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New Gapforce School Groups Website

It is with great pleasure that I can announce the launch of our dedicated Gapforce website for schools at the address and link below.

www.gapforceschoolgroups.co.uk

The aim is to provide ideas and inspiration for your future trips across the globe and we would be delighted to assist with any enquiries that you have for future programs at the school.

By way of introduction, we run subject specific trips such as Biology as well as general education, adventurous activities and volunteering, all tailor-made to meet each school’s requirements.

We work with a number of UK and International Schools each year and I would be happy to provide sample itineraries and references

Our Expedition leaders are highly qualified and enjoy making your trip an amazing experience. They are what makes us unique and are central to what we do. Not only do they ensure your schedule is carried out to the letter as booked, but they add immeasurable value to every trip with their enthusiasm energy and knowledge.

If you are considering launching an overseas trip at your school, please do contact us for some ideas and quotes

We would relish an opportunity of working with you in the future.

Kind regards,

James Catterall • Manager
Hurlingham Studios, Ranelagh Gardens, Fulham, SW6 3PA United Kingdom
Mainline: +44 (0)207 736 2769 | Email: james@gapforce.org | Website: www.gapforce.org

How can your school avoid the ‘learning a language’ trap?

Teachers can be under-confident when teaching foreign languages in the classroom because they do not have the language skills. What’s the most effective way of supporting your staff in the teaching of French, Spanish or German?

Avoiding the trap …
Have you been in the scenario where the teachers have been informed that they have to teach a language and seen the panic on their faces? Suddenly they have to read, write, speak and teach it to the children. Most teachers race on line to hunt through the mixed bag of resources.  Imagine their surprise if they could be provided with a proven resource that enables them to teach a language, they do not know, effectively.

Finding the resource …
What is the right resource? A resource which gives instant lessons, lesson plans and games, with sound, which are effective and fun. A resource which promotes linguistic confidence.

EDpaX offers …
Lessons that develop the teaching of French, Spanish or German in the Primary classroom.

There are 28 topics specially developed for teachers required to teach a foreign language using the interactive whiteboard. No preparation is needed! There are 500+ teaching pages, with sound, including games and activities. Each language introduces and reinforces initial language, spelling, vital verbs, simple sentence structure and small paragraphs. Colourful and effective interactive whiteboard language lessons and games at your fingertips! These instant lessons bring fun to language learning for both the teachers and the children. Ideal for all Primary school teachers.

Photocopy Workbooks each containing 56 differentiated photocopy pages which reinforce and consolidate every topic are included as a SPECIAL OFFER. Planning grids detailing the language used in each topic are there too.

Check out the product at  http://www.edpax.com/languages-mfl/

Want to try before you buy? Please download a full FREE interactive whiteboard teaching topic from Free Resources at http://www.edpax.com/free-resources/languages/

Do you need more information? Please email info@edpax.com or call 0845 4752289

One language product contains 2 disks plus the photocopy workbook for only £350

(excl. VAT and p&p). One-off purchase with full site licence.

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What are the most effective ways to teach current affairs and social awareness in a primary school?

One of the most common observations made by teachers who have tried to improve pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development is that there are too few resources and material available to help make an impact.

For them this is not another lesson in a subject that they have experienced a number of times before. This is different – learning about what’s happening in the world right now!

Children love to learn about the world around them and about news stories unfolding right now in our changing world.

Unfortunately, it can be hard for staff to find content, ideas or even know exactly how and what to teach from the quite frankly, overwhelming and shocking stories that are found in our news bulletins.

Thus the question arises: how can we help and inform our staff with ideas and resources for teaching about what is going on in the world around them?

This is the problem that we have faced head on. And as a result we have produced Picture-News. Designed for Primary schools with lesson plans and activity ideas for KS1 and KS2 and linked to the national curriculum.

Each week our schools receive a very current news topic; a large A2 poster; access to the image online; key questions and a wide range of lesson ideas and activities based around the main news story from that week.

If you would like to learn more about Picture News there is an immediate opportunity on the website – just click “Free Sample” at www.picture-news.co.uk.

And if you have any questions or queries about Picture News please do call 01765 620498 or email help@picture-news.co.uk .

What’s the point of music?

Music for every Child and every Teacher

What’s the point of music?

It’s easy to think that by limiting the arts in school there will be more time for important subjects such as literacy and numeracy. So, what’s the point of music?

Experienced teachers tell us that playing Ocarinas in music lessons gives their children a massive sense of achievement, develops their physical co-ordination and improves their mental alertness; more than in any other subject or activity.

✔ Reading, counting, language, increased intelligence…

Playing the Ocarina is as easy as 1-2-3. When children follow Ocarina charts, they are rewarded with familiar tunes as they read each finger pattern correctly. Early years experts observe that this prepares young children for reading-readiness. And dyslexia specialists claim that Ocarina charts encourage reluctant readers because of the simple eye movements and interpreting involved.

