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How to aid your studies

The long summer break can take its toll on those returning to school, college and university, and more often than not, the first months back in classes can be an important period for developing a grasp of new topic areas. If you or your children are not quite back in the learning zone yet, it could be a great idea to prepare for the new term with a vitamin to help boost and support your studies and performance.

The vitamin aisle can be an overwhelming place though, with few people knowing exactly what supplement they need. With some industry–led advice from health supplements supplier, Pharma Nord, here we look at some of the best options when it comes to choosing a supplement to support your studies.

Vitamin B complex

The vitamin B complex refers to all eight different B vitamins, which all play unique roles in supporting healthy bodily functions. While most people can consume enough vitamin B in their diet, some choose to take it in a capsule form, and it is especially beneficial in the run–up to an exam or adjusting back into studies. Products that contain the vitamin B complex should contain some of each of the following variations, which are useful for people studying:

  • Vitamin B–1: Promotes the healthy growth of organs including the brain.
  • Vitamin B–6: Supports the creation of new red blood cells, as well as helping to keep the immune system strong–often students return to the learning environment with a whole host of new germs picked up from things like holidays.
  • Vitamin B–12: Helps to prevent pernicious anemia, which can result in a lack of energy, fatigue and dizziness, which hinder concentration abilities.

Bacopa Monnieri

Widely available in wholefood stores, Bacopa Monnieri is a plant that can be taken in capsule form, and it has been historically used in tradition Indian medicine. Its main benefits are the alleviation of anxiety, memory improvement and improving focus. It is used as a herbal remedy for conditions such as attention deficit–hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and even Alzheimer’s disease. It is understood to have a possible effect on stimulating the chemicals in the brain that are responsible for thinking, learning and memory function.

Valerian root

This herbal capsule can help to lessen the typical anxieties which can be heightened in the run up to a new term, with new challenges and new topics to process. Valerian usage dates back to both ancient Greek and traditional Chinese medicine, and it has also been suggested to remedy sleep disturbance. Getting plenty of rest is essential for supporting general health, and for students this is key to feeling refreshed on that all–important first day back. Often, Valerian is combined with passionflower in its capsule form, which adds to the calming effect and enhances the benefits from the herb.

Omega–3 fish oil capsules

While this one has a very distinctive taste, taking it on a regular basis might prove beneficial for your studies. Portions of oily fish such as mackerel and tuna are rich in omega–3 fatty acids, so for some people an omega–3 tablet isn’t necessary if their diet is already rich in fish oil. However, there are a string of impressive benefits which have been associated with consuming it, especially for aiding education studies. It has been found to have possible effects on the attention span of children, helping them to focus when taken regularly. Learning in early life is extremely important and taking an omega–3 supplement could promote positive behaviors.

L-Theanine

This amino acid has been associated with improving concentration, reducing feelings of stress and enhancing relaxation. Various research has shown that l-theanine had positive effects on mood in people, and while it can be taken in capsule form, it is also available in black tea and bay–bolete mushrooms. Be aware that some capsules of this vitamin include caffeine, which does not always have the same effect.

Sources:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324856.php

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-761/bacopa

https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/holland-barrett-valerian-plus-tablets-60041045?skuid=041045

https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/mental-health/anxiety/related/vitamins-for-anxiety/#gref

They used to call me “Mr. Detention” ……….…  

Way back in the  twentieth century when I was “cutting my teeth”  in the teaching profession in London’s “east end” (no Canary Wharf, no Dockland’s Light Railway and no one bedroom appartments costing in excess of half a million pounds in those days !) I managed to acquire the nickname “Mr. Detention.”

How did this come about you may ask?  Well to be brutally honest, it was mainly because my classroom control was “not of the highest order”……. and that’s a typical educational  euphemism for “a load of rubbish.”

Pupils (we didn’t call them students in those days !) would frequently turn up late, in dribs and drabs, especially if they had had PE in the previous lesson.  When they did eventually all turn up quite a few of them realised that they had forgotten to bring a pen, ruler, pencil, etc.  More wasted time, more disruption, more minor chaos, while I dispatched one of the reliable kids up to the second floor to Ms. Patel’s class to borrow pens, pencils, rulers etc so I could at last get on with the lesson.

Almost fifteen minutes had “gone down the pan” before the lesson could start. Multiply that by about 80 lessons and it’s not difficult to see how much time had been wasted over the course of a year.

Combine that with my poor classroom control and it’s easy to see why so many pupils behaved badly and weren’t really bothered about learning.  The result being that I used to dish out detentions like they were going out of fashion, hence the name Mr. Detention.

Fortunately for suceeding generations of pupils I took my leave of the profession after 22 years service. If only I had known then what I know now; that’s there’s a product called the “Student Essentials set,” which, while it wouldn’t have turned me into an award winning teacher, might at least have made life easier for pupils who had the misfortune to go to my lessons!

What is the “Student Essentials set” and how can it make teachers’ lives easier?

It comprises three good quality ballpens with black ink, two HB pencils, a 15 cm ruler, an eraser, and a pencil sharpener, all packed in an “exam friendly” clear PVC wallet with a zip slider, size 158 x 220 mm.  All a student needs for most lessons.

If the school office or school shop, or perhaps each department  could hold stock to sell or give away at the start of the day it  could make life easier for many students.  After all, for about a pound each, it’s a convenient way to help students and at the same time cut out wasted time at the start of lessons.

Prices:  85p  (400+)      88p  (200+)     90p   (1-199)  ex vat

The   “Student Essentials set”  can be obtained from Signpost Educational Ltd  who can be contacted at:  signpost@talk21.com   or 020 7515-1797. 

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

  https://signposteducational.co.uk/student-packs/

 Your order will usually be delivered within 1-3 days from receipt of your order.

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.

Some may simply have woken up late and left home in a rush. Some might benefit from being better organised while others need to learn to be a bit more responsible.

What we do know, however, is that time is often wasted at the start of lessons while some students try to borrow what they need to benefit from their lesson.

All it needs is for a few students to forget a pen, ruler, pencil, etc, and what was supposed to be a well planned, interesting lesson can become unproductive if some students are ready and able to work while others are not.

But now there’s a simple, effective and low cost way of solving the problem  ….it’s 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. …not to mention making life easier for teaching staff.

Staff might like to keep “Student Essentials” sets in the school or department office and then sell or give to students when the need arises.

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

Contact them on: Tel:  020 7515 1797 or email: signpost@talk21.com

Your orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

Signpost Educational Ltd   PO Box 999   London  E14 6SH 

PS.  “Student Essentials” sets are also  useful to hand out to students before their exams.

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.

Some may simply have woken up late and left home in a rush. Some might benefit from being better organised while others need to learn to be a bit more responsible.

What we do know, however, is that time is often wasted at the start of lessons while some students try to borrow what they need to benefit from their lesson.

All it needs is for a few students to forget a pen, ruler, pencil, etc, and what was supposed to be a well planned, interesting lesson can become unproductive if some students are ready and able to work while others are not.

But now there’s a simple, effective and low cost way of solving the problem  ….it’s 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. …not to mention making life easier for teaching staff.

Staff might like to keep “Student Essentials” sets in the school or department office and then sell or give to students when the need arises.

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

Contact them on: Tel:  020 7515 1797 or email: signpost@talk21.com

Your orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

Signpost Educational Ltd   PO Box 999   London  E14 6SH 

PS.  “Student Essentials” sets are also  useful to hand out to students before their exams.

Fred Theatre is bringing GCSE texts to life for your students

Right now is a great time to discuss giving your students the advantage of live performance in the upcoming school year. We’re here throughout the holidays and happy to chat about bringing top quality live performance to your school.

 Next year there are five productions designed with the needs of your GCSE students in mind:

A Christmas Carol

Macbeth

Romeo and Juliet

Jekyll and Hyde

Much Ado About Nothing

And for your younger students, starting out on their Shakespeare studies:

Fred’s Shakespeareance

We’ve recently been working closely with schools and our in-house team of educationalists to refine our offer. We think we now have something very special that will really help your students with their studies. There’s lots more information on our web site:

www.fred-theatre.co.uk/schools 

On the web site you may also sign up to receive our regular newsletters just for teachers, and there’s also an enquiry form if you’d like to explore making a booking with us.

Alternatively, feel free to e-mail Helen, our tour administrator, 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.

What is the most effective and straightforward way of giving students an enhanced sense of self-esteem? 

In recent years it has become increasingly clear that self-esteem is a key issue in determining progress at school. Generally speaking, the more self-esteem a student has, the more positive the individual feels about her/his life.

And as a result of this enhanced self-esteem, the more the individual develops and enhances her/his abilities.

There are of course many ways of enhancing self-esteem, but one approach that is particularly effective, and indeed comparatively easy to establish with a very low cost base, is singing in an ensemble.

This in itself can, of course, be achieved through simply singing in a school choir.  But when the school takes part in a national exhibition of singing, and the pupils and students perform alongside 5,000 others from schools across the country, the results can be extraordinary.

For many such an experience is the start of a revolution in the way that they see the world and perceive their place within it. Increased levels of engagement with and enjoyment of school work inevitably follow.

It was to encourage this sort of experience and development that we established “Voice in a million” 10 years ago. It gives an opportunity for all participants to come together united in song to perform in front of their own family, friends, and a sizeable audience.  It has been billed as The World’s most spectacular school concert’

2400 schools and in excess of 110,000 children have taken part in our previous concerts and in 2020, 350 schools and 15,000 more children will again experience Voice in a Million at Wembley on the 17th, 18th and 19th March.

The cost is only £12.50 per participant.  We supply all the rehearsal materials, plus the concert t-shirt for each individual to wear and keep as a souvenir.

What’s more, for those who join us each year Voice in a Million acts as an inspirational event that can change their perceptions both of themselves and of the world around them.

You can find out more about Voice and a Million, read our testimonials from parents and teachers,  and get all the detail, on our website.

Or for more information you can call 01932 859667 or email team@voiceinamillion.com

Organise or join a cluster to add at least £12,000 to your school’s training budget

The new TrailBlazer group has now been set up to develop government funded training for SENCOs, Teachers, Teaching Assistants and School Nurses to become registered Play Therapists.  90% of the total cost (estimated at £12,000 over a two year period) will be provided for training at level 7 (Post Graduate) once the proposed scheme is fully developed.

At the recent inaugural meeting nearly 100 primary schools were represented.  There’s capacity for another 200 organised into clusters of 14 – 20 schools each.

The training will meet:

  • The new Ofsted inspection requirements coming into force this September;
  • registration on the Professional Standard Authority’s Accredited Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists;
  • the principles of the new Mental Health Charter, being put forward as a blueprint for the reform of the 1983 Mental Health Act https://childmentalhealthcharter.com/

This is a marvellous opportunity to provide therapeutic support for your pupils with social, emotional, behaviour and mental health issues.  Much reduced waiting lists for CAHMS, better than just a Mental Health Lead, excellent career progression for one or two staff members.

