‘Excellent to keep students up to date with current affairs and link them with the syllabus… easy to access from the highest to lowest ability… It helps stir up debate and links very closely with the specification… It is so up to date, easy to use… Good value for money, it gives students an edge… bringing them up to date with current affairs.’ (Clare Green, Politics Subject Leader & Customer)
  • ‘Much detail on recent events… I particularly like the line down the side that explains relevance to exams.’ (Gemma Chaplin, Politics Lecturer & Customer)

The photocopiable resource consists of:

  1. The chronology can be a handy summary for busy teachers, or fresh revision for students – bring them up to speed with current examples to use in their exam answers.
  2. Plus, the best Think Tank articles of the year interspersed. Student-friendly, and exam-focused, with exam-style & discussion questions.

Available for both AS UK and A2 USA Politics.

  • All the relevant events of the year, with exam significance made clear.
  • Margin references to specification topics show how each event is relevant to the exam.
  • Questions link events to exam topics – students read about the examples, then apply them.

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.

The 2013 Politics Round-Ups are available as a photocopy masters with site licence (£29). Also available in:

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

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FREE basic calcs or compasses for the maths department

FREE basic calcs or compasses for the maths department ….but is there a catch?

It’s always nice to get something for nothing … that’s what I’ve always believed, but sometimes there’s a catch.

This time, however, there is no catch. The deal is simple. Order a minimum of 50 Casio or LOGIK scientific calcs and you’ll receive one metal compass or one basic calc for every two calcs you order…. strictly while stocks last.

With exams not too far away it might be a good time to stock up on maths department resources. Choose from Casio, Sharp, Logik, Aurora and Texet calcs as shown on the website www.signposteducational.co.uk

There’s also a promotion on the Trident geometry sets which have proved popular with schools & colleges over many years.

Only 95p (300+) 99p (200+) £1.10 (100+) £1.15 (1-99)

Or you may prefer the “Value Maths Set” containing a metal compass and half pencil, two black ink ballpens, HB pencil, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, eraser and metal sharpener. Designed for use in the classroom as well as in exams, all components are packed in a convenient “exam friendly,” clear plastic zip up wallet.

Only £1.10 (200+) £1.15 (100+) £1.20 (1-99)

And if you really want to do your students a favour, you could provide them with the “Student Essentials” set which contains three quality ballpens (black ink), two HB pencils, metal sharpener, eraser, 15 cm ruler, all packed in an “exam friendly” clear plastic zip up wallet.

Only 75p (400+) 79p (200+) 82p (1-199)

Prices are ex vat. Please check our website for images of these products or for more details of other products. All offers are subject to availability.

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Training Young People in Anger Management SEMINAR

Date: Friday 28 March 2014
Venue: Shelter Training, Old Street, London EC1V 2PU
Trainer: Tracy Maylath (see below for profile)
Cost: £99 per delegate (no VAT charged)

This one day training event will give teachers and trainers an outline for delivering anger management sessions to young people.

Participants will develop an understanding of how anger is triggered and experienced by young people and use this understanding to feed into exercises and discussions for delivery in a group or one-to-one training context.

To book your place for just £99 click here

Course contains:

  • Context: definition, stereotypes of anger
  • Overview of non-assertive behaviours, their advantages and disadvantages
  • Defining and delivering training in assertiveness to young people
  • The ABC Model
  • Challenging thinking errors
  • Confusing fact and opinion: how it causes aggression
  • Training exercise to assist with bullying
  • Practical exercises and a template framework that can be used and adapted for training in various contexts.

Learning outcomes:

After this seminar, you will:

  • Define anger as it pertains to young people
  • Recognise triggers for anger specific to young people
  • Apply a model for how beliefs affect behaviour
  • Address and change thinking errors that lead to anger
  • Assist young people in becoming more assertive
  • Use at least 2 strategies for assisting young people in dealing with criticism and anger from others
  • Deliver a training session to assist young people in dealing with bullying.

Suitable for:

Advisers, teachers and trainers working in both the statutory and voluntary sector with young people who may have issues with anger management.