As soon as beginners of all ages start to play tunes on the Ocarina, they are involved in counting and feeling the rhythm – thus brain and body work together to produce a musical end-result. And what an end-result! A recorder peripatetic listened to an Ocarina group that had been playing for two hours in total, and told us it would have taken him a year to reach the same point on recorder. Imagine if you could make a year’s worth of progress in two hours in every subject?

✔ Invest for now and the future

Ocarinas are the only tuned musical instruments that give pupils immediate musical success. They are UK-made, colourful, robust and ready-to-play. The holes are small enough for little fingers, each note is easy to produce with a steady breath, and ocarina music shows exactly which holes to cover for step-by-step musical tuition. For boys, girls and teachers too…

The thrill of achieving something new in class should be a regular experience for children, and for their teachers. However, general class teachers often feel that they are “not musical” or “only able to sing”. Ocarina-playing offers Music for every Child and every Teacher

✔ A sound opportunity for everyone

As teachers ourselves, we have made sure Ocarina-playing can be taught by any teacher to any group of children. And this accessibility for both children and staff is the reason the Ocarina was identified as the Best Music Education Product in 2015.

A class set of Ocarinas and Ocarina music books will last for decades and can be played by each succeeding year group. Ocarina Rainbow Starter Boxes are just £10 per child and come with free teaching resources, or the Star Buy equips every child with an Ocarina and two books with over 50 proper tunes to play, for just £15 – and of course the teacher is fully resourced for free, to teach whole class music, keeping your music budget in-house. With Ocarinas, music lessons become something everyone looks forward to.

Ocarinas are Tuned, Durable, Musical, Accessible and Ready-to-play … for Boys, Girls and Teachers too

music@ocarina.co.uk | ocarina.co.uk | 01536 485 963
David Liggins B.Ed (Hons) | Christa Liggins BA (Hons), PGCE
Ocarina Workshop, PO Box 56 Kettering, NN15 5LX

 

Get Prepared Early

It’s a well-known fact that healthy eating as children aids concentration, development of strong bones, and decreases the risk of falling ill to a number of problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity.

We understand a big concern of Schools nowadays is rising to the challenges faced in engaging children with healthy eating, as well as keeping in line with the National School Food Standards.

Since the mid-noughties we’ve seen a grand change in school meals. From ‘Turkey Twizzlers’ to meals you may even be tempted to tuck into yourself.

Quite disappointedly however, we have seen a dip in the Tuck Shop within schools, especially Primaries.

With the ever changing Food Standards we understand it’s hard to find snacks and treats that check all the boxes. Trust us, we struggle and we’re the ones supplying them!

But that’s exactly why you needn’t worry! For years schools have been enjoying our beautifully healthy range of school compliant snacks to go in their reinvigorated tuck shops. We’ve always had positive feedback on all our range but there was one little point that kept cropping up!

                Our range was good, but we needed to expand it!

So we listened and spent some tireless months scouring the earth for a bounty of new products to provide to you lovely ladies and gentlemen… and we think we’ve come up trumps.

We’ve kept all of the old favourites and added a massive 22 more tantalisingly tasty treats to our range.

Take a look at our new leaflet here

You can either order online here, or equally give us a ring on 01206 391179 or send an email to orders@tastytubs.co.uk.

Also, we’ve just completed our first month with B1G1 – the Global Giving Initiative, with our customers help, together, we’ve supplied schools in rural India with 176 days of e-learning for their children. You can find out more here, we’d love to have you involved!

All the best,

The Tasty Tuck Team

Grant scheme to invite maths presenters into school

It is common to hear announcements of new funding initiatives with comments stating how difficult and hard work it is to get through the loops and hoops of the process. It can feel that is is far too much work and the odds of being awarded such funds are slim.

Maths Busking

Inviting a speaker to do a special day in school sounds like a great idea. The children will have a special time, the teachers get a break from the routine of everyday teaching and a few more boxes get ticked.

Where do we start in choosing a speaker or activity if they haven’t been recommended or seen in action? And of course there is a cost. A parent of a pupil may be a great choice for an assembly if they work in a field that promises to inspired the next generation, if they know how to talk to a large audience of young people. Perhaps a STEM Ambassador or an academic from the nearest university will be available. All of these free of charge.

Of course with cost-free speakers it is harder to negotiate the event details, the style of talk or activity and make requests on the persecutions itself. This is where hiring a professional makes a difference.

A professional activity provider will ask the client what is the goal of the event, what is the overall message the students are to take with them. It will also try to understand the dynamics of the school and if there are particular aspects to be touched on.

Maths BuskingHere at Maths Busking we treat each individual event as bespoke. We write new material if necessary – as we did for Special Needs School that wanted a maths day for all children, including students that could not talk or count beyond 3. We may create a new format like we did at a secondary school that wanted to take maths into other subjects during the schools’ Maths Day – we created the Lesson Hijack where we interrupt lessons during for a short 10-15 min show. We may suggest a Masterclass for the most keen students in a day full of Stage Shows for the younger students that have never seen maths as a show. Etc. It is a dialogue.

