All posts by Tony Attwood

What’s the best way of  solving the problem of students who turn up for lessons or exams without a pen, pencil, ruler .. ? 

It’s not easy  to ensure that every student comes to school or college properly equipped for  lessons or exams.

But  NOW  there’s a  simple,  effective and low cost way of solving the problem       The “STUDENT ESSENTIALS” set 

Consisting of, three quality black ink pens, two  full length HB pencils,  a      15 cm ruler,  pencil sharpener, eraser, all contained in  a clear   “exam friendly” PVC wallet with a zip slider….

From just 85p each, ex vat  it’s a simple and effective way of  improving productivity and helping students succeed in their  lessons and exams.

More details at:    www.signposteducational.co.uk/student-packs/

or you can contact them on: Tel:  020 7515 1797    Fax:  020 7515 4420   email:  info@signposteducational.co.uk

Orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

Signpost Educational Ltd   PO Box 999   London  E14 6SH

 

A student with poor communication skills will invariably do poorly at school.  But how can we improve an individual’s communication skills?

Every student with poor communication skills has, quite obviously, difficulty in listening, understanding, and self-expression.  Such students will then also have difficulties in areas as diverse as problem-solving and maintaining relationships.

To overcome such problems these students need to learn effective two-way interactive communication so that they can participate both in the formal side of their education and the social side of being at school.

However research from Ican has suggested that at least 10% of young people across the UK have communication difficulties that are often not fully being picked up and addressed because of the individual and small group approaches that are needed to help such students.

Yet where these students can be helped to engage in rich, active, confident communication they can gain the skills that will allow them to benefit from the education that they receive.  They will, in short, be able to express themselves openly and articulate their thoughts and feelings.

Further, as many psychological studies have shown, language is an integral part of our processing of daily events through our thoughts.  If we do not have the skills to process daily events internally then our mental health and well being suffer.

And on top of all that, the importance of this issue can be further recognised by the fact that only 15% of children with communication difficulties go on to achieve 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (compared with 57% of all other young people.)

NLP4kids works in this area with many schools around the UK, and our work includes helping schools access government funding specifically set aside for this sort of project – thus effectively making our services available free of charge to the school.

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

Gemma Bailey
Director of NLP4Kids

Imagine the classic works of English literature from just £1.88 each with free delivery, and no minimum order!

And to add just a bonus to that headline: imagine that you can have a free sample before you order, just to assure you that this too good to be true offer is both good and true.

The works in question range from Jane Austen to the Brontës, from Dickens to Conan Doyle, from DH Lawrence to William Shakespeare.

In all Wordsworth Editions has 400 titles in print, covering over 200 works of classic literature, many of these children’s books.

And not only does each volume naturally have the full text, but with nearly all of the classics there is also a set of exclusive introductions and notes to help pupils and students with their studies.

Plus as a further bonus we are also adding new titles to our range regularly.

The normal price of the key texts is £2.50 which is reduced by 25% and free post and packing when you order direct from us.

To get an overview of the sort of titles we can offer please do visit our website. However if you would like to see a list of over 70 of the most popular titles which are available direct to schools, most at the special price of £1.88, that is available here.

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

And as I mentioned before there is the offer of a free book.  Just in case the notion of books at £1.88 each with free delivery seems just too good to be true.

So, if you would like a free sample, 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.

How can we help improve the mental well-being of pupils and students?

It is self-evident that pupils and students who feel well in themselves are likely to have a much more successful, enjoyable, and stimulating life at school.

Such young people will have more positive self-esteem than others, be more able to feel and express a wide range of emotions, and probably have better relationships with their peers and adults than others who have a less positive state of mental well-being.

Indeed they will almost certainly feel engaged and involved in the world around them and will cope with the normal stresses of everyday life.  They will be confident people who cope well with the modern world and all it throws at them.

And thus the question arises, how do we improve the mental well-being of young people who do not have the positive experiences and feelings described above?

It is a most important question, for those who have the ability to prevent mild conditions from becoming major problems cope better than those who don’t have this skill.

Sadly, for those who do not receive the support they need, education will only go so far to engage them. They need assistance in facing up to their problems and resolving them so that they avoid falling through the gaps in the education system or hiding from their issues with destructive behaviours that could harm themselves and others.

And this is what NLP4Kids offers.  Helping pupils and students communicate their thoughts and feelings with others, helping them make meaningful relationships, and ultimately helping them improve their employment opportunities.

If you feel that you have some pupils and students in your school who are not reaching their full potential because of anger 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

Do you (or the site manager) get fed up with broken or vandalised classroom chairs? 

Do you ever wish you could have a greater range of chair colours?

How would you feel about getting 2018 Postura Plus classroom chairs  at 2017 prices….. and to cap it all how about a 20 year warranty on every chair you order?

Postura Plus chairs are manufactured from a single mould of polypropylene with no  screws, bolts or other fixings to become loose or be vandalised.  Their ergonomic design promotes enhanced user comfort which should at the same time improve your students  concentration in lessons….. plus the 20 year warranty will make a dramatic dent in your organisations maintenance costs. Site managers like Postura Plus chairs as they have seen significant reductions in damage and vandalism.

What’s more, the Postura Plus range of one piece chairs is available in 16 colours and six sizes, right from nursery through schools to colleges and universities. Postura Plus chairs are already installed in thousands of UK schools and colleges, and not without good reason.

You can have all of these benefits at the same time when you order from Central Educational Supplies Ltd  who have been supplying Potura Plus chairs for well over ten years.

Why not visit their website (www.centraleducational.co.uk)  to find out more about Postura Plus chairs…and consider their 20 year warranty.  How much could Postura Plus chairs save your organisation compared with traditional classroom chairs, not to mention the advantages of purchasing this years’ chairs at 2017 prices.

Central Educational Supplies Ltd.  PO Box 999  London  E14 6SH 

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

 

What’s the best way of solving the problem of students who turn up for lessons or exams without a pen, pencil, ruler, etc?  

When this happens it’s frustrating, often disruptive, and always time-wasting……

But is there a solution?

Well, we believe there is. It’s called the “Student Essentials set,” a low cost but effective solution to the problems caused by students who turn up for lessons or exams without the basic kit.

The “Student Essentials set” consists of three quality black ink pens, two full length HB pencils, a 15 cm ruler, pencil sharpener and eraser, all packed in an “exam friendly” clear PVC wallet with a zip slider.  From just 85p each (ex vat) the “Student Essentials set” is ideal to give (or perhaps sell) to your students so they’ll have what they need for almost all their lessons.

Find out more from Signpost Educational Ltd on 020 7515 1797 or visit their website:

www.signposteducational.co.uk or contact them on: info@signposteducational.co.uk

Signpost Educational Ltd, PO Box 999  London  E14 6SH

Do you (or the site manager) get fed up with broken or vandalised classroom chairs?

Do you ever wish you could have a greater range of chair colours?

How would you feel about getting 2018  Postura Plus classroom chairs  at 2017 prices….. and to cap it all how about a 20 year warranty on every chair you order?

Postura Plus chairs are manufactured from a single mould of polypropylene with no  screws, bolts or other fixings to become loose or be vandalised.  Their ergonomic design promotes enhanced user comfort which should at the same time improve your students  concentration in lessons.

What’s more, the Postura Plus range of one piece chairs is available in 16 colours and six sizes, right from nursery through schools  to colleges and universities.

You can have all of these benefits at the same time when you order from Central Educational Supplies Ltd  who have been supplying Potura Plus chairs for well over ten years.

Why not visit their website (www.centraleducational.co.uk) to find out more about Postura Plus chairs…and consider their 20 year warranty.  How much could this save your organisation compared with traditional classroom chairs, not to mention the advantages of purchasing this years’ chairs at 2017 prices.

Central Educational Supplies 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 about Postura Plus chairs or assist with purchasing.

Boys – how you can better help them to achieve and succeed

A conflation of our two most popular workshops into an all-day experience. ‘Ensuring Boys Matter’. Mengage takes elements of ‘raising boy’s achievement’ and ‘boys don’t cry’ to create a workshop focusing on supporting the achievement, emotional & mental health needs of boys and young men.

Encompassing a school day, delegates will experience –

  • Exploring – Experience of working with boys and what the current data is informing us
  • Act like a boy – Being boy positive and creating boy friendly facilities
  • What stops him – Barriers to learning and what we can do as a school
  • Enabling -Experiences from elsewhere and what works?

This is feedback for this course –

‘Mengage were so accommodating when I approached them about potential CPD training in school. I asked for a blend of their different training programmes and they came up with a perfect bespoke day to be delivered in school. We had 4 workshops which incorporated facts, theories, pedagogy, practical suggestions, and stimulated excellent professional debate.

Liam was a great trainer. He is warm, friendly and funny, which put all the delegates at ease quickly. This was so important, as people did not feel inhibited to ask questions or share their thoughts and experiences. His past life as a teacher meant that he pitched the workshops perfectly, and everyone found them valuable.

We learned so much in one day, in the comfort of our own school, which was a real bonus – Liam travelled a considerable distance to be with us. The cost of the day was incredibly good value, considering the number of staff who accessed the workshops throughout the day.

I would not hesitate in recommending Mengage to other schools and organisations’.

Helen Mackay, Assistant Head, St Mary’s Catholic High School, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

These workshops, if bought separately, would cost £1945. Mengage are happy to offer this merging of the two at £1495. Ideally it will be for up to 25 staff – but negotiations can be had around involving more. You can see more about the workshop by clicking here

For more details please contact Liam Kernan on 01905 570180/07788 725318, liam@mengage.co.uk or go to the website for more information www.mengage.co.uk

“Can this calculator replace the  Casio FX 83GT Plus …..?  

