How to please all parents all of the time

Many parents get information about the school that their child attends through the school’s website. Not surprisingly, therefore, the most common reason given as to why a school has put up a website is as a means to aiding communication with parents of children in the school.

But despite this clarity of aim it is also the case that when schools do surveys concerning the use of their website they find many parents report that they can’t easily find the information that they need – and so end up phoning the school instead.

In trying to work out why this is so, it becomes clear that that the second most common reason for putting up a school website is to communicate with parents who are thinking of sending their children to your school.

So more information gets added to the site, without any thought about what is important to the different people looking at the site.

And as a result of this it can become harder and harder to find what you need on the site.

Sometimes, therefore, it is a good idea to go back to the start and re-consider exactly what someone coming to your website will be looking for, and make sure that everything can be found very readily.

This often involves having separate pathways within the site for different groups of people… one for existing parents which caters for their requirements for information, one for potential parents.

At the same time you have to remember that the majority of those looking at your site will be using a mobile device. So the site needs to be compliant to the latest technology!

This is an area that we have worked in extensively, and some of the comments from teachers who have used our services are given below.

Meanwhile, if you would like to talk about how your school can respond to organising the information it carries on the website please do get in touch. You can find out more about us on http://www.inco-education.co.uk/article-what-makes-a-brilliant-school-website.php

If you prefer, email me the details of your website and your phone number (and let me know a convenient time to call) and I will come back to you with my thoughts on what changes we might suggest to your website. You can reach me on as@inco-soft.net

Here are the comments from others…

We were after a website which met the needs of our current and potential users while providing an intuitive, and aesthetically pleasing platform. At all times INCO sort to meet this need. As our website has grown and developed INCO have been very helpful in supporting this process. I would have no hesitation in recommending INCO to you as a professional company that cares about its clients.
Mr Clive Darley, Assistant Headteacher, The Billericay School

While working with INCO on our new school website, we have been nothing but impressed. INCO have been excellent and their service support has been fantastic. The team there respond promptly and go above and beyond to help. I have no hesitation in recommending INCO to other Schools. Thank you!
Tanbir Hussain, Burntwood School

Several design companies were contacted and following numerous demonstrations I felt INCO understood our needs and had both the technical knowledge and design flair to construct a site which met our very precise demands.
Dr Derek Davies – Deputy Headteacher Sir John Thursby Community College – Burnley

The after-sales advice and support we have experienced so far makes us confident that INCO have a long term commitment to work with us to further develop our website. I have no hesitation in recommending INCO to other schools and colleges.
Mike Brodrick – ICT Manager, Haydock Sports College – Merseyside

MFL resources plus a free PowerPoint display for teaching the names of Olympic sports (no purchase necessary)

From time to time, teachers approach us asking for specific resources that they are unable to find elsewhere, and recently we have received a number of requests for a KS2 MFL resource that links in with the Olympics.

As a result we have developed three KS2 Olympics Topic Packs, one each for French, Spanish and German.

The Topic Packs give pupils an opportunity to learn and use the words for many different sports as well as practise vocabulary for colours, weather, numbers and travel.

What’s more, using the information on each country at the Olympics will help you address some of the Intercultural Strand of the Framework for Modern Languages.

The French, Spanish and German Olympics Topic Packs contain photocopiable activities and games which include:

flashcards
picture flashcards
word searches, crossword puzzles and other word games
listening activities
bingo and other games
sentence building activities
background information for France, Spain or Germany at the Olympics.
We are also offering a free PowerPoint display for teaching the names of the Olympics sports. To get a copy, email us at info@brilliantpublications.co.uk with your full name and the language you are interested in and we will email your free PowerPoint to you.

You can order the Topic Pack resources in any of these ways:

On our website. Click here for French, here for Spanish and here for German
By phone on 01449 766629
By fax on 01449 767122
By email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk
By post to Brilliant Publications, c/o Trade Counter Distribution
Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND

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Teaching economic well-being

Economic well-being has been part of the primary curriculum since Every Child Matters was introduced in 2003.

However, despite the fact that this innovation was introduced nearly a decade ago there is still little in the way of material that directly relates to helping primary school pupils develop a deeper understanding of how companies work and how consumers can influence the companies with whom they interact.

It is for this reason that the simulation approach has been developed as part of teaching economic well-being. It has become, in fact, the basic way of helping children understand how companies work.

This approach is activity centred in which the pupils form companies to manufacture and sell products, and it is an approach that is explored in full in Mind Your Own Business. This is a copiable resource (available as a photocopiable book and on CD) which contains a wide range of stand-alone sessions, support work and follow-up activities, and a whole range of further steps linked to curriculum subjects.

Throughout these activities children make a positive contribution to their team and develop an understanding of how their decisions, wishes and thoughts, relate to companies.

As a result the sessions simulate the achievement of economic wellbeing which can easily be adapted to create products for sale at school or in fairs, in order to apply the system to real life situations.

Following Mind Your own Business pupils create a brand, make products and sell products – and through this develop a much deeper economic awareness than would otherwise be the case.

There are extracts from this resource, ISBN 978 1 86083 825 5, order code T1783EMN, at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/primary/T1783.pdf

Prices

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

You can purchase the report…

By post from First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct, Earlstrees Rd, Corby, NN17 4HH
By fax to 01536 399 012
On-line with a credit card at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=759
By phone with a school order number or a credit card to 01536 399 011
When ordering the book please quote the reference T17831EMN.

The two ways to get a university place

For as long as any of us can remember, universities have demanded certain A level grades as the entry ticket to a course.

But in recent years a second requirement has been added, a requirement that has had less attention but which can in many cases have as much impact on the success or failure of an application as the student’s grades.

In fact each year we are seeing an increasing number of highly able and talented students failing to get to the university of their choice because their application does not make the most of their potential, their personality, their drive, and their ability to give something back to the university as well as be a good student.

Students now need to be well informed and focused in order to make the right choices and to give themselves the best possible chance of getting a place on the course and at the university that best suits their future aspirations.

They also need to know why they want to go to this university, to study this course, and they need to be aware that being at university is a two way process. The university gives the student opportunities – the student needs to show that he/she will seize those opportunities and give something back in return.

”How to Successfully Apply to University” seeks to clarify the process of applying for university and contains information and insights that will be useful for all students as they face the university application process. It outlines each step from the first thought to the completion of the application, and looks at all aspects of the process of selecting and applying for a university place.

The approach within the book includes carrying out research to find the best suited course/university, understanding the UCAS system, delivering the best possible personal statement, the actual application and the post-application process, funding, and student accommodation, etc.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/careers/T1779.pdf

ISBN: 978 1 86083 810 1; Order code: T1779emn

The volume is available as…

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

You can purchase the book or CD…

By post to First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Way, Corby, NN17 4HH
On the phone with a school order number at 01536 399 011
By fax to 01536 399 012
On line with a credit card at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=47&products_id=753

Great Empires of the Past

Core Concepts Video Clip Library
This video clip library of 36 two-to-three minute segments on one chaptered DVD provides a concise survey of 12 history-changing empires:

Ancient Mesopotamia
Ancient Egypt
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
The Ancient Maya
Ancient Persia
Alexander the Great
Medieval West Africa
Medieval Islamic World
The Mongols
The Incas
The Aztecs
Each empire is given an overview segment, including a timeline graphic to place it within the context of world history, and two additional segments that delve deeper into areas of particular importance. Connections to modern life and society are emphasised throughout, to help viewers see ancient history as a living presence in today’s world.

Reviews & Awards

“The primary strength of Great Empires of the Past is its consistent use of images of genuine art, artefacts, and monuments to illustrate each empire. The editing and visual style is fresh and lively, but does not obscure the iconic images …. Provides concise yet insightful introductions to key concepts as well as geographical and historical contexts…. Teachers will find the 2- to 3-minute segments useful as writing prompts, discussion prompts, or simply a way to add variety to classroom instruction and reach auditory and visual learners. Each segment could easily be used independently of all the others. Recommended.” — Educational Media Reviews Online

Available on approval from Viewtech Educational Media. Click here for further details and online ordering – quote promotional discount code: HHM110 for a 10% discount!

