What is the benefit of teaching a foreign language to KS1 children?

Children aged five and six carry within themselves some unique attributes. Generally speaking they are not inhibited or self-conscious – and they love mimicry. In short they are ideally suited to learn a language.

And although not everyone appreciates a recommendation from Michael Gove or comprehends his use of Americanised English, his comment in an interview last year that, “There is a slam-dunk case for extending foreign language teaching to children aged five.” is generally considered to be supported.

Indeed the Secretary of State continued, “It is literally the case that learning languages makes you smarter. The neural networks in the brain strengthen as a result of language learning.”

It is with this in mind that we have developed Petites Étoiles – a photocopiable resource (which also contains 18 activity cards) that teaches French to Reception and KS1 children in a way that is specifically designed to fit easily into the existing curriculum.

All the activities are based on common topics along with lots of suggestions for cross-curricular links.

And, as you might expect, the resource contains songs, oral language games, playing with puppets and parachutes, and activities based around toys, food, animals and celebrations.

Better still, the resource is incredibly supportive for the non-specialist teacher, with video and audio clips included so all the language introduced is modelled by native French speakers.

There are sufficient lesson plans, activities and ideas to last you from Reception right through to Year 2.

Cross-curricular links, extensions for older or more able children and opportunities for developing intercultural understanding make this a truly outstanding resource.

You can order Petites Étoiles in any of these ways:

Careers in Engineering – KS 4-5

Tomorrow’s engineers can find career opportunities in the Energy Sector.
A career in engineering. What is it like?

The Energy Generation DVD + 30 page Career Activities

Thirteen Career Profiles on DVD, including…

They map out their career paths and they make the link between school, college, qualifications and the world of engineering.

The UK’s biggest engineering/energy companies cooperated in the production of this Careers DVD. Each career profile is presented in the workplace in the UK.

See what it is like: in a nuclear power station, in Europe’s biggest coal fired station, on the trading floor of a UK energy company and in the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Profile 1: Kirti EDF Energy HQ Commercial Graduate Trainee
Profile 2: Rachael EDF Energy European Technical Liaison Manager
Profile 3: Jo RWE npower Fawley Oil Power Station Shift Process Leader
Profile 4: Rob British Energy Dungeness B Nuclear Maintenance Engineer
Profile 5: Vicky British Energy Dungeness B Nuclear Apprentice
Profile 6: Chris E.ON UK Combined Heat & Power DivisionOperations Manager
Profile 7: Gurinderpal British Energy Trading Room Energy Trader
Profile 8: Lou RWE npower Aberthaw Coal Station Mechanical Engineer
Profile 9: Michelle RWE npower Aberthaw Coal Station Mechanical Engineer
Profile 10: Bryan B.J. Rendall Orkney Wind Energy Consultant
Profile 11: Ffion MagnoxNorth Wylfa Nuclear Power StationSystems Engineer
Profile 12: Jan Urenco (Uranium fuel enrichment plant) Safety Case Officer
Profile 13: Joe Centre for Alternative Technology Education Manager

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Forty new lessons with warm ups to develop the creativity and expressive talents of the individual in the context of the whole group.

For many of us teaching drama, at the heart of the practical activities is the desire for everyone to be able to join in and for everyone to enjoy a lively lesson in which self-consciousness melts away

Such lessons should then leave all the students feeling both relaxed and supported – and should leave them more aware of who they are and what they could be.

This is exactly the aim of Drama Depot which provides forty lessons for years 7 to 9 complete with warm ups and preparatory activities.

Throughout, the assumption is that everyone taking part has little previous dramatic knowledge – and indeed it is certainly possible for teachers with limited or no experience of drama to be able to use the the lessons should the need arise.

Thus drama becomes a totally practical subject. Texts are occasionally used within the book to enhance the nature of the work, but they are never fundamental to each lesson.

Overall the assumption behind these activities is that the average drama lesson lasts between 40 – 60 minutes (although the lessons can be adjusted for longer or shorter sessions).

Beyond that the idea is that the lessons should not have an overtly academic basis. They provide a chance for the students to expand their knowledge of what drama means and will make students always want to come back for more.

The students can work in pairs, in threes and occasionally in larger groups in order to ensure that the whole class is occupied all the time.

The forty lessons should provide more than enough material to last a whole school year – or the lessons can be spread over three years and interspersed with other materials.

Cat No: 978 1 86083 836 1 Order code: T1816emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/drama/T1816.pdf

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Improve your students’ interview skills

The Interview

How To Make The Most Out Of It

A DVD resource for years 10, 11 and 12

Prepare your students for…

Work Experience placement
Part-time job
Full-time job
University application

Sharpen up your students’ presentation skills using these seven short films. Designed to encourage critical self-assessment to build students confidence for the full range of interviews they are likely to face.

Issues Covered

* Self-presentation
* Being prepared
* Questions to ask
* Rights at work
* Avoiding pitfalls
* Dealing with the unethical interviewer

All seven films come with linked briefings and background information for students and co-ordinators, printable off the DVD and provide a wealth of advice and suggestions for preparing students for interviews.

The students presented are drawn from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

“If in your job you have anything to do with preparing students for interviews, then buy this DVD.”

Teaching Citizenship

The DVD includes

7 Separate Films indexed for immediate access
20 Linked Briefing sheets with clear advice and tips

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Can teachers use classic games to improve children’s numeracy skills?

The Scrabble board game has been transformed into a number’s game called ‘Numenko’ where the letters are now numbers.

Now sums, strategy and solutions are the objects of the game. Numenko has been used with children by parents and teachers alike.

It allows children to practice using their number skills in a fun way. The game naturally differentiates between abilities because the children choose their next ‘call’.

We have put together a wonderful package for Maths departments to use a combination of ways to encourage and excite children about Maths. Card games that use colour and shapes like Symbotica to number tiles used in Numenko board game and the Numenko-in-a-bag version too.

We have also included packs of Top Careers in Maths pack that bring a greater awareness of maths careers. If you would like to obtain your Departmental Package please have a look through our site for further information.

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Join E-safety Support now and start delivering outstanding e-safety practice

E-safety Support is an online resource that provides everything you need to deliver outstanding e-safety practice across your school and keep your pupils safe online.

  • Enrich your curriculum with age-appropriate lesson plans to help you explore e-safety topics with students
  • Teach pupils how to use new technology safely with assemblies covering key online safety issues
  • Create and maintain up-to-date e-safety, social media and acceptable usage policies, easily integrated with existing policies and reviewed with automatic updates
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  • Quickly assess current knowledge levels with a series of audit surveys from pupils to governors
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A world news newspaper for KS3 and KS4. And it is free for two months.

The chances are that for many young people today newspapers are either something that exist in other households but not their own or they are gossip columns with very little international news.

Which is why Newsademic exists – for it is an international newspaper written and edited for KS 3 and KS 4 students.

To date we have over 30,000 readers – which is why we know there is a demand for such a publication.

It is also why we are happy to offer a free two month subscription to the paper. We know that schools that see it, like it.

The publication supports the PSHE, History, Geography, Science, English and RE curricula though its focus is on international news events that shape and affect the world that we all live in today.

Newsademic carries no advertising. Neither does it feature articles about television, sport, computer games, pop music or celebrity culture.

The newspaper is distributed fortnightly as a PDF file by email or as a download. Although it can be read on screen it is designed to be printed out and read as a paper copy. An intranet licence allows all students to access an HTML searchable version of Newsademic via their school network. Two levels of activities, based on some of the featured articles, accompany each issue.

Annual subscription rates start at £24.00 and schools can photocopy any part of the newspaper as many times as they wish for use within their school.