The Casio FX 83GT+ is the UK’s best selling scientific calc… and deservedly so.  It’s been setting the pace in many UK schools & colleges and is  the first choice for GCSE exams for many students.    From only £ 6.49 each, ex vat (200+), it’s an excellent buy.

But now there is a credible alternative…… It’s the Logik LK 83XP which has almost all the features of the FX 83GT Plus  but with one big advantage…… it’s dual power.  This combination of battery and solar power  prolongs battery life and gives students  extra reassurance, especially when used in exams.

The LK 83XP has a THREE year guarantee, excellent build quality and reliability and is suitable for all UK exams where a calculator is allowed.  Features include: 252 functions, “natural (textbook) display,” check, correct and replay, stats calculations, prime factorisation, hard plastic keys, slide on case, etc.

It’s a calc which can see your students all the way from year 7 to GCSE and at a surprisingly modest price, from only £ 5.22 ex vat.

Further details on:  www.signposteducational.co.uk 

or phone 020 7515 1797 or email: info@signposteducational.co.uk

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

To what extent do your pupils understand what is going on in the Middle East?

The average person knows very little of what is going on in the Middle East, and perhaps more importantly, WHY – a result of the differing interpretations of historical and present-day events in the region. Not to mention its obvious complexity.

And, since your pupils have followed this timeline of events for a much shorter period of time, confusion and a lack of understanding about what is going on in the Middle East is likely to be much greater. Which is why the charity, Middle East Education, was formed and is offering a FREE talk in your school that gives a balanced yet factual look at the issues involved.

If you are interested in booking one of our FREE talks, simply email office@middleeastedu.co.uk with your preferred dates (at least two different dates) and we’ll do our best to organise a mutually convenient time for us to visit your school.

Given by two knowledgeable, articulate and lively speakers, one Muslim the other Christian or Jewish, the talks can be provided in accordance with the requests from individual schools and are accompanied by colourful PowerPoint presentations containing many maps and photos, films, and animations. What’s more, questions and discussion by your students are encouraged.

If you would like to find out more before registering your interest, simply visit http://www.middleeastedu.co.uk/talks.html. On our website you will also find a number of free resources, including PowerPoints, activities and teachers’ notes, generally sorted by subject area (General Studies, History…) and/or education level (GCSE, A-Level…).

Let’s talk about how live performance at your school can give your students an advantage

Over the coming academic year, Fred Theatre is touring four exciting productions into schools:

Jekyll and Hyde     A Christmas Carol

Macbeth     Romeo and Juliet

Each of our 90-minute adaptations is designed to be a great introduction to the text, or a useful revision tool. Watching one of the productions really helps your students understand the narrative arc of the text, and they will hear those all-important quotes in context. They see and hear the text rather than just reading it, and, of course, there’s the simple joy of live theatre.

All of this at a very cost-effective price too! Booking a performance from Fred Theatre is a whole heap cheaper than paying for theatre tickets + travel costs + the time of staff and helpers.

All four productions are fresh and exciting re-tellings of the familiar and much-loved stories, and features a cast of six professional actors. We concentrate on the text and producing a faithful representation of the original… just a little shorter!

All we need to perform at your school is a space approximately 5m x 5m with room (of course) for the audience.

Last year we took two productions to over 40 schools and almost 7,000 students. This year I want to reach 100 schools and I’m more than happy to work with you on how we can bring live theatre to your school.

And we don’t leave our involvement with just the performance. We send out regular newsletters for students that build up to the performance with lots of great information on the show. We give students feedback cards which can be used as a valuable tool in the classroom after the show. And, we can also arrange workshops if that’s of interest.

You can call me to discuss any aspect of Fred Theatre playing at your school on 01789 777612 or 07974 210265. Alternatively, email Helen in our office: helen@fred-theatre.co.uk. We’ll have a chat about how we can help, collect a few details from you and respond with more information.

Robert Ball

Artistic Director
Fred Theatre

PS: The feedback we received last year from both students and teachers was great, and we’re more than happy to share this with you. You can read some now on our web site: www.fred-theatre.co.uk/schools

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.

The effect of heat on students’ exam results

Fitting a whole year’s worth of revision and lessons into just a couple of hours can be tough going for students. Exams are difficult enough as they are, but during the summer months, things can really heat up. According to the independent, students in buildings without air-conditioning attain worse grades during tests in the middle of a heatwave – by around 13%. So, just how widespread is this issue, and what can be done to help future students?

Feeling the heat

According to a study by the US National Bureau of Economic Research, heat has a significant impact on exam results. This study, which was picked up by numerous news outlets as the first major analysis of the correlation between higher temperatures and lower exam scores, took place over a 13-year time period and included 10 million US secondary school pupils. The study found that learning achievement fell by 1% for every 0.55°C increase to the average temperature. Any temperature exceeding 21°C was found to have a significant impact on learning, with anything above 32°C having even more of an effect. The effect of heat on learning was found to be particularly high at temperatures over 38°C.

The study also outlined that high temperatures only impacted exam scored on hot school days – hot weekends didn’t have an impact on achievement levels. Heat did affect educational time however, both at school and at home during homework time.

University challenges

Building on this, another study by Harvard University examined the effects of heat on students living in university accommodation. The study looked at university students during a heatwave – some stayed in rooms with air-conditioning and others stayed in rooms without. Ultimately, the students who stayed in the non-air-conditioned rooms were found to have scored much lower in both problem solving and memory tests.

The effects of heat aren’t limited to daylight hours, however – too much heat at night can also cause problems.

Trouble sleeping

During the UK summer heatwave of 2018, the Guardian reported an increase in sleep problems across the country. The sudden rise in temperature for a country so used to milder climates caused many people to feel irritable, tired, and less productive as a result.

Sleep medicine consultant Dr Michal Farquhar spoke to the Guardian spoke to the Guardian about the problem, stating that: “Britain isn’t really designed to deal with higher than average temperatures. Unlike warmer climates, our homes are designed to keep us warm in the winter more than to keep us cool in the summer, and air conditioning is relatively rare in private homes.”

He went on to explain how the ideal temperature for sleeping is rather restrictive at just 16-18°C, so a sudden temperature rise can cause a number of issues for many people – both at work and at school.

Cooling down

With the effects of climate change becoming more and more apparent, many of us are asking what we can do to help students overcome the heat.

Both Harvard University and the US National Bureau of Economic Research recommend using a good air conditioning unit in educational facilities, such as exam halls and classrooms. The institutions both noted that air-conditioning had a positive effect on reversing the damage to student exam scores caused by too much heat.

As outlined by the Guardian, however, air-conditioning is rarely found in the UK, especially in universities and schools. Historically, this makes a lot of sense, as the UK has never had a history of extended periods of high temperatures, so in the past, air conditioning wasn’t a wise decision financially. With summers getting hotter each year however, and heatwaves during summer becoming a regular occurrence, some have asked if it’s time for the British attitude towards the value of air-conditioning to change.

The National Education Union recommend that UK schools should have an action plan in place should temperatures exceed 26°C. They recommend measures such as encouraging drinking water in the classroom, moving pupils away from windows, limiting the use of computers and installing a good air conditioning system. Companies like Daikin, for example, can offer their expertise in fitting the right air-conditioning system for educational environments. If warmer summers are really here for the foreseeable future, the UK needs to adapt its buildings in order to keep people safe, comfortable and cool.

Sources:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44288982

https://www.teachers.org.uk/files/high-classroom-temperatures_0.doc

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/07/17/heat-makes-you-dumb-four-charts/?utm_term=.836e0353d41a

https://www.theguardian.com/education/shortcuts/2018/may/30/students-dont-do-so-well-in-exams-when-its-hot-so-is-it-time-to-overhaul-the-academic-year

https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/joshuagoodman/files/w24639.pdf

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/weather-heatwave-air-conditioning-hot-stop-brain-working-harvard-university-a8440986.html

 

Another FREE worksheet set from Brilliant Publications

 1) Who won the race?   2) What order did the team come in?
3) Show how you worked it out.  4) Make your own ‘Who Won?’ problem. 

This is just one of the activities that can be found in the set of worksheets that we are giving away, free of charge, from the popular “Open-ended Maths Investigations” series.

Among a few, other activities include: 

Measuring how much water you use (and can save) when washing  your hands,
from the worksheet Every Little Drop

Working out how a group of friends can buy movie tickets with the money that they have,
from the worksheet Movie Money

Calculating the price of clothes after the sales discount has been applied
from the worksheet Sale Time

Click here to request the free worksheet series 

The activities in the Open-ended Maths Investigations Series encourage pupils to apply higher order mathematical strategies, creatively and effectively. The investigations become increasingly complex as you progress through the series, enabling …read more.

For more information or to order the Open-ended Maths Investigations bundle for £40.00 (hardcopy), visit www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/open-ended-maths-investigations-for-primary-schools-603.

Alternatively, you can place an order:

  • over the phone on 01449 766629
  • by email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk
  • by fax on 01449 767122
  • or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND

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

website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 767122

Want to better support your boys? 

Have you considered accredited mentoring?

How to effectively engage young males with education and provide them with the support and encouragement they need to go on to bigger and better things is always a concern for staff.

