All posts by Tony Attwood

What is the most effective use of the first 10 minutes of each class?

The first ten minutes of any lesson is the period when the student’s attention is at its highest. So everything done during that period will have an additional impact.

This of itself is good. But when that impact leads to extra confidence in maths, it is even better.

One of the most effective ways of utilising the opening ten minutes and developing confidence is to use the whiteboard to present students with a range of revision questions drawn from across the syllabus. Within this process, known as a Brain Gym, the students then work in small groups of two or three to evolve the right answer.

Working in this way gives students time to process the answers so it’s not always about who can answer the question first. Rather the students can listen to each other and can all become engaged no matter what their abilities are.

After the results of the students’ work are in, you can see if there is any general misconception among the students about any point tested, and from this you’ll know of any areas of the syllabus you need to revisit.

Many of the processes within each ‘gym’ are found in several concepts of the KS3 Scheme of Work and can bring about a noticeable change in pupils’ confidence in their use of fractions, percentages, and division and multiplication skills.

This resource uses Microsoft Excel and has twelve gyms for each month. The price is £39.99 + VAT.

Once purchased the CD can be freely copied and networked throughout the school.

To see sample pages please email sales@classroom-resources.co.uk quoting the order code 10129.

You can order the Brain Gym CD in any of these ways:

On our website
By phone on 0117 940 6409
By fax on 0117 940 6408
By email (quoting a school order number) to sales@classroom-resources.co.uk
By post to: Classroom Resources, PO Box 1489, Bristol, BS99 3QJ

How to Reduce Classroom Behaviour Problems in 7 Days Or Less

It’s True – You Really Can Reduce Behaviour Problems in Your Classroom in the Next 7 Days with This Solution-Packed Classroom Management Course – And It’s 100% FREE

Is the behaviour in your classroom getting you down? Is it preventing you from doing the job you used to love? Are you finding yourself spending too much time and energy dealing with noisy, inattentive, disruptive students who ignore your instructions?

If so, you’ll be very interested in this FREE classroom management mini-course from Behaviour Needs Ltd

For the last four years Behaviour Needs have been creating a quiet revolution in classrooms around the world by empowering teachers with highly practical classroom management strategies and resources to manage and improve student behaviour, and now YOU can use these strategies in your own classroom for free.

Whether you’re a teacher, lecturer or other education professional we have a unique approach which can measurably improve your ability to succeed with even the most challenging (and vulnerable) young people.

The mini-course explains exactly how to quickly and easily REDUCE inappropriate behaviour and manage problems more effectively by creating an environment in which students WANT to behave for you.

You’ll also learn…

FIVE tried and tested ways to make sure students LISTEN TO and FOLLOW your instructions
An easy way to achieve 100% consistency when dealing with your students
Six steps any teacher can use to get disruptive students back on task
How to instantly get attention from noisy students
How a special notice on your classroom wall can get your challenging students behaving appropriately without you needing to say anything at all
To get your FREE copy of the Classroom Management Mini-Course – and start changing the behaviour in your classroom RIGHT NOW – just click the link below:

Click Here to Get Your Free Mini-Course

IMPORTANT: We only have 350 copies to give away and once they are gone the free offer will be closed. Make sure you get your free copy right now; I’d hate you to miss out.

Here’s the link again: http://www.on2url.com/app/adtrack.asp?MerchantID=164734&AdID=585778

FREE DICTIONARIES FOR YOUR STUDENTS ….. IS IT REALLY TRUE ?