To subscribe free of charge for two months please go to: www.newsademic.com/promo/h0112

For more information visit www.newsademic.com

Enterprise Soapbox – A versatile Cross-Curricular Resource

Innovative Enterprise has been delivering enrichment workshops and supplying enterprise resources to schools since 2006.

Enterprise Soapbox is our most popular resource to date having sold over 500 kits into more than 300 schools nationwide. We’ve even sent kits to Malawi!

Enterprise Soapbox is a self contained Business, Science & Enterprise kit which comes complete with a 70-page teacher pack full of ideas, curriculum links, G&T projects and more.

There’s enough material in the kit to make up to 700 novelty-sized soaps or approximately 140 bars of ‘regular’ sized soaps or. Pack two of the novelty ones together, sell for £1 and you’ve made more than enough money to buy a refill kit and do it all again!

Use it as a Social Enterprise or try it as a cross-curricular activity – it’s amazingly flexible!

Each kit contains:

  • 1 x 70-page teacher manual
  • 1 x Cold process demonstration kit
  • 1 x 11kg tub of soapbase
  • 2 x silicone novelty moulds (10-12 moulds per sheet)
  • 2 x large sheet moulds (4 moulds per sheet)
  • 3 x different colours
  • 3 x different perfumes with applicators
  • 1 x jug & spatula
  • 1 x CD-Rom instructional video and DVD.
 

E-mail: info@innovativeenterprise.co.uk
Website: www.innovativeenterprise.co.uk
Phone: 0845 326 4818

Giving students with reading difficulties access to a wide range of literature

The notion of having a story read or performed by people who are not standing in front of their audience goes back to the earliest days of radio.

Indeed the first radio story to be heard in Britain was probably A Comedy of Danger by Richard Hughes which was broadcast by the BBC in 1924.

Since then, of course, the idea of reading books to all ages has expanded greatly, and books are now available on CD’s, in MP3 format, and as downloads.

As such the recording of the reading of books has opened up literature in a way that could never previously have been imagined.

Our library of audio books supports the Scottish and National Curriculums from Key Stage 2 through to A-Level and covers subjects such as geography, science, citizenship and history.

The audio books can be used for and by students as an alternative means of accessing information and for their leisure value. In short, they provide an entry into the world of books that might otherwise appear to be impossible.

As a charity we are able to offer low cost memberships to schools to enable your students to download and stream audio books. Prices start from £50 per year which allows your school access to a choice of thousands of titles.

Our library range also includes best selling fiction and of course can be accessed at any time, day or night.

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What is the best way to help the ADHD pupil?

No matter how controversial ADHD may become at times, one thing is certain – everyone would like to help the ADHD pupil so that he/she can partake more fully of school activities without disrupting the work of others.

Similarly there cannot be a parent who has an ADHD child who does not wish, at least part of the time, that their child could just settle down and work or even just watch TV, quietly. Just like “normal” children.

It is in response to these feeling of both parents and teachers that Helping ADHD pupils and students through school has been written.

It is a volume that explains succinctly what the latest research on ADHD reveals, and then sets out in great detail exactly how ADHD pupils can be helped and supported in their day to day activities within the school.

There is no assumption in this volume that the ADHD youngster is going to be given a drug treatment to help control the effect of ADHD. The effects of ADHD drugs such as Ritalin are explained, but the materials and plans given here will work with those who have don’t have any medication, those who have it, but are not affected by it all day, and with those who are constantly medicated while at school.

A fundamental view of the book is that the best approach for any ADHD child is one in which the parents and school can work together with a common purpose to help the young person – and with this in mind there is a substantial section of material at the end of the book that can be copied and passed on to parents.

This parental section contains both explanations and practical approaches to dealing with the ADHD child at home.

Of course, we all recognise that not every ADHD child’s parents will be able to work in the organised and controlled manner that will help ADHD pupils, and therefore we work within the school-based sections, from the basis that although parental support is ideal, it doesn’t always happen.

What is essential is that everyone who deals with an ADHD young person understands what ADHD is, how to distinguish it from other forms of excessive behaviour and how to work positively with these young people for their benefit, without disturbing the rest of the school.

The book looks at individual behaviour, plus issues such as rewards, punishments, handling special days when behaviour may be exacerbated, overcoming impulsiveness, homework, where ADHD people can succeed and do well, ADHD and responsibility, and sport, the arts and other activities.

Helping ADHD pupils and students through school by Tony Attwood is available as a photocopiable book or on CD Rom which can itself be copied or loaded onto the school’s learning platform or intranet.

ISBN: 978 1 86083 855 2 Order code: T1789emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/attentiondeficit/T1789.pdf

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What’s the best way to maximise the impact of your Teaching Assistants?

A TA who receives just one day of subject specific literacy training will have a greater impact on young people’s learning outcomes than one who has nothing. That might sound obvious but too many committed and inspirational people are employed as teaching assistants knowing they could be doing so much more.

The potential impact is far reaching – not only can they impact on literacy levels and attainment but are known to also influence behaviour, confidence and attendance.

Of course, any good quality TA training needs to include an understanding of the range of strategies for reading and writing, knowledge of phonics and equip them with practical ideas to help young people become independent readers and writers.

That’s why we’re offering this one day training package for Teaching Assistants, packed with vital information that will start to make a difference to their work immediately.

Sue Dixon, founder of Thinking Child, has designed this course from years of experience as a literacy consultant and trainer. She understands what is required on a core learning module and what TAs and schools require from limited time and budgets.

This starter day will include a review of the questions ‘How do we read?’ and include detailed work on reading strategies, including phonics and grammar. We’ll end as we began with a question ‘Why do we read?’

After this one day TAs will feel more confident and become more effective in the school.

Follow up training which looks at ‘Reading into Writing’ is also available. This is where the connections can be explored in more depth and be tailored to the work that TAs are deployed to carry out in your school.

This core day of valuable training can be delivered in your own setting with groups of TAs – up to a maximum of 20. All materials and handouts are included in the package cost of £750.

Individual Training Course places in Northamptonshire are also available in June/July 2013.

To book your course or find out more visit the website http://www.thinkingchild.org.uk/training/

Telephone 01604 491511

Email info@thinkingchild.org.uk

Encouraging progress and enthusiasm in the second and third year of foreign language study

After the first year or two of learning a foreign language, the initial buzz of excitement may well have left some pupils.

The children have learned some vocabulary and can use and manipulate some set phrases and psychologically they really don’t want more of the same. It is, in fact, time to move on.

So part of the aim at this stage must be to encourage children to realise that they can manipulate the language and use it to communicate with others. From this point on they can feel ownership of the language and realise that they can use it.

In short they need to be empowered with the knowledge that they can indeed manipulate the language, something that is achieved through activities which incorporate competition, surprise, movement and secrecy.

Such activities are the cornerstones ofMore Fun Ideas for Advancing Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary Classroom.” The resource contains 77 activities which help pupils learn to manipulate the language, improve their decoding skills and discover how the new language functions at sentence level.

And so, out of this recognition comes the empowerment. It enables creative communication and gives young learners a feeling of ownership of the language being learnt.

The inherent rationale behind each activity is that it is enjoyable and interactive, challenging children’s understanding of the language and furnishing them with a purpose for their learning.

With activities ranging from the Human alphabet and Foreign language detectives to Secret signal and Be the teacher, you will never be stuck for ideas.

The activities support the Year 5-6 objectives for the KS2 Framework for Languages.

A contents page and a number of free resources are available on our website.

You can order More Fun Ideas for Advancing Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary Classroom in any of these ways:

PS. The Amazing May Sale runs on our website from 20–24 May 2013 with a discount on everything.