Mentoring, as well as offering an evidence-based approach to work with young men, helps young men to achieve their academic and vocational potential, addresses concerns related to problematic behaviours – and provides go-to support and signposting to other services from someone they have built trust with.

The Unit Award in Mentoring Boys and Young Men is a Level 2 award providing your staff/students with an understanding of mentoring work. Whether it is for your staff to better engage with boys or for the boys themselves to support one another, mentoring is an approach that has been shown to work.

The workshop covering the award criteria is 4 hours long. Each staff/student undertaking the award will be provided with their own copy of the Mengage course book: Mentoring Male: A guide to mentoring work with boys and young men. A Level 2 certificate will be issued upon completion.

Feedback received – 23 staff in a Liverpool School said –

Rating delivery and knowledge of the trainer as a one (brilliant), collectively the group said, “The facilitator was engaging and informative. The case studies were informative and beneficial to our CPD. We would recommend the course to others as it was one of the best training courses that has been delivered to us.” Lord Derby Academy, Huyton 

The workshop costs £1295 for up to 10 staff or up to 15 students or a mixture of both – works surprisingly well! Bigger groups are negotiable. You can see more about the workshop by clicking here.

For more information or to discuss a booking, you can contact Liam by email at liam@mengage.co.uk or by phone on 07788725318.

Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.mengage.co.uk to see what else we offer with regards to mental health and raising boys’ achievement.

How can classic literature give young students an enquiring mind for the rest of their lives?

Two days ago I got somewhat fed up when I heard that global warming had now passed a tipping point such that within a couple of months (or was that a couple of decades – I may have got confused) the earth would be too hot for humans.

Yesterday, however, the news said that the “next year is doomsday scenario” was at the extreme end of the scale of predictions, and I was probably safe to book my Christmas holiday to visit my daughter without worrying that the plane would melt en route.

Today, I learn that the Arctic Ocean used to be covered in a tiny fern called Azolla filiculoides that absorbed far more carbon dioxide than we put into the atmosphere now, and so created the cool planet. And with the genome having been sorted, it can be re-introduced so we’re all going to be safe after all.

Which is quite reassuring.

But here’s a thought. I studied the arts at A level and thereafter and never returned to science. So how come I can appreciate this story about the salvation of humankind and follow it with some degree of understanding?

I’d put that down to the fact that I read a lot. Not science books, but classic fiction which I started reading at school. Because through that classic fiction I met thousands of characters each of which had their own way of seeing the world, and that made me think.

Heathcliff got inside my head as did Sherlock Holmes, Fezziwig and Robin Hood, and all the time I kept asking “Why?” “Why is the character doing this?” “Why is the world like this?” “Why doesn’t one character see the the other’s perfidious nature?”

Yes perhaps it would have been good if I had had a broader scientific education, but I didn’t, and yet literature gave me the sort of enquiring mind that scientists often extol as the virtue of their subject.

Which is why my colleagues and I started Wordsworth Editions – reprints of the classics from as little as £1.88 each (with no delivery charge and no minimum order) covering authors from Conan Doyle to Oscar Wilde, Jules Verne to James Joyce.

If you would like to see what we have added new in 2018 those details are here. For a selection of the 50 texts most regularly bought by schools, taken from our full range of 400 titles, please do click here.

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.

What is the one factor that allows you to know that one school supplier is better than the others? 

Of course there is one thing that all school suppliers seem to have in common. They like to tell you they are the best.

But really, how do you know for sure?

One way to find out is to ask a prospective supplier for some free samples of each product you are interested in, not least because if you find the supplier doesn’t want to give you a free sample, you might start to be a little suspicious about the product and its long term viability.

Which is why we offer free samples of all the products in our range. Items such as ID badges, accident books, absence pass books, hi viz vests, school water bottles, visitor books, printing on sports kit, lanyards, wristbands, school bags, etc, etc.

And there’s a bonus: if you send a copy of your school logo or badge, we’ll incorporate that into the free sample: and the free sample still remains absolutely free.

We know that what we offer is high quality and that the moment our customers in schools across Scotland see what we have, they are interested in making a purchase. So, free samples it is. And yes, in the unlikely event that you don’t want to place an order, the samples are yours to keep. We don’t ask for them back.

If you would like to see free samples from any of our ranges all you have to do is go to our web site, tick the box/es of the items you’d like to see, and we’ll send them to you.

Alternatively if you would like to see some pictures just go to our products page, scroll down a little and you’ll see a lot of pictures of what we have to offer.

Or, of course if you have a question, or want to talk about any particular part of our range, please do call us on on our freephone number of 0800 999 2776 or email us with any questions on office@ultimateeducation.co.uk

What are the dangers of reading books and should we do anything about them?

I started to worry about the effects of book reading after I had been interrupted by sounds from my neighbour’s garden.

The calling in of Poirot or Holmes, however, was not necessary in establishing the reason for the commotion – the parents had decided that their teenager had spent enough of the day on whatever device he was on and had summoned him to join the family meal outside.

The teenager did not agree, but his argument against the “come outside” view lost a certain amount of its pervasive force, in my view, by being limited to expressions of how much she hated her parents and the rest of the family.

But then I remembered my teenage years in which my parents also sought on occasion to get me out of my book and into family conversation. Was I just a pre-digital version of this teenage girl’s behaviour?

Thus I got to wondering about the difference between books and video games, and in doing this I found a large number of articles saying that playing video games is good for young people because it stimulates their imagination and enhances creative thinking.

But that wasn’t what I observed as I did my nosy neighbour bit.  So I dug further and found that in articles written by psychologists with proper qualifications the clear view is that playing these games increases heart rate and blood pressure.  Stress hormones rise and the individual becomes overstimulated – and often unable to come down.

Although any kind of reading stimulates the brain, researchers at Stanford University found that “literary reading” (as, for example, reading of the classics) stimulates multiple cognitive functions. They conclude that reading a novel and then discussing it, thinking about it, and/or writing about it is an extraordinarily effective “brain exercise”.

In short reading a novel stimulates the imagination, while playing contemporary video games stimulates creativity in response to the game, but reduces any sense of exploration of abstract ideas and the ability to communicate.

So, after my grand survey of one family I conclude that reading is still a good idea. And to help encourage reading Wordsworth Editions has a very wide range of classics from as little as £1.88 each (with no delivery charge and no minimum order) covering authors from Conan Doyle to Oscar Wilde, Jules Verne to James Joyce.

If you want to see our selection of 50 essential texts taken from our full range of 400 titles, please do click here.

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.

 

What is the easiest way to give applicants and colleagues a feeling for work in a nursery and all that it can involve?

While reading about the work of nurseries and Sure Start Centres can teach us a lot, videos provide a much more meaningful experience for those who wish to get insights into what the day to day work with very young children is really all about.

All the videos listed below can be purchased outright or bought through our video on demand service. In each case you can watch a clip from the video on our website by following the link provided.

I Don’t Need Toys  A film about play in the first two years of life.  (18 Mins)

This film depicts babies and toddlers at play in the home environment, playing with household, natural and recycled objects as they discover, learn and gain enormous pleasure and satisfaction. At all times the babies and children are being supervised by a caring adult (with whom they have secure relationships) although the adults are rarely visible in the film.   More details here

Individual Differences: Infancy to Early Childhood (16 Mins)

Our individuality is created by genetic traits and the environment we explore as babies.  This film explores individuality and the broad range of characteristics that are considered normal. Tests devised to separate personality differences from traits that indicate developmental problems, are shown.  More details here

Infant Hearing Tests in three infant age groups. (28 Mins)

The video shows demonstrations of how to test the hearing of three age groups including the Distraction Test (6-18 months), Co-operative Test (18-30 months) and Performance Test (30+ months). Testing a hearing-impaired child is also demonstrated.  More details here.

Soft Baby Yoga: Yoga stretching for very young children, in an atmosphere of play. (17 Mins)

This step by step guide shows how to make full use of your baby’s natural love of movement and offers a very enjoyable way to encouraging a full range of versatile movement to maintain flexibility as a baby strengthens.   More details here.

Aggression in Young Children: Is hitting, biting and bullying normal? (16 mins)

If such behaviour is considered “normal” when does such behaviour start and when and how should we intervene to stop it?   These are indeed fundamental questions, because if we do consider aggression to be a normal part of young children’s behaviour, then that will affect the way we deal with it at school.

This two-disc DVD set uses direct observations filmed in natural settings and includes exercises, quizzes and interviews with experts on childhood aggression and offers a comprehensive guide to the subject.  More details here.

Speech and Language Therapy with Children: The development of oral communication skills (16 mins)

This programme looks at all aspects of the development of oral communication skills in children and some of the specific difficulties children experience. It shows in detail therapists working with children with various difficulties.  More details here

Yoga Gym: Animal Stretches: Teaching 3 to 7 year olds elementary stretches relating to animals.   (20 mins)

Children love and enjoy these stretches which maintain muscular suppleness and improve the flexibility of all the major joints. These stretches can be used on a one-posture-a-day basis or woven into a simple story and will maintain good posture and a wide range of versatile movement.

This is also a fun way for children to reduce nervous tension and muscular armouring and restore emotional balance and agility.  More details here.

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These videos relating to the work of nursery schools and Sure Start Centres are brought to you by Concord Media, an educational charity founded over 50 years ago and the source for many significant programmes in the education field’.  The videos can be bought outright or viewed through our video on demand service.