We can also run this event for groups of six or more staff at a time and location to suit you. For more information regarding this option please call Amanda on 0344 515 1160 or email inhousetraining@shelter.org.uk

Trainer profile:

Tracy Maylath has been a trainer/facilitator since 1996 and a trainer for Shelter since 2002. She has delivered a wide variety of courses to clients ranging from people who are homeless, lone parents and young people, to managers and directors of large corporations.

Tracy has written programmes in management skills and personal development for both the public and private sector. She uses an array of innovative methods and techniques and engages clients with her humorous approach, passion and in-depth knowledge and experience of her topics.

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An Artist’s Handbook: Materials and Techniques 

The Craft and Art of Clay: A Complete Potter’s Handbook 

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Working with Clay

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Ensuring students enjoy revision

Is it possible to get 83% of students to enjoy
working unsupervised and raise GCSE
grades at the same time? 

By unsupervised work I mean such activities as homework, revision and independent learning. And I raise the point because where we can get students to enjoy such work, then the chances are that their levels of learning will increase. 

Sadly, however, the awareness that students who enjoy unsupervised work get better grades still leaves us with one problem. How on earth do we get students to enjoy unsupervised work? 

One of the very few approaches that works – indeed perhaps the only approach that works – involves fundamentally changing this view that students have of their work. 

When attitudes and approaches change, then so does the student’s behaviour, whether that relates to homework, course work, revision or any other part of the learning programme. 

And this is what SAM Learning does. It fundamentally changes each student’s view of school work. Indeed a recent survey of 35,000 students who use SAM Learning revealed that the vast majority enjoy using the service. 

And that figure is in addition to the key point that as the Fischer Family Trust research has shown, where it is in use, SAM Learning is instrumental in attaining better GCSE results and achieving year-on-year school improvement. 

So as a result of SAM Learning not only can you be sure that your students will enjoy using SAM Learning, you can also be certain that with their increased motivation students will work harder to meet both their own and the school’s targets. 

To find out how SAM Learning achieves these remarkable ends, and raises GCSE grades at the same time, please do take a look at our website

Alternatively, call us on 0845 130 4160. 


How to help students to remember vocabulary for the written exam?

With the gap of knowledge and analysis skills between GSCE music and A level music so large, how do you help students learn lots of new words and vocabulary quickly? One main way is to illustrate vocabulary with short extracts of the score.

This is one of the key strengths of our revised resources for Edexcel AS & A2 music, which have revision notes and practice questions for all the set works. Alongside tables that break down each set work into its stylistic characteristics such as tonality and texture, every set work has a separate vocabulary sheet and several snapshots of the score illustrating key terms.

In addition, practice questions and mark schemes are included along with checklists to help you plan all your work including coursework, for the year. All files are word documents which mean they can be edited to suit your student’s needs. Use them as ready-made teaching notes, or edit them and get students to fill in the blank boxes during the lesson.

Please note these resources are not for the listening exam.

I have been using these A-level resources for 3 or 4 years now and I would highly recommend them to any other busy music teacher. Their major strengths are that they are versatile and succinct. Just what my students and I need!’

Mike Skipper
Director of Music
Denstone College

View sample pages and order now at www.tempopublishing.co.uk

(Please quote code HH1)

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Engage students and present them with clear on location dialogue

DVD Resources for MFL

(click on the title links below for further details and preview clips)

French Language DVD Resources

Quatre Amis language students can’t wait to find out what happens next in this continuous 10-episode story filmed on location in Rouen! In ten short episodes viewers follow the daily life and relationships between four young friends and in the process are presented with everyday situational dialogue in an engaging way. All 10 episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (French) accompanied by a 96-page printed Teacher’s Guide including photocopiable transcripts, glossary, review questions and additional information.

Me Voilà! in six ten-minute episodes, Me Voilà! takes viewers on a tour through France, from Le Havre in the west to Strasbourg in the east, from Paris in the north to Toulouse in the south. Young native presenters invite us into their homes to meet their families, introduce us to their friends and show us where the area in which they live and aspects of their daily lives. All 6 episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (French) accompanied by a printed Teacher’s Guide including photocopiable transcripts, review questions and additional information.