So when we receive enquiries from schools wishing to apply to the Maths E&E grants the Royal Institution of Great Britain to cover our costs we know our approach to bookings will help the school succeed in the application. It is a very simple process asking for the teacher to show they have thought on how the event will impact in their teaching and what the legacy will be.

For more info about Maths Busking and examples of our material just click the little images icons for each trick at http://www.mathsbusking.com. To request a brochure please do call 078 430 21 209 or email maths@mathsbusking.com.

Dr Sara Santos, Mathematician and performer

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When a musical instrument goes missing, what’s the fastest way of finding it again?

Keeping track of who has got which musical instrument, so that there can be no question as to when an instrument was loaned out by the school and to whom, is clearly an important matter.

Likewise, deterring theft through having instruments marked as belonging to the school is also a vital part of keeping the school’s stock of instruments under control.

Quite often the problem that arises is one of identity.  Which of the three clarinets are you holding?  How can you tell?

One way of solving this problem is by using Dantech Mini Mark labels. These are ideal for labelling the school’s musical instruments as they offer a clear way to identify and track equipment safely.

They are particularly well-suited to this purpose as the text won’t come off the label even with musical instruments that are handled continuously by ‘sweaty’ hands. With Dantech’s Mini Mark label the required information is engraved into the acrylate label material which gives a permanent high contrast, durable and tamperproof image, suitable for all environments.

The label sticks easily to the instrument using the high performance adhesive (on the back on the label) which is suitable for almost all surfaces and which will give high initial adhesion.

In this way the image cannot be ‘wiped off’ – for it is permanently engraved into the label.  Any attempt to tamper with the label is evident and indeed the label will fragment if removal is attempted.

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 dantech@btconnect.com for more information.

We hope you didn’t end up coming into the office to catch up on the asset inventory.

We hope you didn’t end up coming into the office to catch up on the asset inventory.

SG World’s AudIT asset management service puts you ahead of the game. Our DBS checked engineers will come in and do the whole inventory for you leaving you with an up-to-date, user friendly, online asset database. We’ll come in over the school holidays so you don’t have to.

AudIT brings asset tagging, tracking and reporting under your control. Our optional onsite inventory service means you can break the cycle of never having the time to get on top of things and free up important time to concentrate on other things.  

There’s no last minute panic or having to come in over the holidays. All the information you need is easily accessible, up-to-date and available as a detailed, accurate report. It can be used  across multiple departments and sites keeping all your asset data in one place, in one simple format.

AudIT is the UK’s leading school asset management software solution. It tracks over 3 million assets; that’s over £250 million worth of educational resources.

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www.sgworld.com

enquiries@sgworld.com

 

School groups bring over 150,000 students to our Centres each year.

Over 30,000 of them are from primary schools.

80% of school groups rebook year after year.

Why not take advantage of our autumn offer? If you visit one of our Centres between September 2016 and February 2017 a three day trip will cost you £75 per student. That’s a saving of up to 48% off our normal price.

To find out more about how we can help you organise a trip that your students will remember for the rest of their lives, please contact me by emailing schools@field-studies-council.org or call me directly on 01743 852135. You can also find out more by visiting our website:

www.field-studies-council.org/ primary-school-trips

“We felt that the tutors had a great knowledge of the local area and the surrounding wildlife and were able to pass this on to the children in a very engaging and meaningful way. The tutors also encouraged all children to take part and to set themselves achievable challenges and targets.”

Benarty Primary School

Who are Field Studies Council (FSC)?

FSC is a charity that was formed in 1943 to provide opportunities for school children to study living plants and animals in their natural habitat. 70 years later we are still providing memorable outdoor experiences for your students. FSC believes that the more you know about and take inspiration from the world around us the more we can appreciate its needs and protect its diversity and beauty for future generations.

One way FSC achieves its mission is by providing your students with residential trips covering adventure, teambuilding and personal development and the national curriculum. These trips give them the opportunity to see, explore and learn in a fun and engaging manner by immersing themselves in the natural world, taking in sights, sounds and smells and getting their hands dirty.

The content of our primary school trips provides memorable experiences that children may not otherwise get the opportunity to do.

FSC has a proven record of providing outdoor education for schools so you can be confident your group will be in safe hands and your visit will be as stress free as possible whilst all children are kept active and engaged throughout the whole of the trip.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Kind regards,

Jessica Pugh
School Booking Assistant.

Free speakers and resources from Compassion in World Farming

Many pupils are passionate about the welfare of animals though, if surveys are to be believed, many of them do not know how their bacon, eggs and milk are produced!

Food production is a growing topic of debate whether you are talking about the ethics of how we treat animals, how we produce healthy food and how we can feed a growing population.

At the same time, most of the major faiths teach kindness to animals and for some religions it is a major part of their belief system. This is a subject which can engage children, encourage debate and develop respect for the beliefs of others.