For more information and to order please follow the link with each individual video.  If you have any questions you can contact us on 01473 726 012 or via email at sales@concordmedia.org.uk

Our postal address is Concord Media, 22 Hines Road, Ipswich. IP3 9BG

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 an established UK manufacturer 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 eg. for exams, for fitting out temporary classrooms, or just for use in emergencies.

The “Poplar” classroom chair is available in black or blue from just £8.98 ex vat (200+) (slightly more for smaller quantities). Quick delivery can usually be arranged, subject to stock.

Further information can be found on the website of Central Educational Supplies Ltd www.centraleducational.co.uk or give Martin Evans a call on 020 7515 1797 or by email info@centraleducational.co.uk

Central Educational Supplies Ltd.,  PO Box 999  London  E14 6SH

Name Your Price Magic Show?   

This is Franc Karpo of Amazing Kids Magic.

Have you ever heard of an entertainer willing to let you name your price for a show?

My guess… probably never.

Well – all that is about to change. I have some very exciting news for you…

I realise that some Primary schools just don’t have the budget to bring in the finest quality enrichment programmes for their children.

As one of the leading kids/family entertainers in Scotland, my goal is to share my magic with every school that has not yet experienced my special Award-Winning kids magic show no matter what their entertainment budget is.

How can we accomplish this?

Great question!

The answer is simple. I am removing the issue of cost from the equation. No longer will you be constrained by your limited entertainment budget.

I have decided to let you…

NAME YOUR PRICE!

Sound Crazy?

Well, you are in luck because… I have Gone Mad. :o)

I have created a Unique, and Unbelievable Discount Opportunity where you can…

Name The Price for my magic show!

How does it work?

Just click the link below and follow the simple steps to bring this outstanding show to your school at a price you can afford–because you named it!

https://www.amazing-kids-magic.co.uk/nyp-p

This promotion is available from now until the end of winter term, (21th December 2018).

Note: there is no catch – you really do Name Your Price!

Have your best day,

Franc Karpo
Amazing Kids Magic

P.S. As you can imagine, because I am willing to let you name your price, available slots will disappear fast. Once all the programme slots are booked… that is it, the promotion will be over.

Act now to make sure you reserve a date for your school ASAP as I would hate to see you miss out on this opportunity:

https://www.amazing-kids-magic.co.uk/nyp-p

Give your students the advantage of live performance in 2018-19

 How’s your summer going? 

The pressure is off a little here at Fred Theatre H.Q. but we’re still open for business and happy to have a chat about bringing top quality live performance to your school across the upcoming academic year.

We really believe in the benefits our productions bring to your students:

  • Experience the GCSE text in 90 minutes (great for revision)
  • Understand the narrative arc of the text
  • Hear those all important quotes in context
  • See the text rather than just reading it
  • And, of course, the simple joy of live theatre

In 2017-18 we performed in almost 50 schools. In every one an overwhelming majority of students provided positive feedback on the performance.

Available to you next year are four productions designed with the needs of your GCSE students in mind:

A Christmas Carol

Macbeth

Romeo and Juliet

Jekyll and Hyde

The diary is beginning to fill up, and once schools re-open in September past performance shows we’ll be handling a lot of enquires. We’re already set to surpass last year’s total by quite a margin.

 And, new for the coming year, we’re launching our student newsletters. We’ll be mailing these to teachers about once a fortnight throughout the run of all four shows. Each newsletter will be packed with really useful info on the texts, how we’re approaching them and the production process.

If you’d like a no-commitment chat, and to reserve some dates please feel free to get in touch.

E-mail Helen in our office, helen@fred-theatre.co.uk, or call us on 01789 777612. We’ll collect a few details from you and respond with potential dates and a quote.

Living in London: A guide to student accommodation

You’ve finished sixth form or college and now you’re heading to university for the time of your life. Whether you’re planning to study a subject allied to medicine, which was most popular amongst women with 226,420 applicants, or looking for a business and administration degree which most men were drawn to, totalling 154,720 submissions — there’s a lot you must consider when making the move.

Using the largest survey of its kind that questioned 6,000 students regarding their accommodation, we bring you the following analysis of what’s the best alternative — halls or house shares? However, it must be made clear that students that lived in halls are overrepresented (57%).

Looking at halls

Most first-year students believe that halls of residence are the only option on their list. Moving into student accommodation is all part of the student lifestyle and there are many benefits of this, including the ease of making friends within the university and that many halls are on campus or close by.

But, are they glad about their initial decision? The survey suggests that 55% of undergraduates and 61% of postgraduates were. However, a sharp increase in dissatisfaction showed that 19% of undergraduates were dissatisfied with their accommodation which was 7% increase on results from 2012.

The survey suggested that 15% of postgrads weren’t fond of their halls. One of the biggest factors to this was the cost; according to 27% of people. Common complaints surrounding university halls were related to plumbing, water and heating problems at 25% but it must be made clear that these problems should be fixed by the accommodation itself.

There are two types of accommodation you can go for in London.  Using University College London (UCL) 2018/19 accommodation fees as a guideline, a singled catered room would range from £173.88-£180.67 per week. If you wanted to go self-catered, this would be priced around £165.69-£242.62 depending which of course is dependent on building type and location.

Looking at house shares

House shares are becoming a more thought about option for students around the UK. However, with the finer financial details coming into play — saving as many pennies as you can has become vital for prospective students.

The survey found that 55% of undergraduates and 60% of postgraduates were happy.  But were the expectations for students upheld when they moved into their flat? Well, looking at results from 2012-2014, dissatisfaction increased by 4% for undergraduates and 5% for postgraduates.

Two main issues that were a common trend in the survey were problems with landlords and the condition of the property. London’s landlords are notorious for charging extortionate rates for small living spaces, which is probably why ‘people’ came up as a common student complaint, small spaces mean that you might be too close to comfort with people — all of the time.

Four in ten students pay less than £125 each week according to the survey (which also excludes bills). The majority of students from this survey, accounting for 31% said that they paid £126-£150 each week. This was soon followed by 26% that said that they paid £100-£125 each week.

If you’re from a fellow EU nation, you might find yourself paying a higher £140.43 but this is still less than those who are from outside of the EU who pay £150.35.

The end result

Although Oxford to London coach providers, Oxford Tube has provided you with these eye-opening statistics, it’s important to understand the financial position you will be in. You also need to consider how you’re going to afford everything — if you’re getting out a student loan, will this cover it?

It’s important for you to make the best decision that can support your lifestyle. You don’t want to miss out any important necessities — work with the mindset of what your financial situation will be.

Remember to carry out in-depth research into what accommodation will be better suited to you. Alternatively, if you go for a flat share — are you prepared to pay for bills that may not be included in your weekly rent, and put up with the landlords?

University campuses are usually close to the university accommodation — so make sure if you do go for a flat share, you’re close by — check out the London bus times to be extra vigilant. Of course, all of this does come down to personal preference but making sure that you’re happy with what you have is vital.

 

https://www.ucas.com/file/147881/download?token=EDbV_k7w

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_universities_and_higher_education_colleges_in_London

https://www.ucas.com/corporate/data-and-analysis/ucas-undergraduate-releases/2018-cycle-applicant-figures-january-deadline

https://www.spareroom.co.uk/flatshare/flatshare_detail.pl?flatshare_id=9735022&search_id=622712044&city_id=&flatshare_type=offered&search_results=%2Fflatshare%2F%3Fsearch_id%3D622712044%26&

https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/studentaccommodationsurvey15.pdf

https://www.mystudenthalls.com/?s=London

https://www.savethestudent.org/accommodation/national-student-accommodation-survey-2017.html#about

 

What is the easiest way to give applicants and colleagues a feeling for work in a nursery and all that it can involve?

These videos relating to the work of nursery schools can be purchased outright, or bought through our video on demand service.  In each case you can watch a clip from the video on our website by following the link provided.

A Day in the Life of a Day Nursery

This Detailed description of the work of a day nursery is an excellent guide to the demonstration of competencies which explains to the viewer the philosophy of good child care and its relationship with the everyday tasks of caring and nurturing the development of children in her/his care.

This 90 minute DVD is an ideal video to show to parents who are contemplating sending their child to a nursery for the first time, and to volunteers and first-time applicants for jobs who need an introduction to what nursery school life is about.

You can read more about the video and also see an extract from it here.

The Road Home

This film demonstrates the importance of one to one attachment for the emotional development of babies and young children and reflects on what happens when that attachment is not available.

The video will be of great benefit to anyone who is working with children who have not been able to form attachments in their lives thus far.

You can read more about the video and also see an extract from it here.

Getting the Feel of Things

In this film two two-year olds explore unfamiliar objects with their senses.  They move slowly and thoughtfully, absorbing what they find, and present what is for many people an unusual view of young children.

You can read more about the video and also see an extract from it here.

Cognitive Development

This American film gives a fairly comprehensive overview of current psychological theories of development, covering Piaget’s work and the work of behaviourist psychologists.

The ideas of Bruner and Kagan are contrasted with Piaget via examples from different schools which have adopted different approaches.  You can read more about the video and also see an extract from it here.

Through the Eyes of a Child

This video shows approaches to ways of helping people enter a child’s world. Small happenings, such as going on a bus, an encounter with a dog, and playing in the garden are seen through a child’s eyes,

You can read more about the video and also see an extract from it here.

The Psychology of the Pre-School Child – Part 1

Five children aged from three and a half to five years talk about their interests and fears, their attitudes to parents and grownups, the dreams they have and their desires to be older than they are. They demonstrate early defence mechanisms and various elements of sibling rivalry.

You can read more about the video and also see an extra from it here.