À Table! filmed to lively music and including mishaps and blunders to entertain, this series of six short episodes follow teenagers in their kitchens making their favourite snacks. Each episode introduces the home region of the teenager and ends with the recipe for the snack. So, apart from practicing the foreign language in a with-it way, viewers also gets a certain cultural knowledge and tasty tips for easy-to-make snacks! All six episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (French) and are accompanied by a printed teacher’s guide, including photocopiable transcripts, glossary, review questions and additional information.

German Language DVD Resources

Neue Freundeusing a storyline format to captivate student’s interest, this soap opera style series follows the daily life and relationships between four teenagers, its objective is to present and introduce some everyday situations and to aid practice of elementary glossary and expressions. The series is produced on location in Germany and includes cultural and visual information from Berlin. All 10 episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (German) accompanied by a 108-page printed Teacher’s Guide, including photocopiable transcripts, glossary, review questions and additional information.

Jung in Europa an inspiring and stimulating series of 6 x 10-minute programmes presenting the daily lives of six young German-speaking people in Europe: Sandra from Hamburg; Björn from Vienna, Austria; Christiane from Berlin; Peter from Brixen, Italy; Nina from Luzern, Switzerland; Baris from Liechtenstein. All 6 episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (German) accompanied by a printed Teacher’s Guide including photocopiable transcripts, glossary, worksheet review questions and additional information.

Du bist was du isst!filmed to lively music and including mishaps and blunders to entertain, this series of six short episodes follow teenagers in their kitchens making their favourite snacks. Each episode introduces the home region of the teenager and ends with the recipe for the snack. So, apart from practicing the foreign language in a with-it way, viewers also gets a certain cultural knowledge and tasty tips for easy-to-make snacks! All six episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (German) and are accompanied by a printed teacher’s guide, including photocopiable transcripts, glossary, review questions and additional information.

Spanish Language DVD Resources

Mi querida familia get to know a modern family in downtown Madrid, the ever-growing capital of Spain! In Mi querida familia, a soap opera style series for students of Spanish as a foreign language, viewers get a taste of friendship, romance and jealousy. We also get to know Madrid and its friendly inhabitants in the city’s terraces and avenues and in its typical neighbourhood restaurants. We visit a football match, go shopping and much more. Experience Madrid just as it truly is!. All 10 episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (Spanish) accompanied by a 95-page printed Teacher’s Guide, including photocopiable transcripts, glossary, review questions and additional information.

¡La buena vida!a documentary styled Spanish language education series, presenting real life of Spanish people and families from different areas of Spain. The series shows authentic portraits of interesting people in different environments (big city, small town, village, coast, the mountains etc) in clear Spanish dialogue. Each 10-minute episode starts with an introduction about the area we are in and the young presenters featured have exciting interests, work, hobbies, families, friends etc, to maintain viewer interest. All 6 episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (Spanish) accompanied by a printed Teacher’s Guide including photocopiable transcripts, glossary, review questions and additional information.

¡Qué Rico! filmed to lively music and including mishaps and blunders to entertain, this series of six short episodes follow teenagers in their kitchens making their favourite snacks. Each episode introduces the home region of the teenager and ends with the recipe for the snack. So, apart from practicing the foreign language in a with-it way, viewers also gets a certain cultural knowledge and tasty tips for easy-to-make snacks! All six episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (Spanish) and are accompanied by a printed teacher’s guide, including photocopiable transcripts, glossary, review questions and additional information.

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Sharpen up your students Interview skills

The Interview
How To Make The Most Out Of It
A DVD resource for years 10, 11 and 12
Prepare your students for…

Work Experience placement
Part-time job
Full-time job
University application

Sharpen up your students’ presentation skills using these seven short films. Designed to encourage critical self-assessment to build students confidence for the full range of interviews they are likely to face.

Issues Covered

* Self-presentation
* Being prepared
* Questions to ask
* Rights at work
* Avoiding pitfalls
* Dealing with the unethical interviewer

All seven films come with linked briefings and background information for students and co-ordinators, printable off the DVD and provide a wealth of advice and suggestions for preparing students for interviews.