Finding time to discuss topics such as animal welfare and sustainable food production is doubly valuable – it gives pupils an important understanding of a range of ethical and environmental factors and it encourages great debates!

To help you to engage your pupils in such discussions, we provide a free speaker service and a pack of resources including a film and discussion activities, which can be adapted for pupils of different ages, abilities and levels of confidence.

To enquire about a speaker or to order a free resource pack, please email education@ciwf.org.uk with “RE mailshot” in the subject title.

To view or download the resources directly, including films, please go to our Religious Education webpage.

Yours faithfully

Phil Brooke
Education Manager
Compassion in World Farming

PS We’ve had some wonderful evaluations from teachers for our talks and resources:

“ I think the pack is super, very well organised and presented  … most impressed, both with the philosophical reaction sheets and with the world religions ones. The questionnaire (Personality Test) looks excellent, too.”

I like (the video Farm Animals & Us) because

its emphasis is on choices and how they affect animals
it shows how animals have intelligence
it uses humour – the school as a factory is brilliant
it is not too horrifying but includes shots of pigs gnawing bars etc
contrasts between intensive and traditional farming methods effectively made

 (How Do Animals Matter – opinions, religious and secular)

Lots of useful questions and summaries
Should help students to sort their own views and promote an understanding of other perspectives

(Teachers’ Notes)

Some good ideas which can be modified/ adapted

Links and contacts:

Email: education@ciwf.org.uk

Tel: 01483 521 965

Education website: ciwf.org.uk/education

Religious Education webpage: ciwf.org.uk/re

Speaker service: ciwf.org.uk/speakers

Pupils love poetry and song

Dear Head Teacher,

To help schools enjoy and promote the reciting and learning of poetry, the Performance Poetry Society is offering Primary Schools the opportunity of having Jim MacCool’s Interactive Poetry and Song Shows to visit this Autumn Term.

Jim MacCool’s Shows have proved to be suitable for all ages and abilities of primary school pupils and will enrich and entertain your pupils and staff alike.

Here are some comments on schools’ web pages and newsletters, after Jim’s visit.

A Poet Visiting Kings Avenue School

On Tuesday the 26th April a fantastic poet named Jim MacCool came to Kings Avenue to tell us about his job. The assembly was so upbeat it was like a concert. We did loads of singing; everyone was having so much fun. He did riddles and was very inspirational. He inspired me to write more poems. Jim brought some fabulous instruments; I want to give Jim special thanks for being so inspiring. By Lattisha – 5S

Jim MacCool at Cragside School

We were so pleased to have Jim MacCool from the Performance Poetry Society today. He performed for reception to year 6, including parents and grandparents, and had everyone clapping, stomping and joining in with a variety of Scottish and Irish verse. It was fabulous to see the children sharing such an exciting experience with their families.We’re all now looking forward to the children writing and presenting their own performance poetry in the classroom. Thanks so much to everyone who came and joined in the fun; sharing the experience with parents and grandparents was very special and exciting for the children.

To find out how your school can take advantage of this opportunity and join in, please telephone me, Sandra Dennis on 0208 688 6951 or email performancepoetry@yahoo.com for further details.

THE PERFORMANCE POETRY SOCIETY
Working In Universities, Colleges, Schools, Arts Centres, Libraries And Prisons

www.octoberisnationalpoetrymonth.co.uk
The Performance Poetry Society is the longest-serving provider of quality Poetry Services to Schools.

Performance Poetry Society
Tigh a Bhaird7
Harepit Close
Croydon
CR2 6PN

Tel. 0208 688 6951

performancepoetry@yahoo.com
We operate throughout the year.
www.octoberisnationalpoetrymonth.co.uk

What is the simplest way of ensuring that water bottles in the classroom never spill and rarely get lost?

One way is to buy from the company that in 2003 launched the revolutionary spill-proof “hands-free’ lids – and is now the UK leader in school bottle supply.

In 2016, all teachers understand the importance of pupil rehydration. An attractive water bottle, featuring your school logo, is also a helpful fund- raiser.

Children are also learning to help their environment by re-filling their bottles, instead of littering it with single-use water bottles.

However, all this can be undermined when a bottle leaks – especially around the lid- because it is poorly designed or manufactured. This can be an upsetting nuisance for children and parents, leading to bottles being undervalued and lost.

At NDA Packaging Services, our iconic Schoolbottle has become UK schools market leader primarily due to:

  • Excellence of quality –our bottles and caps are made in the UK. Every aspect has been carefully considered, from tooling design to material.
  • Our hands free lidsinstinctive-to-use, hygienic and convenient. The valve technology eradicates spillage, without necessitating handling.
  • Free visualsMario, our Head of Sales will recreate your logo on our bottle and provide a no obligations visual and quotation.
  • Payment by invoice as a school’s supplier we trust our market. Your school can pay when you receive your bottles.
  • Reliability of supply and friendly service -our business administrator Margaret, an ex primary teacher, understands the issues and will conscientiously help.
Here’s a lovely example of our quality Schoolbottle fitted with the hands free lid. Available in 300ml and 500ml, to suit all ages.