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Interactive Online Revision for AQA ICT and Computing

How do you keep students motivated during revision?

Provide fun, accessible revision material tailored to individual needs
Allow students to take control by providing a structured revision plan
Give instant feedback so students can continually improve
Monitor progress and provide additional support if needed.

eRevision by ZigZag Education offers all of these key elements.

eRevision caters for students of all abilities through engaging exercises to learn what they don’t know and prepare for the exam. Every specification sub-topic is covered by 4 types of exercise.

Students choose their target grade and the program adjusts the difficulty of the questions appropriately, ensuring no student is left behind. Intuitive progress tracking allows students to see a map of progress to help structure their revision.

Furthermore, students can monitor their own progress and revise from anywhere using school, library or a home computer with Internet access. Teachers can monitor student and class marks too, so you can oversee their progress whilst allowing them to work independently.

View full details and order a FREE demo at zigzag.at/UM34

eRevision is an annual subscription service. Upon receipt of your order, your school registration details will be dispatched, normally within 2 working days. You will then be able to log in and set up log-ins for your students (for use on a single site and for home use).

Single-student access also available – use the link above for full details.

You can order (please reference UM34 when placing your order for FREE POSTAGE)

By phone: 0117 950 3199
By post: ZigZag Education, Unit 3, Greenway Business Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol BS10 5PY
By fax: 0117 959 1695
By email: ict-UM34@zigzageducation.co.uk
Via the website: zigzag.at/UM34
View details of all ICT resources at: http://zigzageducation.co.uk/order.asp?userid=ICT&link=um34

Free PSHE 11 – 16 resources

Metals & Me is an education project for 11 – 16 year olds supported by the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA).

Written by an experienced teacher and reflecting current best practice guidelines, Metals & Me meets many curriculum and syllabus objectives for sustainable development, PSHE and citizenship whilst encouraging students to think about the global environmental implications of the ever-growing demand for metal.

The Metals & Me resources are available to download free from the BMRA website at www.recyclemetals.org/metals_and_me and consist of:

Three specially commissioned video modules:
What’s recycling got to do with me? addressing how widely we use metals.
Where do metals come from? comparing the environmental and energy costs of mining vs. recycling.
How does recycling work? explaining how 95% of a domestic appliance can be recovered for reuse.
Twelve classroom activities with support materials that will enable your students to develop their enquiry skills, be involved in decision-making experiences and be actively engaged in finding out about a growing industry that will play an increasingly significant part in their lives, as well as offering job opportunities in the future.
Teachers’ notes with five exemplar lesson plans suggesting ways to link the activities into themed lessons. Each lesson plan is supported by a PowerPoint style presentation for use in the classroom.
We hope you find Metals & Me a useful resource and would welcome your feedback via the online survey on the website www.recyclemetals.org.

Yours faithfully

Ian Hetherington
Director General, BMRA

How can you possibly know about every special need?

In PSHE it is often a challenge to get up to date information on key issues to use in the classroom. Issues relating to Substance Abuse, Mental Health Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Self Harm. Loss, Separation and Bereavement are often discussed.

To help overcome this challenge the details of 43 of the most common and equally most often misunderstood special needs are given in 2 books:

A Guide to Syndromes and Conditions
A Guide to More Syndromes and Conditions.
In each case the condition is defined in terms of the characteristics and symptoms. Guidance is given on strategies and treatments followed by details of other useful resources.

These books are available from 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

University Lectures for Secondary Schools

The Faculties provides free, short films of university lecturers speaking on topics directly from the A-level curriculum. The subject sites also help students choose a university department that’s right for them and shows them what careers may follow their studies and what employers particularly value in graduates.

Each site has three levels – A levels, universities and careers to explore.

So far there are six “faculties” avaialble on line at www.thefaculties.org – English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, History and Psychology. I mention them all because you might like to pass on details to colleagues in other departments.

What is the simplest way to make major financial and efficiency savings in your school

It is a simple fact that few schools have access to anyone who is trained in the issue of contracts and Procurement.

As a result, when major purchases are made in schools (such as printing systems, telephone systems, major equipment items for departments, book purchases, etc) it is generally the supplier who writes the contract and sets down the terms and conditions.

Of course, if these contracts were between companies and individuals then the Sale of Goods Act would apply. But with contracts between companies and schools this Act does not apply. While the terms and conditions of a purchase can’t be unfair, they certainly can be written to favour one party (usually the supplier) rather than the other (the school).

Most suppliers are perfectly reasonable people, but they need to make a profit, and the issue therefore is, are they making a reasonable profit or are they trying to exploit the school for their own benefit?

Corporate Contract Management runs the School Procurement and Contracts seminars to help senior managers in schools get to grips with the procurement process, reduce the risk to the school and ensure their school gets the best out of their purchases.

An overview of our training course and details of forthcoming presentations are given at http://www.admin.org.uk/CCMseminars.html

Full details of everything covered within the one day course are given at www.admin.org.uk/CCMoneday.html

If you have any questions about the course please do call 01536 399007 or email sam@admin.org.uk

These courses are promoted by the School of Educational Administration on behalf of Corporate Contract Management

Great value online teaching resources for media studies

To help you to support your students in their creative and media learning and to save you time and effort developing lesson plans, The History of Advertising Trust has produced an online digital advertising case study.

Designed for you to adapt easily for your own use in the classroom, it is quick and simple to download and is licenced for 365 days to give you the flexibility to decide how and when you want to use the materials.

The case study demonstrates how advertising a brand has changed in time with the development of digital media and illustrates how it is possible to communicate a single, clear message to a target audience, whilst using a wide mix of media channels.

Covering the use of mobile phone and Facebook apps, interactive online games, social networking and bespoke websites, this resource will help you engage your students. Including interviews with the advertising agency team responsible for the campaigns, the case study will help you bring your students closer to the real workplace.

Full of examples of real advertising campaigns and multi-use classroom resources, the online ‘Digital Advertising – Re-inventing Lynx’ case study represents great value for money at just £30.

Click here to find out more.

www.hatads.org.uk

GCSE Differentiated Exam Practice For French, German and Spanish

The perfect solution for consolidating learning and offering exam practice
in mixed ability classes

As part of final preparations before the exams, teachers are finding Differentiated Exam Practice to be an invaluable resource. What makes these packs special is that the exam-style questions are arranged by topic and by ability, so it’s easy to select exactly what you need for the students in your class.

Each pack contains fifty different texts with comprehension questions, five for each topic:

Two for Foundation
Two for Higher
One for Gifted & Talented.
Every exercise exactly matches the requirements of the exam board specification, so students are practising essential exam techniques at the same time as revising the vocabulary and structures essential to the GCSE course.

Use these for starters, homeworks, end-of-topic consolidation, exam practice – the possibilities are endless! What’s certain is that you’ll find suitable exercises whatever the ability of your GCSE students and whichever topic they’re studying.

Differentiated Exam Practice is available for French, German and Spanish; AQA, Edexcel and WJEC; Reading and Listening. To preview each pack and to order, see: zigzag.at/UM47

Differentiated Exam Practice is available as photocopy masters, PDF files and editable Word files.

Differentiated Exam Practice for GCSE Listening also comes with professionally recorded listening files on CD.

You can order (please reference UM47 when placing your order for FREE POSTAGE)

By phone: 0117 950 3199
By post: ZigZag Education, Unit 3, Greenway Business Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol BS10 5PY
By fax: 0117 959 1695
By email: MFL-UM47@zigzageducation.co.uk
Via the website: zigzag.at/UM47
Details of all MFL resources are given at
http://zigzageducation.co.uk/teaching-resources-for-mfl.asp?userid=Languages&link=UM47

Ensuring that students gain quality information from Education Publishers, Learning Grids and the internet, while avoiding harmful content

There is no doubt that there are many students who have grown so used to the internet that they see it as a prime source of information. For them books have ceased to be a central reference point for their studies.