The students presented are drawn from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

“If in your job you have anything to do with preparing students for interviews, then buy this DVD.”

Teaching Citizenship

The DVD includes

7 Separate Films indexed for immediate access
20 Linked Briefing sheets with clear advice and tips

Use These Links to Preview

Preview student briefing sheets
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More Information

To order or request a review copy

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Price £34.99 (exc. VAT) + £2.50 P&P postage is free if ordered online. 

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A Message From Demawu Apeti –
Senior AV Project Manager:

‘We are just a phone call or email away, please feel free to talk to us about your school’s requirements. We have advised and installed specialist installation equipment ranging from: SMARTboards, projection systems and multi touch learning centres into hundreds of secondary schools – we can help guide you through your requirements!’

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A wealth of innovative ideas to stimulate, develop and educate!

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  • Pupil Response Handsets: Easily devise question & answer topics across the curriculum subjects to monitor pupil progress & subject understanding.
  • Wireless Slates & Graphics Tablets: Control the SMARTboard at a distance! Also a great tool to assist you in achieving your DDA requirements.
  • Hall System Installations: Large format projection screen systems to help with parent open days, school plays, Christmas & Easter drama productions!
  • Interactive Displays & LCD Screens: Displaying your school services to parents in your reception areas, halls, breakout areas & classrooms?
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Call to discuss your requirements at special education prices: 01483 905 332

Language World 2014

Why you need to be at Language World…

Language World has been a key event for language teachers for many years and is organised by the national subject association ALL (Association for Language Learning). It’s your chance to keep informed, reflect on what you do and why, hone your skills and stay ahead of the game.

Our Language World theme this year is All Joined Up, focussing on the need for teachers across sectors to be talking to one another to make language learning from age 7 onwards exciting, meaningful and successful.

Language World this year brings you:

  • policy updates
  • stimulating keynotes
  • the best speakers
  • a full programme of top-quality practical workshops for secondary teachers
  • fantastic networking opportunities
  • a large exhibition of the latest language teaching resources
  • a chance to put your questions to national experts.

And because it’s run by your professional association, we keep prices as low as possible, with big discounts for members and for teachers new to the profession. In fact, NQTs and PGCE students can join us from only £30 a day!

Whether you come for one day or two, there’s no better opportunity to find out all you need to know in one time and at one place!

Click here for links to the full programme and how to book. 

Outstanding Maths – how to get a 1

Outstanding Maths is the inspiring one day course designed for everyone with responsibility for influencing learning and teaching in maths. The day is highly practical and interactive, offering a wide range of techniques for creating lessons that are exciting and effective and produce outstanding results. 

  • discover how to deliver outstanding, successful, engaging lessons, time after time
  • take away dozens of practical ideas to enrich learning in your school
  • find out how to improve significantly your chances of getting a 1 in maths
  • …….and lots more

“So much information to take in – great ideas and lots to use in the classroom”

“Fantastic! Thank you”

This course takes place in cities including Leeds, Birmingham, Oxford and London and may also be delivered as an INSET day within your school or federation.

Our range of highly acclaimed courses also includes:

Outstanding Teaching and Learning
Differentiation, Marking and Feedback
Developing Stretch and Challenge for the More Able

For more details please email office@smartees-learning.com, call 0118 9797 551 or visit our website

Outstanding Teaching, Independent Learning

How can we help our students to learn in a way that is less dependent on their teachers? What can we do to help them to become successful life-long learners? Are we asking our students the right questions and are we teaching them great questioning strategies? What sort of leadership makes a school ‘outstanding’ … and how can we get a 1 for Teaching and Learning?!

Answer these questions and many more at one of our highly acclaimed courses including:

Outstanding Teaching and Learning
Differentiation, Marking and Feedback
Outstanding Maths: how to get a 1
Developing Stretch and Challenge for the More Able
Outstanding Leadership

The programmes take place in cities including Leeds, Birmingham, Oxford and London and may also be delivered as an INSET day within your school or federation.

“Very relevant. Exactly the course I needed. Thank you.”
“The best course I have been on in 11 years teaching.”