Find out more: jefferyht@majemail.com

Yours sincerely

Jeff Thomas

Secretariat:  Play Therapist TrailBlazer Apprenticeship Group

Add at least £12,000 to your school’s training budget

The new TrailBlazer group has now been set up to develop government funded training for SENCOs, Teachers, Teaching Assistants and School Nurses to become registered Play Therapists.  It is confirmed that 90% of the total cost (estimated at £12,000 over a two year period) will be provided for training at level 7 (Post Graduate) once the proposed scheme is fully approved.

At the recent inaugural meeting nearly 100 primary schools were represented.  Become a part of this Beacon group. There’s room for another 200 from any part of England, organised in clusters of 12 – 16 schools.

The training will meet:

  • The new Ofsted inspection requirements coming into force this September;
  • registration on the Professional Standard Authority’s Accredited Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists;
  • the principles of the new Mental Health Charter, being put forward as a blueprint for the reform of the 1983 Mental Health Act https://childmentalhealthcharter.com/

This is a marvellous opportunity to provide therapeutic support for your pupils with social, emotional, behaviour and mental health issues.  Much reduced waiting lists for CAHMS, better than just a Mental Health Lead, excellent career progression for one or two staff members.

Find out more: jefferyht@majemail.com

Yours sincerely

Jeff Thomas

Secretariat:  Play Therapist TrailBlazer Apprenticeship Group

2+2=5? Why financial literacy should be taught in schools

Money makes the world go round, and it’s at the centre of our day-to-day lives for a variety of reasons. A 2018 study found that three quarters of Britons were worried about their finances, and further research concluded that over half of UK adults are concerned that their mental health is suffering in relation to money worries. It’s really is a matter of education, as young adults often feel that they were not taught enough about money and budgeting during their years in education. So, what’s the current situation and how can we improve on teaching young people how to manage their finances? We take a look, with some help from Business Rescue Expert, company liquidation specialists.

The millennial challenge

Millennials have brought a host of gaps in the teaching of finance to the surface, and countless studies have concluded that when it comes to money, this generation haven’t been taught adequate lessons. Millennials’ spending patterns stand in stark contrast to their predecessors; they’re keen to splash out on experiences and don’t often take to the idea of big commitment purchases seriously — for example, houses. Millennial spending habits signify the disparity of their knowledge and attitude towards budgeting — research has found that 60% of these youngsters said they are willing to spend more than £3.11 on a single cup of coffee, while only 29% of baby boomers would splurge for caffeine. A lack of financial literacy in education has undoubtedly played a role in this, with many young people under the illusion that simply earning a lot of money means that you’ll never be in any debt, along with a general unwillingness when it comes to making sacrifices for the sake of budgeting. One survey found that 42% of teenagers said that they wanted their parents to talk more about finances, and a staggeringly low 32% said that they knew how credit card fees and interest worked. Teenage years are pivotal points for learning, so why is financial literacy being left out?

Revised curriculums

Finances are complex and teaching them can require a lot of technicality and practical examples in order to make any sense. Lessons in finance differ from core subjects like English and Science, as they provide life skills which, if not learned, will be detrimental as kids grow older and enter adult life. One UK primary school created its own bank, to combat ‘below average’ financial literacy learning. Despite financial literacy being introduced to the national curriculum in England in 2014, not everyone believes that school is the place for financial education. Some believe the duty should be on parents to teach their children the real value of money and how to approach it. It’s worth noting that in private schools, faith schools, and academies, it isn’t a compulsory part of the curriculum, so many youngsters would still miss out on these lessons. A lot of schools who do incorporate it into the school day compartmentalize it into general ‘citizenship’ lessons, but it’s arguable whether enough emphasis is placed on it here.

The benefits of teaching financial literacy

The areas of financial literacy currently covered under the national curriculum include savings and investments, pensions, mortgages, insurance, and financial products. It’s still a relatively recent introduction to schools, so not all teachers may feel confident in teaching it yet, due to the specialised, complex nature of the topics. There is also the matter of religious differences in the approach to and teaching of these finance lessons. Followers of the Islamic faith are prohibited from using any form of compound interest. This relates to things like conventional mortgages, student loans and car loans, all of which are commonplace in many other cultures.

For this reason, making financial literacy universal, understandable, and an essential part of learning can be difficult. Maths might seem like an obvious place to drop lessons of finance in amongst existing content, but debate is rife as to whether subjects like trigonometry are still deserving for a place on exam papers, when finance lessons could take their place and provide long-lasting life skills.

While there is undoubtedly an absence and lack of depth in financial literacy, these lessons could become more popular in the future. These skills will prove invaluable for youngsters as they progress through life, and they could eventually counteract the stereotype of a financially irresponsible or illiterate millennials.

Sources:

https://www.independent.co.uk/money/savings-money-personal-finance-bills-budgeting-uk-survey-a8648206.html

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/10-common-misconceptions_n_1865423

https://www.parents.com/kids/responsibility/money-management/money-milestones-for-kids-an-age-by-age-guide/

https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-5740887/55-cent-UK-adults-worried-mental-health-affected-finances.html

https://medium.com/@chelseakiene/why-aren-t-we-teaching-students-financial-literacy-81622773e155

https://www.cesisolutions.org/2019/03/should-financial-education-be-taught-in-schools/

https://theconversation.com/generation-debt-uk-below-average-at-teaching-financial-literacy-90326

 

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  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,  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 availability.

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 

PS.  A range of classroom tables (manufactured in the UK and with up to a 15 year guarantee) are also available in a range of shapes, sizes and colours.  Details  on the website or phone if you’d like to chat about different options.  No hard sell, no obligation to buy !

Is there a simple way to encourage  your students to help keep your school or college free of litter …..?

This incident happened when I was doing playground break duty in a London school many years ago.  I was standing next to a group of boys when a couple of them threw some crisps and sweet wrappers on the floor.  If my memory serves me correctly I asked them if they lived in a rubbish tip and why couldn’t they just wait until they got to a litter bin before getting rid of their wrappers. They looked at me as if I’d just dropped in from another planet.  “But sir,” they said, “there’s people whose job it is to pick up rubbish.”

It made me wonder how they were brought up and why they didn’t seem bothered about turning their school playground into a dumping ground for sweet wrappers, drink cans and fast food boxes, etc.

So how can we encourage students to be a bit more responsible?

I’ve always thought that the more litter bins there are scattered around a school, (both indoors and outdoors), the more likely they are to be used. After all if a litter addict has only got to take two steps to a bin, rather than thirty, there’s a pretty good chance that he’ll take those two steps.  Which leads me to why I’m writing this email to you.

Having done a stint of 22 years secondary teaching in inner city London I’m now involved in supplying furniture (and litter bins!) to schools and colleges throughout the UK and I’d like to make you an offer which I hope will lead to a reduction in litter in your school.

Our litter bins are manufactured in the UK from durable polyethylene plastic and are suitable for internal or external use. Each bin has a rigid plastic liner to make it easy to dispose of litter when full.  The  large capacity round bin (volume 118 litres) measures 510 mm diameter x 960 mm high. The square bin (volume 45 litres) measures 375 x 375 mm and is 870 mm high.  Choose red, blue or green.

The square bins are £105 each while the round bins are £129 each….and here’s where we hope you’ll take advantage of our offer and at the same time encourage your students to use a litter bin rather than the floor to dispose of their wrappers and drink cans, etc.

When you order five or more bins (in a single order) we’ll give you an extra bin completely FREE….a saving of more than £100.  Simply email, phone or post your order to:

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

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

Prices exclude VAT.  Delivery (to most postcodes)  £29

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

Imagine this scene on a typical school day.… 

Steve  Brown wakes up late, doesn’t even have time for a bowl of cereal, rushes out of the house, gets the bus with two seconds to spare and just about makes it to registration…..

and then he remembers that his school bag is still on the living room table.   It’s got his exercise books,  homework sheets,  pencil case,  pens, ruler, eraser   calculator etc……….

No homework, no pen, no ruler, no pencils, no sharpener, no eraser.

Not a good way to start the day.

The chances are that on a typical school day there’s probably quite a few students in the same boat as Steve,,,,wondering how they’re going to get through the day without the basics they need for most lessons.

The “Student Essentials set” can help in situations like this.  It’s designed to provide the basic equipment for most lessons and costs from just 85p + vat.

The “Student Essentials set”  contains  three quality ballpens (black ink), two full length HB pencils, 15 cm ruler, eraser and a pencil sharpener, all packed in a handy “exam friendly”  clear, PVC  wallet with a zip slider.

It’s a convenient way for students to get the equipment they need, whether in an emergency (like Steve Brown) or under more normal conditions.  Schools and colleges can buy these in bulk and resell to students  (or possibly even give them away now and again….)

Student Essentials sets 85p  (400+)   88p  (200+)    90p  (1- 199)    per each, ex vat

“Student Essentials” sets can be ordered from:

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

  Tel:  020 7515 1797  email:  signpost@talk21.com

 website: www.signposteducational.co.uk 

Important online courses for school staff using Interactive Video for just £10 per head.

As you know, there are a lot of regulatory subjects that school staff have to be aware of these days, such as ‘Safeguarding’ for example, ‘Positive Handling’, ‘Prevent Duty’ and ‘Lockdown Procedures’….and many more.

The quickest and most cost effective way to deliver training in these subjects is through online learning, but how effective is it?

Our online courses use ‘interactive video’.  So they don’t involve just boring text and graphics delivered like an online book.  We use professional video tutors and video sequences which make the courses more engaging, easy to follow and memorable.

Every one of our courses have been developed in the UK, are bang up-to-date and have been approved by the appropriate professional bodies.  Each course also includes assessments and certification for every member of staff who completes.

And for a limited period, we are offering our courses to schools for just £10 per head, a reduction of more than 75% in most cases.

So why not help yourself to a free preview?  The first module of every course is available to view free of charge.  Click here to gain instant access.

To find out more, without any obligation, email us at enquiries@typeandtest.com or phone me on 017683 42821.

What’s the simple and cost effective way to help maths lessons be more productive,  both for teachers and students…….? 

Every now and again I get to chat with  teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why some students don’t  bring a pen, pencil, ruler, etc, to their lessons.  They tell me that this leads to wasted time and a measure of disruption, even before teaching has begun.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s  a  product called the “Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their maths lessons.

Consisting of  two quality black ink ballpens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, metal compass and half pencil,  and a sharpener, all packed in an A5 size, clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider.

From just £1.25 each (ex vat) the “Value Maths set” is a convenient and cost effective solution to the problem of students who haven’t brought the correct kit to their maths lessons.  Ideal to give or sell to students at the start of lessons or at the start of a school day………  also very useful for exams.

Full details of the “Value Maths set” can be found on the website:

     www.signposteducational.co.uk 

You can order by email:  signpost@talk21.com or by phone on tel: 020 7515 1797

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

My mate Ed used to be a teacher ……….

Ed has been a teacher for more than thirty years,  working in several London boroughs. He started out as a supply teacher, then moved on to be a subject teacher, head of year and head of department.

Now and again he would recount some of the more “grisly” goings on in whichever  school he was working  at the time…..and it wasn’t only the students he got “naffed off” with…… (but that’s another story, as they say)

If there was one thing he felt strongly and got so angry about it was when students came to his lessons without the basics, i.e. they turned up without a pen, pencil, ruler, etc.