Unfortunately, because of the range of material on the internet, this can be a particular problem. Indeed, as the January 2012 Ofsted framework says, it is vital for schools to minimise the risk to young people through having effective procedures for safeguarding.

So the question is, how can schools provide access to quality information without risk, and without a lot of extra work for you and your colleagues?

The answer many schools have discovered is Autology, an online service which needs no local software to install and maintain.

Autology is an educational search engine, within which all content is verified and mapped to the curriculum. It thus allows students to find the information they need, with the added guarantee that what they are finding is quality information.

It means that all students can access the very best and most informative materials online, either at home or in the school. The Autology resources include online versions of many Heinemann books, Letts text books, encyclopaedias and access to over 1000 web sources.

Through its “walled garden” approach to using the internet it is therefore possible for you to switch off access to Google and instead focus on highly reliable and, above all, safe resources.

However, that is not all. As we know, Ofsted also requires that schools narrow the gaps between the performance of different groups of students in the school.

The Autology approach assists in narrowing this gap by particularly aiding those students who find research and identifying appropriate resources difficult or unengaging.

In short, Autology meets the requirement of Ofsted by successfully engaging students in their learning. This enables them to develop the skills to learn for themselves, and enables the setting of appropriate homework to help develop these skills. This in turn helps to develop their understanding by providing equality of access to resources when they carry out their homework.

As a result students still use the same amount of time as before, but you will now know that time is focussed on retrieving and using information of the highest quality.

To see how Autology works a free trial is available by clicking here.

Alternatively, to talk through any aspect of our service please call 01244 560966 or email keithe@autology.org

You can also view the product at www.autology.org

Autology is provided by Autology World Ltd, Daresbury Innovation Centre, Science & Innovation Campus, Keckwick Lane, Daresbury, Cheshire, WA4 4FS

Help for SBMS in time management with TES

Now there’s help for school business managers who want to work more effectively.

PropertyPrefect from TES Foundation is already helping thousands of school users achieve better buildings management by taking the time, money and hassle out of premises maintenance and health and safety. Find out more.

Our new Suppliers and Connections module helps SBMs work together, sharing practical information on which local suppliers offer great service and value.

If you knew what other SBMs knew about local suppliers, wouldn’t you save time?

If you’re already working with other schools, in a cluster, federation, partnership or group of Academies, TES Foundation gives you the online tools to stay connected and share data effortlessly.

If you’re on your own, it’s the quick and simple way to make connections.

Set your supplier database up quickly and easily; you can even import your existing contacts from a spreadsheet.
Notify suppliers of issues with one click.
Invite other schools to connect and share your supplier list.
The more connections you have, the more shared information you will have access to.
Use our star rating system and comments from other school business managers to find the best person for the job.
Add reviews to your own suppliers and share them with other schools.
An excellent tool for clusters, federations, partnerships and groups of academies.
Book a free online demo now. You’ll know within 15 minutes whether TES Foundation can help you.

A potential Doctor in your class?

Deciding to study medicine is obviously a big commitment both for students and their families, and making this decision is even more difficult if the family has no background in medicine.

At Gap Medics we offer students (aged 16 and over) the opportunity to see what the world of medicine is really like. Through our facilities they travel to Africa, India, The Caribbean or Thailand to shadow experienced doctors and healthcare professionals.

Not only does this experience help students to make the right decision about their future career, it is also a useful addition for their UCAS forms.

Recognised by the majority of British medical schools, our hospital work experience is ideal for those students who are interested in medicine, nursing, dentistry or midwifery.

In terms of the practicalities, students are met at the airport by one of our specialist staff team members and are looked after by an extensive staff team throughout their stay.

If you have any students who are interested in a career in medicine, there are several ways of giving them the relevant information.

First, you can of course pass on this email.
Second you can direct the student to our website at www.gapmedics.co.uk to find out a lot of detailed information regarding the placements
Third you can click here to print out some information to pass to your prospective healthcare students.
Finally they can call us on 0191 269 6818 or email us at info@gapmedics.com and we’ll send a brochure in the post.
Regards
Mark Hinksman
Business Development Director

Gap Medics – Launching medical careers
Collingwood Buildings
38 Collingwood Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 1JF

T. +44 (0)191 269 6818
F. +44 (0)191 229 9501
E. mark@gapmedics.com
W. www.gapmedics.com

The Foundations of Wealth

Although it is rooted in the concrete realities of life, economics often appears to students as a series of abstract nouns – productivity, supply, demand, price, surplus, scarcity and so on… that inevitably create a barrier between the student and the economic principles of enterprise.

“The Foundations of Wealth” series of video episodes have been designed to help them over the barrier. In ten episodes, each approx. 10 minutes long, it tells the story of how a primitive community makes its way from a subsistence economy to prosperity by a succession of devices – division of labour, mechanisation, money, markets, price etc.

Absorbing and entertaining, “The Foundations of Wealth” keeps students’ attention whilst presenting economic principles through combining high quality animation and documentary film material as we follow two characters, and the community they live in, through a series of economic changes and developments that illustrate the foundations of basic economic principles and mechanisms, which are then presented at work in the real world.

Episode 1. How It All Began (11 mins) – Key concepts: subsistence level, subsistence economy, scarcity, surplus

Episode 2. Division of Labour – i. Product (9 mins) – Key concepts: organisation, specialisation, efficiency, investment, capital

Episode 3. Division of Labour – ii. Process (10 mins) – Key concepts: trade, productivity, exports and imports, production line

Episode 4. Mechanisation (10 mins) – Key concepts: mechanical device, energy source, harnessing

Episode 5. A Life Worth Living (11 mins) – Key concepts: cultivation, goods and services, natural resources, leisure

Episode 6. The Market (11 mins) – Key concepts: voluntary exchange, command economy, incentive

Episode 7. Money (11 mins) – Key concepts: token of value, store of value, measure of wealth

Episode 8. Supply, Demand and Price – i. Price and the consumer (13 mins) – Key concepts: prices as information, law of demand, relative value

Episode 9. Supply, Demand and Price – ii. Price and the producer (13 mins) – Key concepts: gluts and shortages, innovation, law of supply, equilibrium price

Episode 10.The Mixed Economy (11 mins) – Key concepts: planned economy, market economy, public goods.

All 10 episodes are available on 2 chaptered DVD’s and are accompanied by downloadable worksheets to reinforce the economic principles covered – FREE Sample Support Material

“The Foundations of Wealth” video series was devised by Sir Antony Jay, author of comedy series “Yes Minister” and “Yes Prime Minister”. He is also the founder, with John Cleese, of award winning training film producers Video Arts. Carefully researched and developed with teachers to provide a valuable tool for teaching economics in the classroom, “The Foundations of Wealth” episodes are also suitable for any course where the basics of economics need to be introduced or explained in a clear, memorable and entertaining way!

Order all 10 episodes on 2 chaptered DVDs + downloadable support material – quote promotional discount code: HHM110 at the checkout for a 10% discount!

For any further information or assistance please contact:

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Light and shadows: free Y3 Science resources

OnBoard is the free email service that we’ve launched to provide great free stuff for your teaching, saving you hours of time.

Our first free resource this term is a PowerPoint presentation on light and shadows for your Y3 science classes, based on QCA Unit 3f.

In it, pupils will learn about the relationship between light, an object and the formation of shadows. Pupils will observe the apparent movement of the Sun and the associated changes in shadows.

Download the free light and shadow resources:

www.boardworks.co.uk/science-free-stuff_896

If your teachers would like to download free science, maths or literacy resources, why not forward them this link?

www.boardworks.co.uk/primary-onboard-_897

Regards,

The Boardworks Primary team

What is the most effective way of helping your students manage anger?

This step-by-step, straightforward programme of ten lesson plans provides all the information you need to run a successful Anger Management programme with your students. It will enable them to gain the essential skills they need to develop their emotional literacy, using real-life examples with which they will identify. During the course, participants will learn:

self-awareness
self-management
impulse control
active listening
empathy
understanding of non-verbal cues
conflict resolution and mediation.
Central to the programme is how to deal with angry outbursts – known as ‘emotional hijacks’ – both pre- and post-hijack. It will offer your students a way through their anger to a more optimistic outlook, a better focus and acceptance of other people.