 

How schools become efficient and how they maintain efficiency

According to the government document “Improving Efficiency in Schools,” the average secondary school ought to be able to save around £100,000 a year in efficiency savings, while the average primary school should be able to save around £25,000 a year.

And to be clear, those are not one-off savings. The report stressed that these savings ought to be achievable this year, next year and every year.

To achieve these terrific savings, the report said, all the schools have to do is take a look at how other, more efficient, schools are handling matters, and copy their practices.

Yet if it were as easy as that, surely by now, most schools should be feeling extremely well off, as inefficiencies are removed and the savings mount up in school bank accounts, simply waiting to be used on other educational ventures.

Sadly, as we know, this is not true. And it is not true for one very simple reason: efficiencies arise not just by copying other schools (although this can help somewhat) but mostly through the introduction and maintenance of what might be a called “an efficiency mindset” throughout the school.

The process of achieving an “efficiency mindset” has been explored and examined in detail by school managers and administrators over the past five years in a number of schools – schools which as part of this exploration really have made incredible efficiency savings.

Now for the first time the way in which schools are making savings is described in one volume: “The Efficient School.”

This volume reveals not only many of the projects that schools have introduced in recent years in order to achieve efficiencies, but also the vital processes which these schools introduce to ensure that objections to change are overcome and that changes, once implemented, are maintained and developed.

As such report explores not only areas in which savings can be made, but also the way in which the whole issue of changing well-established processes and habits can be handled in a school.

The Efficient School is available in copiable form (as a printed volume or on CD) so that it can be distributed to all interested members of staff.

ISBN: 978 1 86083 811 8 Order code: T1803emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/education/T1803.pdf

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101 Ways to be Successful at Job and College Interviews

It is a sad fact of life that many young people go into their first interviews without much of an idea as to what questions they are likely to be asked and what answers they ought to give.

Which is why this book exists. It starts with the most obvious question: “Why do you want this job/course?” and moves onto the variations, such as thinking about “Why do you want to work for this company”, “Why do you want to study here?” and so on.

The book works on the premise that any interview is a two way process, allowing the candidate to get an idea of what the company or college is like, as well as being a chance to impress potential employers and lecturers.

Each of the 101 Ways is an exercise or an activity as well as providing information on what to do in different situations. Thus 101 Ways will enable your students to prepare thoroughly for first job or college interviews and help them to manage any nerves.

Students can dip into chapters that will help them brush up on specific bits of preparation, or use it as a workbook from start to finish as a complete guide to being successful at interviews.

This book has been written by an experienced recruiter who both trains recruiters and helps inexperienced interviewees of all ages. Each chapter covers a different aspect of the interview process with 101 practical and thought provoking tips that have been proven to work.

Teachers may also use this book as a class resource in Careers, English, Drama, PSHE, Citizenship or other lessons to prepare pupils for interview practices or the real thing. Each chapter is followed by a series of suggested exercises, mostly working in pairs or small groups, which develop the key themes of that chapter.

You can see some sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/careers/T1633.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1633EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 683 1

Prices

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Monologues with Duologue Activity at Key Stage Four and Five

This book of original monologues and duologues covers the requirements for speaking monologues in Drama at KS4 and KS5 and provides useful material for pupils working towards entry into drama college. English teachers will also find it useful in respect of the speaking and listening requirements at KS4 and the study of Shakespeare.

The monologues/duologues should be performed in one lesson with drama activities, discussion work and some written work available as an extra resource for that lesson. Many activities could form one part of a second lesson or presented to pupils as homework. All of the activities can be drama room or class based.

The activities section includes a wide variety of tasks which will stretch your students: creative drama activities and writing opportunities for English coursework requirements; specific role play, hotseating tasks and group discussions that do not require pen and paper; chances to turn monologues i nto scripts, to write monologues and duologues and to write television scripts thinking about action, camera angles and other techniques; writing reports; researching the internet; and exploring drama techniques such as movement, direction and timing.

Cat No: 978 1 86083 767 8 Order code: T1728emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/drama/T1728.pdf

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Making it easier to manage trips and school funds

Do you have dozens of trips going out every year? Do you have an activities week where everyone is doing something?  Managing the money plus all the forms and other checks, can be a big administrative headache, but the Private Funds Manager software can really help.

Whether you manage trips through a central bank account and accounts system, or have it separate, PFM makes it easy to enter, manage and export information.

This easy to use software :

Synchronises with Sims.net (and other pupil records) to import student information

Allows unlimited trips/events/accounts to be set up and payment schedules allocated

Records not just financial information, but consent forms, passports etc

Processes cash, cheques, DD/SOs, bank transfers and chip and pin,  and prints receipts

Links with all major online payment systems (Parentmail, Parentpay etc)

Generates invoices, statements, letters, lists and debtor letters

Produces trip lists, parent contact lists, medical lists and payment reports for chasing up.

Links with Word, Excel and smartphones,  and provides a wealth of other reports.

The program comes with free of charge online training for all your staff for the first three months, as well as the option for onsite setup and training. We are really proud of our backup, support and training and go out of our way to know your setup personally so we can really help.

We run monthly free online demonstration sessions, and would love you to take a look at our system.  Click here for schedule and bookings.

The software costs £195 for primary schools, £395 for secondary school for a whole school, one off purchase option.

For further details please visit our website www.istekuk.com, call 01722 413255 or email  info@istekuk.com

Make use of what every child has

There is one thing that every single child has and which all children love to use. It is also the ultimate stimulus to creative writing.

It is their thoughts.

Thoughts can be set down in a Thinking Journal, which in itself encourages children to consider their thoughts in ways that they have never done before.

What we find is that almost all children love having their own Thinking Journal and want a personal book to record their thoughts and those of others.

The Thinking Journal thus becomes a place where children can write about their own thinking and learning in an honest and open way. The journal can also provide a means of structuring a really effective learning conversation between home and school as children can invite their parents to write in it and teachers to look at it.

The journal also offers an opportunity for children to express their opinions, fears, confusions, questions and concerns, as well as being a place of safety – there are definitely no wrong or right answers within a journal.

Finally Thinking Journals build self-confidence and give practice in self-expression – for as they write, the children’s concept of themselves as thinkers and writers grows immensely.

Thinking Journals are the obvious place to record the range of conversations that arise from thinking homework activities – a place of reflection, somewhere to ask further questions and to let children and families grow as thinkers and learners.

What’s more, when used in conjunction with the ideas in our Let’s Think Homework resource, children and their families will quickly enjoy capturing thoughts and conversations, and the progress in children’s thinking will become evident in the pages of their journal.

Let’s Think Homework is a volume that has been written to provide ideas that are engaging and meaningful, offering regular opportunities for children to practise a range of thinking and learning skills.

There is more information on Thinking Journals and Let’s Think Homework in the web links below:

Thinking Journals

Let’s Think Homework

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From the silence of Bruges to the sound of Formula 1, from the buzz of Rome to the shopping capital that is Paris

The common approach of travel companies is to load prices during the school holidays.

Being different we do the opposite. We offer luxury coach holidays across Europe, which incorporate a discount when taken during the school vacations.

Below is a selection of some of our forthcoming holidays, all of which attract a 10% discount for members of the teaching profession:

23rd August – Belgian Grand Prix

26th July, 9th August & 19th August – Beautiful Bruges

 20th July, 19th August, 24th August & 26th October – Rome, Pompeii and Picturesque Capri

9th August, 19th August & 23rd August – Paris and Versailles

Of course these are just a few of the holidays we have on offer – and in all cases you will receive a 10% discount on the quoted price.