He was well read, an experienced teacher and planned his lessons carefully, so he regarded any delay in starting a lesson as a personal insult.  His view was “If I take the trouble to plan my lessons and make them relevant and interesting, then why the heck can’t my students bring a pen and pencil with them?”

Thankfully, a couple of years before he retired, he found out about the “Student Essentials” set.

“If I’d known about this product thirty years ago then my life as a teacher would have been much easier and my students would almost certainly have got a lot more benefit from my lessons.”

The “Student Essentials” set is all about providing students with the basics they need and cutting out wasted time at the beginning of lessons….result?  Improved productivity in both teaching and learning.

The “Student Essentials” set consists of three quality black ink ballpens, two full length HB pencils, an eraser, pencil sharpener and a 15 cm ruler, all packed in a clear “exam friendly” PVC wallet with a zip slider (size: 230 x 155 mm). It’s ideal to sell to your students (or maybe even give them away!) or use as prizes or incentives.  From only 85p each, ex vat, it’s a simple, yet cost effective way of helping both teachers and students be more productive.

The “Student Essentials” set can be obtained from Signpost Educational Ltd.  who can be contacted on: email:  signpost@talk21.com  or tel  020 7515 1797 or you can visit their website:

www.signposteducational.co.uk

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

PS.  Your order will usually be delivered within 1-3 working days.

The Cheap seats in Education report

Earlier this year Epson undertook some research to better understand how the use of AV Technology in classrooms could help to create a step change in ‘Teaching practices, inclusion, and improved learning outcomes for all.’

With the assistance and guidance from former teacher and founder of www.teachertoolkit.co.uk, one of the most popular education websites in the world – Ross McGill – who was recognised by The Sunday Times as ‘one of the 500 most influential people in Britain’, the research conducted with 300 Local Authority controlled, Academy and Independent schools, found that 66% of those surveyed claimed that not being able to see a screen fully could hamper a pupil’s learning experience and 76% felt that having a poor view of the screen was linked to pupils’ disengagement. 

The study offered a unique insight into the Education system within England and even surprised the experienced Ross, who commented that it appeared some students may be sitting in ‘cheap seats’. He observed that whilst the experience of teaching had a huge impact on the students learning, the positioning, size and how and where a teacher sits also impacted on the students’ outcome.

On the back of this compelling research, Epson made a pledge to assist Head Teachers and Governing bodies to understand whether they have any so called ‘cheap seats’ within their School and help ensure every student gets the learning experience they deserve by launching our Ambassador Schools Program to help create ‘The classroom of the future’.

To kickstart this program, Epson are offering 10 schools the opportunity to become Ambassador Schools, which entitles you to have 1 classroom fully kitted with the necessary equipment to have a classroom of the future. As a pilot member you will have the opportunity to share your education experience & knowledge with Epson and the wider education market and act as a reference site to demonstrate your achievements along with a number of other benefits.

To find out more about the ambassador programme, or to receive a FREE copy of the full research report please email us at education@epson.co.uk, or contact us at the number below.

Kind Regards,

Craig Blurton
Education Manager
Epson UK Ltd
Tel: 0344 4098010
www.epson.co.uk

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.

Some may simply have woken up late and left home in a rush. Some might benefit from being better organised while others need to learn to be a bit more responsible.

What we do know, however, is that time is often wasted at the start of lessons while some students try to borrow what they need to benefit from their lesson.

All it needs is for a few students to forget a pen, ruler, pencil, etc and what was supposed to be a well planned, interesting lesson can become unproductive if some students are ready & able to work while others are not.

But  now  there’s a  simple, effective and low cost way of solving the problem       ….it’s 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….not to mention making life easier for teaching staff.

Staff might like to keep “Student Essentials” sets in the school or department office and then sell or give to students when the need arises.

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

Contact them on: Tel: 020 7515 1797  or email: signpost@talk21.com

Your orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

Signpost Educational Ltd   PO Box 999   London  E14 6SH

PS.  “Student Essentials” sets are also useful to hand out to students before their exams.

Guidance for graduates: recommended reading

In the next couple of months, many will find themselves finishing up their degrees at university and bound for graduation. Even if you graduated last year, it may still feel like it’s just you and your trusty degree against the world? Feel reassured in the knowledge that you won’t be the first nor the last person to find yourself in this situation… feeling fairly daunted by the prospect of what’s on the horizon. It can be an emotional journey and so, we’re here to offer some guidance with our top five books for recent graduates. Find a title that works for you…

“So, What are You Going to Do With That?”

The title of Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius’ self-help style script is something you’re going to have to get used to hearing over the next matter of months. For an adult, who has ‘got their life sorted’, this is their favourite question. Coming towards the end of your final academic year, and throughout the following year, unless you have already landed the job of your dream, you are going to be debating staying on in education. As the authors explain, remaining with academia is in no means a negative, however don’t feel afflicted to stay, and certainly don’t if you’re only doing so to fill time. The book goes on to respond to the question with a solid answer, giving you clarity in what your post-graduate life will entail.

“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”

Not all the successes in your graduate life will hinge upon your ability to develop a killer curriculum vitae. At university, you may have realised that you ended up putting yourself under unnecessary stress, simply because you couldn’t find the book you were looking for. As opposed to tidying on a daily basis, Marie Kondo walks us through her guide in how cleaning up once and for all will have one of the most significant impacts on our day to day lives. The author suggests how a thorough decluttering will translate into massively increased productivity.

“Make Your Bed: Little Things that Can Change Your Life”

Admiral William McRaven, a retired US Navy SEAL, delivered a speech to the University of Texas, which has received more than ten million views on YouTube. Talking about his career, he noted how when he was training, he seen the task of making a perfect bed every morning fairly mundane and in some respects pointless, as he was going on to become a fighter. Now however, William, the author of Make Your Bed, sees carrying out that simplistic task at the start of each and every day as the most important thing — as that is the first challenge of the day achieved. The book goes on to talk the reader through the ten ‘life-changing principles’ which Admiral McRaven picked up during his time in service, and how these steps will help create a better you and give you a better relationship with the world.

The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster

Steve Dalton’s 2012 manual will prove a trusted companion to graduates, and anyone currently seeking work alike. Despite the fact the internet has provided us with the opportunity to sift through a wide range of jobs that previously we might never have known about — actually managing to find the one for us can prove to be a rather complex task. Organisation is the key focus of Dalton’s piece of work, as he points to the different ways in which technology can be used to whittle down their search.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Okay, so once you’ve managed to land a job, despite the fact it may only be a stop-gap, you need to make friends, otherwise your journey is going to be an incredibly tedious one. Unlike university, this isn’t going to be an easy experience. The first day in a new job isn’t going to be like the first day walking into university, because frankly, at this stage, not everyone will be in the same boat. You might be the most likeable person on this side of the Atlantic but that doesn’t mean everyone will warm to you.

In 2018, Warren Buffet was ranked as the third richest person in the world, and he credits this 1936 book with transforming his life. The American businessman and philanthropist found up a copy of Dale Carnegie’s guide on his grandfather’s bookshelf and suggests he has applied it through his career. Having shifted over 15 million copies worldwide, the book is ranked within the top 100 best-selling books ever and is certainly a must read, regardless of your situation.

Life is not something to fear, it is something to embrace, but hopefully with the help of these guides, you can successfully better yourself and prepare for the challenge ahead. 

 Article provided by Where the Trade Buys, a UK based provider of offset book printing for a range of industries.

Sources

https://www.businessinsider.com/books-new-grads-should-read-2017-5?r=US&IR=T#the-life-changing-magic-of-tidying-up-by-marie-kondo-6

https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/S/bo19503047.html

https://www.businessinsider.com/warren-buffett-net-worth-berkshire-hathaway-billionaire-coke-mcdonalds-2019-4?r=US&IR=T

https://www.businessinsider.com/lessons-from-how-to-win-friend

Live @ your school: A Christmas Carol

“The students (and staff)  loved it – they are still talking about it. So thank you!” Winterhill School, Rotherham

Now is the best time to talk to us about bringing our popular production of A Christmas Carol to your school in the autumn term. Booking is open, and dates are being reserved for schools across the country. To ensure you have the pick of dates available, please contact us soon.

Returning for a third tour, A Christmas Carol, directed this year by Tracey Street, has proven popular with schools across the country. Either as a timely introduction to Dickens’s novella, or a great revision tool, we’ve found staff really appreciate our faithfulness to the text and our fresh and exciting retelling of the familiar story.

These are principles we follow in all of our in-school performances. This year we have have six amazing productions, for all of which you may reserve dates now.

Designed with the needs of your GCSE students in mind we have…

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
(available from 14 October to 20 December)

MACBETH
(available from 20 January to 07 February and 24 February to 08 May)

JEKYLL AND HYDE
(available from 24 February to 08 May)

ROMEO AND JULIET
(available from 03 to 14 February and 02 March to 08 May)

New for next year: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
(available from 02 March to 08 May)

And for your younger students…

FRED’S SHAKESPEAREANCE
(available now and throughout the coming year)

Our fun-packed three hour introduction to Shakespeare, his life and works, designed for students who are about to embark on studying the Bard

Six professional actors perform our GCSE text-based productions; we feel fewer than six compromises quality. All Fred Theatre staff attending your school are DBS checked, trained in child safeguarding and experienced in the idiosyncrasies of in-school performances.

Teachers appreciate our commitment to the text and producing a faithful rendition of the original, just a little shorter! And, all we need to perform at your school is a space approximately 5m x 5m with room (of course) for the audience.

From October, we’re extending our time with you and your students to two hours. This enables us to include an interactive element between the cast and audience as part of the session. During this time there will be a discussion of the play’s themes, characters, how we approached the production, and choices made in rehearsal. There will also be a chance for you and your students to ask questions.

We are equally happy to run this as a continuous two hour session, or include a short break following the performance, whatever you feel will work best for you and your students.

Every student receives a programme that, along with cast and crew details, includes notes on the production and text, as well as support material for them to use in the interactive post-show session. Students will be able to keep these for use in class and as a valuable revision aid.

Also, from October, we will provide you with copies of information sheets, for distribution to students ahead of our being with you. These will provide valuable information about the text and production and we’re sure your students will want to keep them with their class notes to use in revision. These sheets will help build a sense of anticipation ahead of the performance, encouraging students to value our visit to your school, and make the most of their opportunity to learn from it.

As in previous years, we are happy to provide additional workshops if this is of interest to you. These are devised through discussion with you, and delivered by a member of our skilled education team. We can also arrange visits from our directors and artistic director.

To discuss any aspect of a visit from Fred Theatre to your school, please feel free to contact me or a member of our tour administration team. You can call us on 01789 777612 or email:

Helen: helen@fred-theatre.co.uk

We appreciate how tight budgets are, so we’ve been working hard to keep our costs low and add as much value as possible to our offer. We reckon we’re hard to beat!

