What is the one thing that more than any other helps students make the right choice upon leaving school?

It is curious to think that there might be one action a student can take which, on its own, can dramatically raise a student’s chances of getting on the course that is exactly right for that student.

Such an action, if it could be found, could not only enhance the student’s prospect of success both now and in later life, but also reduce the likelihood of the student taking the wrong turn and then dropping out of a course or resigning from a job.

But what could that one action be?

The key to answering this question comes from the observation that the course will always go to the candidate who is most aware of his/her strengths and can express that awareness in a meaningful and potent way.

In short, if the students you work with really don’t know where their own strengths lie, they could take a wrong turning at this moment in their lives, simply because they have not realised who they are and where their real strengths lie.

And this is a major problem for many students today.  For, because of the speed of change and the pressure of social media it is far easier for students to misunderstand their own strengths and weaknesses.

It thus becomes very easy for them to take a decision based on a completely false belief in who and what they are.

GetSet from Belbin is a way of helping students find out about their own strengths and talents.  It helps students learn about their own aptitudes so they can gain access to the right course and right employment both now and in the future.

In this way GetSet builds confidence in the students and helps them decide where they should be taking their lives.

GetSet is a set of questionnaires that school students can complete on-line and which generate a detailed set of reports as to where the student’s strengths lie and what work and study might be appropriate.

To help you see the value that can be gained from completing the survey, we are very happy to offer you the chance to take the GetSet questionnaire yourself at no cost or obligation. Then if you feel it would be helpful to your students you can arrange for the questionnaire to be made available to those students whom you nominate.

To apply for a free questionnaire for yourself or one of your students please click here – click  the contact us at the top of the page and write ‘a free one please’ in the box. To read more about GetSet please do look at our website here www.belbingetset.com.  Or if you have any questions please email getset@belbin.com or phone 01223 264975.

Surprises about children’s psychological problems

ADHD and autistic spectrum are not the main reasons why children are referred to therapeutic support.  Our research shows that children’s problems are many and varied.  58 different issues have been recorded of which 24 account for 56% of the total.  ADHD and Autistic Spectrum which receive considerable publicity are only ranked 7th and 11th.   Attachment issues,  family relationship difficulties, adjustment issues, anger, anxiety and experience of domestic violence, account for 45% of the total.

Assuming that support of the parents as well as the children are key mission objectives nursery schools have an excellent opportunity to fulfil these objectives and increase revenue.

Help the children and their parents by providing a Play Therapy service – one that it is delivered by registered practitioners where quality, safety and effectiveness is warranted.

If your nursery is not yet providing play therapy, there are two main options:

I ) Contact your nearest Play Therapy UK registrant to see if one is available to see your children: www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

2) Invest in training one of your staff as a Registered Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills.  You will then have a value added service to increase your revenue.

You can experience how play therapy works, the skills needed and how we train using mainly experiential exercises, by attending a one-day ‘Introduction to Play Therapy’ course held at 13 convenient venues throughout the UK. Phone: 01825 761143 for details

More information: www.playtherapy.org.uk

If you would like to have a chat about providing a play therapy service and the options in more detail please email Monika at: mokijep@majemail.com


What is the most powerful way of showing students the importance of the novel?

It is self evident that we live in a world in which pupils and students primarily value the new.  Indeed it is an era that is said to have evolved the Cult of the New.

From the latest phone to the latest software upgrade: new is everything.

Which can add a barrier to the students’ appreciation of literature.  Especially if the copy of a book they are studying looks a little… well, not to put too fine a point on it, old.

Yet there is a simple solution to this dilemma.  Brand new editions of classic works of literature which are available at the discounted price of just £1.87 each with free delivery when ordered directly from us.

The range of titles available at this price is extraordinary.  We have over 450 titles in print, covering over 230 works of classic literature.  Each volume contains the full text, and with the classics there is also a set of exclusive introductions and notes.

And there is still more, for not only do we have individual titles at £1.87 but we also have the World Literature and Poetry series at just £3.99 before discount, and our complete works series for just £7.99.

If you would like to see a list of around 50 of the most frequently used set texts which are available direct to schools at the special price of £1.87 that is available here.

To see the full list of our titles in print along with a ready to use order form, should you need it, we have a page with those details as well.

Plus there is currently a 25% discount on all the prices shown.

But even that is not all, for we also have an offer of a free book.  Just in case the notion of books at £1.87 each with free delivery seems just too good to be true, we’d like to assure you of the quality of our publications.

So, if you would like a free sample of one of our classics, just email education@wordsworth-editions.com with your name and the school address, and we’ll put it in the post to you, with our compliments.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Classroom chairs, manufactured in the UK with a FIVE year warranty and costing from less than £ 10 each (ex vat) …..

At a time when there have been increases in the price of classroom chairs it’s nice to be able to report that it’s still possible to purchase classroom chairs from two established UK manufacturers at very competitive prices.

It’s true that there is a limited colour range and in just one seat height (430 mm) but at these prices, AND with a FIVE year warranty, it’s hard to ignore the benefits  of having extra seating or for fitting out temporary classrooms.

Further information can be found on the website of Central Educational Supplies Ltd

www.centraleducational.co.uk  or give them a call on 020 7515 1797 or email


Maths Enrichment workshops 2017/18

World of Maths is a presentation of interactive, exciting, hands-on, problem-solving activities for your pupils.

We are taking bookings for the 2017/2018 academic year.  

We have 34 different activities each year, so are different to our last visit and we come to your school to host Maths days.

Unique displays designed by qualified maths teachers, students are kept fully occupied in small groups.

Activities cover a variety of topics on the syllabus, and most activities relate to real-life situations.

All abilities are catered for and promote positive attitudes towards mathematics.

8 page answer/follow-on booklet supplied.

Our website is most helpful www.worldofmaths.co.uk

Should you be interested in booking please email or call me.

I look forward to hearing from you,

World of Maths UK

Free call: 0800 6124 716