Research: students who use web-based testing progress at a faster rate

Students who regularly test their literacy and numeracy skills with web-based games progress fastest overall across the subjects

According to recent research, carried out by Andrew Gallacher (an education coordinator at the University of Glasgow), students who regularly test their numeracy and literacy skills with web-based games progress fastest overall across the subjects.

Which is exactly why Education Quizzes exists – and why we are offering free sign up for schools to Education Quizzes for a whole year.

Our library of KS3 English Education Quizzes covers an extensive range of topic areas, making them ideal for revising the knowledge that your students have learned in their English lessons, past and present.

Education Quizzes are also ideal to set as homework tasks as they involve little to no PPA time – giving you more time to focus on planning and preparing future lessons and assessing the work of your students from lessons which have gone before.

To see the KS3 English Education Quizzes that we have produced thus far, toggle through the topic area links below. Alternatively, you can email to request more information.

And if you would like to sign up free to Education Quizzes for a year, simply visit our schools’ registration page –

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Letter Writing


Sentences (Complex) 

Spelling (Common Mistakes) 

Vocabulary Building  





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What more can be done to enhance your pupils’ learning of the French language?


Some pupils find learning another language a particularly difficult task – partly because there is a whole new set of vocabulary to learn and remember, but also because English phonics cannot be applied to aid them with the pronunciation of this new vocabulary.

Thus a whole new phonics system must be learnt, which is why Brilliant Publications has published Physical French Phonics – a tried and tested system for teaching French phonics which in 2012 was a European Language Label winning project.

Through using Physical French Phonics your pupils will not only learn how to correctly pronounce the French vocabulary that is introduced, but they will also gain the skills to tackle any new vocabulary they encounter with confidence.

How it works

For each phoneme, students learn an action, as well as the graphemes associated with that sound. Cheerful colourful cartoon pictures link the actions to the sounds and help to facilitate learning.

The DVD contains everything you need, from video clips of French speakers saying each sound and performing the associated action and audio clips of all the phonemes and words introduced, to attractive full-colour flashcards and resource sheets and interactive whiteboard files for all the phonemes.

Furthermore, the comprehensive teacher’s guide provides a clear step-by-step approach to introducing pupils to French phonemes. It contains practical advice, activities and guidance, along with photocopiable games and reference sheets.

You can find the complete list of Physical French Phonics’ resources by visiting this link. And to see a sample video from the DVD and a video showing children using the system, please do have a look at our Facebook page –

The price of this book is £32.89 and you can order Physical French Phonics in a variety of ways, including:

  • by visiting the website
  • by phone on 01449 766629
  • by fax on 01449 768047
  • by email to
  • or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
IP14 5ND.

Does grouping children by ability in primary schools affect their long-term development?

The use of ability-grouping in primary schools is increasing. Policy plays a role in this increase, placing teachers in the difficult position of balancing policy directives with the needs of their class.

Teachers struggle to manage a wide attainment range and also to demonstrate differentiation, and many deal with this through ability-grouping.

But grouping by ability requires teachers to have a clear understanding of what ability is. While they may not all use the same definition, it is likely the words bright or less able child would re-occur if they were asked.

This may be due to the ideology of ability deeply embedded in the English education system which perpetuates a belief that children come ‘hard-wired’ with a certain level of ability that can be measured and accorded appropriate educational provision.

This ideology of ability is reinforced on a daily basis through the media and popular culture with the language of talent, ability and intelligence commonplace in everyday talk, and so such ideas become normalised. How often do we hear someone assert, without shame, that they are rubbish at maths?

So, when and where do children begin to engage with such beliefs? Is ability-grouping in primary schools resulting in children growing into adults who hold firm can/cannot do beliefs?

Rachel Marks tackles this problem head on in Ability-grouping in Primary Schools: Case Studies and Critical Debates which uses a case-study approach to investigate the critical debates around ability-grouping in primary schools.

It explores common practice in primary schools and considers whether we can reliably identify bright children and less able children. What do these terms mean and how do children feel about such practices? This book gives teachers a clear understanding of the implications for teaching and learning, and provides headteachers with an evidence base for deciding the role that ability-grouping should play in their school.

You can learn more about Rachel’s book on our website – just click here

And if you have any questions or queries about the book please do call 01727 851 462 or email

Di Page
Critical Publishing


How can your school avoid the ‘learning a language’ trap?

Teachers can be under-confident when teaching foreign languages in the classroom because they do not have the language skills. What’s the most effective way of supporting your staff in the teaching of French, Spanish or German?

Avoiding the trap …
Have you been in the scenario where the teachers have been informed that they have to teach a language and seen the panic on their faces? Suddenly they have to read, write, speak and teach it to the children. Most teachers race on line to hunt through the mixed bag of resources.  Imagine their surprise if they could be provided with a proven resource that enables them to teach a language, they do not know, effectively.

Finding the resource …
What is the right resource? A resource which gives instant lessons, lesson plans and games, with sound, which are effective and fun. A resource which promotes linguistic confidence.

EDpaX offers …
Lessons that develop the teaching of French, Spanish or German in the Primary classroom.

There are 28 topics specially developed for teachers required to teach a foreign language using the interactive whiteboard. No preparation is needed! There are 500+ teaching pages, with sound, including games and activities. Each language introduces and reinforces initial language, spelling, vital verbs, simple sentence structure and small paragraphs. Colourful and effective interactive whiteboard language lessons and games at your fingertips! These instant lessons bring fun to language learning for both the teachers and the children. Ideal for all Primary school teachers.

Photocopy Workbooks each containing 56 differentiated photocopy pages which reinforce and consolidate every topic are included as a SPECIAL OFFER. Planning grids detailing the language used in each topic are there too.

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Want to try before you buy? Please download a full FREE interactive whiteboard teaching topic from Free Resources at

Do you need more information? Please email or call 0845 4752289

One language product contains 2 disks plus the photocopy workbook for only £350

(excl. VAT and p&p). One-off purchase with full site licence.