Equip students for the 21st century workplace with new teaching resources


Dear teacher

The Government is placing increasing emphasis on the importance of developing students’ resilience, grit and character1. Skills which employers are actively looking for in new recruits.

To support you, we’ve developed a suite of new resources to help you deliver these 21st century skills in your teaching and get your students ready for the future workplace.

Remember that the LifeSkills employability programme is suitable for 11-24 year olds and is completely free for you to use, with all resources curriculum-linked to help you embed employability easily into your lessons.

By signing up to LifeSkills you’ll be able to download our 21st century skills lesson plan packed full of activities and worksheets.

And watch this space for two additional new resources coming soon:


Discover the trends and skills that could shape your students’ future
Explore jobs of the future in emerging labour markets

The recent launch of the BBC micro:bit also provides a great opportunity to get your students excited about making and undertaking hands-on projects which help them develop 21st century skills like problem solving, creative thinking and communication. Check out our introduction to the micro:bit here. For access to all this and more curriculum-linked resources, all you have to do is sign up. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to LifeSkills*.

Sign up now

Yours sincerely,

Kirstie Mackey

Kirstie Mackey
Director of LifeSkills

Exceptional Languages Teaching Resources

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Lighthouse Professional Development

There is still time to secure one of the remaining places on our “Memory Activities for the MFL Classroom” course taking place in London.

We also are running practical CPD on “How to make MFL accessible to pupils with SEN”, “Developing Speaking Skills in MFL”, “Using Grammar to Empower Learners in MFL, Practical Strategies for Success” and “Expert in a Day: ipad/tablets in the MFL Classroom”

Lighthouse are running training on becoming a successful Head of Department and Deputy/Assistant Head, as well as “Practical Counselling Skills for Teachers and Support Staff”.

You can find more course information, including dates, times and locations, at http://www.lighthouse.tv/cpd-courses/modern-foreign-languages

Email: info@lighthouse.tv
0800 587 8880
Postal address:
Lighthouse Courses Ltd, Suite 3, 163 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1EJ


Carel Press

Succeed in English: EAL Posters – a vital visual support for English as an Additional Language to help students remember.



Interactive MFL Software – 13 titles packed with hundreds of stunning curriculum 3D animations describing difficult to understand concepts for MFL. There are texts, voice-overs, quiz zones, drag and drops, multiple choice quizzes and more. Request your 14-day free trial of MFL Educational Software Solution.


First and Best in Education

Deutscher Wiederholungskurs – 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.

How to get A* in French? – analyses the writing and the speaking criteria of various exam boards and presents a simple and clear summary of these criteria written in a student friendly language.

How to get A* in Spanish? – analyses the writing and the speaking criteria of various exam boards and presents a simple and clear summary of these criteria written in a student friendly language.

How to get top marks in your French speaking & listening exams –  deals with knowledge, confidence and the application of knowledge in relation to Foundation and Higher Tiers GCSE and Core and Extended IGCSE French.

Learning Spanish – a 143 page, copiable manual for secondary school students of Spanish at beginner to intermediate level.

Perfect the Past Tense for GCSE French – a resource which will give your students structured practice in a complex grammatical area which is vital to their success at GCSE.

Email: sales@firstandbest.co.uk
01536 399007
Postal address:
Hamilton House Mailings Ltd, Earlstrees Ct, Earlstrees Rd, Corby, Northants, NN17 4HH


Signpost Educational Ltd

Student Packs for Lessons and Exams – Handy for your students and especially useful for exams. Consists of a clear plastic, “exam friendly” zip up wallet containing:  Three quality ballpens  (black ink), two HB pencils, 15 cm ruler, metal sharpener, eraser. approx, size:  224 x 157 mm.

Telephone: 020-7515-1797
Postal address:



Search Taster Day Events – helps Languages teachers to discover an array of events to book students on to, such as university and college taster days, workshops, residentials, open days, outreach events and widening participation opportunities.

Email: info@unitasterdays.com
+44(0)208 798 0982


ZigZag Education

Languages Teaching Resources – from verbs and vocabulary to exam practice and essay support, you’ll have your students speaking, listening, reading and writing like natives before you can say un, deux, trois!