A career in care: how to get into the industry

The forecast shortfall of almost 400,000 social care staff by 2028 due to low pay and Britain’s departure from the European Union is a staggering figure, but it came as a conclusion in the ‘Fair Care: A workforce strategy for social care’ report, from the Institute for Public Policy and Research. We’ve teamed up with Acorn Stairlifts, an award-winning stairlift provider, to highlight that there are many opportunities available for focusing your career around the care industry though. Here’s five job roles which are worth considering…

Care worker

The key aim of a care worker is to ensure that patients can live as independently as possible, providing daily assistance in everyday tasks. You will be tasked to support people with their social and physical activities, as well as matters related to personal care and mobility.

Entry requirements

There are multiple options when it comes to career routes into a care role, ranging from apprenticeships, direct application to a vacancy, through a college course or by regular volunteering.

For those select the option of a college course, a wide variety of care industry programs exist — obtaining a Level 1 Certificate in Health and Social Care, for instance, or a Level 2 Diploma in Care.

Voluntary work for a relevant organisation is another possible entry system, meanwhile both lead adult care worker advanced apprenticeships and adult care worker intermediate apprenticeships can see you securing a permanent position as a care worker too.

Often, having prior experience of working with people is a desirable attribute in candidates who apply directly to an advertised vacancy, as training will generally be provided on the job. GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (or A* to C) in English and Maths, or equivalent qualifications, may also be requested from some employers.

Essential skills

A prospective recruit will have developed the following skills:

  1. Be able to accept criticism.
  2. Be able to communicate verbally in an exceptional manner.
  3. Be able to pay attention to detail.
  4. Be able to work effectively while under pressure.
  5. Be patient and know how to remain calm even in stressful situations.
  6. Have the ability to work well with others.
  7. Showcase customer service skills.

Day-to-day duties to expect

  • Assisting a client with matters of personal care, including dressing, using the toilet and washing.
  • Assisting a client when it comes to how they pay bills, manage their budget and write letters.
  • Preparing food and then feeding a client, as well as giving out medication.
  • Taking the time to get to know a client, including their needs and interests.
  • Undertaking general tasks, such as housework, laundry and shopping.

Expected salary

According to Totaljobs, the average salary for care worker jobs is £16,622.

Jobs available*

Carry out a search for ‘care worker’ on Indeed at the moment and you will be able to browse through 35,226 related jobs.

Care home manager

Become a care home manager and both the leadership and day-to-day running of a residential care home will be your responsibility. Your tasks will ensure the facility meets industry standards, while you should also expect to manage budgets and contracts in place throughout the organisation.

Entry requirements

Going to university, completing an apprenticeship and progressing into the role by working in the care industry are all routes available which could see you becoming a care home manager.

Opt for the university route and you’ll want to study either a foundation degree, a higher national diploma or a degree in an associated subject such as health and social care management to begin with. Once you’ve completed your selected university course, you’ll want to apply for a place on a graduate trainee scheme.

Higher apprenticeships for children, young people and family managers are available too, if you would rather take this route. You can also start on an apprenticeship for care leadership and management, though take note that additional on-the-job training will be required once you’ve obtained this qualification.

If you already have a job in the care industry, there is the option to apply for training towards a role such as a deputy manager. You should be looking to begin studying for the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services, where you’ll get six pathways to select from:

  1. Management of Adult Services
  2. Management of Adult Residential Services
  3. Practice in Adult Services
  4. Management of Children and Young People’s Services
  5. Management of Children and Young People’s Residential Services
  6. Practice in Children and Young People’s Services

Essential skills

To be successful as a care home manager, you’ll need to showcase the following skills:

  1. Be able to accept criticism.
  2. Be able to understand a person’s reactions.
  3. Be able to work effectively while under pressure.
  4. Have knowledge about the English language.
  5. Have knowledge about the subject of psychology.
  6. Have the ability to work well with others.
  7. Showcase customer service skills.
  8. The ability to carry out counselling, such as active listening and how to take a non-judgmental approach.

Day-to-day duties to expect

  • Agreeing to contracts, budgeting and fundraising opportunities.
  • Assisting care home residents so that they can access local services.
  • Carrying out tasks to ensure a facility meets all legal requirement, such as those related to aspects of health and safety.
  • Delivering advice, information and support to care home residents, their families and other staff members at the facility.
  • Encouraging care home residents to participate in activities.
  • Monitoring the quality of care and business performance of a care home.
  • Promoting the rights and duties of care home residents.
  • Recruiting staff members, as well as training and supervising them.
  • Setting out practices and policies.

Expected salary

A salary prediction according to Totaljobs outlines the average pay for care home manager jobs as £37,500.

Jobs available*

If you were to search for ‘care home manager’ on Indeed at the moment, and you would be able to browse through 18,978 related jobs.

Residential support worker

The standard duties of a residential support worker include looking after the mental and physical wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults within the care system.

Entry requirements

Like a care worker, you can secure work as a residential support worker by completing a college course, an apprenticeship, direct application or voluntary work with a relevant organisation.

Choices for college courses are vast, but it could be beneficial to look for awards such as the Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce, the Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Youth Work Practice, the Level 2 Diploma in Work Preparation for Health and Social Care, or the Level 2 GCSE in Health and Social Care.

Progression from a role as a support worker within a children’s home, a care home or hostel is a route often taken to gain the role of a residential support worker, while some choose to complete an adult care worker intermediate apprenticeship instead.

If you are considering applying directly for a residential support worker position that’s become available, paid or voluntary experience within the social work and care sector is a sought-after experience for most employers.

Essential skills

Demonstrate these skills successfully in order to be shortlisted for any position as a a residential support worker:

  1. Be able to communicate verbally in an exceptional manner.
  2. Be able to pay attention to detail.
  3. Be able to work effectively while under pressure.
  4. Be patient and know how to remain calm even in stressful situations.
  5. Have the ability to work well with others.
  6. Showcase customer service skills.

Day-to-day duties to expect

  • Assisting residents when they have problems.
  • Communicating with the families of residents.
  • Educating residents about daily living skills, which could include aspects of budgeting, shopping and how to claim benefits.
  • Helping residents to become independent.
  • Hosting group therapy sessions.
  • Keeping an eye on the needs of a resident, as well as their progress.
  • Providing a resident with physical care, which might include bathing, dressing, feeding and toileting.
  • Providing counselling on a one-to-one basis.
  • Setting up creative and leisure activities within a safe and supportive environment.
  • Setting up both home and family visits for residents.

Expected salary

For residential support worker jobs, Totaljobs listed an average salary of £19,000.

Jobs available*

A current search for ‘residential support worker’ on Indeed shows 7,054 related jobs.

Advocacy worker

An advocacy worker is the port of call for patients in care homes who want to voice their opinions and wishes. As well as providing support to vulnerable people, they will also make sure each resident’s best interests have been considered whenever decisions are made about their lives.

Entry requirements

Interested in a career as an advocacy worker? There are opportunities to get into this role by studying a college course, volunteering, applying directly or taking a course which is run by a private training provider.

When looking for relevant college courses, consider that both a Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care or a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care will be desired by employers. However, be aware that at least two GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (or A* to D) are often required to access a Level 2 course, while four or five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (or A* to C) are usually needed to get on a Level 3 course.

It is possible to volunteer as an advocate too. This route proves appealing as it’s a great way to obtain experience in the role, while volunteers receive both support and training so that they can develop their skills too.

For those who already work in a care home, direct application to an advocacy role is a potential way to secure a new role in advocacy. The experience that you’ve already gained from your time doing care work, social work or counselling is bound to allow you to stand out, though it’s important that you showcase an understanding of the needs of older citizens and display a positive attitude to ageing.

Furthermore, nationally recognised qualifications exist and they cover a wealth of essential modules in advocacy work, and they are generally courses provided by private training initiatives.

Essential skills

These skills are key for fulfilling an ambition to become an advocacy worker:

  1. Be able to pay attention to detail.
  2. Be able to work effectively while under pressure.
  3. Be patient and know how to remain calm even in stressful situations.
  4. Have knowledge about the subject of psychology.
  5. Have the ability to work well with others.
  6. Showcase customer service skills.
  7. The ability to carry out counselling, such as active listening and how to take a non-judgemental approach.

Day-to-day realities

  • Assisting residents to explore the options available to them and how to make informed choices about them.
  • Assisting residents so that they can speak for themselves, as well as be able to speak on their behalf where necessary.
  • Attending meetings with residents to provide moral support, as well as attend meetings on their behalf where necessary.
  • Ensuring residents always have access to their care plan.
  • Ensuring residents are always being treated in a fair manner and with dignity.
  • Negotiating with others who are involved in decisions being made at a care home.
  • Researching information regarding the care industry and then explaining the details to relevant parties.

Expected salary

Data from Totaljobs places the average salary for advocacy jobs at £29,000.

Jobs available*

Jobs in advocacy related roles are notably less than the sectors already discussed, as a search for ‘advocacy worker’ on Indeed at the moment pulls through 179 vacancies.

Nurse

A nurse provides care for patients who have an injury, physical disabilities or an illness. Within the care industry, they will perform clinical tasks to assist individuals who are based within a nursing home or within the community.

Entry requirements

A University degree or an apprenticeship are recognised career paths for nursing recruits.

University courses in adult nursing are available at numerous institutions, and they are approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council. Alternatively, there could be the chance to start studying for a nursing degree on the second year of a course if you’ve already obtained a degree in life sciences, psychology, social work or a health-related subject.

Apprenticeship degrees are an ever-popular option for nursing students, as they provide a mixture of academic learning and practical experience in a care unit. It is important to be aware that support from your employer must be provided in order for you to work your way along this route though.

Essential skills

Any prospective nurse will need to have the following skill set:

  1. Be able to pay attention to detail.
  2. Be able to work effectively while under pressure.
  3. Be patient and know how to remain calm even in stressful situations.
  4. Have knowledge about the subject of psychology.
  5. Have the ability to work well with others.
  6. Showcase customer service skills.
  7. Showcase thinking and reasoning skills.

A day in the life of a nurse

  • Clean and dress wounds.
  • Monitor the progress of patients.
  • Provide advice to both patients and their relatives.
  • Provide residents with drugs prescribed to them.
  • Provide residents with necessary injections.
  • Set up drips and blood transfusions.
  • Take the blood pressure, pulse rate and temperature of a resident.

Expected salary

Totaljobs have pinpointed the average salary for a qualified nurse at £31,787.

Jobs available*

If you search for ‘nurse’ on Indeed, a staggering 48,730 related jobs appear.

This article was brought to you by Acorn Stairlifts, a reputable retailer of curved stairlifts.

*Jobs available logged as of April 2019.

 

Sources:

https://www.homecare.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1602593/Low-pay-and-Brexit-risks-shortage-of-almost-400000-care-workers-by-2028

https://www.totaljobs.com/salary-checker/salary-calculator

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

https://www.indeed.co.uk/

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/nurse

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/care-home-advocate

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/residential-support-worker

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/care-home-manager

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/care-worker

Is it really possible to portray the entire PSHE syllabus in one hour… on stage???

Apparently yes, it is possible, because so far over 100,000 secondary school students have watched the theatrical presentation “Alphabet of a Teenager” in their own school.  Feedback from teachers has been universally positive.

What these students have seen is a production that covers 36 PSHE issues in one 60 minute performance.