The Anna Freud Nursery School

This video looks at the running of a nursery school for children age 2 to 5 showing the principles and practise underlying the daily running of a group of 13 children aged 2 1/2 to 5 years.

You can read more about the video and also see an extra from it here.

Young Children in Brief Separation (five films in this series each featuring a different child)

At 17 months John is a placid, easy to manage child.

He spends nine days in a residential nursery. The nurses are young and friendly, but the system of care does not allow any one of them to substitute for the absent mother.

This film represents  a microcosm of the human dilemma of how to give appropriate care to those in need, whether they be infants, the aged, the mentally ill, or prisoners, all of whom need stable, supportive relationships.

You can read more about the video here.

Please note this video is not available on video on demand.

Do your colleagues know you’re here

One of the nice things about UK Education News is that there is no tracking going on – those of us running the service don’t know who you are, where you are, what you are reading etc.

What’s more, as you will have seen, the site is also totally and utterly free, and we intend to keep it that way.

But the fact you are reading this means that you are on UK Education News, and hopefully enjoying the service that we offer.  And so we’d like ask you a favour.

Could you send an email to one or two of your colleagues that says something like the example below.   (You might find it a bit cheesy so please do write something of your own; I’m sure you’ll do an infinitely better job that I can).

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To colleagues in the school:

I’m not sure if you read the free rolling news service UK Education News.  But I do, and find it quite interesting.   And the people who run the service have suggested that those of us who use the free service might pass a note on to one or two colleagues and friends to tell them about it.

It’s a site that carries education news headlines from the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph etc.  You can simply click on a headline and then read the full story.

The service is at www.ukeducationnews.co.uk

I think it is quite good, and it really is free, so I’ve agreed, just this once, to pass this message on.

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Now that may be far too horribly cheesy for you to pass on, but if you could rephrase it in any way you want, and pass it on that would be good.

And please do remember, there is no tracking going on.  We don’t know who goes on the site and we’re not asking for your email address nor that of your colleagues.

If you don’t want to pass this on, that’s OK too.  Although it is nice if you can.

Tony Attwood
Editor, UK Education News.

How a simple game can get some unenthusiastic readers to engage more fully with what’s in a book.

There is a certain truth in the notion that in order to enjoy a novel one has to have a sense of imagination.  An imagination which turns the descriptions, conversations, and events into a new reality inside the reader’s head.

There is also a certain truth in the fact that television can reduce this sense of exploration of ideas while computer games reduce it still further until there is little imagination left.

At the same time texting reduces language to snippets to a degree that can make a work of fiction look like a visitor from another planet to some students.

One way to break through this barrage of anti-bookisity (apart from inventing new words like “bookisity”) is to ask students to open a book at random and find a few lines that intrigue them.

It makes an ideal game towards the end of term. They might come up with a famous quote to do with the best and worst of times, or they could find something seemingly mundane such as “Wait for the common sense of the morning*.”

And then the discussion: Is the morning a better time to consider problems? Is there such a thing as common sense?

From here the students can be taken anywhere in their reading, and the point is made that literature is a source of ideas in individual sentences as well as in the whole story.

Consider Wilkie Collins statement that we “see with nobody’s eyes, we hear with nobody’s ears, we feel with nobody’s hearts, but our own.”  One never quite knows where these explorations lead.

This adventure can be continued into the holidays if the students each have a classic novel to borrow from the school or department library.  “Choose one book, find ten quotes you want to share,” is the project for the summer.

To help in this venture, Wordsworth Editions has a very wide range of books from as little as £1.88 each (with no delivery charge and no minimum order) covering authors from William Blake to DH Lawrence, Wilkie Collins to Robert Louis Stevenson.

If you want to see our selection of 50 essential texts taken from our full range of 400 titles, please do click here.

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.

What’s more, if you order anything from us now, we’ll get the books to you well before the end of term. We look forward to hearing from you.

*Taken from “The Time Machine” by HG Wells – one of the many books on our list.

To what extent do your pupils understand what is going on in the Middle East?

The average person knows very little of what is going on in the middle east, and perhaps more importantly, WHY – a result of the differing interpretations of historical and present-day events in the region. Not to mention it’s obvious complexity.

And, since your pupils have followed this timeline of events for a much shorter period of time, confusion and a lack of understanding about what is going on in the middle east is likely to be much greater. Which is why the charity, Middle East Education, was formed and are offering FREE talks that give a balanced yet factual look at the issues involved.

If you are interested in booking one of our FREE talks, simply email office@middleeastedu.co.uk to register your interest and to organise a mutually convenient time for us to visit your school.

Given by two knowledgeable, articulate and lively speakers, one Muslim the other Christian or Jewish, the talks can be provided in accordance with the requests from individual schools and are accompanied by colourful PowerPoint presentations containing many maps and photos, films, and animations. What’s more, questions and discussion by your students is encouraged.

If you would like to find out more before registering your interest, simply visit http://www.middleeastedu.co.uk/talks.html. On our website you will also find a number of free resources, including PowerPoints, activities and teachers’ notes, generally sorted by subject area (General Studies, History…) and/or education level (GCSE, A-Level…).


 Feedback

“Your presentation was extremely interesting – you managed to compress a huge amount of material into less than an hour without sacrificing its intelligibility, and our pupils were clearly engaged by what you had to say.”  – Ibstock Place School

“Our students found the talks beneficial, we wanted to cover the overview period with an emphasis on the present day and this was achieved. Having the aid of the ppt and Sami’s examples, gave our students further sources that they could use in their controlled assessment. We will be looking to have a talk next year subject to any review of our curriculum.” – Upton High

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An update on children’s emotional well-being and mental health policies and how they affect primary schools

 There is a window of opportunity to improve children’s mental healthPrimary schools have a vital part to play.

Current policy developments

During 2018 there has been much speculation about primary schools’ responsibilities and activities in respect of their pupils’ emotional well-being and mental health.  This has been caused by a Government statement to commit an additional £1.4 billion for children and young people’s mental health over five years, coupled with the publication of a Green Paper to enable this funding to be used appropriately.  The ‘Fit and Healthy Childhood All Party Parliament Group (APPG)’ published the ’Mental Health in Childhood on June 26th containing 73 recommendations, many aimed at improving the Green Paper.

We’ve just been through a similar situation with GDPR where poor advice is still being given.  Too many organisations left their planning too late which led to too many uninformed decisions.  Four key issues have been identified that you may wish to think about.

1              Appointment of mental health leads in primary schools

The proposal is that every school should appoint a Designated Senior Lead for Mental Health’ to oversee the school’s approach to mental health and wellbeing and to provide rapid advice, consultation and signposting.  This is a good proposal, although the job  specification still needs to be developed in detail and competencies defined so that adequate learning objectives may be derived for training.

Consider who is the best person to take over this role and any impact on your staffing plan.  Recruiting someone from outside has the disadvantage of lack of knowledge of the pupils and being more of ‘an unknown quantity’.

2              Service delivery channels

The recommended appointment of a Senior Lead for Mental Health is followed by a more contentious one. The Government ‘will fund new Mental Health Support Teams, supervised by NHS children and young people’s mental health staff, to provide specific extra capacity for early intervention and ongoing help. Their work will be managed jointly by schools, colleges and the NHS. These teams will be linked to groups of primary and secondary schools, providing interventions to support those with mild to moderate needs and supporting the promotion of good mental health and wellbeing’

This seems a step backwards. Many schools are already carrying out these services satisfactorily where teachers and assistants have been trained to register standards. This has been proved to be very effective and cost efficient – so why change? just apply the new funding to this service.

Those who do not yet provide this service might consider if their pupils will be better off receiving therapy in their known school environment and don’t have to travel to another centre, probably have less waiting time and whether there’s less administrative burden and school control as compared to using an external team.

3              Regulation

This area is a striking weakness of the Green Paper.  No reference was made at all to regulation aimed at safeguarding children with psychological or mental health problems. Play Therapists and School Counsellors have had registers accredited by the Professional Standards Authority since 2013.   The APPG report covers this serious omission by recommending that: ‘All counselling, including play therapy, must be delivered by suitably trained practitioners who are on a Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register such as: http://www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

Every school needs to consider risk management.  If the work is carried out by a registered therapist the risk of complaints by parents and others to the school is minimised because the professional organisation who manages the register are responsible for resolving the complaints.  This protects the reputation of the school.

4              Evidence based practice

The Green paper makes a simple statement ‘Committing to recruiting 1,700 more therapists and supervisors, and training 3,400 existing staff to deliver evidence based treatments’.    Again, the intention is good but the devil is in the very important detail.  It is essential to specify exactly what evidence based practice (EBP) means for therapeutic work with children.  The current medical model with a high reliance upon random control trials (RCT) is inappropriate mainly because of the ‘crisis of reproducibility’ associated with this research method.

Practice based evidence collected over a number of years is a better way forward.  This shows effectiveness and efficiency under real life conditions with all their complexity.  One model of play therapy, ‘Integrative Holistic’, has achieved this with over 59,000 outcome observations by parents and teachers.  It shows that overall 77% to 84% of the children show positive outcomes.  The variation is due to presenting condition, age, gender and number of sessions.

Schools should consider carefully which model of therapy is chosen, what practice based evidence exists and how they are going to compare their results, including cost effectiveness, to the national pattern.

The window of opportunity may not stay open long and may be obscured by the Government’s preoccupations with Brexit. But all schools can help themselves by thinking through the issues raised above for them.

Hope that this has been helpful.