Well yes, it really is true !
With 384 pages and a clear, easy to read typeface, the “New Choice” dictionary is
an excellent choice for your KS 3,4 and GCSE students. It’s the normal paperback
size (196 x 128 mm) and costs only £ 1.99
So where do the free copies come in ?
Simple. Just order 100 or more copies and you’ll get 50% extra free of charge.
Order 200 and you’ll get another 100 copies free. There’s no limit to the quantity you
can order and you’ll always get an extra 50% free with orders over 100 copies.
What’s more you can get the same deal with the “New Choice” Thesaurus which is
also £ 1.99. In fact you can combine your free copies to include both dictionary
AND thesaurus eg. Order 100 dictionaries and 100 thesauri and you could get 100
dictionaries or 100 thesauri free…or 80 dictionaries and 20 thesauri free. It’s your
choice !
You can order direct from Signpost Educational Ltd and contact them at
signpost@talk21.com or phone 020 7515 1797 or visit their website:
www.signposteducational.co.uk

FAWNS LAUNCHES NEW D.I.Y PLAY BRAND – BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER WHILE SAVING SCHOOL’S ££££’S –

RALLY THE TROOPS, ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES AND GET BUILDING! 2012, the year where we are all being encouraged to get outside and interact with our community – from sporting events and activities drawn from the Olympics to street parties and celebrations for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. As a result, and in keeping with Mr Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ plans, Fawns Playtime is launching the new ‘DIY Play’ brand which will see community spirit surge!

The launch of the new ‘DIY Play’ brand is a range of Fawns’ existing play equipment which can be purchased and installed by the schools themselves – while making them a potential saving of up to 35%.

Fawns, who will be launching the ‘DIY Play’ brand at the forthcoming Education Show, have recognised the ongoing need for schools to improve and renew their outdoor play spaces while coping with dwindling funds and grants. However with so much emphasis being placed on communities pulling together, in some cases gaining local support can swing a grant application, Fawns have also acknowledged that many schools have an outstanding resource available to them, namely parents and members of the community, who have the skills to help pull the project together and install play equipment to create a play area for their children.

James Gowans, Head of Sales for Fawns’ comments: “This is a great opportunity for schools to pull whole communities together in amazingly worthwhile projects that could result in the transformation of outdoor areas which can be ultimately benefited by children, not just pupils of the school but from the local area too – while saving the school considerable amounts of money.”

So if you supply the elbow grease and a few basic tools, spades, buckets, wheel barrows, and oodles of enthusiasm, Fawns will provide the equipment. Including top quality play grade timber from sustainable sources – which comes with guarantees of up to fifteen years – highly durable HDPE, and all the required fixings, instructions and materials as well as one of Fawns’ experienced contracts team supervisors to oversee the project.

Fawns will even generate drawings and visuals to work to in advance, give you an indication of timescales and offer advice on the best way to go about such a project.

James concludes: “Imagine the feel good factor of pulling together the school family to create something so worthwhile and beneficial to the school, something the parents will see every day as a reminder of their hard work.”

The launch of Fawns’ ‘DIY Play’ brand coincides with the introduction of a new grant which has been made available – a £1million fund to help reinvigorate Queen Elizabeth II Fields Funds – part of the SITA Trust.
The programme is part of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, a fantastic campaign to protect 2012 outdoor recreational spaces in communities all across the country as a permanent living legacy of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, led by the Fields in Trust and HRH the Duke of Cambridge.*

*http://www.sitatrust.org.uk/news/251

Fawns Playtime contact:
James Gowans, Head of Sales
T +44 (0) 1252 515199 E sales@fawns.co.uk
www.fawns.co.uk

Media Studies digital advertising resources for Key Stage 4 & 5

Nearly every field of employment, across every industry, is dependent on digital technology. Within the creative and media industries, advertising has had to adapt to the rapid development of digital technology, and now digital media is integral to a vast array of advertising campaigns.

Advertisements can be used in the classroom in a multitude of ways, from sparking a discussion about changes in attitudes to gender and race, to introducing students to generic conventions or key aspects of textual analysis and media theory. Covering a whole campaign across multiple media-platforms allows you to deliver learning about complex issues such as audience and ideologies while ensuring that your students have a clear understanding of the multi-faceted media world they are all very much a part of.