Email: sales@ZigZagEducation.com
0117 950 3199
Postal address:
ZigZag Education, Unit 3, Greenway Business Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol, BS10 5PY


You can find more Exceptional Teaching resources at exceptionalteaching.org.uk.

Free population super quiz from Doddle

Try a free population super quiz with your class today.

This quiz will test your students’ understanding of the factors which influence a country’s population including birth and death rates and economic development.

It also challenges them to use the population pyramids, graphs, maps and even equations which are crucial to understanding global and national populations.

Try it free on our Doddle Geography page!

Would you like to be able to set this presentation as home revision for your students?
Doddle resources can be used outside the classroom! With Doddle you can assign your students presentations, activities, and self marking quizzes to do in their own time.

For a free and flexible tour of all the Doddle features, book a free in-school visit with one of our Educational Consultants.


Provide extended STEM activities for your Gifted, Able, Talented, and Enthusiastic students this summer

Some Heads of Science are able to provide provisions for their Gifted, Able, Talented, and Enthusiastic students, even when the core curriculum governs lesson time, by organising events outside school for students to take part in to enhance their knowledge of science.

Which is why we will be helping schools to run STEM activity days over the summer period.

Our STEM Summer Schools will give your Gifted, Able, Talented, and Enthusiastic students (across the year groups) the opportunity to participate in STEM-themed activities that simply cannot be delivered during the normal school day or curriculum.

If your school can provide the facilities for three to five days during the summer we will deliver an well-planned event and all the equipment required.

There will be a choice of two STEM Summer School Programmes:

Dead on Time – an activity in which students learn to use real-life forensic techniques such as DNA extraction, DNA electrophoresis, and DNA analysis to solve a mysterious death.

Target Mars – an activity in which students learn about Semi-Conductor Electronics, Robotic Construction, and Programming to build prototype vehicles, analyse Mars soil, and learn life-saving techniques needed to be able to colonise Mars.

Furthermore, our STEM Summer School can be delivered ‘cost-free’ to the school where parent contributions or pupil premium funds are used. A grant may also be available in your area.

For more information about our STEM Summer School Programmes, please visit: www.thinkersineducation.co.uk/stem-summer-schools/

Alternatively, please do call us on 01603 520866 or email us at events@thinkersineducation.co.uk.

Maths, Physics and Medicine Summer Schools – Last Few Places Available

The Debate Chamber Summer Schools, now in their twelfth year, offer students 11-18 the opportunity to find out more about some fascinating subjects, prepare for university applications, meet like-minded peers and get to grips with some tough intellectual challenges.

The material will be challenging (for our older age-group, about the level of difficulty one might expect in the first year at university), but a relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of discussion, debate, and opportunities for students to shape the direction of classes creates the perfect environment for getting to grips with new ideas. Working in small groups (usually around 14 students per group) over several days means a real chance to get to know tutors and fellow students and to explore the topics or questions that particularly interest each individual.

Highlights of Summer 2016 for students interested in science:

The five-day Maths and Physics Summer Schools for students aged 15-18 who will have completed AS Level Maths by the summer. These courses offer a chance to explore some challenging undergraduate level material together with our friendly and knowledgeable tutors. Topics are selected to engage and inspire bright students keen to push themselves beyond the school curriculum.

The Medicine Summer School for students aged 15-18. A fun and interactive introduction to the world of medicine, allowing students to learn the theory and also to begin to develop the practical skills involved in being a doctor. This course is split into several separate two-day parts, each of which covers one or more particular areas of medical specialism. Students may attend the full course, or select whichever sections best match their interests.

The Dentistry Summer School for students aged 15-18. A two-day introduction to medical and cosmetic dentistry, including seminars on patient interaction, diagnosis of dental problems, orthodontics and maxillofacial surgery.