Kind regards

Monika Jephcott – Chief Executive Play Therapy UK
www.playtherapy.org.uk

More details, help and information from: Jeff Thomas Registrar Play Therapy UK jefferyht@majemial.com

 

We’re committed to delivering high quality theatre in even more schools in 2018-19

This year we’ve had superb feedback on our in-school shows. Here are just two examples:

“What amazing performances. It was so helpful. Thank you.”

Selina, year 11, Selly Park Technology College

“Very informative and I now remember some quotes.”

Jasmine, year 11, Elizabethan Academy

Based on the feedback we’ve received from staff and students, we’re pretty confident our in-school productions are making a real difference. Schools, like yours, across the country are recognising the benefits a live performance can bring to their students. Fred Theatre is committed to helping these schools by providing top quality, competitively priced, in-school performances of GCSE texts.

Across the upcoming academic year, Fred Theatre has four productions designed with the needs of your GCSE students in mind:

A Christmas Carol

Macbeth

Romeo and Juliet

Jekyll and Hyde

All our in-school shows are 90 minute adaptations, fresh and exciting re-tellings of the familiar and much-loved stories. Each features a cast of six professional actors. We concentrate on the text and producing a faithful representation of the original—just a little shorter!

All we need to perform at your school is a space approximately 5m x 5m with room (of course) for the audience.

So, why not give your students the advantage of a live performance and reserve with Fred Theatre today?

To find out more, simply e-mail Helen in our office, helen@fred-theatre.co.uk, or call us on 01789 777612. We’ll collect a few details from you and respond with potential dates and a quote.

Robert Ball
Artistic Director
fred-theatre.co.uk

PS: The diary is beginning to fill up, so for the best chance of getting your preferred dates please get in touch before the summer holidays.

 

The simple and effective way of cutting hundreds (maybe even thousands) of pounds from your organisation’s costs when choosing new classroom chairs…….. 

Postura Plus classroom chairs with a TWENTY year warranty can save schools and colleges hundreds or even thousands of pounds  and eliminate time wasted trying to repair damaged or vandalised chairs….…

Improvements in design and manufacture mean that the quality and durability of classroom chairs have improved significantly  since 1996. The result is that it’s now possible to obtain classroom chairs with a TWENTY year warranty.

That’s twenty years with NO replacement costs and NO repair costs …. a considerable saving of time and money compared with many chairs still in use in UK schools.

….and the chair in question  ?  It’s the POSTURA  PLUS, now in its  twenty first year.

Designed not only to be durable and virtually vandal proof it also encourages good posture and is available in 16 colours and six sizes from nursery right through to college and university.

If you’re looking for an attractive,  practical and durable chair  with an ergonomic design which  encourages good posture  and which can be used throughout your organisation then the Postura Plus chair is worth serious consideration.

For further information on Postura Plus chairs (which by the way, are manufactured here in the UK) please visit the website:  www.centraleducational.co.uk  

or contact them by email:  info@centraleducational.co.uk or phone:  020 7515 1797  and ask to speak to Martin Evans who will be pleased to help with any questions you may have.

Central Educational Supplies Ltd.,  PO Box 999  London  E14 6SH

Do your colleagues know you’re here?

One of the nice things about UK Education News is that there is no tracking going on – those of us running the service don’t know who you are, where you are, what you are reading etc.

What’s more, as you will have seen, the site is also totally and utterly free, and we intend to keep it that way.

But the fact you are reading this means that you are on UK Education News, and hopefully enjoying the service that we offer.  And so we’d like ask you a favour.

Could you send an email to one or two of your colleagues that says something like the example below.   (You might find it a bit cheesy so please do write something of your own; I’m sure you’ll do an infinitely better job that I can).

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To colleagues in the school:

I’m not sure if you read the free rolling news service UK Education News.  But I do, and find it quite interesting.   And the people who run the service have suggested that those of us who use the free service might pass a note on to one or two colleagues and friends to tell them about it.

It’s a site that carries education news headlines from the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph etc.  You can simply click on a headline and then read the full story.

The service is at www.ukeducationnews.co.uk

I think it is quite good, and it really is free, so I’ve agreed, just this once, to pass this message on.

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Now that may be far too horribly cheesy for you to pass on, but if you could rephrase it in any way you want, and pass it on that would be good.

And please do remember, there is no tracking going on.  We don’t know who goes on the site and we’re not asking for your email address nor that of your colleagues.

If you don’t want to pass this on, that’s OK too.  Although it is nice if you can.

Tony Attwood
Editor, UK Education News.

A teenager’s taste is determined by parents, school, what’s being streamed this week, and chance.

Why was I so taken by science fiction during my early secondary school years?  Not because it did anything for my social standing; rather the reverse.  Nor because of my parents or my teachers.  But something tipped me in that direction.

But that chance interest did introduce me to HG Wells, and from thence into a much wider range of literature.

Now I mention this, not because you’ll have any interest in my early years (unless perchance we were at school together, which my computer tells me is a 17,857 to 1 chance, so I’ll assume not) but because of that adage: one thing leads to another.

My science fiction fascination led me to read all sorts of second and third rate literature, but somehow also took me into detective fiction and from there…   Well I won’t bore you, but I am sure you can see the point.

When pupils and students start reading, they can be taken anywhere, providing there are copies of alternative books available and a guiding hand in the school that suggests one might try this or that next.

Which brings me to my point: Wordsworth Editions has a very wide range of books from as little as £1.88 each (with no delivery charge and no minimum order) covering authors from Oscar Wilde to DH Lawrence, Jane Austen to Wilkie Collins.

My point is that one never quite knows where a young student’s interest will lead, and so having a wide range of titles means that when the moment of interest comes, the books are there.  If you want to see our selection of 50 essential texts please do click here.

We also have our offer of a free book just in case you have not come across Wordsworth Editions before.  (Or indeed just in case the notion of books from as little as £1.88 each with free delivery seems just too good to be true.)

So, 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.

The impact of technology on education

Technology has been changing the way that lessons are taught for a number of years now. The introduction of new digital teaching resources has opened up a world of possibilities for teachers and students alike.

We currently live in a time of constant technological advancements and have seen rapid progression over the last few decades, but how has education been impacted by these changes and what can we expect to see in the future? Together with print management software providers United Carlton, we take a look at how technology is changing education now and how these advancements will impact teaching in the future.

How is technology changing education now?

The old blackboard and chalk has been abandoned in favour of digital solutions. A variety of learning establishments have adopted technology, including universities, high schools, colleges and nurseries. As technology advances further, it is proving more useful in providing pupils with a well-rounded learning experience. Pupils are now exposed to technology from a young age, which allows them to learn essential skills for the working world.

Research by Barbie Clarke of the Family, Kids and Youth research group showed that 68% of primary schools and 68% of secondary schools had adopted electronic tablets in the classroom. 9% of these participants reported that there was a device available for each student in attendance. Of the remaining schools, 45% reported that they would consider introducing such devices in the future. A study conducted in 2014 found that there were 430,000 tablets being used in educational establishments, with this figure expected to grow to more than 900,000 by 2016. The results of this study were never released however, and it was not updated for 2018.

But what impact is this technology having on lessons exactly? Regardless of the subject, lessons are now a lot more interactive and as a result, pupil participation in lessons has increased. Electronic devices have been shown to allow pupils to retain more information when compared to textbooks. These devices are also highly adaptable, so they can be used to cater to a number of different learning styles. Teachers also benefit from this, as they can search for the materials that they need using the internet, which helps them to plan lessons.

Webinars or online lessons are also becoming more common. Teachers can now connect with their students remotely. This method is mainly used by colleges and universities, however it can be used with younger children to help them with a specific subject. Online exams are also becoming more prevalent, which demonstrates the shift that we have seen over the last few years towards digital methods of teaching.

How will technology change education in the future?

It has been suggested that in the future, artificial intelligence (AI) devices could play a big role in education. Sir Anthonly Seldon from the University of Buckingham said that the introduction of AI over the next ten years will have a huge impact on teaching methods. He predicts that although teachers will still be present in classrooms, they will take on the role of assistant while the lessons are taught by AI devices. This would shift the focus away from teaching and mean that teachers would only be present to monitor classroom behaviour and help out if needed.

Seldon said “It will open up the possibility of an Eton or Wellington education for all”.

It is predicted that AI technology will allow students to learn based on their individual needs, as these devices are able to learn how quickly a student can learn so that they get the most out of their lessons.

As technology continues to advance and spread, it is clear that it will have significant effects on the way that the education system works and on its future development!

 

Exploring the three major monotheistic religions

Now the exams are over for this year, start the course for next year’s GCSE students with a simple introductory talk on the three monotheistic faiths, or a detailed analysis of their differences and similarities, from an expert with knowledge of Arabic (very rare in this country) and Islam, or Christian or Jewish speakers.

These talks are free.

Please email us at office@middleeastedu.co.uk with choices of possible dates and topics .

See our website: www.middleeastedu.co.uk for details of possible topics, speakers, feedback, etc.

Dates are available this term and throughout the next academic year.

How can one tell if a school is functioning near to its fullest potential? 

It is an interesting question, and one that is perhaps not asked very often.  Although discussions about school improvement and school efficiency have been going on for a long time very few educators raise such questions as:

How can we tell if we have reached the school’s potential?  If we haven’t how can we reach that potential more rapidly?

In short, asking the question: could the school, given the local conditions, financial restrictions and the like, be doing better, and if so, what steps can we practically take to get there?