For your free visual or quotation please ring Margaret or Mario on 01792 863331 or visit our website www.schoolbottle.co.uk where you can place your orders online.

Lead-time 2 -3 weeks

water bottles

 

Linguascope acquires Revilo

Revilo is now a part of the Linguascope family.

Revilo was founded in 1989 and grew into one of the UK’s leading publishers of stand-alone resources for language learning in schools.

Revilo’s creator Oliver Gray said, “We are delighted that Revilo has found a home with Linguascope, the UK’s leading independent language publisher.”

Linguascope’s director, Stéphane Dérône said, “We are happy to help take Revilo forward to a new era in language learning.”

Link to Linguascope website

The most cost effective solution for school Bursars and SBMs

For Bursars, the start of a new term usually means juggling requests from every department and managing budget expectations across the school.

But what if you could make an impact to SLT, teachers, students and even parents, with one system that could replace the need for planner, therefore eliminating the cost, remove the need for a VLE and give teachers more time?

Show My Homework is the tool that provides powerful homework management for SLT. It saves teachers time creating, collecting and grading tasks, whilst giving parents visibility into the deadlines and progress of their child, supporting student organisation. It’s easy to see why 1 in 3 UK Secondary Schools have chosen Show My Homework.

Not only that, but schools have since been able to reduce or eliminate the need for paper planners, saving up to £5000 per year. With our bolt-on apps for Seating, Praise and Premium Content, only pay for the services you need, and streamline the costs associated with your VLE.

To find out more, click here and book in a free school visit where we can present to your SLT, or schedule a phone demo.
Show My Homework.

More home, less work.

Louise Raw

Head of Marketing Show My Homework / Teacher Centric Ltd
Leading homework software for teachers and schools

Ready-made Whole-class Music-making…

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Give your children a ‘sound’ music education

Years ago, music was taught by singing or listening only. Children didn’t make music or explore sound in their lessons. As in Victorian days, it was expected that children should be seen and not heard!

Over the last few years OFSTED have said that too little actual music goes on in primary music lessons. Music is a language and the language of music should be dominant, but often isn’t.

Playing instruments is a great way to get all children making music. They can all play tunes and get a great sense of achievement. However, whole classes of trumpets & trombones, or violins & cellos make a very loud noise indeed. Even tin whistles & recorders are shrill in large numbers. And drums don’t play tunes, only rhythms.

Which Instrument should we use?

The English Ocarina is a really great instrument. The 4-hole Oc® has been judged by independent experts to be the Best Music Education Product. Here’s what the panel said…

The Ocarina “combines creative potential, ease of use, affordability and practicality” Best Music Education Product WINNER in the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

The sound of the Ocarina blends beautifully in groups. If one child plays it badly, their Ocarina cuts out and is silent, so you only hear the best. And the sound of the Ocarina is the purest of any musical instrument, giving children the best feedback and immediate success.

If you would like to enable your children to play great music in class, in assembly, at the Christmas Concert or at community events, just order now. Ocarinas are supremely portable as children wear Ocarinas when they play. They are also lightweight and very easily stored.

But is it ‘proper’?

People who don’t fully understand music or children, may think that the Ocarina is not a ‘proper’ instrument. What is a proper instrument? Crumhorns are proper for medieval music, French Horns for orchestral music and Ocarinas for educational music. It’s “horses for courses”. There is no single instrument that is perfect for everything. However, Ocarinas are best in class.

Tuned, Accessible, Musical and Ready-to-play

There is nothing to go wrong – no reeds or strings that require setting up or mending – just kits of Ocarinas with music books, backing CDs, ready-made lessons and lots of musical fun.

Order an Ocarina Class Set today. Hand them to any teacher and within half-an-hour their class will serenade you with familiar tunes and play eight notes – seven more than they would play in half-an-hour on any other instrument! Or give them to the staff first and let the fun begin!

music@ocarina.co.uk | ocarina.co.uk | 01536 485 963
David Liggins B.Ed (Hons) | Christa Liggins BA (Hons), PGCE
Ocarina Workshop, PO Box 56 Kettering, NN15 5LX

Cover Teacher who thinks a vulgar fraction is a row on ‘Eastenders’?

According to figures from the Dept for Education, the average secondary school teacher has about four working days off a year due to illness.  Of course this incorporates teachers who have a long time out with a serious illness as well as the 44% of teachers who are fortunate enough to go a whole year not getting ill at all.

These numbers show why the need for ready-made materials for supply teachers who cover Maths classes is as vital as ever.   For even when something has been left from the previous lesson, there are always going to be those who finish the work rapidly, and need something else to do.

Which is why the Absent Maths Teacher volume of worksheets was developed.

The worksheets within the volume cover a wide range of topics and range of ability – and are all designed so that they can be used as a one-off in an emergency, or as a series of highly varied tasks over a number of days, should the absence be unexpectedly protracted.