The History of Advertising Trust has developed an online digital advertising case study, full of examples of real advertising campaigns and multi-use classroom resources, to help you to support your students in their creative and media learning.

The focus of this resource case study is Lynx, Unilever’s number one male personal care brand, used by over 80% of its target audience (18 to 25 year old men). The case study demonstrates how advertising the Lynx brand has changed with the development of digital media, and how the brand continues to communicate a single, clear message to its target audience, despite using a wide mix of media channels.

Covering mass media distribution, fragmented audiences, personalisation and more, you will be able to use the case study to develop your own teaching material and download the videos and examples for use in the classroom. You will see how Lynx successfully embedded the product within their target audience’s lifestyle through the varied use of mobile phone and Facebook apps, interactive online games, social networking and bespoke websites. View interviews with the advertising agency team responsible for the campaigns to get their opinions on how advertising a brand has changed since the advent of digital and social media and bring your students closer to the real workplace.

Designed to save you time and effort developing lesson plans, at £30 this online resource represents great value for money as it is simple to purchase, quick and easy to download, and adaptable for use in a variety of different ways in the classroom.

Click here to find out more.

The History of Advertising Trust
www.hatads.org.uk

How to Reduce Classroom Behaviour Problems in 7 Days Or Less

It’s True – You Really Can Reduce Behaviour Problems in Your Classroom in the Next 7 Days with This Solution-Packed Classroom Management Course – And It’s 100% FREE

Is the behaviour in your classroom getting you down? Is it preventing you from doing the job you used to love? Are you finding yourself spending too much time and energy dealing with noisy, inattentive, disruptive students who ignore your instructions?

If so, you’ll be very interested in this FREE classroom management mini-course from Behaviour Needs Ltd

For the last four years Behaviour Needs have been creating a quiet revolution in classrooms around the world by empowering teachers with highly practical classroom management strategies and resources to manage and improve student behaviour, and now YOU can use these strategies in your own classroom for free.

Whether you’re a teacher, lecturer or other education professional we have a unique approach which can measurably improve your ability to succeed with even the most challenging (and vulnerable) young people.

The mini-course explains exactly how to quickly and easily REDUCE inappropriate behaviour and manage problems more effectively by creating an environment in which students WANT to behave for you.

You’ll also learn…

FIVE tried and tested ways to make sure students LISTEN TO and FOLLOW your instructions
An easy way to achieve 100% consistency when dealing with your students
Six steps any teacher can use to get disruptive students back on task
How to instantly get attention from noisy students
How a special notice on your classroom wall can get your challenging students behaving appropriately without you needing to say anything at all
To get your FREE copy of the Classroom Management Mini-Course – and start changing the behaviour in your classroom RIGHT NOW – just click the link below:

Click Here to Get Your Free Mini-Course

IMPORTANT: We only have 350 copies to give away and once they are gone the free offer will be closed. Make sure you get your free copy right now; I’d hate you to miss out.

Here’s the link again: http://www.on2url.com/app/adtrack.asp?MerchantID=164734&AdID=585778

A House Somewhere: Complete Activity and Examination Pack

(Summer 2012 Edition)

“An invaluable and rare resource that everyone teaching the text should have.”
N Worgan, English Teacher, Independent Reviewer

Varied and engaging student activities, with a special focus on analysing the selection linguistically. Key linguistic concepts are introduced through concise notes. Linked activities provide the opportunity for students to apply them.

“The activities for students are excellent – varied, enhancing their experience & expertise, and written in an authoritative style. Addresses the demands of ELLA3 in a straightforward & very accessible way.”
M Hodson, Private English Tutor, Independent Reviewer

Supports every text of the selection, including 26 original ELLA3 examination-style questions and 5 real student answers with commentaries.
Introduces the examination requirements in student-friendly language
Builds up examination skills throughout, including planning grids for optimal preparation
As with all ZigZag resources, you can be confident of the highest standards. All resources go through a rigorous process of teacher reviews, proofreading and professional styling before reaching you. ZigZag resources can be purchased as ‘copy masters’ or in digital format and come with a site licence, allowing you to pay once and copy as often as you need, or put on your server for multiple use.