One way to answer this is to consider what it is that schools which are functioning to their fullest potential have, which other schools don’t?

And one answer to that, which many would give, is that a fully functioning school working at the highest level has a very highly empowered staff.

Which of course is helpful, but much as it leads to an answer to the question, it also raises another question: how do you know that your staff are fully empowered?

My view, and that of my colleagues, is that this is a very difficult question to answer, not least because we are all used to dealing with our colleagues in our school, and it is often tempting to assume that colleagues are as empowered as they can be.

You encourage them to come forward with new ideas and thoughts, there is open discussion in staff and management meetings… is there really any more that could be done?

My colleagues and I have been working on this issue for some time, and I’m happy to share our findings and conclusions with you. You can see what we have discovered on our presentation.

Why do we have holes?

A new survey by the Institute of Hole Technology considers the universality of the hole and what we can do with them.

There is a gigantic hole in the universe. Not a black hole, but a gigantic region without galaxies or stars or anything else.  Which is considered by those who know of such things to be a bit odd.

There are also holes in my favourite pair of tennis shoes making them unbearable in wet weather.  That’s not odd but it is annoying.

And every single road I drive along on my way to school each day is covered in holes.

Indeed so bad is it where I live that I wrote to the local council and suggested that if they lowered the level of all the roads in the area by four inches they would get rid of all the holes without having to do any road repairs at all.

Sadly they chose not to reply to my email.

But what, I hear you cry, does this have to do with your school?

The answer is the arrival of Tarmax, an instant and permanent repair product for all types of damaged and eroded pathways and roads, to any depth and for any size of hole.

Now this is important, because technically anyone who damages a car or bike or person while driving or walking over any road owned by the school could make a bit of a fuss.  So could the parent of a child who slips in a hole and suffers as a result.

Especially since Tarmax is such a simple product to use, so it can be used almost anywhere and instantly: driveways, footpaths, car parks, ramps, floors…

What’s more, not only does Tarmax reduce accidents, but it reduces congestion while you wait to get the hole repaired, for once applied the path or roadway can be used at once.

There is no mixing, primer, heat or any of 101 other things that you might expect, and you don’t have to wait for certain weather to apply it. There are more details, including a new special offer for you at https://www.maxam.co.uk/the-schools-tarmax/

Or to simply ask specific questions relating to your own premises please call 0800 0922 923,  or email: john.edwards@maxam.co.uk

Looking forward to doing my very best for you.

Make sure your nursery is at the front of the queue

At last!  Parliament is listening to the needs of Early Years. A report ‘Mental Health in Childhood’ was published on 26th June by an All-Party Parliamentary Group.  This is expected to influence over the next few months government funding and policies to transform children’s mental health.

When they are, there is expected to be a rush to train or recruit play therapy practitioners who meet the report’s recommendations, to work with young children showing signs of social, emotional and behaviour problems.

To get ahead, you can take advantage, at virtually no cost, of the APAC/Leeds Beckett University placement scheme for trainees.  During the Autumn term we expect to have 200 new trainees available for a placement.

The scheme will provide 100 hours of therapy for your children at no cost for one year.  They will provide a complete service including briefing your staff, assessments, parent interviews and communications as well regular activity and outcome reports meeting all professional and data protection requirements.

The only ‘costs’ to your school are the provision of a suitable room with equipment and materials which you probably already have and a few hours of staff time for referral and review meetings.

We have thirteen training venues throughout the UK so whilst we cannot guarantee that a placement will be available in your area, there’s a very good chance, especially if you apply now.

Of course, as an alternative, you can guarantee a trainee by funding a member of your staff.

Please contact me at mokijep@majemail.com for more information on placement and training opportunities.

Do your colleagues know you’re here?

One of the nice things about UK Education News is that there is no tracking going on – those of us running the service don’t know who you are, where you are, what you are reading etc.

What’s more, as you will have seen, the site is also totally and utterly free, and we intend to keep it that way.

But the fact you are reading this means that you are on UK Education News, and hopefully enjoying the service that we offer.  And so we’d like ask you a favour.

Could you send an email to one or two of your colleagues that says something like the example below.   (You might find it a bit cheesy so please do write something of your own; I’m sure you’ll do an infinitely better job that I can).

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To colleagues in the school:

I’m not sure if you read the free rolling news service UK Education News.  But I do, and find it quite interesting.   And the people who run the service have suggested that those of us who use the free service might pass a note on to one or two colleagues and friends to tell them about it.

It’s a site that carries education news headlines from the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph etc.  You can simply click on a headline and then read the full story.

The service is at www.ukeducationnews.co.uk

I think it is quite good, and it really is free, so I’ve agreed, just this once, to pass this message on.

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Now that may be far too horribly cheesy for you to pass on, but if you could rephrase it in any way you want, and pass it on that would be good.

And please do remember, there is no tracking going on.  We don’t know who goes on the site and we’re not asking for your email address nor that of your colleagues.

If you don’t want to pass this on, that’s OK too.  Although it is nice if you can.

Tony Attwood
Editor, UK Education News.

Education Quizzes – A Great Resource for All your Students!

What would you say if you were offered something worth 1,000s of pounds for less than £100? You’d think there was a catch, right? But that’s exactly what Education Quizzes is offering to schools and there’s no catch at all.

For a yearly cost of just £95 plus VAT, every student and teacher in your school can use the Education Quizzes resource as often as they like. We have 3,264 quizzes, each one written by teachers. They follow the National Curriculum and cover 18 subjects from KS1 all the way up to GCSE.

The quizzes can be used to test students, as homework assignments or as a valuable revision tool when exams are coming up. The usual price is £35 per year for each user but, no matter how many students are in your school, all of them can use Education Quizzes without having to pay a penny themselves.

Still not sure? Then sign up for a free one-month trial. We’ll send your school an invoice but, if you don’t find Education Quizzes useful, simply ignore it. We’ll cancel the account after 30 days and you’ll never hear from us again.

To find out more, visit the Schools page at Education Quizzes, email admin@educationquizzes.com or call us on 01406 371799.

Why are Russian and Turkish troops and Hezbollah fighters in Syria? 

Why is Iran so interested in keeping its own and Hezbollah fighters in Syria?
Why is Israel stopping Hamas members entering Israel?

For answers to these and other topical questions, book a balanced talk by a Muslim expert together with a Jewish speaker, both with a deep understanding and knowledge of the current situation.

These talks are free.

Please email us at office@middleeastedu.co.uk to discuss available dates and your specific agenda.

See our website: www.middleeastedu.co.uk for details of possible topics, speakers, feedback, etc.

Dates are available this term and throughout the next academic year.

This whole new development must be making Beelzebub rather annoyed.

I can’t imagine there are many parents who still use the phrase about the devil finding work for idle hands, not least because the hands of the young are virtually never idle, being endlessly active on their phones.

And in a sense this is the heart of the problem.  When even TV (the curse of previous generations, at least according to earlier generations of parents) is considered passé, how does one encourage more reading of the classics from an era which was pre-TV?

But I believe we should, and indeed I still retain the belief that reading as a natural and normal enjoyable hobby will always be with us, not least because none of the previous dire warnings about the end of literature have come to pass.

Cinema, television, video machines, the internet, computer games: each has offered a new threat to an interest in reading by the young but as one entertainment is replaced by another, books and reading still remain.

Indeed I am told that the age of the average Facebook user is now rising so fast that by 2021 most users of the “platform” (as I have been trained to call it) will actually no longer be with us, and the service will be primarily used by mediums as a way of contacting those who have passed over.

The printed book, however, still going strong after six centuries, will remain.

And this is where Wordsworth Editions come in, as we have a wide range of books from as little as £1.88 each (with no delivery charge and no minimum order) covering authors from Wilkie Collins to Joseph Conrad, Conan Doyle to Mary Shelley.

Books ranging from those that are perfect introductions for teenagers who have forgotten about reading print, to the absolute classics of English literature.  If you want to see our selection of 50 essential texts please do click here.

We also have our offer of a free book just in case you have not come across Wordsworth Editions before.  (Or indeed just in case the notion of books from as little as £1.88 each with free delivery seems just too good to be true.)

So, 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.

What is the best way to support students on the autism spectrum with teen issues and relationships?

For many teenagers on the autism spectrum the world of feelings, emotions, relationships, and indeed the whole range of issues related to being a teenager, can be extremely difficult.

While many young people develop their ability to handle these topics and cope with such issues as sexuality, personal hygiene, body image, social drinking, fashion, self-confidence, and so on, for the student on the autism spectrum this can be difficult.

The same is true with everyday situations such as going to the pub, responding to suggestions that a friend is gay, speaking in public, having a tattoo, etc, etc.

As a result your SEN students can require a bit more support if they are to become able to form and maintain healthy relationships throughout adolescence and adulthood and deal with all the issues that can make the teenage years problematic.

Which is why we have devised the “Relationships” series and its companion “Teen Issues” series of resources.

These are comprehensive resources offering guidance to teenagers with a reading age of around seven. The approach is one of being sympathetic to the way that autistic teenagers and others with related special needs typically view the world.

Each series consists of:

  • Two copies of each of six story books which support the ASDAN Transition Challenge and Towards Independence Life Skills courses.
  • A CD-ROM providing electronic versions of the six books, making it ideal for interactive whiteboard presentations and for students who would also benefit from listening to the text. It is also possible to edit and save the text to make your own story, create differentiated texts, and personalise the text.
  • Supporting resources for teachers including page-by-page notes for all the stories and assessment resources (feedback sheets and student record sheets).
  • An extensive range of activity worksheets and interactive activities that encourage reading comprehension.