To see a complete list of all the tours available for breaks in 2013 and 2014 just click here.

Our coaches run from almost 500 regional pick up points, and you can select from a vast number of tours which are available during school holidays.

To claim a 10% saving, simply call us on 0844 324 8557, quote the reference ‘TEACH’, and provide us with the name and address of the school that you work for and your position within it.

Of course, because we are offering discounts where normally there are surcharges, some of the holidays do get booked fairly quickly. But if you find the one you want is already full, do search on other dates or other destinations – we’re adding new teacher discount holidays all the time.

What is the benefit of encouraging pupils to develop a fully cursive style of writing?

The most obvious answer to this question is that, for as long as most test and exam papers still require handwritten answers, good handwriting is always going to make an impact and help deliver extra marks.

But there is more. For there is also the issue of the relationship between the brain and handwriting.

Handwriting requires a greater level of hand/eye co-ordination than typing on a keyboard, and thus, as well as helping with exam scores, good handwriting gives pupils the chance to develop their essential fine motor skills.

Unfortunately, there is no doubt that many young people today are brought up in homes where handwriting is limited to little more than the production of shopping lists – and indeed many people are now even typing these into their mobile phones.

It is for all of these reasons that MSL produced the Handwriting Rescue Scheme for fully cursive handwriting.

The scheme, which is available as a photocopiable program supplied on CD or as printed sheets, contains over 300 structured exercises designed to establish complete cursive letter formation.

And there is a particular bonus here, for tests have shown that the use of such material encourages the development of an automatic response to frequently used spelling choices. In other words, by practising their handwriting pupils also learn their spellings.

You can order The Handwriting Rescue Scheme in any of these ways:

  • On our website
  • By phone on 01604 505000
  • By fax to 01604 505001
  • By email to info@msl-online.net
  • By post to Multi-Sensory Learning, Highgate House, Creaton, Northants, NN6 8NN

Inspiring change in D&T

Innovation in curriculum D&T is firmly on the government’s agenda over the next couple of years. But of course, D&T is synonymous with innovation and invention. It’s a dynamic and exciting subject because it’s driven by developments in design and technology used in industry.

And it’s why I’m giving you a free copy of Serif DrawPlus X6. With powerful yet accessible design tools used in modern D&T practice, DrawPlus X6 enables every pupil to skilfully create high quality designs to communicate their ideas.

With new precision technical drawing and creative Stencil tools, DrawPlus X6 is ideal for CAD/ CAM work, packaging, logos, food labels, textile prints, circuit diagrams, flow charts and more – offering creative design tools for every D&T department.

For your FREE copy of DrawPlus X6 (worth £89), email edusales@serif.co.uk with your school details quoting ref: GVDT.

It’s yours to keep – no strings attached. Offer is limited to one copy per school.

Claire Macdonald
Education Business Manager
Serif (Europe) Ltd
Phone: 0800 376 6868
Email: edusales@serif.co.uk

Free GCSE revision flash cards!

With exams looming, it’s important to know that your students are revising effectively and focussing on the right areas.

To help your students prepare for their exams, we’ve produced a set of GCSE English revision flash cards that are free to download from our English Free Stuff page.

The flash cards refer to 20 key terms on poetry, helping your students build a comprehensive understanding of exam topics. The flash cards have a bright and attractive design to keep your students using them regularly, and refer to specific examples in texts.

Download the free flash cards from our English Free Stuff page.

Regards,

The Boardworks English team

P.S. Interested in Boardworks English resources? Select a sample presentation of your choice!

Try My Nametags with our compliments to combat lost property

My Nametags for schools and nurseries

Help to combat lost property at your school or nursery by trying our new My Nametags sticker labels, with our compliments.

These new full colour name tags are perfect for labelling school uniform, nursery clothing, shoes, water bottles and wellington boots too.

Simply email us with your name, your child’s name (if applicable), the name of your school/nursery and your office address to receive two complimentary sets of personalised name labels. One set for you or your child, and one for your office.

My Nametags Colour Stickers

  • Are great for your school or nursery as they are quick and easy to use.
  • They stick on clothing and stay on in the washing machine.
  • By simply sticking them to the care label or brand label of the clothing, more parents might actually label their child’s clothing.

School and nursery fundraising made easy
Our new website makes fundraising for your school or nursery via My Nametags even easier. Just contact us and we can give you your school ID number. You can also link to us from your website.

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Please email us or phone us on 0800 321 3203 if you would like some free My Nametags order forms to give to parents.

Why not take the stress out of lost clothing and shoes by educating parents to use name labels.

Thank you

My Nametags

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Phone us: 0800 3 213 203 (int: +44 20 8877 0062)
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What’s the best way to maximise the impact of your Teaching Assistants?

A TA who receives just one day of subject specific literacy training will have a greater impact on young people’s learning outcomes than one who has nothing. That might sound obvious but too many committed and inspirational people are employed as teaching assistants knowing they could be doing so much more.

The potential impact is far reaching – not only can they impact on literacy levels and attainment but are known to also influence behaviour, confidence and attendance.

Of course, any good quality TA training needs to include an understanding of the range of strategies for reading and writing, knowledge of phonics and equip them with practical ideas to help young people become independent readers and writers.

That’s why we’re offering this one day training package for Teaching Assistants, packed with vital information that will start to make a difference to their work immediately.

Sue Dixon, founder of Thinking Child, has designed this course from years of experience as a literacy consultant and trainer. She understands what is required on a core learning module and what TAs and schools require from limited time and budgets.

This starter day will include a review of the questions ‘How do we read?’ and include detailed work on reading strategies, including phonics and grammar. We’ll end as we began with a question ‘Why do we read?’

After this one day TAs will feel more confident and become more effective in the school.

Follow up training which looks at ‘Reading into Writing’ is also available. This is where the connections can be explored in more depth and be tailored to the work that TAs are deployed to carry out in your school.

This core day of valuable training can be delivered in your own setting with groups of TAs – up to a maximum of 20. All materials and handouts are included in the package cost of £750.

Individual Training Course places in Northamptonshire are also available in June/July 2013.

To book your course or find out more visit the website http://www.thinkingchild.org.uk/training/

Telephone 01604 491511

Email info@thinkingchild.org.uk

Geo Basics

Magnificent on-location video footage and satellite images, explanations by experts and animated diagrams that simplify complicated processes make GeoBasics a valuable addition to any study of the Earth, its systems, and humankind’s impact.

GeoBasics features 8 educational DVD-VIDEO resources for class presentations to introduce, enthuse and visually clarify topics, and library reference for individual study and revision purposes.

Each DVD-VIDEO includes 23-minutes of chaptered video clips and downloadable PDF support material with Pre & Post-Programme Discussion Questions; Individual, Group and Internet Activities; Assessment Questions; Fast Facts and Vocabulary Terms – click here to view sample support material

GeoBasics is available as a complete set or as individual titles:

Click on the links above for individual programme details, preview clips and online ordering, or click here for the complete set of 8 programmes

SAVE 25%* – quote promotional discount code: HHM403 or click here for a printable PDF information sheet and discounted order form

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Free GCSE revision flash cards!

With exams looming, it’s important to know that your students are revising effectively and focussing on the right areas.

To help your students prepare for their exams, we’ve produced a set of GCSE Business Studies revision flash cards that are free to download from our Business Studies Free Stuff page.

The flash cards condense key information on the topic of Investigating Businesses into a short series of memorable points, helping your students build a comprehensive understanding of exam topics. The flash cards have a bright and attractive design to keep your students using them regularly.

Download the free flash cards from our Business Studies Free Stuff page.