The aim, required resources and methods are outlined at the beginning of each lesson and are all accompanied by user-friendly, reproducible student and teacher worksheets. The programme is available for either primary or secondary students and in each case is priced at £39.95 + VAT plus £3.50 Post and packing.

Anger Management – Secondary, Order code: 036HH
Anger Management – Primary, Order code: 043HH
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Phone 0845 605 0230
Fax 0844 3350776
E-mail Belinda@loggerheadfims.co.uk
Post Loggerhead Publishing, PO Box 928, Northampton, NN7 9AP

What is the simplest way to make major financial and efficiency savings in your school

It is a simple fact that few schools have access to anyone who is trained in the issue of contracts and Procurement.

As a result, when major purchases are made in schools (such as printing systems, telephone systems, major equipment items for departments, book purchases, etc) it is generally the supplier who writes the contract and sets down the terms and conditions.

Of course, if these contracts were between companies and individuals then the Sale of Goods Act would apply. But with contracts between companies and schools this Act does not apply. While the terms and conditions of a purchase can’t be unfair, they certainly can be written to favour one party (usually the supplier) rather than the other (the school).

Most suppliers are perfectly reasonable people, but they need to make a profit, and the issue therefore is, are they making a reasonable profit or are they trying to exploit the school for their own benefit?

Corporate Contract Management runs the School Procurement and Contracts seminars to help senior managers in schools get to grips with the procurement process, reduce the risk to the school and ensure their school gets the best out of their purchases.

An overview of our training course and details of forthcoming presentations are given at http://www.admin.org.uk/CCMseminars.html

Full details of everything covered within the one day course are given at www.admin.org.uk/CCMoneday.html

If you have any questions about the course please do call 01536 399007 or email sam@admin.org.uk

These courses are promoted by the School of Educational Administration on behalf of Corporate Contract Management

Exciting and invaluable teaching resources for Business Studies

The History of Advertising Trust was set up in 1976 to rescue, collect and preserve the heritage of the UK advertising industry and to make it available to all for research and study.

It became a charity in 1978 and its archive has grown to become the most comprehensive collection of UK advertising and brand communications in the world.

Due to the richness and diversity of its collections, with access to thousands of authentic and accurate data sources and images, comprehensive e-learning resources, expert knowledge of the advertising sector and links with key institutions and leading advertising agencies within the industry, The History of Advertising Trust is well positioned to support your teaching needs.

We publish regular free bulletins for teachers, entitled ‘Advertising in Education’, which contain informative news stories and features from our advertising collections, articles relevant to curriculum topic areas, suggestions for use in the classroom as well as providing access to various resources.

Subscribers can suggest advertising topics, concepts or themes relevant to the curriculum, to feature in future bulletins and can ask questions in relation to the subject.

You can subscribe to our free bulletin by clicking here.

If you are already a subscriber there is no need to do anything further, except look out for our next bulletin!

www.hatads.org.uk

Historical Costumes Made Easy

One of the most exciting and stimulating ways of bringing a period of history to life is through getting the pupils to dress in the way that ordinary people (or the elite) dressed during the relevant era.

It might be the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings… whoever it was, all children love dressing up, and this is dressing up with a purpose.

But… quite reasonably many parents balk at the idea of making a costume from one of these periods.

Which is why we have produced a new and extended edition of “Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Viking Children’s Costumes.” This is a copiable book so that you can take the relevant section and either put it on the school website or learning platform, or print out sections and give them to parents.

In each section of the book there are details of what people wore at that time, full page line drawings of the costumes with close ups of specific parts of the costume, plus separate sections for male and female, adults and children, peasants and the upper class.

Then there are sections on hairstyle , caps and hats, jewellery, leggings and shoes, belts, cloaks, pouches, dresses, tunics, and (for the sake of completeness) under garments.

For each item mentioned there are patterns, sizing information, materials and so forth – and all of this data is repeated for the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.

In over 150 pages of A4 there is everything anyone would ever want, giving you and the parents who make the costumes, a massive choice so that it is possible (should you wish it) to have every child in the class come in showing off a different type of costume.

Everything is here, you need no other volume.

There are sample pages from the photocopiable book at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/primary/T1763samplepages.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1763EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 784 5

Prices

Photocopiable book: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
Both the book and the CD: £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1763EMN

By post to First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Way, Corby, NN17 4HH
By fax to 01536 399 012
On line with a credit card at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=48_62&products_id=364

AQA Economics Model Answers for A2

I have written model answers to all AQA Economics 25 mark questions set at A2 since the start of the new specification. These answers cover both ECON3 and ECON4 and there are 50 answers in total.

I am wondering whether they might of help to you in working with your students to produce improved exam grades this summer.

The resource is available from www.economicsfactory.com or by e-mailing pete@economicsfactory.com Simply state your choice from the following options, along with your postal address, and I will send out a CD containing the resource, along with an invoice:

Single user: £40
Site licence for 10 users: £50
Site licence for 20 users: £60
Site licence for unlimited users: £70
Site licence for unlimited users with facility to edit the answers: £85
Kind regards,

Peter Cramp

Distinctive features of the resource include:

Each answer is annotated using the standard symbols of examiners such as ‘An’ for analysis and ‘E’ for evaluation in order that it can easily be seen where each skill is used and students learn better how to structure a good essay.

The answers include support for evaluative points using real world examples and data. It is useful to see how a small selection of real world knowledge can be tailored to the different questions set.

A relatively small number of key diagrams are used. Students can pick up which diagrams are most important from seeing those which are used in multiple essays.

The answers include a guide to exam technique for writing 25 mark answers.

The resource is comprehensive as it covers all 25 mark questions set to date. I am hopeful that teachers will find it valuable always to have an answer to hand when providing feedback on homework.

Purchase with a site licence will enable you to install the resource on your school’s VLE if you wish.

Giving history students the quality information they need in the format they like to use

There is no doubt that in every school there are students who have grown so used to the internet that they see it as a prime source of information and have ceased to see books as being a central reference point when studying history.

Unfortunately, because of the range of material on the internet, this can be a particular problem. Indeed, as the January 2012 Ofsted framework says, it is vital for schools to minimise the risk to young people through having effective procedures for safeguarding.

What today’s history students often want and need is the breadth and quality of information that they would, in an earlier generation, have found in text books and encyclopaedias, but within their preferred medium.

With this in mind we have developed Autology, an educational search engine, within which all content is verified and mapped to the curriculum. It thus allows students to find the information they need, with the added guarantee that what they are finding is quality information.

It means that history students from KS3 to Post 16 can access the very best and most informative materials on line, either at home or in the school. The Autology resources include on-line versions of many Heinemann books, Letts text books, encyclopaedias and access to over 1000 web sources.

Through its “walled garden” approach to using the internet it is possible for schools to switch off access to Google and instead focus on highly reliable and, above all. safe resources.

However, that is not all. As we know, Ofsted also requires that schools narrow the gaps between the performance of different groups of students in the school.

The Autology approach assists in narrowing this gap by particularly aiding those students who find research and identifying appropriate resources difficult or unengaging.

In short, Autology meets the requirement of Ofsted by successfully engaging students in their learning. This enables them to develop the skills to learn for themselves, and enables the setting of appropriate homework to help develop these skills. This in turn helps to develop their understanding by providing equality of access to resources when they carry out their homework.

As a result students still use the same amount of time as before, but you will now know that time is focussed on retrieving and using information of the highest quality.

To see how Autology works a free trial is available by clicking here.

Alternatively, to talk through any aspect of our service please call 01244 560966 or email keithe@autology.org

You can also view the product at www.autology.org

Autology is provided by Autology World Ltd, Daresbury Innovation Centre, Science & Innovation Campus, Keckwick Lane, Daresbury, Cheshire, WA4 4FS

What is the most effective way of promoting both programming and critical thinking within ICT?