For more details please email office@smartees-learning.com, call 0118 9797 551 or visit our website

Bursaries: we do not want schools to miss out for financial reasons. A limited number of bursaries are available for schools whose financial status may otherwise preclude them from attending. Please contact us to find out more.

Isle of Wight Geography Fieldwork courses for all exam specifications

Geography fieldwork at the Medina Valley Centre
on the Isle of Wight!

  • The Centre holds the Council for LOtC Quality Badge
  • Experienced graduate teaching staff
  • Three fully equipped classrooms
  • GCSE Controlled Assessments for all exam boards
  • AS and A2 fieldwork for each specification
  • Fieldwork for KS2 and KS3: giving children a passion for the subject
  • A beautiful riverside location offering easy access to all parts of the Island
  • Highly acclaimed home-made food catering for special diets
  • One of the UK’s great tourist destinations, with 60 miles of magnificent coast with saltmarshes and sand dunes

A recent comment from a Geography HOD at the end of an OCR A2 field trip:

“The fieldwork course was excellent. The content was stretching and challenging whilst matching to our course’s requirements”

For Geography programmes and availability in 2014, follow this link: http://www.medinavalleycentre.org.uk/secondary-schools-field-studies.php

We are taking bookings for the 2015 season!

The Medina Valley Centre will soon be launching an INTER-ACTIVE MAP of the Isle of Wight as an App., a great resource for all Geography Departments.

We shall be demonstrating the map in the Exhibition Hall at the G.A. Conference at the University of Surrey, Guildford,
14 – 16 April. We look forward to meeting you.

Enterprise for KS3/4 – from Enterprise in the Community to The Stock Exchange

One of the great problems that teachers find when looking at new resources is the issue of quality. The advert might say that they are great, but the reality can occasionally be a little different.

For this reason I’d like to tell you about the enterprise lesson plans, worksheets and form time activities for Key Stage 3 and 4 from Teaching Resources UK.

Of course, we are going to say that ours are great too.

There are almost 100 resources available from our enterprise section (with many more across careers, citizenship, PSHE and work-related learning too). They include worksheets, activities, teacher guidance and PowerPoint presentations. In short, everything you need to teach enterprise from Enterprise in the Community through to The Stock Exchange!

And, because the lessons are ready made and available to download in an instant, you could be saving hundreds of hours of planning and preparing by becoming a member.

Now, back to the original issue of quality, our lessons have been written by subject experts and ASTs who have many years experience in this subject. But we don’t stop there – if you want to see a little more before deciding to subscribe, you can join our free membership service. This will give you access to a selection of lesson plans that you can download straight away and judge the quality for yourself. You will also receive regular emails with the latest enterprise news as well as lesson ideas.

To find out more join now at www.teaching-resources-uk.com/Join

World Revolutions for Students

This exciting series of 7 DVD resources examines the underlying causes and dramatic effects associated with revolutions throughout world history.

World Revolutions for Students will provide students with an understanding of the historic motivations for revolution, such as poverty, oppression and foreign domination, and relate how concepts such as human rights, popular sovereignty and nationalism combined with the power of dynamic and influential figures have inspired people to struggle for reform and seek a better way of life.

Join us as we explore the revolutionary philosophies and strategies of world leaders, and determine the social, political and economic conditions that helped spark popular uprisings.

World Revolutions for Students is available as individual titles a complete set:

Each 23-minute chaptered DVD includes support material featuring Pre-viewing Discussion ideas, Focus Questions, Follow-up Discussion, Time-line, Vocabulary and Further Activities.

“This series could be used for introduction or review in world history classes or as a supplementary resource to help students understand how these revolutions influenced events… They are a very good choice for any middle or secondary collection.” – School Library Journal

Available on approval from Viewtech Educational Media

Discounted Price: £24* each or only £18* each when purchasing the Complete Set of World Revolutions for Students DVDs

*price including public performance rights for use within a single educational establishment, excluding P&P (standard UK delivery = £3.50 for 1 DVD, £5.50 for 2 DVDs, £7.50 for 3+ DVDs) & VAT.

To order online simply click on the title links above and add to order – quote promotional code: HHM403 at the checkout for discount.

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How many different phonics are there in English?