For a preview of the entire resource and to order, see: zigzag.at/House

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The ‘A House Somewhere: Complete Activity and Examination Pack’ is available as Photocopy masters, PDF files and editable Word files.

You can order (reference UM94 when placing your order for FREE postage)

By phone: 0117 950 3199
By post: ZigZag Education, Unit 3, Greenway Business Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol
BS10 5PY
By fax: 0117 959 1695
By email: english-um94@zigzageducation.co.uk
Via the website: zigzag.at/um94
Details of all English resources are given at zigzag.at/um94

Monoprinting lesson plan: KS3 and KS4 art

‘This is a lesson plan that I have used many times at KS4 (although it can also work well with KS3 classes). It is very useful for creating lots of quick ideas and injecting pace into lessons. I have also found it is a good way to avoid students being too ‘precious’ with their work.’

Art teacher Lizzie Allen has written a lesson plan for you to use with your KS4 Art students, introducing them to the techniques needed to record observations using monoprinting.

Getting students to start with short ‘timed monoprints’, Lizzie’s lesson aims to free up students’ observational drawings through experimentation. Students then move on to creating more detailed monoprints, using different tools and marks, whilst creating their own ‘criteria for success’.

To download the lesson plan and the free Boardworks slides, go to: www.boardworks.co.uk/art–design_726

Regards,

The Boardworks Art & Design team

P.S. The interactive monoprinting activity included in the free presentation allows students to explore and practise skills before applying them in their practical work. To find out more about the range of skills-based activities that feature throughout Boardworks Art resources, order your free sample disc today: www.boardworks.co.uk/order-sample-disc/505

Maths Information and Services

Pupil reports made easy
Boardworks – free resources, lesson plans & teaching tips
CASIO, LOGIK , TEXET and SHARP calculators for your students
Maths Intervention – Online program – Free Trial

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Pupil reports made easy

www.reportcommentbank.co.uk/?r=hamilton
Teach ICT Ltd, 1 Ffordd y Felin, Trefin, Haverfordwest, SA62 5AX

Email: info@reportcommentbank.co.uk
Phone: 0845 094 6427
Fax: 0700 349 7137

Our point and click report writer is FREE to join and will save you hours when it comes to writing pupil reports. You can use our comments, comments from other teachers or write your own.

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Boardworks – free resources, lesson plans & teaching tips

http://www.boardworks.co.uk/maths_602
Boardworks, Units 5–7 The Gallery, 54 Marston Street, Oxford, OX4 1LF

Email: enquiries@boardworks.co.uk
Phone: 0845 0 300 400
Fax: 0845 0 300 200

Boardworks maths blog contains free resources, lesson plans and teaching tips for KS3, KS4 and KS5 maths teachers. Follow the weblink to download the resources free of charge or follow us on Twitter @BoardworksLtd.

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CASIO, LOGIK , TEXET and SHARP calculators for your students

www.signposteducational.co.uk
Signpost Educational Ltd., PO Box 999, London E14 6SH

Email: signpost@talk21.com
Phone: 020 7515 1797
Fax: 020 7515 4420

Did you know ………. ?

Not only can you order your basic and scientific calcs from Casio, Logik, Sharp and Texet, but you can also equip your students with geometry sets (in clear cases and in metal tins) as well as our handy clear plastic zip wallets.

Basic calcs from only £1.29, GCSE calcs from only £2.97 (ex vat) (available at these prices while stocks last).

Casio FX 83GT Plus, FX 85GT Plus, FX 991GT plus the full range of LOGIK scientific calcs, all with a THREE year guarantee.

