Discussion – Starter video of Tutor Time

We are delighted that our new FREE discussion-starter resources, geared for Sixth Form Tutor-Time, are being so useful for teachers.

‘I was able to pick it up and run with it without need for much preparation. The video was pitched well and the excellent questions, with their rigour and challenge, provoked discussion and insight.’

There are currently four Tutor-Time resources available on www.Take-One.TV and we plan to create a steady flow of new ones, based on the latest feature films and relevant topical issues.

Please email me at Kate.Laver@EthosEducation.org and I will ensure that we let you know when new free Tutor-Time resources are published.

Yours truly

Kate Laver
EthosEducation.org: Resources Manager


Releasing on DVD on July 3rd, Hidden Figures tells the true story of African-American women working on the space programme, who overcame gender, race, and professional discrimination with their abilities and diligence.

Some of the key questions raised in the discussion-starter video and supported in the downloadable Leader’s Guide include:

  • Al Harrison, played by Kevin Costner, says ‘We all get there together or we don’t get there at all.’ To what extent is that true in our society?
  • Theodore Melfi, who directed the film, describes the women as ‘the heroes behind the scenes’. In our society, in what ways does the value placed on people in the media affect how we value those whose back-room roles are hidden?
  • Kevin Costner, who played the project leader Al Harrison, says ‘It’s a story of three women whose God-given abilities were allowed to flourish’. How might the belief that all abilities are ‘God-given’ make a difference to the way in which we value them, and allow them to flourish?

Produced in association with the UK Eating Disorder charity Beat and the Be Real Body Confidence campaign, this resource features Dr Elizabeth McNaught, the author of the best-selling book Life Hurts: a doctor’s personal journey through anorexia.

Some of the key questions raised in the discussion-starter video and supported in the downloadable Leader’s Guide include:

  • What insights about Body Confidence have you gained that you wish you had known when you were 13 years old?
  • Do we struggle with Body Confidence partly because, in this world of social media, we compare our ‘behind-the-scenes’ with other’s ‘highlight reel’?
  • What do you think of the vision that we should encourage people to celebrate what their body can do, rather than how it looks?

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Reducing SLT workload

As a teacher, you may have noticed pupil behaviour has been making the headlines of late.

With Ofsted open to taking cues from Behaviour advisor Tom Bennett’s report in future, it makes sense to get your behaviour provisions in place as soon as possible. Even schools with impeccable behaviour and standards look like they will need to offer Ofsted robust reports evidencing their great work.

That’s where ClassCharts comes in.

From my 16 years of teaching experience in the classroom I designed Classcharts, it is built to be easy-to-use for teachers, while offering in-depth reporting and analytics for SLT. Working with your existing Management Information System, ClassCharts enables teachers to access vital pupil data wherever they are, instantly.

ClassCharts is free until September when purchasing a licence this summer. If you would like to know more, then just request an online demo here.

Or just reply to this email and we can take things from there.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Best wishes,

01348 800 100

What is the most effective way of improving handwriting and enhancing reading and spelling skills?

MSL offers three sets of structured materials relating to handwriting, literacy and spelling, and details with example materials are available from our website.

First, we have the Handwriting Rescue materials which contain over 300 structured exercises that introduce cursive handwriting and correct poor letter formation habits.  There are also follow-on books for revision, with all the resources designed to establish the correct cursive letter formation, alongside reinforcing important literacy skills.

The Reading and Spelling Literacy Scheme covers every phonic and spelling choice in the English language, introduced step by step in a logical sequence and this allows pupils and students to develop whole sentences from the very start.   Each new phonic and spelling choice is introduced in such a way as to ensure that past knowledge is reinforced, and confusions eliminated.  This is a structured programme that could be delivered by an LSA, and progress can be easily monitored and evaluated using the Placement & Progress Tests, which are included.

To round off each teaching session there are the Dyslexia Games and Association Cards.  These secure the knowledge that has been gained through the Reading and Spelling Literacy Scheme and give the pupils and students a less intense, more relaxed game situation for the end of each lesson.

Handwriting Rescue materials:

The Reading and Spelling Literacy Scheme

Dyslexia Games and Association Cards