The play follows a teenager as he reflects on how his life has changed over his time at school, the friends he’s made along the way and the trials and tribulations of teenage life. The performance encompasses drugs and alcohol education, emotional health and wellbeing, work-related learning, racism and cyber safety.

Alphabet of a Teenager was put together with a consortium of educators, writers and performers ensuring that it works for pupils and students every time – and with productions having taken place in over 800 schools, we can certainly verify that this is the case.

There are also optional follow up workshops which delve deeper into the issues raised.

To find out more about this performance please visit https://qsworkshops.com/workshops/alphabet-of-a-teenager/ or you can call me at anytime on 020 8088 0717.

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Will this calculator replace the Casio FX 83GT Plus? 

The Casio FX 83 GT+ was the UK’s best selling scientific calc…and deservedly so.  It’s been setting the pace in many UK schools & colleges and was the first choice for GCSE exams for many students.

But now it’s been discontinued, having been replaced by an upgraded spec’ model at a higher price. Top grade maths students are likely to benefit from this new model (FX83GTX), but what about the majority, for whom the FX83GT+ was perfectly adequate and available at a reasonable price?

Well, the news is positive. There is an 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* and is suitable for all 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.  (*excludes LCD damage)

Further details on: www.signposteducational.co.uk or phone 020 7515 1797 or email: signpost@talk21.com 

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

PS.  For other calculators and helpful maths products please visit the website.

Book death?

The rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated

Mark Twain’s famous comment made, supposedly, on reading an obituary of himself while on a lecture tour in England might equally have been applied these last few years not to Mark Twain himself but to the whole concept of books in their printed form.

The printed book is dead, digital is king, we were told.  And yet, and yet…

The printed book does not just struggle on, it is thriving.  While sales of electronic books have started to decline, sales of printed books are rapidly recovering.

And one can understand why from several points of view.

For example, with the cost of quality paperback books having declined to as little as £1.88 each (with no minimum order and no delivery charge) many schools are taking the opportunity to reintroduce students to a revitalised school library.

Others are choosing a set of books and offering students the chance to take one book each to read, report back on it to the whole class, and then keep the copy of the volume for themselves.

And this collection of low priced volumes is not restricted, for the works range from tales of the great classics to books of poetry and from thence to mystery and supernatural and on and on.

Indeed the choice in fact is enormous.  If you would like to see our full list, grouped into collections, please take a look at this page from our website.

But if this all seems to be too good to be true 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 whatsoever just email education@wordsworth-editions.com with your name and the school address, and we’ll put it in the post to you with our compliments.

Ordering, likewise is simple.  For the books are supplied for us by Bookpoint Ltd, and there is a very high chance in percentage terms that you will have an existing accounts. You can find full details on our website.

I do hope you will have a look at what we have to offer, and join thousands of other schools that are relishing this revised interest in the printed, as opposed to the digital.

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.

Some may simply have woken up late and left home in a rush. Some might benefit from being better organised while others need to learn to be a bit more responsible.

What we do know, however, is that time is often wasted at the start of lessons while some students try to borrow what they need to benefit from their lesson.

All it needs is for a few students to forget a pen, ruler, pencil etc and what was supposed to be a well planned, interesting lesson can become  unproductive if some students are ready and able to work while others are not.

But  NOW  there’s a  simple, effective and low cost way of solving the problem       ….it’s 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. …not to mention making life easier for teaching staff.

Staff might like to  keep “Student Essentials” sets in the school or department office and then sell or give to students when the need arises.

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

Contact them on: Tel:  020 7515 1797 or email: signpost@talk21.com

Your orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

Signpost Educational Ltd   PO Box 999   London  E14 6SH 

PS.  “Student Essentials” sets are also useful to hand out to students before their exams.

 

What’s the simple and cost effective way to help maths lessons be more productive,  both for teachers and students…….? 

Every now and again I get to chat with  teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why some students don’t  bring a pen, pencil, ruler etc to their lessons.  They tell me that this leads to wasted time and a measure of disruption,  even before teaching has begun.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s  a  product called the “Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their  maths lessons.

Consisting of  two quality black ink ballpens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, metal compass and half pencil,  and a sharpener, all packed in an  A5 size, clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider.

From just £ 1.25 each (ex vat) the “Value Maths set”  is a convenient and cost effective solution to the problem of students who haven’t brought the correct kit to their maths lessons.  Ideal to give or sell  to students at the start of lessons or at the start of a school day………  also very useful for exams.

Full details of the “Value Maths set”   can be found on the website:

     www.signposteducational.co.uk 

You can order by email:  signpost@talk21.com     or  by phone on tel: 020 7515 1797

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

Why our builders will become programmers

With technology continuously evolving and pushing the building industry to more complex and advanced heights, the question to consider is: what does this mean for our builders? If technology is becoming an increasing presence in physical tasks, will our builders of the future be more akin to programmers?

In order to explore the matter further, we’ve teamed up with structure analysis software experts Oasys.

The concern of robots stealing jobs

It’s not a baseless worry, that one day robots might be able to do our jobs quicker and cheaper. Technology will not steal our jobs, but just replace us as we shift roles. But how will this impact the construction industry?

Let’s take a look at the numbers. Boston Consulting Group has said that by 2025, up to a quarter of jobs will be replaced by smart software or robots. This includes a range of professions, from factory workers to doctors, and even journalists. However, a study carried out by Oxford University has said that 35% of existing jobs in Britain are at risk of automation in the next 20 years.

It is not yet certain whether this will impact the number of physical workers. However, this can be challenged if we start preparing early and encourage current and future workers to adapt to the changes. This could include advancing their own skillset with a focus on how they can do their job better with the use of technology.

The change of roles in construction

But even if our workforce becomes increasingly more robotic, that’s not to say we would all be out of work — after all, someone needs to manage this technology. It’s also left unmentioned that workers will need to use technology, and that leads us to the decision that in the construction industry, builders of the future will become programmers. Over the years, we have seen constant changes in the way we work, and the construction sector has been very accepting to new and innovative methods to make jobs easier. From hammers to nail guns, shovels to diggers — and now practical labour to programming.

This is something that will naturally take time. Programming is a topic that schools around the UK should be looking to implement into their curriculums as a core subject to keep up with the demand of jobs and to keep up with the constant changes in technology. If we’re teaching young people old ways, they will be useless when it comes to doing the work and there might not even be jobs available that match their skillsets. With the constant growth in technology surrounding construction, young people need to be prepared with the skills and this shouldn’t be up for debate. Like the studies discussed earlier, more jobs are at risk of being lost due to smart software and robots. Workers need to be as good as the technology.

One piece of beneficial construction software already within the industry is Building Information Modellings (BIM). This technology allows the appropriate people to access all of the information about a project in one place. It can look at key stages of a project across the lifecycle of a job and provide the information that is needed. This can save both time and money for any construction company and allows builders to have a clear oversight. BIM can help illustrate the entire building, from starting processes to its demolition, and can even show how materials can be reused.

Workers will need to adapt to these changes within the industry in order to pick up more technological skills.

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-33327659

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/19/robot-based-economy-san-francisco

 

Anger is a natural part of being human; but it still needs to be managed

Almost certainly anger has been a human emotion since our species first evolved. For it has great survival benefits in warding off rivals and predators and helping establish tribal hierarchy.

However, in most schools teenagers are not faced by predators, and there is already a hierarchy established by the school and surrounding social structure.

But anger remains a potential in our makeup, and both children and teenagers need to have ways of overcoming the urge to express this primitive instinct at inopportune moments.

And helping students to control angry reactions both to everyday experiences and to the problems in their lives that accumulate across time can be difficult.

This difficulty can arise because we will want to offer emotional support to a student in difficulty, while at the same time having a duty towards everyone else in the class, including those who are on the receiving end of the anger.

However, there is an approach which makes it possible for students with anger issues to be fully integrated back into mainstream schooling.

This approach involves not just managing a student’s behaviour but also seeking out and dealing with the issues that are causing this behaviour as well as helping the student find the best emotional coping strategies to resolve the problem.

And this is what NLP4Kids offers: helping students communicate their thoughts and feelings with others, helping them make meaningful relationships, and ultimately helping them improve their employment opportunities all through bringing their anger under control.

If you feel that you have some students in your school who are not reaching their full potential because of anger and related issues, you may find our website helpful.

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 students 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

POSTURA PLUS CLASSROOM CHAIRS

 Classroom chairs with a TWENTY  year warranty can save your school or college hundreds of pounds  AND eliminate time wasted in trying to repair damaged chairs.

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

Designed not only to be comfortable, durable and virtually vandal proof but also to encourage good posture, the “Postura Plus” chair is available in sixteen attractive colours and six sizes,  making it ideal for use across different departments and in both primary and secondary sectors.

Prices from:   seat height   (mm)         £            prices are ex vat

size:

6                      460                      17.95

5                      430                      16.95

4                      380                      15.35

3                      350                      14.85

2                      310                      14.65

1                      260                      13.98

Prices are  “from…… and refer to the price per chair for a quantity of 350 +

Smaller quantities at slightly higher prices.  FREE delivery to most UK postcodes for orders of more than 40 chairs…… in approx. 7-10 working days except in very busy times.

For more information about these chairs please visit the website  

www.centraleducational.co.uk

 If you’d like to discuss their suitability for your organisation or to chat about a possible order please call 020 7515 1797 and ask to speak to Martin Evans who will be pleased to help.

Central Educational Supplies Ltd can also be contacted by email on info@centraleducational.co.uk

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

Debate Chamber Summer Schools 

The Debate Chamber Summer Schools offer students age 15-18 the opportunity to find out more about some fascinating subjects, prepare for university applications, meet like-minded peers and get to grips with some tough intellectual challenges.

The material will be challenging (for the older age-group, about the level of difficulty one might expect in the first year at university), but the atmosphere will be relaxed, with plenty of discussion, debate, and opportunities for students to shape the direction of classes.

Our tutors (typically Masters or PhD students) are selected for their exceptional communication skills, charismatic and inspiring classroom presence and very strong subject knowledge.

Working in groups of 12 – 14 students over several days offers participants a real chance to get to know tutors and fellow students and to explore the topics or questions that particularly interest them.

Highlights from our Summer Schools 2019 programme include: 

Philosophy Summer School

The Philosophy Summer School will look at some of the biggest questions in metaphysics, ethics and political theory, giving an opportunity to engage with the work of some fascinating thinkers, and also to develop students’ own skills of reasoning and argumentation. Divided into two five-day events (students can attend either one, or both) covering a wide range of topics and thinkers, from the ancient world of Plato and Aristotle to contemporary philosophers like Nussbaum and Singer.

The Philosophy Summer School is an amazing course. It covers a wide range of topics, allowing you to find out what most interests you. Great friends are made, and the week is thoroughly enjoyable. I’d recommend this course to anyone considering studying philosophy at university in some respect, or in fact to anyone interested in the subject. 

Medicine Summer School 

The Medicine Summer School offers a series of two-day events with specialist sessions on cardiology, paediatrics, oncology, emergency medicine and many other topics – enabling students to attend a wide-ranging introduction or select the sessions most relevant to their interests. This course gives a taste of what it is like to study Medicine, and so helps students to make an informed choice about whether this is a good fit for them. 