You’re welcome to give us a call on 020 7515 1797 or view our website: www.signposteducational.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Maths Intervention – Online program – Free Trial

http://www.123maths.co.uk
Power of 2 Maths, Devonshire Avenue, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 1BS

Email: info@powerof2.co.uk
Phone: 0115 919 3911
Fax: 0115 919 3911

Boost your pupils’ basic maths skills with 123maths.co.uk. Take a free 30 day trial, it’s a brilliantly simple intervention system to set up. Perfect for getting all pupils to make progress.

Teachers Educate Themselves About the Risks of Social Media

Thirty-one teachers at Wistaston Church Lane Primary School were the first in the UK to complete a StaySocialSafe course, aimed at educating teachers on the risks and opportunities of using social media at work and at play.

 
James Bancroft, deputy head said, “Our school believes that social networking presents a real opportunity for communicating with parents and the community effectively. We recognise the role that platforms like Facebook and Twitter will play in the lives of our pupils in the future. It is vital that our staff have an understanding of the opportunities social networking presents, and also the potential risks of social media in order to protect themselves and our pupils in the future. StaySocialSafe delivered an outstanding course which trained our staff, who have vastly different experiences of using networking. Our staff feel happy that they can enjoy social networking responsibly and we feel more confident about teaching about the e-Safety issues around the internet.”

 
Participate Ltd launched its StaySocialSafe service in response to growing concerns about how social media is used at work and at play. Social media is truly a revolution in the way we communicate. But already there is evidence that people don’t always understand, how to use it appropriately and the consequences of getting it wrong.

 
A teacher in Hull facing the sack because of comments made on social media

 
A Housing Manager in Trafford demoted and pay cut due to comments made to “friends”

 
Virgin Airways staff sacked for comments made about the company

 

Employees tweeting negative comments about clients by accident on the company twitter handle.

 
Having a social media policy offers some protection but, on its own, it is not enough because social media is such a fundamental shift in human communications.

 
Participate’s StaySocialSafe service has been designed to give people and organisations the confidence to use social media at work and at play without getting themselves or their employer into disrepute (often by accident).

 

The briefing and seminar sessions are designed to ensure that:

 

Staff understand how they should use social media at work and at play

 

Staff know how to manage security settings and behaviour to protect their private lives

 

Organisations do not lose key staff through a lack of understanding of safe behaviour in social media

 

Organisations protect themselves from inappropriate social media broadcasting by staff.

 

More information can be found at www.staysocialsafe.com

Perfect the Past Tense for GCSE French

Perfect the Past Tense for GCSE French is a resource which will give your students structured practice in a complex grammatical area which is vital to their success at GCSE.

It comprises a pack of photocopiable worksheets which will guide them step by step through the rules and uses of the perfect tense and help them to gain a ‘C’ or above at GCSE level. Explanations are clearly illustrated with plenty of examples to work through, and answers are included at the back of the book. Most of the exercises are designed to be worked through on an individual basis but there are also a couple of games which can be played in small groups.

Perfect the Past Tense has been designed and written by French teachers and tested in class where it proved to be immensely beneficial.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/modlang/T1675.pdf

ISBN: 978 1 86083 730 2; Order code: T1675emn

The volume is available as…

Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £19.95 plus £3.95 delivery
CD with school-wide rights: £19.95 plus £3.95 delivery
Both the Ring Binder and the CD £26.94 plus £3.95 delivery
Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the book or CD…

By post to First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Way, Corby, NN17 4HH
On the phone with a school order number at 01536 399 011
By fax to 01536 399 012
On line with a credit card at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=34&products_id=492

Think b4 u Post Your Reputation and Privacy on Social Networking Sites

A person normally wouldn’t shout out the details of a private meeting or give a credit card to a total stranger – yet in effect that’s what people do when they post indiscreetly on social networking sites or are duped by phishing scams.

Social networking has transformed our society – many people of all ages now conduct business, interact with friends, meet new people, and take part in financial transactions via social networking sites.