Regards,

The Boardworks Business Studies team

P.S. Interested in Boardworks Business Studies resources? Select a sample presentation of your choice!

Keeping track of portable equipment: the easy solution

Today most things are portable.  Not desks and whiteboards, of course, but laptops, cameras, musical instruments, lenses…  

What is needed is a system in which there can be no question as to where anything is.  Whether an item has been loaned to a colleague or a pupil, you still need to know where it is and when it should be returned. 

The problem is exacerbated by the fact that some children may from time to time bring their own items to schools – especially musical instruments. This obviously reduces pressure on the school’s equipment, but it can lead to confusion.

In short, all this equipment needs to be properly logged – but ideally not by manually entering serial numbers.  

The solution comes through the use of Dantech’s ID Mini Mark labels which allow the school to identify and track each item. Each label can include a serial number and/or bar code thus making it possible to contain a lot of data in a small space.

These mini asset labels can therefore fit onto even small accessories.

Furthermore, because the data is engraved into the surface of the label they resist chemicals and cleaning materials.

Should anybody attempt to remove the asset label or switch the label onto some other equipment, the material will break into small pieces, thus announcing the fact that the label has been interfered with.

Use of these labels enables the school to maintain a detailed register which enables anyone to instantly view which equipment is available, the expected return date and the condition before and after it has been loaned.

Dantech Mini Mark labels can be provided with white text on black or silver material with black text. There is more information on our website at www.idmark.com/asset-labels/minimark-asset-labels.html

Alternatively call us on 01354 688488 or email us at sales@dantech.co.uk for more information.

What can you buy with £1?

Unfortunately, a £1 doesn’t go very far these days.  It might buy you a daily newspaper, depending on which one you want to read, but not a magazine.  It might pay for you to park your car for about 20 minutes, but it won’t get near to buying you a litre of petrol.  Perhaps you could afford a pint of milk but probably not a cup of tea in a decent tea shop.

But it is comforting to know that £1 can still go a long way.  That’s because a £1 will buy your pupils a vital skill – a skill that will be of enormous value to them (and to you) whilst they are at school and as they move on to further education.  It is a skill that once learned will last them a lifetime.

That skill is touch-typing.  By joining the ‘Type-Net for Schools’ scheme run by touch-typing training specialists Type&Test Ltd, you will have access to arguably the UK’s best online touch-typing tutorial for your pupils at around £1 per head – or less if you opt for one of our larger licences.

Type-Net for Schools, which already has over 130 member schools, provides high-quality interactive online typing courseware that needs no supervision, needs no organised lessons, and will teach your pupils to touch type in just a few weeks.

After a programme of short regular sessions at home or in school, your pupils will be typing at 40 words per minute or more, around twice that of hand-writing speed.  Not only will that make them much more efficient and confident computer users, benefiting them across the whole curriculum, it will mean that assignments are more likely to be delivered on time, and in a form that is always legible and probably largely free of misspellings.

So what would you and each of your pupils get for a £1?

  1. High quality online courseware with up to 60 hours of varied content.
  2. A 100% secure Google learning environment with no pop-up ads, security concerns or cookies.
  3. An easy-to-access internet-based program for use in school and at home.
  4. A Learning Management System that tracks every one of your pupil’s progress through the course.
  5. Technical support and best practice advice to help you get the most from the courseware.
  6. The freedom to charge parents for the program in order to generate income for your school.

Joining Type-Net is easy.  Just click here to arrive at our information and Order Form.  Complete the Order Form online, indicating the size of licence you require, click the submit button and then wait a few days before we set up your Learning Administration System and send you your instructions.  It is easy but support will be on hand should you need it.

It turns out that £1 can still go a long long way…….

BON VOYAGE!

A New Performance from
THE FLYING THEATRE COMPANY

dernières dates avant les vacances d’été!
email: education@flyingtheatre.com

What is BON VOYAGE!

An energetic and interactive French live theatre performance in your school 

Who will benefit from BON VOYAGE?

Designed for students up to and including Year 8 (some schools inc. Year 9).

Key Stage 2 and 3

why will students learn from BON VOYAGE?

We asked French teachers on our Bon Voyage tour last month:

Key vocabulary and repetition

“Great fun with lots of useful vocabulary repetition too”

(Holidays, travel, directions, the weather, family, food, numbers, hobbies and interests)

Applying classroom knowledge and skills to understand spoken French

“It brings the language to life. Mime, gesture and humour make the story very clear.”

“Pitched perfectly for our Year 8.”

“Even the Primary Schools we invited were amazed by how much French they understood”

Engaging interest in the French language

“It was really, really good. It was like watching a theatre and gong to the circus at the same time” (student)

“Really energetic performance.”

Gaining the confidence to speak spontaneously

“I particularly loved the audience participation .We will be booking you again.”

P.S. They also said “absolutely fantastic, as ever !”, and “awesome !” (Student) and “we thoroughly enjoyed your brilliant performance “

With thanks to: All Hallow RC High School, Moorside High School , The Marsh Academy, Treviglas College.

What is BON VOYAGE about?
http://www.flyingtheatre.com/bon-voyage-178.html

Bon Voyage Pierre flies in to the sunny south of France for a surfing holiday with his cousin, Lola. All Pierre wants to do is surf but getting there seems to be a struggle for our simple soul!

Lola tries to keep Pierre on track as they try out local transport and follow directions to the beach. Finally they arrive at Surfers Cove – but what’s happened to the weather, how can Pierre surf on an empty stomach and what happens if he is photographed riding a wave with his hair out of place?!

Sun, sea and surf are all Pierre dreams about. Will he ever make it to the water to catch the ultimate wave?

The National Curriculum’s recognition of the importance of learner’s enjoyment of learning:

“Learners who enjoy learning make progress and achieve”

The Flying Theatre Company The Old Vicarage Ainthorpe Whitby North Yorkshire YO21 2LB
01287 669156

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To receive the special discount for schools for any of the above products, all you need to do is quote “eshot offer 51″.

For any quotes please contact us:

Free GCSE revision flash cards!

With exams looming, it’s important to know that your students are revising effectively and focussing on the right areas.

To help your students prepare for their exams, we’ve produced a set of GCSE History revision flash cards that are free to download from our History Free Stuff page.

The flash cards condense key information about the Cold War into a short series of memorable points, helping your students build a comprehensive understanding of exam topics. The flash cards have a bright and attractive design to keep your students using them regularly.

Download the free flash cards from our History Free Stuff page.

Regards,

The Boardworks History team

P.S. Interested in Boardworks History resources? Select a sample presentation of your choice!

Working with Will – a scheme of work for English

Is it possible for stories from 400 years ago to offer parallels with the lives of teenagers today?

The answer is undoubtedly yes.

Take, for example, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – between them they offer extraordinary insights into the issues that that have been faced across time.

Unfortunately the language used in these masterpieces of literature is often a barrier when it comes to using the plays with pupils as part of our reference to the universality of the problems and issues that people face.

Overcome this problem and we have the perfect teaching resource through which the for-better-or-for-worse decisions that everyone has to face. Students can then explore the various courses of action that both they and characters can take.

In short the students watch the characters’ mistakes and learn from them, without having to interpret the language that Shakespeare used in writing the plays.

Working with Will is a scheme of work for PSHE teachers where the topics on the KS3 and KS4 curricula are explored.

Working with Will is also a scheme of work for English teachers and works as an introduction to text analysis in English literature lessons for key stages 3 and 4.

The 179 page volume contains three schemes of work – each of which can stand alone – with a series of lesson plans that can be used sequentially or can be dipped in and out of in any order. It also comes with a free CD containing the text of the book plus PowerPoints to use with the lessons.