I have enjoyed my time at Medicine Summer School very much! The tutors have been fantastic, as they have been so engaging towards all aspects of the course. The amount of information covered in only two days has been extraordinary and I feel that I am so much more aware about the topics studied at medical school. I would recommend this Summer School to anyone interested in medicine as the course really gives you the opportunity to delve a lot deeper into the area of study than your GCSEs! 

Economics Summer School 

The Economics Summer School focuses on political economy and macro-economics, the five-day course will include seminars on a diverse range of topics, from financial and currency markets to an analysis of economic inequality and its potential remedies. We will also be looking at development strategies in emerging economies, and the emerging impact of Brexit on the UK and other economies. The focus throughout will be on debate and discussion, and on encouraging and supporting students to engage critically and actively with the material. Separate streams for students with and without previous experience of studying the subject. 

The Economics summer course is both highly informative and great fun, offering a great way to either start learning economics or to further your knowledge. It’s also a great way to meet other like-minded people who you get to know really well. Overall, the course is a great way to spend a week in summer and gives a taste of less formal learning. 

In addition to these highlighted courses, we also offer courses in English Literature, History, Classical Civilisations, International Relations, Politics, Maths, Physics, and Dentistry.

Bursaries 

Debate Chamber is committed to ensuring that financial circumstances do not prevent any student from attending our events. Students can apply for bursaries covering up to 95% of the course fee through our website. 

How can my students attend?

All the Summer School events will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London, and will take place in July and August 2019. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

You can find full details of schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors at http://www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/.

To book a place please visit www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/, call us on 0800 810 1058, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

If you could influence the content of a new series of classics publications – what would you suggest?

In the near future The Davenant Press will be launching two new series for classicists.  First there will be a series of short paperbacks on Greece and the Roman Empire covering the A-Level syllabus and a second more substantial paperback series, Classical Civilisation which will be pitched mainly at university level but which is also intended to help school teachers. This series will cover the A level interest but will also include Ancient History and Patristics. I am currently writing to academics for ideas and as a member of the Classical Association (Oxford Branch) I am putting it on the website.

In addition there will be a new academic journal published twice a year on Rome 423-1929.

And this is an opportunity for you to influence the content of both the paperbacks and the journal by letting me know what subject areas you would like to see covered that would help with your teaching of classics in school and preparing pupils for university.

I really am open to all suggestions, and so by way of saying thank you I will be very happy to send a free copy of Essays on Ancient Historians by Susan Sorek to the first 25 positive suggestions I receive.

If you have any thoughts at all on subject areas or topics within the classics that you would like to see covered in the new journal “Rome 425 to 1929” please just email me at judithdavenant@gmail.com.  If you would like a copy of “Essays on Ancient Historians” just give me your postal address.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Judith Loades

Secure accredited online keyboard skills training for pupils with an optional funded qualification.

Learning to type with speed and accuracy is one of the most useful skills a child can learn.  It increases their confidence in using a computer, whilst enabling them to concentrate on learning content rather than typing mechanics.  Once learned, it’s a skill that lasts a life-time.

At Type&Test, we’re the UK’s foremost provider of online typing training and assessment tools for pupils of all ages and abilities.   We offer a range of options for schools including engaging online learning, delivered through a dedicated secure portal, with up to 60 hours of varied content, pre and post assessments, tracked and measurable results, personalised completion certificates and an optional accredited qualification that is eligible for funding.

To find out more, without commitment, please complete and submit our schools enquiry form.  Or give us a call on 017683 42821.

Regards,

Andy Stevenson, Director.

Type&Test Ltd

017683 42821

enquiries@typeandtest.com

www.typeandtest.com

Two of the best dual power scientific calculators for KS 3, 4 and GCSE maths  plus scottish maths lessons and exams …… 

The Casio FX 85GT+ and the Logik LK 83XP are excellent choices for your

GCSE maths students.  They both benefit from battery power with solar power back-up  to provide extra reassurance for your students. Both calcs have a “natural display” function which enables students to enter expressions and data as shown in textbooks.  As you would expect the build quality of both calcs is excellent and they  benefit from a THREE year warranty. (excludes damage to the LCD).

The Logik  LK 83XP has similar features to the Casio FX 85GT+  but without the “verify” and “recurring decimal” functions. Both calcs  feature  prime factorisation, random numbers, algebraic logic, multi-line replay, standard deviation, log / anti-log, hyperbolics etc and have a three year warranty and are available at short notice from Signpost Educational Ltd., The  Logik LK 83XP  is available from £ 5.25 each  ex vat while the  Casio FX 85GT+  starts from £ 7.85 each ex vat. 

For more details & prices please see:      www.signposteducational.co.uk    

 or email to: signpost@talk21.com or phone: 020 7515 1797

Signpost Educational Ltd  PO Box 999  London E14 6SH 

PS.  orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

Australian University Open Days

On Friday 22 March and Saturday 23 March, Study Options will be holding Australian University Open Days. These are free information events aimed at students (and schools) who would like to find out more about university options in Australia.

Many representatives from Australian universities will be present at the events to speak with prospective students in person. Study Options’ Open Days are held twice a year, in March and November, and are a great opportunity for students to get more information and talk to representatives from the universities face-to-face. For the majority of the universities, these are the only in-person events they undertake in the UK.

Which universities will be there?

New South Wales, Australia

Queensland, Australia

Victoria, Australia

Tasmania, Australia

Western Australia, Australia

About the events

The Open Days are open to students, parents and schools. Please register your place at www.studyoptionsopendays.com.

Friday 22 March, 2pm-5pm

Crowne Plaza, Wollaton Street, Nottingham, NG1 5RH

Saturday 23 March, 1.30pm-6.00pm

Australia House, Strand, London, WC2B 4LA

There is a lot more information available at www.studyoptionsopendays.com regarding venues, opening times and how to register. Please do let us know if you have any questions or if there is any further information we can provide.

Please note, these events are not suitable for students who have Australian or New Zealand citizenship (passports), as these students must apply through a separate process. You can find out more about the domestic application process on our website.

Contact Study Options with any questions about the events or for free information and advice about studying in Australia and New Zealand.

Download an A4 PDF poster about the events here

Contact Study Options

Website: www.studyoptions.com

Telephone: 0207 353 7200

Email: mail@studyoptions.com

 

Could one workshop move pupils from a level 5 to a level 6? 

Five years of preparation towards the all-important exams create a plethora of challenges along the way, alongside which schools are expected to prepare pupils for the real world.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development now forms an integral portion of the OFSTED handbook which declares that an outstanding school would have a “thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”

Thus, the question arises: Can one workshop surrounding ‘Mindfulness’ truly have an impact on pupils’ GCSE results?

Since relaxation, stillness and focus can have a direct impact on exam performance it does seem that it may be able to make a difference.

Many schools have already turned to Mindfulness practice, especially in relation to revision techniques, as well as every day school life.

Our Mindfulness workshop is coupled with practical revision and homework techniques that are born out of the same focus and stillness.

Preachy clichés are kept at bay and, before any practical exploration, pupils gain a sense of what mindfulness practice actually is and how some people choose to apply it to their lives.

Pupils leave with their own unique ‘time management profile’ and are able to implement a ‘positive thinking plan’ to go alongside their academic revision plan. Perhaps it really could have an influence on the results in that brown envelope in August?

For more information on this Mindfulness workshop, you can visit https://qsworkshops.com/workshops/mindfulness/ or you can call me anytime on 020 8088 0717.

Two of the best  scientific calculators for KS 3, 4 and GCSE maths  plus scottish maths lessons and exams ……  

The Casio FX 85GT+ and the Logik LK 83XP are excellent choices for your GCSE maths students.  They are in use in thousands of  schools and colleges throughout the UK.

Both calcs have a “natural display” function which enables students to enter expressions and data as shown in textbooks.  As you would expect the build quality and reliability of these calcs is excellent and they both  benefit from a THREE year warranty. (excludes damage to the LCD).

The Logik LK 83XP has similar features to the Casio FX 85GT+  (but without the “verify” and “recurring decimal” functions).  Both calcs  feature  prime factorisation, random numbers, algebraic logic, multi-line replay, standard deviation, log / anti-log, hyperbolics etc and have a THREE year warranty and are available at short notice from  Signpost Educational Ltd.

The  Logik LK 83XP  is available from £ 5.25 each while the  Casio FX 85GT+  starts from £ 7.85 each.  Both are also available in class sets of 30 calcs in a Gratnells storage box with a foam insert and a clip on lid. 

For more details & prices please see:      www.signposteducational.co.uk    

 or email to: signpost@talk21.com or phone: 020 7515 1797

Signpost Educational Ltd  PO Box 999  London E14 6SH 

PS. orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days. Prices are ex vat.

New – Video-based E-Learning Courses for School Staff.

With many years’ of experience in delivering accredited online keyboard skills training for school pupils, we are now pleased to announce the launch of our new online, video-based e-Learning courses for your staff.  These will provide key accredited training, some of which is regulatory, at a time and pace to fit around their work commitments – all at a tiny fraction of the price of conventional training.

There are three broad subject areas:-

Health & Safety – which includes Fire Safety, Food Safety, First Aid, Anti Harassment and Bullying, Behavioural Safety;

Business Skills – such as Delegation, Leadership, Equality, Diversity and Discrimination, Time Management;

Health & Social Care – including titles such as Safeguarding Children, Positive Handling in Schools; ‘Prevent’ Duty.

For a full list of courses and details of their content, click on the subject headings above.  You will find a preview of the first module of every course which you can view free of charge.

All our courses are of the highest quality, using video to illustrate and engage the learner.  Content is kept up to date constantly.  And each course includes a series of assessments which lead to a completion certificate, especially important where training is regulatory.

Please click here to make an enquiry and we’ll send you a price quotation.  For schools we offer flexible credit schemes with massive discounts against the individual prices shown on our website.

Regards,

Andy Stevenson, Director.
Type&Test Ltd

017683 42821

enquiries@typeandtest.com

www.typeandtest.com 

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We have space in the diary for you… but not much!

“It was fantastic! So professional and carefully engineered to give the students what they need.”

There’s still time to book any one of our four great in-school shows for the current academic year. However, the diary is filling up so I recommend getting in touch with Helen, our tour administrator, ASAP.

The four productions are:

ROMEO AND JULIET           MACBETH

A CHRISTMAS CAROL           JEKYLL AND HYDE

To discuss your requirements, and how we can help your students through one or more of our performances, either:

e-mail Helen in our office: helen@fred-theatre.co.uk

or visit our web site for more information: www.fred-theatre.co.uk/schools

Alternatively, you can call me for a chat about any aspect of Fred Theatre playing at your school on 01789 777612.

All we need to perform at your school is a space approximately 5m x 5m with room (of course) for the audience. If you have room, and feel it would be a good idea, you can also invite some parents along too, so that they can see what their sons and daughters are studying.

Our 90- or 60-minute adaptations are fresh and exciting re-tellings of the familiar and much-loved stories. Each is performed by a cast of six professional actors. We concentrate on the text and producing a faithful representation of the original—just a little shorter!