Activities range from drawing Venn diagrams showing the intersection of two sets, to working out profit and loss percentages.

Each topic area is followed by a wide range of questions, an extension task through which (for example) the students are required to balance equations, and a homework task in which the students have to copy a series of diagrams and find the value of angle x.

The volume covers such topics as the rules for algebra, decimals, equations, geometry, powers, statistics, etc. etc.

Each lesson in the volume is printed on a single page and is simple to photocopy instantly for any class that suddenly requires the lesson.

The Absent Maths Teacher Worksheets collection is available from Hamilton House priced at £30 plus £2.95 delivery.

You can order the Absent Maths Teacher worksheets collection by filling in the order form and sending it by fax, email, or post (see contact details below). Alternatively, if you have a school order number, you can order by phone.

First and Best in Education, Earlstrees Court,
Earlstrees Road, Corby, Northants, NN17 4HH
Telephone: 01536 399 011      Fax: 01536 399 01
Email: sales@firstandbest.co.uk

How can your school avoid the ‘learning a language’ trap?

Teachers can be under-confident when teaching foreign languages in the classroom because they do not have the language skills. What’s the most effective way of supporting your staff in the teaching of French, Spanish or German?

Avoiding the trap …
Have you been in the scenario where the teachers have been informed that they have to teach a language and seen the panic on their faces? Suddenly they have to read, write, speak and teach it to the children. Most teachers race on line to hunt through the mixed bag of resources.  Imagine their surprise if they could be provided with a proven resource that enables them to teach a language, they do not know, effectively.

Finding the resource …
What is the right resource? A resource which gives instant lessons, lesson plans and games, with sound, which are effective and fun. A resource which promotes linguistic confidence.

EDpaX offers …
Lessons that develop the teaching of French, Spanish or German in the Primary classroom.

There are 28 topics specially developed for teachers required to teach a foreign language using the interactive whiteboard. No preparation is needed! There are 500+ teaching pages, with sound, including games and activities. Each language introduces and reinforces initial language, spelling, vital verbs, simple sentence structure and small paragraphs. Colourful and effective interactive whiteboard language lessons and games at your fingertips! These instant lessons bring fun to language learning for both the teachers and the children. Ideal for all Primary school teachers.

Photocopy Workbooks each containing 56 differentiated photocopy pages which reinforce and consolidate every topic are included as a SPECIAL OFFER. Planning grids detailing the language used in each topic are there too.

Check out the product at  http://www.edpax.com/languages-mfl/

Want to try before you buy? Please download a full FREE interactive whiteboard teaching topic from Free Resources at http://www.edpax.com/free-resources/languages/

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For many schools the cost of a minibus seems prohibitive but two developments have cut the price dramatically.

It is rare to find a school that wouldn’t accept the offer of a minibus if it was there, available for them.  But they don’t buy one, because of the cost.

However, two recent developments have ensured that more and more schools are now able to have minibus transport that they previously felt was out of their reach.

But – and this is the key fact – these two new approaches have to be seen together; on their own they look like interesting notions – but not a solution.

The two approaches are a) to lease the minibus on a set monthly fee which includes all servicing, maintenance and repair costs, and b) to share its use with a nearby school that is in the same cluster, trust or council as they are, so that each school has the bus for an agreed amount of time.

What’s more, many schools do then add a third element of their own to the equation – since they know how much the minibus will cost each month they do sometimes ask the PTA or other support group to make a contribution to that cost each month.

Now that is often very much welcomed since it means that the parents making the contribution to the minibus account know that is it their children who are benefiting, rather than the children in future years (as happens when the fund raising goes on for several years before a bus can be bought).

Sharing a leased minibus also has the benefit of ensuring that everyone is always driving a bus that is well maintained – since it is the leasing company that works on maintaining the bus in tip top condition.

If you haven’t leased a minibus or thought about sharing one, please do give me a call on 01753 859944 and I can talk you through how it all works.

But if you want to take a look at who we are and what we do before you call, you’ll find more information about leasing at www.minibusleasing.co.uk.

Dans Ma Chambre

Are you tired of creating your own PowerPoint presentations, only to find that you are forced to use uninspiring cartoons or internet images to convey your messages?  These images are often just not quite right.  Well, no more!  Our presentations use authentic resources in their proper French context.  These particular resources should be used initially with 11-12 year olds during their first year of learning French but then can subsequently be used as a revision tool for older students if necessary.

The presentation should be used to teach learners to describe their bedroom and also to use various (5) prepositions to say where items are in relation to other furniture.  These materials are to be used within the context of learning about the house/home in French.

The resources are multi-faceted in that they are used interactively from the beginning of the PowerPoint presentation to teach the required vocabulary to the class in a fun way.  Students work in pairs, individually and as a whole class throughout the lesson using visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities to engage and motivate them.  The pace can be fast or slowed down as necessary for the students to assimilate the required lexis and can be used equally well with SEN learners.