From igloo to cough, we’ve covered every spelling choice and every phonic in the English language

It sometimes comes as a bit of a shock to realise that there are some 90 different spelling and phonic rules in the English language.

They range from troublesome similarities (such as words like “coin” and “toy” with the same sound but different spelling choices) to the six different ways of pronouncing “ough”, not to mention the bizarre collection of words which utilise silent letters.

There is only one way in which dyslexic students can learn the spelling choices for the many different phonics and homophones, and that is through a structured reading and spelling programme.

Which is exactly what MSL has devised: the complete reading and spelling rescue programme.

This programme covers all the 90 different spelling and sound rules and adds in ten sections on issues such as word patterns, suffixes, prefixes, homophones and irregular final syllables, making 100 topics in all.

The 90 rules and associated topics can be seen on our website where you can see the structured order of teaching that we have introduced.

What we have then done is broken these 100 topics down into 20 modules, presented in an order which allows students to use the spelling rules as soon as they have learned them.

As a result of this structured approach, which includes placement & progress tests, you can introduce a dyslexic pupil or student to the sequence from the very start. You can also begin work at a point where the individual will be revising key points before moving on to areas of weakness, where his/her knowledge becomes erratic.

A copiable version of each module costs £29.99, or you can order five modules together for on a CD for £80 plus VAT. All 20 modules are available for £450.

You can order the Reading and Spelling Rescue Programme in any of these ways:

  • On our website (where you can also see full details of the programme)
  • By phone on 01604 505000
  • By fax to 01604 505001
  • By email to info@msl-online.net
  • By post to Multi-Sensory Learning, Highgate House, Creaton, Northants, NN6 8NN 

Achieving better grades at GCSE German

Deutscher Wiederholungskurs will help Higher Tier candidates achieve better grades at GCSE. It provides material for revision for the GCSE speaking and writing tests and helps to bridge the gap between GCSE and ‘A’ level.

The course presumes the knowledge of grammar and vocabulary that a proprietary course will have covered and then builds on that knowledge to take the student to a higher grade.

The course is divided into 8 topics drawn from the GCSE syllabus, each containing the same tasks:

  • Oral questions to revise the topic briefly;
  • Suggestions for visual stimuli for further oral revision;
  • A passage of German entitled “Fritz erzählt” which contains gaps to fill in and practice for case endings, pronouns and verb endings;
  • Comprehension exercises on the passage to be answered in full German sentences;
  • A passage of English for translation into German; and a series of questions in German, the answers to which should form the basis for a short essay. Finally there are a series of related role-play situations.

The book is fully photocopiable for ease of use in the classroom and will prove an invaluable source of revision and consolidation for your GCSE students.

Sample pages from the book, order code T1616emn, can be found on http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/modlang/T1616.pdf


Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £19.95 plus £3.95 delivery

  • CD with school-wide rights: £19.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £26.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… 

  • By post from First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct, Earlstrees Rd, Corby, NN17 4HH
  • By fax to 01536 399 012
  • On-line with a credit card at http://tinyurl.com/mw79zv
  • By phone with a school order number or a credit card to 01536 399 011

When ordering the book please quote the reference T1

Helping your students to enter the medical profession

At Gap Medics we offer students (aged 16 and over) the opportunity to see what the world of medicine is really like. Through our facilities they travel to Tanzania, The Czech Republic or Thailand to shadow experienced doctors and healthcare professionals.

Not only does this hospital work experience help students to make the right decision about their future career as a doctor, midwife, dentist or nurse, but it is also a useful addition later on for their applications to medical school.

In terms of the practicalities, students are met at the airport by one of our specialist staff team members and are looked after by an extensive staff team throughout their stay.

If you have any students who are interested in a career in medicine, please ask them to take a look at www.gapmedics.com. Alternatively they can call us on 0044 191 230 8080 or email us at info@gapmedics.com and we’ll send a brochure in the post.


Samantha Bennett
Student Placement Team Leader

Visualising maths using 2D and 3D

“The most powerful, user-friendly IWB suitable and educationally focussed graphical software for maths”

This is typical of the feedback we receive from teachers who are using the latest Autograph maths software. It’s well worth upgrading to version 3.3 for classroom-ready activities and features.

