What is the role of fiction in a world in which the US President claims that a recording of one his speeches is “fake news”?

It appears that we are now approaching a world in which the boundaries between fact and fiction are vanishing fast.

And yet even so, we tend to expect our students to be able to tell the difference between the truth and the make believe. We don’t, for example, expect them to treat Wilkie Collins’ “The Moonstone” as a true account of history.

Nor would we want them to believe that Joseph Conrad’s “The Secret Agent” was exactly what life was like in the late 19th century.  And yet it is and it isn’t.  It is close enough to a portrayal of London at the time to be related to the truth, but it is not the truth itself.

And in many ways this is the value of the classic novel.  It isn’t true in the sense that “most people have two legs” is true, or that “kangaroos are native to Australia” is true.  But it is not so far from the truth as we might feel the notion that “the earth is flat” is not true.

Reading classic literature (which has its own unique take on the past, present or future) is, in fact, one of the most effective ways in which we can help our students to overcome the contemporary difficulty that much of the world has in terms of truth and lies.

And this is why we have Wordsworth Editions – reprints of the classics from as little as £1.88 each (with no delivery charge and no minimum order) covering authors from Robert Louis Stephenson to F Scott Fitzgerald.  From Dickens to Mary Shelley.

If you would like to see our list, grouped into collections, please take a look at this page from our website.

And we also have our offer of a free book just in case you have not come across Wordsworth Editions before.  To receive a free sample of one of our classics without any obligation please do 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.

And that offer really is the absolute truth.  I promise.

What is the most effective way of ensuring that children who suffer from heightened anxiety can benefit fully from their schooling? 

Many children do suffer from anxiety in tests and exams, and generally there’s nothing wrong with that – a modest level of anxiety is a common human characteristic.

But when that anxiety is there consistently, it can mean that the child is going to suffer poor results at school which no amount of focus and hard work can put right.  And it is a problem that can remain with them throughout their lives.

However, one short-term intervention programme during the primary school years with children who suffer in this way can result in a wholly different outcome.  One in which anxiety is reduced to more normal levels.

Such a change can be achieved through a short period of intervention with a small group of children – and the bonus is that there is external funding available for this type of intervention so that there is no cost at all to the school.

Working with a small number of children in different ways through a short series of sessions, we are able to help such children overcome confidence issues, worries about their family or home life, and similar matters so that these children reach their potential.

If you feel that you have some children in your school who are not reaching their full potential because of anxiety and related issues, and you would like to make use of external funding to help these children, I would ask you to get in touch.

We have already worked with numerous schools across the country and now have additional time and funding available to come to your school and work with the children you nominate. There are more details of our work at http://nlp4kids.org.uk/schools-co-uk/

If you would like to discuss the options without any obligation please do call 0345 3192 666 or 0203 6677 294 or email gemma@NLP4Kids.org

These two scientific calculators could be all your students need for the new school year ……  

The LOGIK brand of calculators has been used  successfully in  secondary schools and colleges during the past fifteen years.  If you’re considering  scientific calculators for the new school year then their two “flagship” models, the LK 183 and the LK 83XP are well worth considering.

Both calculators have a THREE year warranty (excludes damage to LCD) and are suitable for

KS 3, 4 and GCSE as well as scottish exams.  Both calcs come with  hard plastic keys, a slide-on case and all the features and functions your students will need for  GCSE maths.

From only £ 3.69  each (ex vat) both calcs are also available in class sets of 30 in a Gratnells storage box with a foam insert and handy clip on lid.

More details can be found on the website of Signpost Educational Ltd www.signposteducational.co.uk

or contact them by phone on 020 7515 1797   or email at:    info@signposteducational.co.uk

Signpost Educational Ltd.,  PO Box 999  London E14 6SH

  info@centraleducational.co.uk   Tel:  020 7515 1797

PS   Please ask to speak to Martin Evans who will be pleased to provide more information.