The author offers workshops on Working with Will – please click here for more information.

You can see some sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/pshe/T1796.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1796EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 890 3

Prices

  • Photocopiable ring bound book plus CD, £29.95 plus £3.95 delivery

Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the book… please quote the order ref: T1796EMN

Help combat lost property with My Nametags

Try My NameTags  new washable colour stickers for labelling school uniform, nursery clothing and shoes.

Ranging from the fresh and funky to the soft and sublime, there are new full colour designs to suit everyone; and they stay on in the wash too.  The brand new easy to use My NameTags web site makes ordering name tags a breeze.

My NameTags have been making parents’ lives easier since 2004, by making beautiful quality personalised iron-on and sticker name labels for clothing, toys and equipment. 

My Nametags can help towards your fundraising efforts.  Simply contact us for your school or nursery ID.

www.mynametags.com

E-mail: sales@mynametags.com

Phone: 0800 3 213 203

Knowing about every condition

Although memory often plays tricks it does seem that once upon a time it was the case that the number of special needs that we had to deal with was much smaller than is the case today.

Dyslexia and other reading difficulties, hearing impairment, visual impairment… we have all been familiar with these for a long time.

But then other conditions emerged and quite often there was some controversy attached to both the condition and its diagnosis. Indeed I well remember ADHD being greeted with disdain and disbelief in the early days with some colleagues outside the special needs department calling it an excuse for poor behaviour.

However, the fact is that these conditions are real, that they do affect some of the young people whom we teach, and it is vital that as SENCos we need to have a full working knowledge of each condition.

That doesn’t mean that when a parent comes in and claims that his/her child has attachment disorder we have to accept the parent’s word – but if it is the first case of attachment disorder that we have been faced with, we really do need to read up on it quickly before meeting with the parent and discussing the child’s condition with colleagues.

Likewise when we are having pupils and students referred to us by colleagues, there is a further need to be able to consider and come to terms with an issue that may be quite new to us.

It is for this reason that we have produced the two volumes of Behaviour Solutions: A guide to syndromes and conditions.

Each volume gives an introductory guide to a wide range of conditions. Volume 1 focuses on a range of conditions that relate to learning difficulties, interaction and communication problems, emotional and behavioural issues and sensory and physical difficulties.

Volume two moves on to 25 conditions and issues not covered in the first volume, from Angelman Syndrome to colour blindness, self-harm to spina bifida.

One particular benefit is that the books come in a photocopiable format so that if you wish to circulate details of a condition to several colleagues, or indeed to provide information to concerned parents, this is easily achieved.

Full details of the volumes and their contents are to be found on www.behaviourmatters.com/syndromesoffer

Cost of these resources:

  • £25 plus £2 postage and packaging (if one book purchased)
  • £40 plus £4 postage and packaging (if two books purchased)

To order please contact us at:

Behaviour Solutions Limited
15 St. Mary’s Close
Abbotskerswell
Newton Abbot
Devon
TQ12 5QF

Phone / Fax: 01626 366161
Email: dave@behaviourmatters.com

 

 

From igloo to cough, we’ve covered every spelling choice and every phonic in the English language

It sometimes comes as a bit of a shock to realise that there are some 90 different spelling and phonic rules in the English language.

They range from troublesome similarities (such as words like “coin” and “toy” with the same sound but different spelling choices), to the six different ways of pronouncing “ough”, not to mention the bizarre collection of words which utilise silent letters.

There is only one way in which dyslexic students can learn the spelling choices for the many different phonics and homophones, and that is through a structured reading and spelling programme.

Which is exactly what MSL has devised: the complete reading and spelling rescue programme.

This programme covers all the 90 different spelling and sound rules and adds in ten sections on issues such as word patterns, suffixes, prefixes, homophones and irregular final syllables, making 100 topics in all.

The 90 rules and associated topics can be seen on our website where you can see the structured order of teaching that we have introduced.

What we have then done is broken these 100 topics down into 20 modules, presented in an order which allows students to use the spelling rules as soon as they have learned them.

As a result of this structured approach, which includes placement & progress tests, you can introduce a dyslexic pupil or student to the sequence from the very start. You can also begin work at a point where the individual will be revising key points, before moving on to areas of weakness, where his/her knowledge becomes erratic.

A copiable version of each module costs £29.99, or you can order five modules together on a CD for £80 plus VAT. All 20 modules are available for £450.

You can order the Reading and Spelling Rescue Programme in any of these ways:

  • On our website (where you can also see full details of the programme)
  • By phone on 01604 505000
  • By fax to 01604 505001
  • By email to info@msl-online.net
  • By post to Multi-Sensory Learning, Highgate House, Creaton, Northants, NN6 8NN

 

The perfect parents’ evening – and how to achieve it

In the perfect parents’ evening everything runs without any hitches.

In the perfect parents’ evening every parent gets allocated a time slot which is just right for him/her.  And nearly everyone allocated a time turns up in the right place at the right time.

In the perfect parents’ evening no one over runs, and everything moves smoothly from the opening appointment to the final discussion.

And that leaves but one question: how do we create the perfect parents evening?

Here’s the answer:

A parent logs into Parent Teacher Online and then

  1. Enters the time he/she wishes to arrive at the school,
  2. Indicates the teachers he/she wants to see (our software will automatically create the shortest possible schedule),
  3. Receives the interview schedule either digitally or as a printed file.

Which leaves the parent with just one remaining problem: to arrive at the school.  (Sadly, we don’t yet operate a nationwide transport system to help with this point, but we’re working on it.)

Our system takes an average parent 3 minutes to use, at the end of which each parent will have scheduled all of their appointments.

And here’s the bonus:

We are now offering a discount of 20% off the usage fee for the next 2 years if you sign up before the end of July 2013.

If you would like to know more just click here

If you would like us to contact you click here.

Business Studies Curriculum Update

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To order your FREE 14-DAY TRIAL please click here
Each title is packed with hundreds of stunning curriculum 3D animations, text, voice-overs, quiz zones, drag and drops, multiple choice quizzes and more, covering 10 Business Studies topic areas. It’s brilliant! All this from the UK’s leading curriculum software provider. These titles are usually £100 each!

All these titles are included: Business and the Economy; Business and the Government; Business Basics; Finance; International Trade and the EU; Marketing and Production; Marketing Communication and Finance; People and Communication; People in Organisations; The Impact of ICT.

Includes a full school site PC and network licence, nothing more to pay, EVER! Free 14-day trial, so if you don’t like it you can just send it back.

How newspapers encourage schools to ignore leasing options

It is a sad fact that some methods of purchasing are deemed more newsworthy than others.

For example, if you type “school minibus” into Google and then click on the News option at the foot of the page, you will be taken to a range of stories about schools that are raising money to buy a school minibus.

There are tales of teachers doing a sponsored run to raise money for the bus, PTAs working for years raising money and so forth.

And although the stories are all about great deeds and hard work, what lies behind these headlines are years and years of students not having a resource that could really improve the quality of education (especially learning outside the classroom) that they receive.

What you will struggle to find, should you ever be inclined to do this sort of search, is any story that talks of a school that discusses the idea of having a school minibus, sets up the details, and then a couple of weeks later, takes delivery.

Of course you could argue that this is because no schools achieve this. No school can decide to have a minibus and then go and get it.

And yet this does happen, and its occurrence is increasingly common. For a growing percentage of schools choose to lease their minibus rather than buy it.

The prime benefit of course is that you get your new minibus now, rather than after years of fundraising.