From September, as we’ve all heard, the ICT curriculum in England is to be replaced by a flexible curriculum in computer science and programming. The aim, according to the Secretary of State, is to “create young people able to work at the forefront of technological change”.

So, what to do?

Say the word “Roamer®” and quite possibly you will recall one of the most defining moments in the history of ICT. But the question is, can this iconic product meet today’s challenges?

The answer is undoubtedly yes. The new Roamer is one robot, and by changing the keypad you can make it age appropriate which gives you a scaffolded approach to programming.

Early Years start with a simple keypad capable of moving the robot. Gradually new programming features are added until your top juniors are writing procedures and controlling inputs and outputs.

As the world’s only talking educational robot, the speaking helps to support pupils throughout this process.

As their programming skills grow, pupils develop their problem solving capabilities, learning to think sequentially, logically and creatively. These skills are developed through activities linked to mathematics, science, English and other curriculum areas.

This highly innovative programmable teaching aid is supported by a library full of free activities, which combined with free online training, provides an economical and practical resource capable of use throughout the whole school.

To find out more about how Roamer can be used in your classroom as a way of embracing the concepts within the government’s new model of ICT teaching, please visit http://www.roamer-robot.com/public

For more information you can also call 020 8673 2233 or email us at info@valiant-technology.com

The two ways to get a university place

For as long as any of us can remember, universities have demanded certain A level grades as the entry ticket to a course.

But in recent years a second requirement has been added, a requirement that has had less attention but which can in many cases have as much impact on the success or failure of an application as the student’s grades.

In fact each year we are seeing an increasing number of highly able and talented students failing to get to the university of their choice because their application does not make the most of their potential, their personality, their drive, and their ability to give something back to the university as well as be a good student.

Students now need to be well informed and focused in order to make the right choices and to give themselves the best possible chance of getting a place on the course and at the university that best suits their future aspirations.

They also need to know why they want to go to this university, to study this course, and they need to be aware that being at university is a two way process. The university gives the student opportunities – the student needs to show that he/she will seize those opportunities and give something back in return.

”How to Successfully Apply to University” seeks to clarify the process of applying for university and contains information and insights that will be useful for all students as they face the university application process. It outlines each step from the first thought to the completion of the application, and looks at all aspects of the process of selecting and applying for a university place.

The approach within the book includes carrying out research to find the best suited course/university, understanding the UCAS system, delivering the best possible personal statement, the actual application and the post-application process, funding, and student accommodation, etc.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/careers/T1779.pdf

ISBN: 978 1 86083 810 1; Order code: T1779emn

The volume is available as…

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

You can purchase the book or CD…

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On the phone with a school order number at 01536 399 011
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What is the point of education?

The notion that we might have to help our students develop an understanding of the links between education and careers might seem strange. But there is a lot of evidence to suggest this is exactly what needs to be done.

Indeed, it could be said that we need to broaden student horizons by educating them about the wide range of opportunities that are available in the world of work.

Career Detectives – a board game for use in schools – aims to do just this by providing a range of stimulating information about careers across all sectors within the context of a set of activities that can be completed in the classroom.

Working within the format of the game it enhances and raises awareness of key skills including team work, communication, leadership, creativity and confidence and embeds other key learning outcomes including healthy eating and citizenship.

Career Detectives has within it enough material for an entire term’s work. It also works on a diverse range of issues from key skills to healthy eating, from personal attitudes to citizenship.

At the same time it helps students to discover all about the world of work and which careers may interest them.

What’s more, using Career Detectives can also enhance your outcomes when Ofsted inspect as it enables you to demonstrate spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in your school. It also helps in a number of other areas, details of which can be found on our website.

In a world in which many people are perceived to be successful irrespective of their education, Career Detectives offers a stimulating alternative vision.

There is more information available on Career Detectives here.

AQA GCSE Design Technology Practice Papers (2012 CONTEXTS)

Available for Resistant Materials Technology (4552) and Graphic Products (4562)

Essential exam practice for this summer and beyond

Exclusive to ZigZag Education are 2 original practice papers with supporting mark schemes – available separately for AQA GCSE Resistant Materials and Graphic Products.

The papers are based around the summer 2012 contexts set by AQA:

Resistant Materials: The storage of small items and the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Graphic Products: Collecting money for charity
Written by a senior Design Technology examiner, the papers have been carefully tailored to mimic the format and style of the AQA examination to provide your students with the best possible exam preparation. The mark schemes contain clear guidance and example answers for hassle-free marking.

For a preview of the entire resource and to order, see: zigzag.at/AQA-DT-2012

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Does this pupil have dyscalculia – and if so what should we do about it?

Assessing a pupil or student who appears to be poor at maths to see if the child is suffering from dyscalculia is useful as means of helping assign limited resources.

This assessment can be done through an educational psychologist, of course, although this can be rather expensive – and of itself it doesn’t actually provide any resources that can be used to help the pupil or student after the assessment.

The Dyscalculia Centre has been looking into this problem for some time, and we have now come up with an on-line test which is much lower cost than a visit to an educational psychologist.

What is more, having marked the test we then provide a comprehensive set of copiable materials relevant to that student. These resources can then be used in school by an assistant teacher or SENCO working with the student.

The on-line Dyscalculia Test covers the individual’s attitude towards mathematical concepts and issues, plus specific questions on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, shapes, percentages and time. It is intended for anyone aged over seven years, but obviously does imply that the individual would be expected to be able to answer some basic questions in each of these subject areas.

Testing costs £49.95 per pupil. This price includes taking the test, receiving a specific report in relation to the individual taking the test, and being provided with resources relevant to that individual which can be used to help them progress in maths.

To read more about the test please visit http://www.dyscalculia.me.uk/testing.html

The test itself is set up for payment by credit card on-line, but if you wish to use a school order number you can do this by phoning 01536 399 011, or by fax to 01536 399 012. In each case we will need your email address so that we can email you a link to the on-line test. There are more details about payment for schools on http://www.dyscalculia.me.uk/teacher.html

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Question: What is the easiest way to run a hassle free school trip?

Answer: Don’t
It’s a very old joke. So old in fact it will barely raise a smile. But the fact is that something like 90% of schools still run school trips each year, and tens of thousands of us put ourselves through the hard work of organising and developing the trips, because of the good that we know it does for the pupils and students we teach.

Which is why, as a result of setting and running the School Visits news forum last year, I wanted to publish a book on school trips, covering everything that we had discussed.

And that’s what we have done. It is called Organising Successful Trips and Visits: a practical guide for secondary school teachers, and we’ve made it available as a download. In that way you can simply click on the link, and the file drops into the computer, ready for you to run off as many copies as you want for colleagues across the school.

The book covers all the basic points, from “loco parentis” to turning the idea into a trip, from transport issues to the letter to the parents, from staffing issues to kit lists.

In just over 50 pages it gives you all the basics – not least so that if a colleague in the school is looking to organise a trip for the first time, he/she will be able to read up on all the key issues presented in a straightforward way.

There are sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/authordownloadsamples/T1772samples.pdf

Organising Successful Trips and Visits: a practical guide for secondary school teachers” is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can print out for colleagues as often as you want. You can also put it on your school learning platform so all staff can access the document – and indeed you can make it part of the induction documentation for new members of staff.

You can obtain Organising Successful Trips and Visits: a practical guide for secondary school teachers” by going to http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=747

The price is £10 plus VAT (the VAT can be reclaimed in most cases by the school).

Organising Successful Trips and Visits: a practical guide for secondary school teachers” is published by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, or email sales@firstandbest.co.uk or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

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Martin Luther King Jr used church money to pay for prostitutes and subsequently beat them

When you search for Martin Luther King on Google the first page of the results of the search lists a website which contains this story. The site claims to give a true historic examination of Martin Luther King and provides material for students to download for use in their studies.

If you delve a little deeper into the origins of the site in question you find it is hosted by a white supremacist group and appears to be a veiled attack on King’s reputation and the Civil Rights Movement in general.