While there are tremendous benefits to these opportunities and connectivity, there are also hidden dangers and common pitfalls. Even unintentional or seemingly harmless online actions can damage an individual’s security and reputation.

Think b4 u Post is a new DVD resource for classroom presentation and pupil reference that uses a light touch to deliver some very serious information on how people can protect their reputation and guard their privacy online while still having a good time using social networking sites.

Preview Clip

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: – after viewing the 22-minute programme, including free downloadable support material, students will be able to:

Recognise the benefits and potential pitfalls of social networking
Enhance decision-making capabilities around online behaviour
Adopt simple activities to increase internet safety
Recognise and avoid online scams and criminal activity
Make positive social choices while interacting online.
Think b4 u Post doesn’t try to limit the fun and practicality of online interaction and social networking sites; conversely, it provides insight to enhance your online experience to keep you texting, posting, and emailing safely for years to come.

Order on approval from Viewtech Educational Media for only £36 (includes public performance rights discounted for use within a single educational establishment, excluding p&p and VAT.

To order click here and then complete your order details online. Quote promotional discount code: TBP378 at the checkout and then choose to “Order Now” and pay against our invoice or “Buy Now” for payment by credit/debit card. Orders are normally despatched by post next-working day.

For any further information or assistance please contact us.

Viewtech Educational Media
7-8 Falcons Gate
Dean Road
Yate
Bristol
BS37 5NH
England
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fax: 01454 858056

email: mail@viewtech.co.uk

http://www.viewtech.co.uk

A new way to revise: Videos for AS AQA Geography

Hi, my name is Will, and I’d like to talk to you about the Geography videos I’ve filmed.

Last year, I decided to combine my passion for Geography with my love of film-making. As a Geography student myself, I realised that I could talk to students as a peer and help them through their AS Geography exams.

The result is A Level AQA Revision Videos and Worksheets for Rivers, Floods and Management. Each 3–5-minute video is a ‘how to’ for common exam questions – guiding your AS Geographers to achieve top marks.

My teacher, Suzanne Knights, checked all my scripts to make sure all the geography is correct and relevant to the A Level AQA specification. And the videos have now been published by ZigZag Education. I’m pleased to say the videos have received excellent feedback:

‘A really useful resource that will have an impact on your students’ learning and grades… well planned and very easy to use – can be used both in class or as an independent study resource… great breadth and depth… explores the complete course a different form of presentation that students will really value… It will engage students… A must for visually impaired students… The examples cover the specification and this is supported with a high level of terminology.’ (Timothy Dixon, Geography Teacher, Examiner and Independent Reviewer)

To maximise what your students can get out of these videos, worksheets are provided (with answers). Students fill in the answers on the worksheet, consolidating their revision, and allowing you to check their work too.

You can now order the videos and share them with your students.

View the trailer now at http://zigzag.at/UM54

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16 friendly videos with matching worksheets, all specifically created for AS AQA.

Ideal for visual and auditory learners
Worksheets encourage students to actively engage with the videos
Great for cover lessons, homework and revision.
Easy to load onto your school network/VLE, or use the DVD in class

16 videos with scripts included
16 worksheets with answers
60 minutes of fantastic footage.

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A Level AQA Revision Videos and Worksheets: Rivers, Floods and Management (UM54/4513) is available as a photocopy master with site licence (£69+VAT). Includes: DVD, equivalent video files, worksheets, scripts.

Order now at http://zigzag.at/UM54

ZigZag Education, Unit 3, Greenway Business Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol BS10 5PY

t: 0117 950 3199 | f: 0117 959 1695 | geographyUM54@zigzageducation.co.uk

Give your promotional code UM54 to get free postage!

A radical is a man with both feet planted firmly in the air

The ability for students to be able to quote famous political figures and theorists is a requirement that is commonly overlooked in many Politics resources.

It is with this in mind that we have developed our More Political Quotes resource designed to give students easy access to the range of political quotes available and to help expand their vocabulary in this area.