The Young Doctors Summer School for students aged 11-14. An introduction to the world of medicine for younger students. Each part of the Summer School is structured so that more academic sessions are interspersed with fun and enjoyable exercises which are designed to test and apply the theoretical knowledge gained. Students will take part in practical activities, like learning how to suture a wound, and in role-play and case study scenarios where they take the role of practitioners and consultants – diagnosing and recommending treatment options. There will also be experiments, group work and quizzes on each day

Practical Details:

All the Summer School events will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London, and will take place in July and August 2016. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

You can find full details of schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors at http://www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/. There is a limited amount of bursary funding available for students who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

To book a place please visit www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Activity Days on a budget

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  • All equipment provided – Purpose built, user friendly equipment
  • Set up on your school grounds, indoor or outdoor, large or small spaces – Fields, playgrounds, hard court areas and even sports halls, gyms and classroom can all be utilised
  • New activities and sessions every year – Team Building, Bushcraft, Archery, Orienteering and Assault Course are just some of the activities on offer
  • Mixed sessions and multiple day programmes available – A combination of activities can be done on the same day or over several days
  • Stress free booking process – Our qualified instructors run the day from start to finish
  • Educational & Fun – Each day links into different aspects of the national curriculum
  • Personalised programme – We plan the day around your school timetable and incorporate any specific school values or aims
  • All group sizes catered for – From 5 students to over 500
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    Ideal for:

  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Reward days
  • Enrichment days
  • Collapsed time table days
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PE to the ready! (and yes, every step really does count).

With the end of term weeks away, I’d like to share with you today a great idea to give your pupils extra motivation as they run, swim, bat and field. After all, you work hard every day making the benefits of sport available to all your pupils. And our passion is helping injured and disabled people to walk again, very often using sports as a rehabilitation tool.

So here comes your Every Step Counts challenge, which will change the lives of people like 8-year-old amputee Nirmala! It could be a ‘race for rehab’ on sports day, an Every Run Counts cricket match, a sponsored walk or ‘stepathon’.

And until 18th July, all the money raised by your school will be doubled by the UK government. So there’s never been a better time to get involved – request your Every Step Counts pack today at www.handicap-international.org.uk/pack

Our Every Step Counts campaign is raising essential funds to provide life-changing rehabilitation to disabled people around the world. With every donation doubled, the money you raise will go that much further, helping twice as many injured and disabled people.

Please order your pack today online at www.handicap-international.org.uk/pack, by calling me on 0870 774 3737 or emailing john.mcgeachy@hi-uk.org.

By organising an event your school will play an amazing role in this special campaign. Every step your students take, and every pound you raise, counts!

Best wishes,

John McGeachy

Supporter Engagement Officer
Handicap International UK

P.S. To see who your support could help, why not read Nirmala’s story, who lost a leg in the Nepal earthquake last year. Nirmala has bravely taken her first steps with her prosthetic leg – will you please take your first step with us today?

Co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Handicap International is an independent charity working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work tirelessly alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their basic needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. It is a UK registered charity (no. 1082565). www.everystepcounts.org.uk

Survey results ahead of LOtC Week (27 June – 1 July 2016)

What percentage of teachers have been engaged in at least one LOtC project during the past year? What is the most popular type of LOtC? What do teachers aim to achieve through offering LOtC? What factors limit the amount of LOtC that teachers can offer?

These are just a few of the questions that we, as sponsors of LOtC Week 2016, asked primary and secondary school teachers across the UK in a recent survey. And now we have the answers.

You can find the full Learning Outside the Classroom report which contains analyses of the survey results at www.learningoutside.info/index.php/lotc-survey-results.

However, in this email I would like to give particular focus to the question ‘What factors limit the amount of LOtC that teachers can offer?’. Clearly if we can offer a solution, more students and pupils will be able to reap the various and numerous benefits that LOtC offers.

In the survey both primary and secondary school teachers stated that transport was the main issue (50% secondary, 34% primary). Or more specifically, the cost of transport.

So how can this be overcome?

You might want to get your school involved with LOtC Week which is running from the 27 June to the 1 July 2016 as in doing so you will be privy to a wealth of information about how to overcome this issue, including transport costs, restrictions, legalities and regulations.

This information has been supplied by Benchmark Leasing – a company which specialises in the leasing of school minibuses and without whom, LOtC Week and the research conducted ahead of the Week’s launch would not be possible.

I do hope you will take a look at the LOtC Week website (www.learningoutside.info) and take advantage of all it has to offer.

And, if your school is looking to acquire a minibus, you can find more information about our school minibus leasing packages by visiting our website. Or, if you’d prefer, you can call us on 01753 859944 or email us at minibus@benchmarkleasing.co.uk.

Benchmark Leasing Ltd
11 High Street



Tel: 01753 859944