Whether or not you are covering Martin Luther King with your students at the moment is not really relevant, nor is the truth or otherwise of this story. What is relevant is that it illustrates the difficulty of ensuring that your students can be sure that what they are using in their research is factually correct and accurate.

A recent study found that 48% of teachers had regular discussions (arguments) with their students on the accuracy of information presented in work that had been based on material obtained via the internet.

It is with this issue in mind that we developed Autology. Autology is an educational search engine, but contains so much more. All content is verified and mapped to the curriculum allowing students to find the information they want, with the added guarantee that what they are finding is quality information.

Autology contains many resources for AS and A level from leading publishers. This includes 118 text books from Heinemann, 123 text books from Letts & Lonsdale, 9 Encyclopaedias from World Book, over 1,000 educational websites indexed to the curriculum, plus the content from regional learning grids.

As a result students still use the same amount of time as before, but now that time is focussed on retrieving and using high quality information.

To see how Autology works a free trial is available by clicking here.

Alternatively, to talk through any aspect of our service please call 01244 560966 or email keithe@autology.org

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Autology is provided by Autology World Ltd, Daresbury Innovation Centre, Science & Innovation Campus, Keckwick Lane, Daresbury, Cheshire, WA4 4FS

Motivating students through a renewed sense of achievement

Bower Grove Special School in Kent recently undertook an experiment in which they introduced a number of their pupils to the world of sublimation printing.

The sublimation system was used by the students to design and manufacture fabric sun glasses cases which were sold at the summer fair (although this is only one of a number of products that can be designed and produced in this way. Bags, mugs, key rings and t-shirts are among the other products that can be produced on this equipment).

One can easily imagine the level of motivation that arose as a result of this activity – not least because the resultant cases were of industry standard quality.

Indeed all students can take a feeling of pride from their achievements, and this never more so than when the student produces something utterly different from the norm. The ‘wow’ factor hit the students big time and became a major part of their educational experience.

In order to do this, just one piece of equipment is needed – the sublimation printer.

To get started with sublimation you will need a Ricoh printer, sublimation paper, SubliJet-R dye sublimation high capacity ink cartridges and a heat press for flat material. And to make life easy we offer starter packs for schools that include all of the above, details of which can be found on our website.

Our full list of consumables is available by clicking here.

If you would like to know more about any specific approaches, please do call us on 01223 893900.

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We can supply folding , cantilever or “zimmer” style desks from only £15.95 ex vat, as well as transporters for folding desks. We can often supply exam desks at short notice although it’s always easier if we have a few weeks notice!

PS. If you’re also in the market for new classroom tables and chairs you may find what you need on our website…… or why not call us to discuss?

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Efficiencies that save £1000s a year.

www.admin.org.uk
School of Education Administration, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH

Email: prospectus@admin.org.uk
Phone: 01536 399 007
Fax: 01536 399 012

When the School of Education Administration launched its School Efficiency courses no one quite knew which efficiencies schools would report.

But now we’ve seen it in action, and the savings schools are making are really extraordinary.

Among the most dramatic savings being achieved through efficiencies are those made to school meals arrangements, the way photocopying is organised, IT provision, school cleaning contracts and the movement to an automated text system.

The next 10 week Certificate in School Efficiency course (taught by distance learning) closes its intake of students on 11th May. The course commences on 21st May. It costs £249 plus VAT.

The next one year Diploma in School Efficiency course will also close its intake of students on 11th May with the course commencing on 21st May 2012.

There are still some places available on both courses.

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Old Computer Equipment Recycling Service

www.prmgreentech.com
PRM Green Technologies Ltd, 19 Kimberley Business Park, Kimberley Way, Brereton, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 1RE

Email via form at www.prmgreentech.com/contact.htm
Phone: 0800 840 9195

We collect redundant computer equipment (PC base units, CRT monitors, TFT monitors, servers, laptops, server racks, switches, telecom switches and printers) for recycling, ensuring all data is removed and adherence to the WEEE directive by offering industry leading environmental practices.

Does this pupil have dyscalculia – and if so what should we do about it?

Assessing a pupil or student who appears to be poor at maths to see if the child is suffering from dyscalculia is useful as means of helping assign limited resources.

This assessment can be done through an educational psychologist, of course, although this can be rather expensive – and of itself it doesn’t actually provide any resources that can be used to help the pupil or student after the assessment.

The Dyscalculia Centre has been looking into this problem for some time, and we have now come up with an on-line test which is much lower cost than a visit to an educational psychologist.

What is more, having marked the test we then provide a comprehensive set of copiable materials relevant to that student. These resources can then be used in school by an assistant teacher or SENCO working with the student.

The on-line Dyscalculia Test covers the individual’s attitude towards mathematical concepts and issues, plus specific questions on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, shapes, percentages and time. It is intended for anyone aged over seven years, but obviously does imply that the individual would be expected to be able to answer some basic questions in each of these subject areas.

Testing costs £49.95 per pupil. This price includes taking the test, receiving a specific report in relation to the individual taking the test, and being provided with resources relevant to that individual which can be used to help them progress in maths.

To read more about the test please visit http://www.dyscalculia.me.uk/testing.html

The test itself is set up for payment by credit card on-line, but if you wish to use a school order number you can do this by phoning 01536 399 011, or by fax to 01536 399 012. In each case we will need your email address so that we can email you a link to the on-line test. There are more details about payment for schools on http://www.dyscalculia.me.uk/teacher.html

Learning grids: A brilliant new idea in supporting weaker students

Learning grids: A brilliant new idea in supporting weaker students. Students have to read their textbook/notes to complete a grid of questions in exact spec and textbook order. The result is a set of comprehensive revision posters. Written to support major, exam-board endorsed textbooks.

A godsend for those students who find learning difficult and for the less willing. Leads to active learning, identification of key points & the structuring of information.

The structured method of learning grids are of great value to students, especially if they find it difficult to absorb all the information in class.
An easy-to-set, yet valuable homework option.
Requires minimal preparation and interaction from the teacher — great for cover lessons!

As with all ZigZag resources, you can be confident of the highest standards. All resources go through a rigorous process of teacher reviews, proofreading and professional styling before reaching you. ZigZag resources can be purchased as ‘copy masters’ or in digital format and come with a site licence, allowing you to pay once and copy as often as you need, or put on your server for multiple use.

For previews of the entire range and to order, see: zigzag.at/LearningGrids

Learning Grids are available as Photocopy masters, PDF files and editable Word files.

Currently available for: Science, ICT+Computing, Government and Politics, PE and Law

You can order (reference UN22 when placing your order for FREE postage)

By phone: 0117 950 3199
By post: ZigZag Education, Unit 3, Greenway Business Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol
BS10 5PY
By fax: 0117 959 1695
By email: UN22@zigzageducation.co.uk
Via the website: zigzag.at/UN22
Details of all Learning Grids resources are given at zigzag.at/LearningGrids

Primary Information and Services

What is the most effective way to inspire children to creativity?
Pupil reports made easy
Microsoft – and just one of those FREE Software Assurance Benefits
Free IT equipment recycle service

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What is the most effective way to inspire children to creativity?

www.wolly.co.uk
John Wainwright (“Wolly”)

Email: wolly@live.co.uk
Phone No: 07817576306

It is naturally important for children to explore the world through the creative arts,

giving them opportunities to express themselves. To do this successfully, it is essential to give them engaging, inspiring stimuli, making learning fun. MIME is an example of a creative, unique, and stimulating art form. Children being profoundly aware of there own bodies, are fascinated by the magic of MIME.

‘AN ISSUE OF GRAVITY’ is an interactive, fun and inspiring, MIME based Circus Show, the children will love and remember fondly. FROM ONLY £99. For more details or to book, please see; www.wolly.co.uk/schools.html or phone John Wainwright on 07817576306

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Pupil reports made easy

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

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

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

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Microsoft – and just one of those FREE Software Assurance Benefits

http://www.computerbox.net/?p=913
Computer Box Ltd, Eaton Place, 114 Washway Road, Sale, Cheshire M33 7RF

Phone: 0845 658 2552
Email: peter@computerbox.net

Data Encryption – on Drives & USB sticks with Windows 7 Enterprise BitLocker secure encryption.