Get in touch today and let’s see if we can bring some great live theatre to your school soon.

Best wishes

Robert Ball
Artistic Director
Fred Theatre

PS: We have exciting plans for 2019-20 and I’ll be writing to you about these next month.

 

What is the one factor that all parents are concerned about when it comes to schoolwear?

When it comes down to it there are two factors that parents can be concerned about, although sadly one of those factors is something that we can do nothing about.

The issue beyond our control is, of course, the unavoidable reality that all children grow, which means schoolwear has to be replaced year by year.

That obviously can’t be avoided, but the other issue – that is the quality of labels, embroidery, and print that is added to school clothing – is very much under your control.

Which is a rather important factor, for there is no doubt that the one thing that annoys parents almost more than any other is the quality of anything that is added to their school uniform purchases.

And the simple fact is that the quality of labels, embroidery, and print on school garments can vary from one supplier to another.  Indeed, as you may well have found, embroidery and print are services that many firms claim to offer, but not everyone gets it right.

The simple fact is that we are the specialists in this area of work including embroidery without minimum quantities, heat transfer printing, direct to garment digital printing, bespoke garment labels, and of course nametapes.

If it is labels and tags that you are interested in you will be able to find out more on our specialist web page

You can also find out more about each of these areas on our website – from this page you will find at the top links to the rest of our work.

Alternatively you can call us on 01208 833 070, fax 01208 781 158 or email wovina@aol.com and we’ll be pleased to quote you.

THE NEW GENERATION OF TRIM TRAIL PLAY EQUIPMENT

For the past twenty years or so, trim trail play equipment has been incredibly popular within school playgrounds and for good reasons – it caters for a wide range of children aged 4-11; it can easily be added to as funds allow; it is easy to install; some items do not require safety surfacing which can be quite expensive and it promotes physical and mental awareness.

Up until now, the standard material used for this type of play equipment has been timber and usually rounded log as this avoids any sharp edges for children. Whilst this is a pleasant material to work with, it also has its disadvantages too in that rounded posts suffer quite badly from radial cracking where the wood dries out from the pith (centre), causing shakes and splits which can open up quite considerably in the summer months. And more importantly, posts which are dug into the ground without the proper protection will eventually rot over a period of time and render the playground unsafe to use…or even condemned in worst case scenarios.

But there is now a new alternative and that is adventure trim trails made out of recycled plastic instead of timber. Recycled plastic has quite a lot of advantages for a school to consider when considering value for money – firstly, it is incredibly eco-friendly as it is manufactured out of recycled plastic milk cartons which very much complements the whole eco schools programme and teaches children about sustainability. It does not rot even when dug into the ground whatever the conditions; it is hard to vandalise; it lasts about five times longer than other materials; it is UV resistant and does not suffer from the afore-mentioned shakes & splits; it is splinter free and it is virtually maintenance free (so some big savings to be made for a school’s annual maintenance budget).

The trim trail range includes products such as stepping stones; traverse crossings; balance beams; play towers; multi-faceted activity cubes; spring boards; net climbers; log weavers; clatter/net bridges and fitness trails.

We have therefore put together some recommended trim trail packages but a school is also able to have their own “pick n mix” trail comprised of a selection of our individual products within the range.

And we can also provide for any attendant safety surfacing if so required.

The Hideout House Company  also offer other products in the recycled plastic range including planters, mud kitchens and tables, sandboxes, dipping pond platforms and tables.

If you would like to know how we can help your school develop its playground, then please contact the Hideout House Company on 01832 275902 or email: info@hideouthouse.com.

Young Fashion Designer Making Waves For A Big British Brand

Have you ever wondered what its like to be a fashion designer of an international brand? Well now, you don’t have to. With a phenomenal presence as an online retailer for both menswear and womenswear, several stores across the UK and entities in Spain and America, we were welcomed into the office of Emma Kenyon — a leading fashion designer at QUIZ.

Her life at work is everything you would expect it to be and more — she’s like the real-life Miranda Priestly. But nicer of course. So, if you’re studying fashion or want to make waves in the industry, this is the girl boss that you should be looking up to and we have all the deetz you’re dying to know.

How long have you worked at QUIZ?

Wow, you’re testing my memory now! I’ve been at QUIZ for around five years now — I guess time flies when you’re having fun. It’s interesting how I got to work here actually, I’ve always respected QUIZ as a brand and how it influenced my fashion choices when I was younger, so I rang up the HQ and told them that I thought I would make a great addition to their team even though there were no positions available, I secured two interviews and done a huge presentation in front of the decision makers!

What is the first thing you do when you arrive at the office?

Equipped with my coffee, I check out what has been selling that week and which styles have really taken off with our customers. This is really important from a design perspective, because once we know the type of items of customers want, we can tailor future products to those specifications!

What do you spend most of your time doing?

My aim is to create something that people feel proud wearing, so I spend a lot of time researching new shapes and taking inspiration from luxury brands. It’s important to strike a balance between affordability and the latest trends so that our customers can always have an up-to-date wardrobe at a low cost while not compromising on the quality of our garments.

What is the best part of your job?

Every designer will say this, but the best part of the job is seeing something that you’ve worked on go from development to fruition in stores. I love scrolling on Instagram and seeing lots of people wearing the dresses I have designed on their nights out!

Where do you get your design inspiration from?

There’s so much inspiration out there, but I mainly look towards trend forecasting agencies, international brands, catwalks and of course — Instagram!

What makes a great fashion designer?

If you want to be a fashion designer, a key interest in the industry is essential. You’ll need a lot of motivation, the ability to pick commercial trends and be able to know your customers like the back of your hand!

Did you study fashion related courses?

You should always work hard in all of your subjects as this can really open up more opportunities for your future. I did GCSEs and A-Levels in Textiles, then moved on to an Art and Design course at college where I specialised in fashion. Then, I went to university for four years and got my fashion design degree!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in fashion design?

Getting experience is essential, reach out to companies and ask if they offer internships! Before QUIZ, I completed an internship at House of Holland in the lead up to London Fashion Week where I learnt pattern cutting. As well as this, I also worked in John Lewis’ head office as an intern where I learnt CAD design skills. Take as many opportunities as you can — it will look great on your CV!

Accredited online keyboard skills training for pupils with an optional funded qualification.

Learning to type with speed and accuracy is one of the most useful skills a young person can learn.  It increases their confidence in using a computer, whilst enabling them to concentrate on learning content rather than typing mechanics.

For sixth-formers looking forward to entering further or higher education or employment, it is a skill that will prove to be invaluable.  A skill that will give them an advantage in the short term and then last a lifetime.

At Type&Test, we’re the UK’s foremost provider of online typing training and assessment tools for learners of all ages and abilities.   We offer engaging online learning, delivered through a dedicated secure portal, with up to 60 hours of varied content, pre and post assessments, tracked and measurable results, and an optional accredited qualification that is eligible for funding.

To find out more, with no obligation, please complete and submit our schools enquiry form.  Or just browse our website at www.typeandtest.com

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Why reading poetry on-line is not reading poetry

If we consider the works of the great poets of the language – Blake, Burns, Byron, Chaucer, Keats, Shelly, Tennyson, Wordsworth, Shakespeare etc etc – all of it is available to read on-line.

But in a sense it is also not available on-line.   By which I mean it is there, but not in a way that the student can use.

Of course, one can find a particular poem and read it on the screen.  One can also print the poem out – but interestingly very few students do this.  What they do is read on-line, and then, if asked to write a commentary or critique, they cut and paste.

None of this activity takes them anywhere near the words as the poet intended. The overall impact of the poem as a unified whole is lost, and the value of the work in our culture is reduced to the same level as the distracting Facebook message that pops up in the corner of the screen while the student is reading on-line.

There is in fact every reason to encourage students to read poetry in book form.  And of course, not just the poetry that is part of the syllabus but other poems written by those whose work is being studied.

Which is why printed editions of the works of poets are still very much required if the student is to get a serious understanding of what the poet was saying.

And thankfully the printed editions are not only still available, they are available at very modest prices, so every school can have new editions of the collected works of the greatest poets throughout the history of English literature.

Not just those poets listed above, but also Kipling, Owen, Wilde, Whitman, Yeats and many more.

Our works include reprints of the classics from as little as £2.99 each, after deduction of our 25% school discount, with no delivery charge and no minimum order.

If you would like to see our full list of poetry collections please take a look at this page from our website.

Ordering our books couldn’t be easier, as they are supplied for us by Bookpoint Ltd, where nearly all schools will have existing accounts. You can find full details on 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.

What is the simplest way of ensuring that parents fully appreciate the excellence of your students’ work on stage?

 

While most of the energy in drama productions is taken up with rehearsals there is one factor that can hugely affect how the final work is appreciated by the audience.

And it is, unfortunately, a factor that can on occasion is overlooked because of the sheer volume of work involved in putting on a production.

This factor, quite simply, is the lighting; a factor which can totally transform any stage event from something that is rather good, into something that is extraordinarily brilliant.

However, lighting can be forgotten, it is not necessarily seen as being instrumental in enhancing the quality of the event and the enjoyment of the audience. There are, after all, enough other issues to worry about.

This is the key subject we specialise in: the installation of lighting systems into schools that will transform any production from the smallest school nativity play to the largest all-school end of year show.

But there is more for we also understand how value for money is essential. We don’t over engineer a project but we will leave room for expansion. And we’ll ensure that the end user is able to operate the system with confidence and always offer backup and support.

We stay in touch with the latest technology and we’ll do the research so you don’t have to. Plus we have our own team of installation and service technicians with a proven track record and reputation.

However perhaps the best bit is that you can also have a free no obligation site visit for schools within 60miles of our Birmingham base. And we are happy to quote for venues further afield.

You can take a look at some of our recent work here

or to start the exploration of what possibilities there are simply drop us an email with details of what you have in mind.

dgh@centraltheatresupplies.co.uk   Or you can call us on 0121 778 6400

Are you looking to pursue a career in the jewellery industry?

From goldsmiths to CAD designers, read on as we look at the various career paths you could follow to be involved with creating stunning pieces like wedding rings and necklaces.

The UK jewellery industry could be one that you find yourself working in if this is a passion of yours. In fact, over 55,000 people are employed within this industry and make up over 16,000 businesses. Have you considered the different roles in the sector?

Goldsmiths/silversmiths

To be a goldsmith, you need to enjoy being practical by working with your hands, as you’ll be forming metal into different shapes. Patience is also required, as you’ll need to be concentrating for long periods of time on one object. You may also be asked to make changes to jewellery to meet a client brief, so persistence is also key. Being able to create technical drawings is an advantage too and something that is sought after by some employees, depending on the company.

It’s important that you’re a team player too, but happy to work independently as well. It’s likely that you’ll be working with other craftspeople on different projects but will also spend time perfecting pieces on your own.

This is a highly skilled job, so training is necessary. On the job experience is key here and although gaining qualifications will help develop your industry knowledge, it may not help develop your skills in the way that you need them. The best way is to learn from other professionals, either through an apprenticeship or by spending time in industry.

As their names suggest, goldsmiths and silversmiths are skilled in making jewellery out of gold and silver respectively. A Master goldsmith is highly skilled in working with precious metals using a variety of techniques.