Quotes from a wide number of figures from the political world are included as well as some unconventional figures.

What’s more, observations have also been included in order to enliven the student’s interest. From “Ideology does not by its nature lend itself to compromise” to “A revolution is legality on holiday” this book contains quotes on every political opinion and view.

This may also stimulate further research into those political figures and theorists – an excellent opportunity for independent learning.

‘More political quotes’ is the perfect accompaniment to studying Politics at any level from AS Level onwards.

The quotes can be printed off each day in order for the students to use them. This task could be given to one of the students themselves, and incentives could be used in order to encourage students to offer quotes.

Students might also add to the resource over time in an attempt to facilitate further research. For example, a quote might be taken and discussed further by the group as a whole.

This resource contains 36 copiable masters which are available as PDF downloads or as a PDF or editable Word files on a CD. The price of £29.99 + VAT is the same for all formats.

Once purchased the CD can be freely copied and networked throughout the school.

To see sample pages please email sales@classroom-resources.co.uk quoting the order code 2047.

You can order More Political Quotes in any of these ways:

On our website
By phone on 0117 940 6409
By fax on 0117 940 6408
By email (quoting a school order number) to sales@classroom-resources.co.uk
By post to: Classroom Resources, PO Box 1489, Bristol, BS99 3QJ

Large scale 3D routing – at a staggering discount

There’s little doubt that laser cutters have positively changed the outcome and expectations of students within the design technology curriculum.

What’s more, many schools have found that a 3D router is a beneficial extension to this technology, mainly due to their ability to work on large scale projects and with thicker, more durable materials.

As a result, the manufacture of real or full size project pieces such as furniture is a rewarding experience, encompassing a true to life manufacturing experience.

The cost of a large scale router can be more expensive than a medium format laser cutter. However we have one exhibition model Suregrave Gryphon (1220 x 610 mm), available on a first come first served basis.

The price has been reduced by a third on the exhibition Gryphon router (usual price £14,995) making the price £10,000 plus VAT.

You might also be interested in knowing that Trotec machines can be purchased outright or through our special finance for schools package which can spread the cost over and up to five years.

Additionally, you can keep the Gryphon covered against breakdown for the cost of an annual service for £499 anywhere in the UK mainland.

There’s more information on the Suregrave Grythpon on our website at http://www.suregrave.com/gryphon.html.

To find out more about any of the above, or to register your interest, email us at sales@troteclaser.co.uk and we’ll get back to you.

Alternatively give us a call on 01483 447590.

How do you tell who hasn’t got a backache?

Laptops and netbooks are wonderful inventions – except when you have to move them en masse from one part of the school to another.

You can of course put them on a trolley, but items can slip off trolleys. And besides, trolleys are wide things that don’t always fit into cupboards.

Which is why some laptops and netbooks get carried around, and why some people, as a result, get a backache.

But here’s a thought: supposing you could put all your laptops and/or netbooks in a suitcase and then (and this is the clever bit) put wheels on the suitcase – just as you have wheels on the suitcase you use when going to the airport.

That’s what the NetRoller netbook store and charge is – a suitcase on wheels that stores netbooks or laptops. And, as a bonus, it charges them too.

The NetRoller is exceptionally lightweight and robust, enabling you to charge and transport up to 16 netbooks up to 10.2” size. The laptop version, the LapRoller, can store 8 x 12” laptops.

What’s more, if storing space is limited, up to 3 NetRollers can be stacked on top of each other.

Each Netroller contains a built-in Electrical Power Management system (EPM) which monitors the amount of current coming from the mains supply which prevents the electric circuits from tripping.

An energy saving feature is also included: the Auto-Power-Off function automatically switches the unit off after a 8 hour charging cycle allowing the unit to charge overnight without wasting energy.

There is more detailed information on our website. Click here for details on the NetRoller and here for the LapRoller. Alternatively call us on 01753 53 99 55 or email us at sales@bretforduk.com for more details.