It seems everyone is looking for a data encryption solution.

But did you know that potentially there is one already built in to your operating system!

For more information on data encryption can be used in your school please contact Peter on 0845 658 2552, or email him at peter@computerbox.net.

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Free IT equipment recycle service

www.prmgreentech.com
PRM Green Technologies Ltd, 19 Kimberley Business Park, Kimberley Way, Brereton, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 1RE

Email via form at http://www.prmgreentech.com/contact.htm
Phone: 0800 840 9195

We collect redundant IT equipment (PC base units, CRT monitors, TFT monitors, servers, laptops, server racks, switches, telecom switches and printers) for recycling, ensuring all data is removed and adherence to the WEEE directive by offering industry leading environmental practices.

What is the most effective way of transforming the lives of students in a short space of time?

Quite possibly the most dramatic and effective way to transform a student’s outlook and attitude within a very short space of time is the creative workshop.

Whether the day is on Music Production, Street Dance, Boxercise, Zumba Dance, African/Brazilian Drumming, Mask Making, Digital Photography, Story Telling or Song Writing, the impact is the same.

Of course, students can gain an even bigger benefit when the workshop fits around what they have been studying or the specific interests they have.

So if the students have worked on Street and Zumba Dance it makes sense to have both workshops together. If some students want to do mask making, but others want to explore drumming, it is really helpful if you can organise both activities at once.

And this is exactly what we offer.

Because our work not only relates to the students interest and the school’s specific arrangements, the students become even more engrossed in the workshop than might otherwise have been the case. They experience a world they have never experienced before – but in a way that is related to their starting point. They become part of this new experience and they are transformed.

We place great emphasis on participation and through this the students learn and use the skills they experience in the workshops, leaving them feeling invigorated and enthused.

We can work with groups of up to 30 students per session, and sessions can be any length from 30 minutes upwards.

And as a final bonus we are, for a short period only, offering discounts on our courses. Here are a few examples of the current discounts on offer:

Save £50 off any half day workshop – was £260 now £210
Any 5 workshops for £1500 – was £1925 save £425
£100 off any full day workshop – was £385 now £285
Free performance/assembly with any workshop – save £125
Any 3 workshops for 2 was £1155, now £770 – save £385
Free 30 piece Djembe drum set with any 3 African arts workshops booked – save £300
There are more details on all of our workshops on our website at http://www.trapmedia.com/workshops.htm

You can book the workshops by:

By email at info@trapmedia.com
By calling 0800 689 9909
By fax to 0208 711 2564

Art and Design at Key Stage 3

Art and Design at Key Stage 3 provides students with support, advice and information about their course and the subject and the skills, methods and materials that they will use. The book contains details of the requirements of the course, followed by a large number of projects which will build knowledge, understanding and skills.

The projects require students to look critically at other artists’ and designers’ work and then show evidence of a clear line of visual enquiry in art work. All projects cover the areas of exploring and developing ideas, investigating and making, reviewing, adapting and researching into the work of others, and making critical analyses of the work they review. Hand drawn illustrations are included.

The projects in Art and Design at Key Stage Three are divided into section by year group which are intended to be given as handouts to students. For example Year 7 covers Texture and Mark-making, Colour theory, Portraits, Mixed Media, and Ancient Egypt. There is also a comprehensive selection of extra lessons.

It is available as a copiable book (also available on CD Rom so that it can be loaded onto the school’s learning platform).

You can see a full list of the topics at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/art/T1711.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1711EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 791 3

Prices

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
Prices include VAT.
You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1711EMN

By post to First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Way, Corby, NN17 4HH
By fax to 01536 399 012
On line with a credit card at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=23&products_id=539

Guy Claxton: A transformative course for leaders

Guy Claxton will be leading the in-depth course What’s the Point of School? Cultivating Minds for Turbulent Times, May 7-11, 2012 at Schumacher College, Devon. Mention this email (code: HH01) when you book before the end of March and receive £50 off fully residential course fees.

http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/courses/what-s-the-point-of-school-cultivating-minds-for-turbulent-times

How do we support learners as creatively as possible and meet our targets?

As part of the course, you will be able to review the evidence that shows that if you engage with this approach your school results go up. So not only can creative learning be engaging for both teachers and learners, it also has a positive effect on your statistics.

“Guy Claxton’s work gave us a framework which allowed us to really concentrate on what makes for good learning and crucially we found that it worked.” Stephen Jones, former Principal of King Edward VI Community College

Guy Claxton’s bestseller What’s the Point of School? was highly praised by Professor Howard Gardner, Sir Ken Robinson and Baroness Susan Greenfield. His practical Building Learning Power approach to creating learning cultures in schools has influenced youngsters’ lives throughout the UK as well as around the world. This course will also draw deeply on Guy’s ground-breaking new book The Learning Powered School: Pioneering 21st Century Education.

How can we build independence, resilience and imagination in our young people?

As teachers, we want young people to be confident and happy learners. As leaders, it is our challenge to ensure there is an education system and learning environment within schools to support this essential goal.

Guy Claxton is a world renowned authority on expandable intelligence; what it is, why it matters, and how to grow it. In May he comes to Schumacher College, an international college of transformative learning, to run a course for senior teachers and leaders in education.

How do we help young people understand the joys and frustrations of learning, preparing them for uncertainty in the world at large?

Guy will work with you to explore the philosophy, the learning science and the detailed practicalities behind the business of creating the learners and leaders of tomorrow.

Schumacher College focuses on interactive, experiential and participatory learning. Based on the creative and dynamic Dartington Estate, the College gives professionals the chance to reflect, engage and work with the challenges of the 21st century in a strategic and practical way.

What is the most effective way for a teacher to get a book published?

For many years, a significant number of teachers and managers in the UK have enhanced both their income and their reputation by publishing one or more books.

Some have found this an interesting side-line while teaching, some have developed their writing during retirement, and some have had such success that they have moved from a successful career in teaching into a successful career in writing.

For many, the starting point is often to take one’s own teaching notes, worksheets, PowerPoint Presentations, managerial techniques, etc, and turn these into a book.

However, over the last 10 years this has become more difficult, simply because few literary agents and publishers seem to have any interest on taking on new authors.

Indeed, even writers who have had a number of books published in the past now find themselves struggling to find a traditional publisher.

But publication is still possible, if one understands that the world of publishing and the expectation of publishers have both changed. One simply has to approach the whole matter of writing and publishing in a different way.

To help make sense of this new world of publishing, the School of Professional Writing runs an on-line course which guides you through writing books and articles within this much changed world of writing and publishing. It covers both the development of books that an audience will buy (and therefore which publishers will want) and getting books published in the conditions that apply in this radically different market.

Through the course, which is taught on-line, you will have access to a tutor who worked as a head of department in a large comprehensive school before becoming a full-time professional writer.

The course covers many different types of writing – not just writing for the educational market. But if your prime interest is in writing books for the schools’ market you will also be able to receive, free of charge, an additional supplement to the course which focuses on writing and selling educational books and also offers you the chance to submit your work to an educational publisher that has helped develop this course.

This supplement is not advertised on the course’s website and is only available to those who specifically request it of their tutor once signed up.

The Diploma in Professional Writing is offered by the same team that has developed the courses in school administration and school efficiency that are offered by the School of Education Administration and who also run the Dyscalculia Centre which provides information and support on this subject to special needs teachers.

There are more details of this course on www.exceptional.org.uk – where you can also sign up on-line. If you have any questions about the course please contact us at Enquiries@exceptional.org.uk

You can also phone us on 01536 399 010 or write to The School of Professional Writing, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct, Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH

The challenge for ICT and a new curriculum

While schools will have greater flexibility in how ICT is taught in the curriculum from September, it also presents a major challenge: finding the time and resources to successfully implement new pedagogical changes.