What’s more, if you are doing fundraising in order to pay for part or all of the leasing cost, parents become much more willing to give for the simple reason that they know the money they give will be for a minibus that their children will be using – rather than one that will only be purchased in years to come.

Of course the newspapers won’t like it. “Ely school has just £1000 to go” as the Cambridge News put it or “Braithwaite minibus appeal gets yet another big boost from fundraise” as the Keighley Times wrote, are the sort of headlines papers insist on running.

“School signs form to lease minibus; delivery next week” is not going to make it past any editor.

However the truth of the matter is that leasing is by far the best option for most schools. If you would like to see the details, and talk about how you can arrange to have a minibus up and running within weeks, please do call us on 01753 859944, visit our website or email us at minibus@benchmarkleasing.co.uk

Benchmark Leasing Ltd
11 High Street
Eton
Berkshire
SL4 6AS

www.minibusleasing.co.uk/school-minibus.php

minibus@benchmarkleasing.co.uk

Tel: 01753 859944

Advertising

Hamilton House runs four websites for teachers and parents:

The School Procurement Site [link to www.top5.org.uk  ] which contains details thousands of products and services for schools

UK Education News [link to www.ukeducationnews.co.uk] is a rolling news service which carries advertisements as well as stories. 

Teacher  News [link to www.teachernews.org.uk] a topic based service to teachers in schools

Parent News [link to www.parentnews.org.uk]  a topic based service for parents.

Advertising can be accepted on each site individually at the following prices:

  • A standard advertisement in one site: £45 per year

Additional entries (School Procurement Site only)

  • Each additional section: £10 per year
  • Additional description (per section): £30 per year up to 100 words
  • Logo per section per year: £20

Advertising on all four sites

  • Advertising on all four sites: £120 per year

Changes to the text following confirmation: £10 per section/site/advertisement.

To book into this service please call 01536 399 000 or email sales@hamilton-house.com

What exactly is the educational benefit of homework? (And could it be something else?)

A recent article in the TES (Is it time to scrap homework?) revealed that many people continue to hold strong views about whether homework is an imposition on home life or if it really does add value to a child’s education.

There’s no question that any politician in the UK will follow François Hollande’s initiative in banning homework as part of a reform of the education system.

But the action in France does raise the question: why is homework there?

Is it about reading a book, learning spellings and working through maths tables? Or should it go further? After all, what are its main characteristics and what effect is it having on children and families?

Are there indeed some alternatives that we could think of, which could be introduced and which could have even more benefit than homework, as we know it today?

We can contemplate this further by asking, “what does homework have to do with our efforts to create Thinking Children?”

These children have an ability to go beyond the learning of facts, and to be proficient in exam techniques – although such skills will still be required for the foreseeable future.

In short, the Thinking Child has the ability to be creative, generate ideas, problem solve, interrogate and not be afraid to ask questions.

Which is why we have produced, “Let’s Think Homework”. It is a volume that has been written to provide ideas that are engaging and meaningful, offering regular opportunities for children to practise a range of thinking and learning skills.

The ability to question, problem solve, be curious, be observant, predict, make connections, prioritise and think logically are just some of the many skills that can be enhanced through the activities in this book.

There are over 100 different possibilities for ‘Thinking Homework’. It is suitable for use throughout key stage 2.

It’s £29.99 with free delivery.

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How a radical change to the school’s website can make a radical change to the school

Every school is different, of course. But when a school finds that a change made to its procedure has a significant effect on its work, then it is worth taking note.

A testimonial from a school that has made a significant change in the way that it works, falls into this category for it does give a real insight into how a product or service can actually affect a school in real life.

In the example below we look at a school’s desire to re-build a website in order to meet the needs of everyone in the school – and to attract those contemplating choosing that school for their child.

The website in question is that of Hornsey School for Girls, London www.hsg.haringey.sch.uk here is what they said:

‘INCO have been able to provide us with a website that is both dynamic and unique to our school. When we approached them with our long list of requirements along with our design brief we were pleased with how quickly they were able to produce our new site.

As well as this, INCO have been exemplary at making lots of changes to our late requests, as well as developing the site to meet our needs further.

We have been extremely happy with our new site and have received lots of compliments from parents and outside agencies who have been able to easily navigate and find the information that they need.

I would happily recommend INCO to any other school or business that is looking for a new website and I look forward to working with them and building a long term partnership with them.’

All of which is good news – but there is more, because we also worked on the school’s prospectus. Here’s what they said in relation to this:

‘INCO designed our new school prospectus based on our ideas and in line with our school ethos and new logo. From the design stage to the photography and then onto to publication. INCO helped us step by step and kept us up to date with progress, delivering our fantastic new prospectus in time for our Open Events for prospective parents.’

You can find out more about INCO on our website: www.inco-education.co.uk

Alternatively email us at info@inco-education.co.uk or call us on 01902 784 800.

How schools become efficient and how they maintain efficiency

According to the government document “Improving Efficiency in Schools,” the average secondary school ought to be able to save around £100,000 a year in efficiency savings, while the average primary school should be able to save around £25,000 a year.

And to be clear, those are not one-off savings. The report stressed that these savings ought to be achievable this year, next year and every year.

To achieve these terrific savings, the report said, all the schools have to do is take a look at how other, more efficient, schools are handling matters, and copy their practices.

Yet if it were as easy as that, surely by now, most schools should be feeling extremely well off, as inefficiencies are removed and the savings mount up in school bank accounts, simply waiting to be used on other educational ventures.

Sadly, as we know, this is not true. And it is not true for one very simple reason: efficiencies arise not just by copying other schools (although this can help somewhat) but mostly through the introduction and maintenance of what might be a called “an efficiency mindset” throughout the school.

The process of achieving an “efficiency mindset” has been explored and examined in detail by school managers and administrators over the past five years in a number of schools – schools which as part of this exploration really have made incredible efficiency savings.

Now for the first time the way in which schools are making savings is described in one volume: “The Efficient School.”

This volume reveals not only many of the projects that schools have introduced in recent years in order to achieve efficiencies, but also the vital processes which these schools introduce to ensure that objections to change are overcome and that changes, once implemented, are maintained and developed.

As such report explores not only areas in which savings can be made, but also the way in which the whole issue of changing well-established processes and habits can be handled in a school.

The Efficient School is available in copiable form (as a printed volume or on CD) so that it can be distributed to all interested members of staff.

ISBN: 978 1 86083 811 8 Order code: T1803emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/education/T1803.pdf

  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
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You can purchase the report…

 

What is the most effective way of getting young people to understand the facts surrounding alcohol, tobacco and various illegal substances?

Here’s a fairly straightforward and uncontentious point. The most effective way of getting young people to understand the facts relating to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is to get them to talk openly about these substances.

Unfortunately that is not always as easy as it might seem at first sight, which is why we have developed the resource, Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco — The Decision Is Yours.

This resource presents the facts about drugs, alcohol and tobacco and raises a wide range of issues which are presented through a set of worksheets. After this the students consider a short entry in each of the diaries of Johnny and Carla.

This in turn leads to further discussion topics, and more facts – including the comparative calorie levels of various alcoholic drinks when compared with pizza, cake and a burger.

In short everything in the pack leads to further discussion as we present the facts on the effects that alcohol, smoking and drugs can have on individuals, families, communities and your health.

All of the materials within the pack are photocopiable and thus further aid class discussion.

This resource is available as a hard copy or an ebook and free sample pages are available on our website.

You can order Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco — The Decision Is Yours in any of these ways:

Self-evaluation is probably the most powerful evaluation tool that teachers can use.

It never received huge levels of publicity, and in fact the event seems to have been removed from Ofsted’s own website, but back in July 2004 Ofsted actually did inspect Ofsted.