They will enjoy the variety of activities, the competition, 2 written exercises and use the 4 skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing in this lesson.  These resources have been developed by an experienced language teacher, used with a class and have consequently been proven to be effective, fun and engaging.

Dans Ma Chambre  26 Powerpoint/slides plus 4 word documents, 2 worksheets and 2 answer sheets.  £ 24.99 (including VAT £29.99  )  Order Code : H9232

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

To see sample pages please email info@classroom-resources.co.uk quoting the order code H9232.

You can order the Dans Ma Chambre in any of these ways:

  • On our website
  • By phone or fax on 0117 940 6409
  • By email (quoting a school order number) to info@classroom-resources.co.uk
  • By post to: Classroom Resources, 9 Logan Road, Bristol, BS7 8DU

How can we effectively improve pupil progress in KS4 with intervention?

When it comes to intervening with a pupil’s learning journey, it’s crucial that we get it right. Intervention usually involves implementing a programme for helping to improve an area of need with a retrospective recording of pupil progress.

In order to avoid passiveness from the pupils meeting tedium from the teachers, intervention must do more than just implementing a programme and looking back at whether it has made a difference.

Intervention is complex but there is a simple solution.

With limited time and resources, we tend to focus on the pupils who need intervention to get them up to a national standard. An effective intervention programme should not only focus on pupils of weak ability but rather any pupil not reaching their full potential.

There are numerous intervention strategies we can use such as quality feedback, personalised target setting and revision classes. This is beginning to sound like a lot of work and time on top of the busy teaching timetable.

Here lies the key issue we are faced with: How can we effectively improve pupil progress in KS4 with intervention… whilst saving pupils from passiveness… saving teachers from tedium… progressing every pupil not reaching their full potential… implementing a range of strategies… and not creating an unmanageable workload?

We hear the need for effective intervention time and time again but the barriers teachers face often make it untenable to do anything other than just putting on an extra class at break time.

As a result, we have produced an e-Learning solution whereby each pupil has their own homepage where they can access their learner journey in class, out of class, at home; with a teacher, teaching assistant, friend, cover supervisor; and on a computer, tablet or smartphone.

bksb’s GCSE Achieve e-Learning solution for English and maths begins with a Diagnostic Assessment, mapped to the 2017 GCSE curriculum, to ascertain a pupil’s precise strength and weaknesses. From this, Individual Learning Plans are produced and interactive Learning Resources are given to plug individual skill gaps. There is a short summative assessment at the end of each module to test whether progress has been made. The final stage of the solution is Exam Practice materials that are designed to help and prepare pupils for their final GCSE examinations.

All assessments and resources in the solution are self-marking and teachers are able to access detailed reports for individual pupils and groups to monitor and evidence progress.

If you would like to learn more about bksb’s GCSE Achieve solution, why not request a free trial at www.bksb.co.uk/schools?

Please do not hesitate to call 01623 413333 or email enquiries@bksb.co.uk if you have any questions or queries.

Roberta Hutley

For many schools the cost of a minibus seems prohibitive but two developments have cut the price dramatically.

It is rare to find a school that wouldn’t accept the offer of a minibus if it was there, available for them.  But they don’t buy one, because of the cost.

However, two recent developments have ensured that more and more schools are now able to have minibus transport that they previously felt was out of their reach.

But – and this is the key fact – these two new approaches have to be seen together; on their own they look like interesting notions – but not a solution.

The two approaches are a) to lease the minibus on a set monthly fee which includes all servicing, maintenance and repair costs, and b) to share its use with a nearby school that is in the same cluster, trust or council as they are, so that each school has the bus for an agreed amount of time.

What’s more, many schools do then add a third element of their own to the equation – since they know how much the minibus will cost each month they do sometimes ask the PTA or other support group to make a contribution to that cost each month.

Now that is often very much welcomed since it means that the parents making the contribution to the minibus account know that is it their children who are benefitting, rather than the children in future years (as happens when the fund raising goes on for several years before a bus can be bought).

Sharing a leased minibus also has the benefit of ensuring that everyone is always driving a bus that is well maintained – since it is the leasing company that works on maintaining the bus in tip top condition.

If you haven’t leased a minibus or thought about sharing one, please do give me a call on 01753 859944 and I can talk you through how it all works.

But if you want to take a look at who we are and what we do before you call, you’ll find more information about leasing at www.minibusleasing.co.uk.

What more can you do to help your pupils with their creative writing?

Writing in an unfamiliar environment is something that nearly all successful writers do as it can provide them with the inspiration to think and write more creatively than before. Thus, when your pupils are tasked to write creatively, it can be a good idea to take the lesson elsewhere.

Whether it’s a short story or a poem, by taking your pupils to a park, busy street, reservoir or anywhere else which isn’t considered as commonplace, your pupils will be inspired by their surroundings and thus (in terms of creativity) their writing will be improved.

Of course, to do this you will need some kind of transport (unless your school is fortunate enough to be located within walking distance of such an environment), which is where Benchmark Minibus Leasing can help.