Autograph enables you to visualise maths in 2D and 3D with ease, on your interactive whiteboard, PC or Mac. There are no difficult commands to learn; you just point and click.

It’s an interactive and visual resource which can be controlled from an iPad or Tablet wirelessly, leaving you free to move around the classroom.

All secondary and college maths topics can be brought to life with Autograph 3.3. Tessellate geometrical shapes over imported Islamic art, for example. Import a sports or architectural photo, fit a curve and find its equation. Bring in any data, analyse statistics with ease. Rotate volumes of revolution with ease to awesome effect.

By incorporating Autograph into maths lessons, schools have found that student engagement and motivation has considerably increased.

What’s more, it gives students a deeper understanding of the material compared to using more traditional teaching methods.

Autograph is easy to use. You will be proficient in only 60 minutes.

For further information and to see examples of Autograph being used in the classroom, take a look at our website.

Alternatively, please do give us a call on 01204 811001.

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www.keysplease.co.uk to order online direct.

Is your web hosting provider giving you the flexibility you need?

One of the biggest frustrations we hear from Schools is how inflexible and unresponsive their current website hosting provider is. The causes can be because your web designer has left you with limited access to your website back-end or learning grid bureaucracy putting unnecessary barriers in-between simple requests.

Hosting your School websites with WebsContent.com gives you full access to your website content and the flexibility to make changes when you need to. We specialise in web services for education and so we ensure our high quality and reliable servers cater for the variable high traffic nature of school websites and learning platforms. We pride ourselves on our dedicated support helpdesk team who provide efficient support when you need it most.

All our packages come with a Cpanel control panel enabling you to instantly install over 200 open-source applications and easily manage your domains, files and databases. If you need any help we’ll quickly provide all the support you need.

We have just upgraded our UK servers to high-performance instantly scalable virtualized configurations and we would love you to see for yourself just how powerful and flexible our new service is. We are currently offering a free no-obligation 15 day trial of any of our hosting solutions. Just call 020 711 28 733 or email info@webscontent.com for more information and you’ll be up and running in no time.

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The form time opportunity

Improving SMSC and literacy in form time

Whether you have five minutes or 30, form time is a great opportunity to provide thought-provoking activities that get your students engaged with the world around them, while developing critical thinking skills.

The Dayis an online news resource that can be used to make the most of form time. It is IWB friendly, with balanced stories that explain the issues, stimulate debate and provide glossaries of difficult terms. All of the activities will help you develop your whole school SMSC and literacy agenda.

Register for your free, three-week trial of The Day and join the thousands of teachers saving valuable time spent on planning and researching every day.

You’ll create a login that can be used across the school for staff and pupils to access 2,000 articles and activities – written specially for classroom use and organised around the curriculum. This includes our ready-made schedule of themed activities for form time and assemblies, all contained in The Week’s Agenda.

‘A fantastic resource for supporting all areas of the curriculum and keeping staff and students in touch with current issues and debates.’ Laura Taylor, Teacher, City of London Academy

For more information please contact Education Director, Joe Heppell on 020 7727 6959 or joe@theday.co.uk

Joe Heppell

Fostering creativity within the curriculum

Fostering creativity within the curriculum – Key Stage 2 Composing

All teachers want to give their pupils the best education. Currently there is a debate about whether it is better to follow a strict curriculum or foster a freer creativity.

David Stoll’s KEY STAGE 2 COMPOSING is designed to reference, use and fulfil the requirements of the curriculum in a way which allows all primary school teachers – not just music specialists – to encourage and develop creativity in their pupils. The lessons and projects, carefully described and with full practical notes and explanations, are fun and rewarding. Based on listening and analysing sounds, and then making patterns and stories out of them, they are, in fact, an excellent back-up for lessons in all subjects.

KEY STAGE 2 COMPOSING covers every aspect of primary school creative music making. Each lesson in the book is broken down into five and ten minute blocks, with each step fully detailed and accompanied by explanatory notes for the teacher. As well as a complete set of lessons there are several short- and long-term composing projects for the pupils to work.