Undoubtedly this was a rigorous and demanding inspection. And in the end Ofsted concluded that Ofsted had improved schools, reinforced the national curriculum and provided effective advice to government.

In short, top marks all round.

Of course it all sounds a bit silly when put like that. But there is an important lesson to be learned here. For the fact is that people who are able to evaluate their own work and their own performance invariably become more highly motivated and more engaged in their own development.

The only problem is: how does one learn self-evaluation?

Indeed it is widely recognised that it is possible to evaluate and mislead oneself at the same time! Instead of development and improvement being a result of self-evaluation, self-deception creeps in and leads to a lack of motivation and development.

But, despite these difficulties, self-evaluation remains an incredibly powerful tool and Ofsted puts great store by the way the leadership of a school uses self-evaluation and review to improve teaching, because such self-evaluation, when used properly, really can work.

In the simplest of terms it provides a benchmark as to how much a school is improving.

One way of developing self-evaluation in your school while showing Ofsted that you are on top of this issue is to use the specially prepared video from Classwatch.

Such is the power of this video that is has led some commentators to suggest that they have learned more about their teaching in 30 minutes than in the previous decade.

With the Classwatch video system colleagues can observe a lesson remotely, and all teachers have an opportunity for self-evaluation. The lesson can then be reviewed and discussed with the teacher so that great lessons can be shared with other teachers in your school

In order to show just how effective this process can be we are currently offering the recording of a free lesson to the first 50 schools that contact us.

There is more information on our website at http://helloclasswatch.co.uk/FreeLesson

Alternatively you can call us on 0800 043 9510 or email us at info@classwatch.co.uk

I look forward to hearing from you.

Andrew Jenkins

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As well as giving you a handy place to log your own suppliers, our supplier management module lets you connect to other schools and read reviews and recommendations from our thousands of school users. Beware of imitations…we’ve more suppliers and more schools than any other site, and it’s completely free to access, use and contact suppliers.

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Our forums are free and only for schools: no suppliers, no LAs, just school leaders exchanging ideas, tips and opinions. You can even set up your own forum for your cluster group or as a place to explore a topic in depth.

You can also choose to access our subscription-based tools for free, for a two-week period. Of course we hope you’ll go on to join the thousands of schools using our technology to save time and effort on the jobs you do everyday, but whatever you decide:

Our Request For Quote tool, our Supplier Management module and our Forums are free.

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Save 10% on holidays during school breaks

We know the problems that come with trying to book a holiday during your time off and also the high costs involved in travelling during these times.

To help with this we offer a range of tours to locations including Austria, Prague, Paris and Bruges.

What’s more, we offer teachers a 10% discount on the prices shown on the website.

To see the tours available for breaks in 2013 and 2014, take a look at our website.

Our coaches run from almost 500 regional pick up points, and you can select from a vast number of tours which are available during school holidays.

To claim a 10% saving, you will need to call us on 0844 324 8557, quote the reference ‘TEACH’, and provide us with the name and address of the school that you work for and your position within it.

Of course, because we are offering discounts where normally there are surcharges some of the holidays do get booked fairly quickly. But if you find the one you want is already full, do look search on other dates or other destinations – we’re adding new teacher discount holidays all the time.

A world news newspaper for KS3 and KS4. And it is free for two months.

The chances are that for many young people today newspapers are either something that exist in other households but not their own or they are gossip columns with very little international news.

Which is why Newsademic exists – for it is an international newspaper written and edited for KS 3 and KS 4 students.

To date we have over 30,000 readers – which is why we know there is a demand for such a publication.

It is also why we are happy to offer a free two month subscription to the paper. We know that schools that see it, like it.

The publication supports the PSHE, History, Geography, Science, English and RE curricula though its focus is on international news events that shape and affect the world that we all live in today.

Newsademic carries no advertising. Neither does it feature articles about television, sport, computer games, pop music or celebrity culture.

The newspaper is distributed fortnightly as a PDF file by email or as a download. Although it can be read on screen it is designed to be printed out and read as a paper copy. An intranet licence allows all students to access an HTML searchable version of Newsademic via their school network. Two levels of activities, based on some of the featured articles, accompany each issue.

Annual subscription rates start at £24.00 and schools can photocopy any part of the newspaper as many times as they wish for use within their school.

To subscribe free of charge for two months please go to: www.newsademic.com/promo/h0112 

For more information visit www.newsademic.com

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What is the most effective way of helping teenagers understand difficult topics?

There are all sorts of “difficult” topics that beset teenage lives: depression, alcohol abuse, personal hygiene, sex, bereavement, STDs, being overweight…

Talking to students about these issues can result in an increased awareness of the subject, but experience suggests that for many students the progress made after such encounters can be modest at best.

Where the greatest breakthroughs occur is in situations in which the students themselves will open up and engage in serious conversations themselves.

But the issue is, how does one motivate the silent student to speak? How does one ensure that the mocking or joking student who covers his/her inability to talk seriously about the subject will join in the discussion. How can we help these students put these vital topics into the context of their lives, and the world around them?

In short: how do we control the discussions?

The answer comes with setting the terms of the discussion in advance – and this is exactly what the Egar Choice Discussion Cards achieve.

The students are given the topic to discuss such as “What does smoking do to you and your health?” They then can choose an answer card which they then have to use as the basis for their answer.

There are both positive and negative cards in the pack – in the case of smoking ranging from, “De-stresses you” to “Makes you want more all the time”, and the students then have to put forward arguments to support the card they have selected.

As a result the debate continues in a controlled way, with all possible answers being aired, as they students come to see the logic, or otherwise, of the answers that can be given.

The Choice Discussion Cards cover a wide range of topics incorporating not just the topics above, but also such issues as gun culture, anger, crime, vandalism, love, bullying etc etc.

There are details of all the topics available on the following link http://www.egar.co.uk/choice-discussion-cards-HH1

If you wish to place an order please you can use the check out on the above link (schools can be invoiced on account) or by contacting us via the following methods. Please quote HH1 on all correspondence.

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Claim free visualisers for your school

What’s the next big technology in education?

Visualisers – and you can get them free for your school this spring! It’s the perfect opportunity to equip all of your classrooms, or upgrade your outdated visualiser technology.

How? With our multi-buy offers on VidiFox visualisers. Or, you can try before you buy: simply call 0844 357 5197 to book your free demo slot now. We’ll come to your school and show you how invaluable visualisers can be in your classrooms.

In numerous ways. At the simplest level you can share information with the whole class without the need for expensive and time-consuming photocopying – and without crowding round a desk or laptop. But a visualiser will do so much more.

  • Show intricate or fragile items such as flowers, fossils, artifacts
  • Display pupils’ work and encourage peer assessment
  • Demonstrate procedures or experiments
  • Share books and other information with the whole class
  • Improve handwriting

Whilst a stand alone visualiser brings huge benefits, integrate it with other technology you have invested in such as interactive white boards and projectors to get even greater rewards.Once you start using a visualiser to enhance your teaching you’ll see higher levels of participation, as well as greater and faster understanding.

To give your school the best possible start with visualisers, use these multi-buy offers:

  • Buy 4 visualisers, get 1 half price *
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* Please note: these offers are available only until 30th April 2013.

It’s simple: the more Visualisers you buy, the more you save. Also, the more classrooms you have equipped with these invaluable, multi-use devices.

Visualisers are a proven teaching tool that are fast-gaining praise from schools across the country. We’ll come out and give you a free of charge, no obligation demonstration in your school, at a time to suit you. There’s no hassle, no pressure, just objective advice on the best solution for you.

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