Serif can help. They’re offering a completely free copy of Serif graphics software and teacher resources, so ICT will be easy to put into practice and exciting to learn.

Powerful, yet easy to use, Serif’s creative software inspires every pupil to produce professional-quality work while learning industry-relevant skills. And you can save time planning lessons with Serif’s flexible resources, which you can easily adapt into your own schemes of work.

Serif will send you free software and resources for:

Vector drawing
Digital video editing
Flash® animations
Web design
Desktop publishing
Photo editing
Serif’s resources are currently being updated to help support you with future changes in the curriculum and technology. These materials will be free of charge – even if you don’t hold a Serif software licence.

For your free, full copy of Serif software (worth £300) email edusales@serif.co.uk quoting reference ‘GVCHM’.

There’s no catch – it’s yours to keep under no commitment.

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

Put a new boiler into your school and the chances are it will still be working perfectly well in 10 years time. School websites, however, are not like that.

If there is one factor that is common to many primary school websites it is that once the site has been put up, it is generally forgotten by many people who work in the school.

In a sense this is quite reasonable. In your position in the school you expect to know what’s going on. If one of your colleagues institutes a change you expect to be sent a note or an email to that effect.

So you don’t really need to go to the website, but that can also be dangerous – for two reasons.

First, situations within your school can change, and so what is on the website can go out-of-date. Second, the way in which people look at your website will change.

Of course, if your school is in the process of a significant transition, for example, opening up a new nursery unit or introducing a new “learning in the environment” scheme, you will be thinking about changing the whole website to reflect these developments.

But you might forget that whereas five years ago very few parents would look at your site via a mobile device, now around half of parents do exactly this. And what they find is that many school websites do not look good when seen on a mobile device.

Therefore, we can also design a mobile app version of your website which parents can add to their mobile phones.

If you would like to talk about how your school can respond to these challenges of constant change via its website please do get in touch. You can find out more about us on http://www.inco-education.co.uk/article-what-makes-a-brilliant-school-website.php or, if you prefer, email us the details of your website, and your phone number (and let us know a convenient time to call) and we will come back to you with our thoughts on what changes we might suggest to your website.

You can reach us on info@inco-education.co.uk

Listening to Music Revision Activities

Listening to Music Revision Activities is one of those books that does what it says – it covers everything in the syllabus and does it in a way that starts from the premise that the lessons have already been taught but the memory has faded just a bit.

What is also nice is the way in which the sections follow a set pattern so that you know exactly what to find and where to find it. Being photocopiable means one can just find the page needed, run it off, and there it is, revision preparation done.

The main body of the book describes the history of western music from 1200 today, and world music, and for each category sets out the characteristics of the music and the instruments used. There is also a section on listening activities followed by page after page after page of revision quizzes – in fact over 100 pages of photocopiable worksheets in all.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/music/T1656.pdf

ISBN: 978 1 86083 589 6; Order code: T1656emn

The volume is available as…

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

You can purchase the book or CD…

By post to First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Way, Corby, NN17 4HH
On the phone with a school order number at 01536 399 011
By fax to 01536 399 012
On line with a credit card at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=36&products_id=479

A2 Geography Revision Guide: unit 3 Contested Planet

This 110 page revision guide is one of a series of low-cost downloads that has been produced for A level students. The guides are written for the Edexcel syllabus, but are usable by students following other courses too.

The booklet, which may be printed out and copied for all student to have, or which can be put onto the school learning platform, costs just £10 plus VAT. It includes revision notes and activities on energy insecurity, water conflict, biodiversity under threat, superpower geographies, bridging the development gap and technological fixes.

Throughout there are summaries of what the student needs to know, the key terms (supply shock, renewable resources, carbon credit etc etc), and numerous illustrations to help the student understand key points.

The aim throughout is to help the student get to the core of the matter and grasp the basic elements of the subject, building up his/her knowledge and certainty around the subject.

A typical page centres of the California Case Study which looks at why the USA has an energy crisis, and then from there, why California is suffering an energy crisis.

There are sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/authordownloadsamples/T1771samples.pdf

A2 Geography Revision Guide: unit 3 Contested Planet is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can print out for colleagues as often as you want. You can also put it on your school learning platform so all staff can access the document – and indeed you can make it part of the induction documentation for new members of staff.

You can obtain A2 Geography Revision Guide: unit 3 Contested Planet by going to http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=746

The price is £10 plus VAT (the VAT can be reclaimed in most cases by the school).

A2 Geography Revision Guide: unit 3 Contested Planet is published by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, or email sales@firstandbest.co.uk or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

The full range of First and Best books can be seen at www.shop.firstandbest.co.uk

To see other downloadable geography resources please go to http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/index.php?cPath=76_112

First and Best in Education
Earlstrees Road
Corby
NN17 4HH

Website: www.shop.firstandbest.co.uk
Email: sales@firstandbest.co.uk

There are always some pupils and students in school for whom maths is a struggle.

Indeed they sometimes struggle so much that it is possible to believe that these young people might be suffering from dyscalculia.

And yet at the same time it is obvious that they are not totally lacking in the field of mathematical concepts.

A typical case might involve someone who understands the concept of number, addition and subtraction, but is utterly lost when it comes to multiplication. Another student may have grasped most of the fundamentals but needs to go back over some points of detail.

It is to help such pupils and students that we have produced Dyscalculia Practice Activities– a copiable volume that brings together elements of our earlier three Dyscalculia Activities volumes.

While some pupils and students clearly need the in-depth help of a volume in the Dyscalculia Activities series, Dyscalculia Practice Activities is intended for those pupils and students who show dyscalculic tendencies but who are able to grasp some of the fundamental elements of basic maths.

Dyscalculia Practice Activities includes a huge range of projects for pupils and students who can benefit by working through the fundamentals for maths (the four functions, shapes, fractions, percentages and time) step-by-step in a multi-sensory manner.

The aim of the book is to encourage activity that puts the whole of the basic maths curriculum into a context that can then be used as the student progresses to more advanced work.

The volume consists of sessions in which a teacher or assistant teacher works with an individual or small group of individuals on the projects in a multi-sensory manner using coloured counters, cut-out shapes, memory cards and the like.

Please note that the coloured counters and memory cards are not provided with the copiable book, but can be ordered separately. Details are at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/index.php?cPath=29

Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/dyscalculia/T1782.pdf

ISBN: 978 1 86083 820 0; Order code: T1782emn

The volume is available as…

Photocopiable book, £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
Both the Book and the CD: £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the book or CD…

By post to First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Way, Corby, NN17 4HH
On the phone with a school order number at 01536 399 011
By fax to 01536 399 012
On line with a credit card at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=757

Beware the hidden add-ons

One of the great problems with low price laptops is that behind the headline price there can be some very annoying add-on prices.

For example, you’ll almost certainly want a three year warranty. But that can be expensive – especially when buying a whole set of machines. The recommended retail price is often over £70, while even the discounted price from some sources can be over £40 per machine.

Which is why we have focused on not only the lowest possible prices for the HP laptops that we sell but also the lowest price for all the add-ons. That means £12 for a three year warranty. That not only keeps your price down, but also reflects on just how good and reliable we think these machines are.

Or take the offer on HP/Symantec Norton Internet Security. A 3 Year License is £18 per user. Again a discount on the normal price of £90.

At the moment our best offer is for the HP 630 Intel Core I3 2gb or 6gb 320gb HD (see below for the full name of the machine).

It normally costs £499 but is currently on offer for £318. And in fact if you buy 10 or more that price comes down to £312 per machine.

The full description of the machine is the HP 630 A6G34ES Intel Core I3-370M 2GB 320GB DVDRW 15.6TFT HDMI BT CAM Win 7HP with option for extra 4gb RAM at only £18.

In order to receive this special discount for schools for any of the above products, all you need to do is call us on 08444 820 111 or email us at education@technoworld.com and quote “eshot offer 28”.

There are more details at http://www.technoworld.com/HP_630_A6G34ES/63912/product.aspx

If you have any questions please call 08444 820 111.