Though full of strategies and tips for teachers with a music background, KEY STAGE 2 COMPOSING is specifically written for teachers who have no knowledge of music theory at all and little confidence in teaching music. The book is copiable throughout which means it can be shared by KS2 teachers throughout the school.

David Stoll is the well-known composer of SEALSONGS as well as concert, theatre and television music. He was commissioned by the DfES to run a project investigating how composers may work with teachers in primary schools, and to write a handbook for schools and composers: Building music (DfES 2005). David regularly runs composing workshops and delivers INSETs in schools and for LEAs around the country.

Sample pages of the book may be downloaded from http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/primary/T1752.pdf

Publisher’s catalogue number T1752emn; ISBN: 978 1 86083 714 2


  • Book or CD: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Book plus CD: £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Download from the on-line shop: £16.95

Methods of ordering – please quote catalogue number T1752emn



Free poster on holiday activities!

Summer seems like a long way away, but it’s never too soon to think about holidays with our free poster on holiday activities!

Featuring important phrases with accompanying photos, the poster is a great revision aid. Why not use it in class to make sure your students remember their holiday vocab?

Download the poster on our Doddle French page!

Did you know that Doddle French, German and Spanish include self-marking vocab quizzes designed to help your students learn and remember key words and phrases?

Book an in-school visit to see them in action!


FAO Head of ICT – your free digital video editing software

How to recreate industry standard 

video effects for free

Teaching professional video editing techniques is an exciting way to encourage creativity. But as we all know, some students always pick it up faster than others.

Serif MoviePlus X6 makes high-end video editing accessible to every student – by combining exciting, professional tools used in industry with an easy interface.

And if you email internationalschools@serif.com – Serif will send you a free copy of MoviePlus X6 to keep.

From tools to quickly remove camera shake, to high-end Green Screening and Colour Pass effects, MoviePlus X6 is the ideal package to create exciting, fit for purpose videos.  Easy to use, every student can create a professional layered video to communicate ideas, while more able students can learn the key skills used in industry.

For your free copy of Serif MoviePlus X6 (worth £69 GBP), email internationalschools@serif.com with your schools details, quoting code ‘MXNT2’.

Offer is limited to one free copy per school, with licences available from just £13 GBP a user – but we guarantee you’re under no commitment. 

Claire Macdonald
Education Business Manager
Serif (Europe) Ltd
 e: internationalschools@serif.com


The 4 Ways of Raising Money for Secondary Schools

There are four ways in which secondary schools can increase the amount of money that they have to spend each year: by gaining additional support from parents, through donations from businesses, through income from sponsorship projects, and through efficiency savings.

Raising Money for Secondary Schools considers each of these approaches in turn and considers not only approaches that work, but also popular fund-raising methodologies that are often witnessed but are rarely successful.

Indeed, one of the big problems that schools can have with fund-raising is that many of the time-honoured methods of raising or saving money no longer work at all effectively.

When a school comes up against this issue and sees that the amount of money being raised or saved is in decline, there is sometimes a tendency simply to say, “fund-raising doesn’t work any more”. However, this explanation is generally not correct. Rather it is the case that the ways in which businesses and individuals respond to appeals for support have changed.

Further it is also true that what appears to be the common sense approach to gaining efficiency savings simply don’t work. Efficiency savings are possible, but for most schools this is only true when the school follows a particular approach.

This volume also asks the reader to focus on the position of the donor, and consider what sort of appeal will work. The reader is also encouraged to approach different types of organisations in different ways, rather than sending out identical emails and letters to all local companies, large and small.

There are also details of how the school should point out the benefits that will accrue to the donor, as well as to the school.

The volume concludes with a review of 22 separate sponsorship plans and a review of how efficiency savings can be made – often with savings that can be in excess of the amount of money that can be brought in through fund-raising.

Raising Money for Secondary School by Tony Attwood is available as a photocopiable book or on CD Rom which can itself be copied or loaded onto the school’s learning platform or intranet.

ISBN: 978 1 86083 801 9 Order code: T1801emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/education/T1801.pdf

  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £19.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £19.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £26.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report…