Independent jewellers

Some people decide to go solo when it comes to making jewellery and set up their own business. This is usually done as an additional job or a hobby, but some people are successful in making a career out of it.

There are many sites out there that focus on arts and crafts and appeal to a market that wants something truly unique. You can teach yourself how to make jewellery pieces, and experiment with different materials to find your niche.

If it’s something that you’re passionate about, you can start your own website and possibly supply your goods to others in the future! If you want to be your own boss, this could be for you.

CAD designer

Developments in 3D printing and Computer Aided Design (CAD) means that there are more technical roles becoming available in the jewellery industry. There is now a requirement for people who can use these digital tools with precision in the design and manufacturing process.

These types of software are able to create prototypes of models, which go on to be made into 3D designs and castings. Jewellery that is designed with this sort of technology uses state-of-the art equipment and is drawn with precision like no other. The designs are then sent to mills, printers and growing machines, where they come to life with the help of 3D wax or resin.

How can you get CAD training? There are courses online and ways that you can gain a CAD qualification from home. Alternatively, get in touch with your local vocational college and see what related courses they have to offer.

Jewellery designer

Jewellery designers are usually involved right at the start of jewellery creation. Depending on the size of the business, designers may have to discuss a brief with the client and liaise with them through to completion. Individuals in this profession use their artistic abilities to bring an idea to life, either by hand or using Computer Aided Design, also known as CAD (see below).

Many designers create models out of the jewellery, which will go on to be mass produced in a business-to-business trade or given to the customer for a bespoke design. It could also be part of the designer’s job to source gemstones, metals and other jewellery parts to create their proposed piece.

This is a role that’s very competitive and not often advertised, so networking and building contacts in the field is a good idea to get started. You’ll find that many jewellery designers have foundation degrees, or bachelor’s degrees in related subjects which looks at modules such as metalwork, design and metal design.

For students who learn best on the job, apprenticeships are also available. Again though, these are increasingly competitive. And, for those who are looking to learn jewellery design alongside other commitments, there are short courses available at colleges and private providers, but these aren’t usually as in-depth or may take longer to get to the level that an apprenticeship or degree qualification would provide.

More specific roles

In larger jewellers that deal with making a lot of new products or making repairs and alterations, there are a lot of specific roles. You might find your niche in jewellery making and find that you want a more specialised job. These roles again require patience and working with your hands.

  • Engravers — skilled in the art of engraving, they can engrave lines words and other markings onto jewellery pieces
  • Enamellers — apply powdered glass and heat to the metal to create decorative finishes
  • Bench jewellers — make, repair and alter items
  • Model makers — design and create models which are used to make numerous copies or an item through the casting process
  • Casters — generate multiple casts for the production process

Do any of the roles discussed in this article take your fancy? Start networking and build your portfolio to better your chances of breaking into the industry.

Sources

https://icould.com/stories/careers-in-jewellery/

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs/job-profile/jewellery-designer

A guide to offering extra support to pupils with musculoskeletal disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders compromise of sore joints to aching bones and inevitably, this can have a significant bearing on a person’s quality of life. It’s important for schools to look at how many of their own students are affected by these sorts of conditions and consider carefully what they can do to help.

Do you have procedures in place to cater to students with such problems? If not, then it’s something you should consider developing and implementing for 2019. In addition to that, you must also ensure that such conditions aren’t caused by the environment of your school premises.

Read on to find out more about ways that schools can help those who suffer from such pain, as well as preventative action they can take to stop these types of disorders developing.

Musculoskeletal disorders can cause attendance issues

Research shows that 45% of musculoskeletal disorders are to do with the upper limbs or neck, 38% to do with the back, and 17% involve the lower limbs. There is a downward trend of musculoskeletal disorders per 100,000 from 2001 to 2017, but it’s still an issue that must be considered. If one of your students suffers from a musculoskeletal disorder, they might have issues with their attendance.

How can schools take action?

What can schools do to make learning and achieving goals more possible for these students? And potentially reduce the number of days missed from attending school?

Can your pupils complete some of their work at home?

Completing class work exercise at home is one area that you could look into if your students with musculoskeletal disorders have issues with attendance. Provide them with learning materials in a digital format and a face-to-face chat via Skype, to ensure they don’t fall behind which could lead to further pressures and strains.

If the students are not based close by the school, alleviating them from a commute to school every day could be beneficial. Instead, students can stay at home where they may feel more comfortable and get on with their studies — reducing stress and promoting wellbeing.

If you create a system, allowing your students with musculoskeletal disorders to complete their work at home when necessary, they’re likely be more flexible and attend any doctors and physio appointments in their own time. Perhaps their rehabilitation centre is closer to home than it is from school, and less time may be spent getting to and from their sessions than if they were travelling from school lessons.

Can you buy specialist equipment for your students?

To help make your students more comfortable in the classroom, why not buy specialist equipment to help them out? Examples of these include:

  • Sitting or standing desks — Giving students the option of a sitting or standing desk is one way to help. For some, standing upright may be more comfortable than sitting in the same position for a prolonged period.
  • Ergonomic keyboard — These are designed to reduce muscle strain and should be offered to employees. For sufferers of musculoskeletal disorders, tasks that may be easy for some such as using a keyboard, mouse or pen can be difficult for someone who suffers with repetitive strain injury for example. Those with arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome may also struggle with these types of tasks.
  • Lifting assistance — Where lifting and carrying books or art materials is concerned, to and from class or the library for example, offering assistance with heavy lifting can be helpful. A trolley for example can help students transport objects that they might be struggling with. This may relieve shoulder pain for example and can help prevent further injury and strain.
  • Other equipment — By talking to students, teachers can find out about other types of specialist equipment that could be helpful — tailored to each person and their needs.

Could your school offer free therapy?

For back pain relief and mental wellbeing, could you potentially offer your students complementary therapy? Your school may already offer different types of therapy but is it specific to sufferers of musculoskeletal disorders?

This could also help reduce stress levels for individual students and increase the number of days spent in school. There is a clear link between musculoskeletal disorders, mental health and lifestyle productivity. In fact, depression is four times more common amongst people in persistent pain compared to those without pain. Ensuring that all students have someone to talk to if they are feeling under pressure is important and encouraging positive energy throughout your group of students with social events can also help. If students are feeling extra stress, it could be worth looking into hiring extra teaching assistants or referring the students for therapy for example.

Why not encourage yoga lessons too? There are many ways that schools could encourage their students to participate in this exercise — through organised classes at lunchtimes or after work, or through funding the classes. Although expensive, it’s possible that this extra exercise will help manage pain levels and offer relief, boost wellbeing and reduce the number of days missed from school.

Other ways that you can support your students

Making sure that your students feel valued is essential. What else can schools do to support their students with musculoskeletal disorders?

  • Promote good communication inside and outside of school — teachers should take time to learn about each of their students and their individual issues and requirements. This way, appropriate changes can be made within the school environment, which can encourage students to come to their teachers with problems and suggestions.
  • Recognising and being aware of the conditions early on — If a student has recently been diagnosed with a musculoskeletal issue, they should be encouraged to tell their school as soon as possible. This allows for the school to intervene early and get the measures in place that will encourage the student to return to school and learning as soon as they can.
  • Creating a ‘return-to-school’ programme — For those who have sustained an injury, creating a phased return could be beneficial for them. This reduces the risk of them taking a long period of leave from school through appropriate adjustments in their learning environment.
  • If you have someone with such conditions, you must be aware of the triggering factors. Teaching staff should encourage their students to take breaks or move away from their desks/chairs frequently (at least once every hour).

Author bio

Lee Dover is a senior copywriter at Mediaworks with an interest in healthcare as well as researching into healthier ways of living. He has a BA (Hons) in Magazine Journalism.

Sources

http://www.hse.gov.uk/Statistics/causdis/musculoskeletal/msd.pdf

https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/ltc-op-eolc/ltc-eolc/our-work-on-long-term-conditions/si-areas/musculoskeletal/

State of Musculoskeletal Health 2017 report — Arthritis Research UK

https://wellbeing.bitc.org.uk/sites/default/files/business_in_the_community_musculoskeletal_toolkit.pdf

What’s the simple and cost effective way to help maths lessons be more productive,  both for teachers and students…….? 

Every now and again I get to chat with  teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why some students don’t  bring a pen, pencil, ruler etc to their lessons.  They tell me that this leads to wasted time and a measure of disruption,  even before teaching has begun.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s  now a  product called the “Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their  maths lessons.

Consisting of  two quality black ink ballpens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, metal compass and half pencil,  and a sharpener, all packed in an  A5 size, clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider.

From just £ 1.25 each (ex vat) the “Value Maths set”  is a convenient and cost effective solution to the problem of students who haven’t brought the correct kit to their maths lessons.  Ideal to give or sell  to students at the start of lessons or at the start of a school day………  also very useful for exams.

Full details of the “Value Maths set”   can be found on the website:       www.signposteducational.co.uk 

You can order by email:  signpost@talk21.com  or by phone on tel: 020 7515 1797

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

“Can this calculator take over  from the  Casio FX 83GT Plus …..?  

 

The Casio FX 83GT+ has been the UK’s best selling scientific calc…and deservedly so.  It’s been setting the pace in many UK schools and is  the first choice for GCSE exams for many students. 

But  now there is an alternative…… It’s the Logik LK 83XP which has almost all the features of the FX 83GT Plus  (no verify or recurring decimal)  and with one big advantage…… it’s dual power.  This combination of battery and solar power  prolongs battery life and gives  extra reassurance for your students when used in exams. 

The LK 83XP has a THREE year guarantee* and is suitable for all exams where a calculator is allowed.  Features include:  252 functions,   “natural (true) 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 just £ 5.25 ex vat.         

Further details on:   www.signposteducational.co.uk 

or phone 020 7515 1797  or email: signpost@talk21.com 

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

What is the most effective way of teaching the new PSHE curriculum?

One of the most common talking points by educators is how PSHE is integrated differently into everyday school life. Some schools opt to have collapsed timetable days and others weave it through form periods and one-off sessions.

I’m sure you join us in applauding the government in the changes to the statutory safeguarding guidance for schools and colleges.

PSHE Association Chief Executive Joe Hayman said: “The world our children are growing up in offers huge possibilities but significant risks too and the school curriculum should prepare them for that world. This aim is exactly what PSHE education is designed to achieve, emphasising the key skills and characteristics – such as resilience, critical thinking and the ability to manage risk – which pupils need if they are to thrive in a changing world.”

Unfortunately, many schools are concerned about their overpopulated timetables and the pressures of the curriculum for academic subjects.

Thus the question arises: how can we maintain our busy school term and meet the new statutory obligations?

This is something we have invested a lot of time in supporting. As a result, we have 21 workshops available within the PSHE sector, catering for every subject area within the personal, social and health education framework.

Using various mediums of high-octane and energised delivery, our workshops support and enhance your own current PSHE programme.

If you would like to browse the workshops available, please visit the website – www.qsworkshops.com/workshops

And if you have any questions or queries about our workshops, please do call 020 8088 0717 or email me personally rosie@qsworkshops.com