Each of the two series come in packs costing £139 plus VAT (save 10%). Individual elements from the two packs are also available separately. There is information on the contents of each pack through these links:

 Relationships Series          Teen Issues Series

Alternatively, please email info@senpress.co.uk or call me on 01582 833205.

Do your colleagues know you’re here?

One of the nice things about UK Education News is that there is no tracking going on – those of us running the service don’t know who you are, where you are, what you are reading etc.

What’s more, as you will have seen, the site is also totally and utterly free, and we intend to keep it that way.

But the fact you are reading this means that you are on UK Education News, and hopefully enjoying the service that we offer.  And so we’d like ask you a favour.

Could you send an email to one or two of your colleagues that says something like the example below.   (You might find it a bit cheesy so please do write something of your own; I’m sure you’ll do an infinitely better job that I can).

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To colleagues in the school:

I’m not sure if you read the free rolling news service UK Education News.  But I do, and find it quite interesting.   And the people who run the service have suggested that those of us who use the free service might pass a note on to one or two colleagues and friends to tell them about it.

It’s a site that carries education news headlines from the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph etc.  You can simply click on a headline and then read the full story.

The service is at www.ukeducationnews.co.uk

I think it is quite good, and it really is free, so I’ve agreed, just this once, to pass this message on.

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Now that may be far too horribly cheesy for you to pass on, but if you could rephrase it in any way you want, and pass it on that would be good.

And please do remember, there is no tracking going on.  We don’t know who goes on the site and we’re not asking for your email address nor that of your colleagues.

If you don’t want to pass this on, that’s OK too.  Although it is nice if you can.

Tony Attwood
Editor, UK Education News.

Clearing the confusion –  Pupils’ Emotional Well-being and Mental Health responsibilities

If you are completely clear about your school’s responsibilities for your pupils’ emotional well-being and mental health and the best ways of meeting them regarding:

  • Therapeutic as compared to educational support
  • The need to use practice based evidence
  • Ensuring that the therapeutic support of pupils is covered in your updated Data Protection policy

Congratulations – read no further!  If not:

Therapeutic as compared to educational support

There are the two different responsibilities for primary schools each requiring rather different sets of skills:

  1. Pupils with social, emotional, behaviour or diagnosable mental health issues that are impairing their learning capabilities and their future life prospects.  These make up on average 20% of all pupils in the UK.  They require individual therapeutic help.
  2. Teaching good mental health for all pupils as a part of the curriculum.

Unfortunately, some schools are using programmes that meet ii) to put a ‘tick in the box’ for i).  Even worse some others are using school staff with inadequate training by on-line or videos and with no clinical supervision to carry out therapeutic work on the basis that it’s a low cost option.  This can be dangerous for the children.  If there is a complaint against someone who is not on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) or registered with the HCPC for working with children the complaint will come directly to the school – with possible devastating consequence.  You wouldn’t send pupils to an unregistered doctor, dentist or nurse would you?

For more information about managing this risk contact Monika on: mokijep@majemail.com

The need to use practice based evidence

The Green Paper of Transforming Children’s Mental Health referred to the need for evidence based practice but didn’t specify what this should be.  The existing medical models of evidence bases are not suitable for psycho-social interventions.  There is a crisis of reproducibility.  However, the Integrated Holistic model, developed in the UK has an evidence base of over 59,000 measures collected over 12 years clearly showing the positive outcomes of between 74% and 84% that have been achieved year on year for a large variety of presenting conditions. As observed by teachers and parents.

For more information about practice based evidence or the Integrative Holistic model contact Jeff on: jefferyht@majemail.com

Ensuring that the therapeutic support of pupils is covered in your updated Data Protection policy

In updating your school’s Data Protection policy to meet the requirements of GDPR have you included therapeutic data, who processes it, how consent is managed and whom it can be shared with?  Do you have efficient systems in place to deal with requests from data subjects or their proxies and for notification of breaches of confidentiality or loss of data?

If not, we have a check list and model Data Protection policy available at no cost.  Contact Jeff: jefferyht@majemail.com

Hope that this has been helpful.

Kind regards

Monika Jephcott – Chief Executive Play Therapy UK
www.playtherapy.org.uk

Jeff Thomas – Registrar Play Therapy UK
www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

Free worksheet series from Brilliant Publications 

 “Can you see the wind?”

On a windy day go outside with the children and watch streamers blowing. Ask the children whether they can see and feel the effects of the wind on their faces and clothes. Watch the trees and plants move in the wind. 

This is just one of the activities that can be found in the series of worksheets that we are giving away, free of charge, from the popular volume “Science and Technology for the Early Years (2nd Edition)”. Other activities include:

  • Creating a tiny garden from the worksheet Look down
  • Creating an outdoor themed mobile and drawing or painting a picture of the sky from the worksheet Look up
  • Catching the wind in a plastic bag from the worksheet Can you see the wind?
  • Making a travel agency in the role-play area and making and writing postcards from the worksheet Where do you go for a holiday?
  • And much much more!

To request the free worksheet series, simply visit:
www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/pages/render_page/105  

Science and Technology for the Early Years (Edition 2) contains 120 science and technology activities for use in the Foundation stage, along with ideas for designing resource areas to stimulate purposeful play. The activities are clearly laid-out with the Purpose, Resources and Safety points given, as well as ‘Challenges’, which can be used to… read more.

Assessment is an integral part of the book and the activities are linked to the seven areas of learning and development and the Early Learning Goals of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (September 2012), as well as… read more. 

You can order the Science and Technology for the Early Years (Edition 2) on our website for £18.50 as a printed book, £12.99 as an e-book or both for a discounted price of £22.40.

Alternatively, you can place an order:

  • over the phone on 01449 766629
  • by email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk
  • by fax on 01449 767122
  • or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

What is the biggest obstacle to concentration in the classroom? 

The prime answer to that question is simple: it is a rise in temperature.

Of course, some classrooms have a problem with being too cold, but normally that can be adjusted.  However when we have the issue of rooms getting too hot, there can be a greater problem – especially if the windows won’t open, or when the outside is just as hot as the room.

Worse, in such situations, you will probably have 30 or so bodies producing heat in the room, and indeed by the time everyone’s sweltering, it is increasingly difficult to deal with it.

But there is a quick, easy and inexpensive answer – and it is not just a solution to rising heat during the summer, it is also one that effectively deals with blinding sunlight. Plus also it even acts as insulation, keeping rooms warm in winter months.

This answer involves using Maxam High Reflective Solar Film.

This film, which is very simply applied over the glass, allows a degree of natural sunlight into the room whilst greatly reducing the heat and glare.  It also protects against interior furnishings fading from UV rays.

And there is one further advantage; it makes it much, much harder for anyone to look in from the outside, giving privacy and deterring theft.

Since 1990 Maxam High Reflective Solar Film has been successfully fitted by Site Managers in thousands on schools across the UK. If you too would like to find out more how your premises could also benefit, please click here.

Alternatively if you’d just like to ask a question, receive a sample and information in the post or get a quote, please email me: john.edwards@maxam.co.uk or call 0800 0922 923

Fred Theatre HQ is audition central over the coming weeks

Here at Fred Theatre’s office in Stratford-upon-Avon we’ve reached the latest milestone on the road to preparing for our 2018-19 schools’ tours: casting!

We have four great productions setting out from autumn: A Christmas Carol, Jekyll and Hyde, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet. Over the next few weeks we’ll be auditioning a whole host of actors as we search for the perfect team of six to take on a variety of roles across all four shows.

SIGN-UP FOR OUR FREE NEWSLETTERS

In order to keep you up-to-date on each production’s progress, we’re launching a newsletter that we’ll be mailing out to schools from late summer. Written for students, teachers and even parents, FRED’S NEWS will be full of accessible insights into the production process and the plays themselves.

All schools making a booking will receive the newsletter by email, in PDF format, and are encouraged to distribute it to students by email or by photocopying.

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WHY BOOK WITH FRED THEATRE?

Very many schools across the country are recognising the benefits a live performance can bring to their students. Fred Theatre is committed to helping these schools by providing top quality, competitively priced, in-school performances of GCSE texts.

Here’s what’s coming up and when:

Back for a second run, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is available for in-school performances from 8 October to 14 December 2018. 

Our highly popular production of MACBETH, Shakespeare’s classic tale of ambition, will be touring for the third time next year and is available for in-school performances from 21 January to 15 March 2019.   

Our new adaptation of JEKYLL AND HYDE is available for in-school performances from 22 October 2018 to 15 March 2019.

And, ROMEO AND JULIET is available, due to demand, for in-school performances from 18 February through to Easter.

All our in-school shows are 90 minute adaptations, fresh and exciting re-tellings of the familiar and much-loved stories. Each features a cast of six professional actors. We concentrate on the text and producing a faithful representation of the original—just a little shorter!

All we need to perform at your school is a space approximately 5m x 5m with room (of course) for the audience.

So, why not give your students the advantage of a live performance and reserve with Fred Theatre today?

To find out more, simply e-mail Helen in our office, helen@fred-theatre.co.uk, or call us on 01789 777612. We’ll collect a few details from you and respond with potential dates and a quote. And, that’s the same address to sign-up for the newsletter.

Robert Ball
Artistic Director
fred-theatre.co.uk

PS: We also offer workshops related to the themes of the text and our productions. Helen has more information on these too.

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