Leasing a minibus with Benchmark can often work out cheaper than buying a minibus outright (especially if one takes into account the re-sale value of a school bus at the end of its working life), or indeed hiring a coach each time.

It is an arrangement which makes it possible for schools to fund the minibus through a small payment each month, which has the added benefit of improved budgeting and cash flow.

What’s more, a full maintenance programme is included, so no matter the outcome of the vehicle’s services and MOTs, the cost of repairs won’t affect the lease price.

For more information about leasing a minibus with Benchmark Leasing you can go to our website, call us on 01753 859944 or email 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

What is the simplest way to locate and apply for grants and funding for school projects?

One of the interesting aspects of the grants and special funds available to British schools is that few schools actually know about them.

Where the knowledge about educational grants does exist, there are many schools for whom the whole process of applying for a grant can appear just too complex and time consuming to make it worthwhile.

Over the past few years we have helped dozens of schools and educational charities raise well over £500,000 towards their projects, via successful grant applications to various local authorities, lotteries, trusts and foundations.

Recently there has been a particular interest in using such funds for new outdoor classrooms, to cope with the rise in school numbers, but grants can  be awarded for a whole variety of projects.

Other options include, funding school playground improvements, new play equipment, new surfacing or playground markings, shelters, furniture, gardens, planting, forest areas, before or after school clubs, holiday clubs, extra-curricular, and community activities…

In fact significant grants are available to almost any project potentially beneficial to the development of your pupils or community.

The problems are in finding the grants in the first place, and completing the necessary documentation – and that is why ABC Fundraising exists.   We find appropriate grant opportunities and do the paperwork for you.  And we help you to make the most convincing and compelling case for your project to the grantmaker. Working with us will cost no money up front, and charge a fee only if you receive a grant towards the project through the application we have helped you prepare.

Everything we do is completely transparent, and you have complete control over your project direction and the content of the application. However, we of course provide advice upon how to give your grant application the best chance of success based on the hundreds of applications we have overseen from all parts of the UK.

If you would like to know more please do call me on 07598 722 722 or 0131 308 0687

Or email me at: andy@abcfundraising.co.uk

There is also more information at www.abcfundraising.co.uk

For many schools the cost of a minibus seems prohibitive but two developments have cut the price dramatically.

It is rare to find a school that wouldn’t accept the offer of a minibus if it was there, available for them.  But they don’t buy one, because of the cost.

However, two recent developments have ensured that more and more schools are now able to have minibus transport that they previously felt was out of their reach.

But – and this is the key fact – these two new approaches have to be seen together; on their own they look like interesting notions – but not a solution.

The two approaches are a) to lease the minibus on a set monthly fee which includes all servicing, maintenance and repair costs, and b) to share its use with a nearby school that is in the same cluster, trust or council as they are, so that each school has the bus for an agreed amount of time.

What’s more, many schools do then add a third element of their own to the equation – since they know how much the minibus will cost each month they do sometimes ask the PTA or other support group to make a contribution to that cost each month.

Now that is often very much welcomed since it means that the parents making the contribution to the minibus account know that is it their children who are benefitting, rather than the children in future years (as happens when the fund raising goes on for several years before a bus can be bought).

Sharing a leased minibus also has the benefit of ensuring that everyone is always driving a bus that is well maintained – since it is the leasing company that works on maintaining the bus in tip top condition.

If you haven’t leased a minibus or thought about sharing one, please do give me a call on 01753 859944 and I can talk you through how it all works.

But if you want to take a look at who we are and what we do before you call, you’ll find more information about leasing at www.minibusleasing.co.uk.

As a Careers Advisor how can you ensure that you are offering your autistic students the additional resources and support that they require?

According to the Office of National Statistics there is a year-on-year increase of the number of disabled people in work, not least due to a heightened awareness of the resources and support that young people with a disability require to help them into employment.

Indeed, just one way in which you can help your autistic students to prepare for employment is with the Work Experience Activity Pack by SEN Press.

The Work Experience Activity Pack contains a wealth of information, support and resources about what to expect when undertaking work experience and how to demonstrate good work etiquette in an array of situations they are likely to find themselves in.

Not only has the Activity Pack’s content been specifically designed to respond to the way in which students with autism typically view the world, but it will also respond to their learning needs – it has been designed for older students (16+) with a reading age of around seven.

The Work Experience Activity Pack approaches the subject through a series of six student reading books, each focussed on a particular work setting, ranging from an animal charity to a fast-food restaurant, from a garage to a supermarket.

The six reading books, each of which builds upon the themes of the series (time keeping, showing respect, and so on) are accompanied by a set of copiable worksheets and teachers’ resources, supplied in spiral-bound format for easy use.

The teachers’ resources also include around 100 A4 pages of additional resources including keyword flashcards, word searches, and spot the difference pictures.

Finally the pack also includes a CD rom which has a set of eBooks and whiteboard resources. These include real voice audio tracks of the eBook versions of the readers and a wide range of interactive activities so that the students can practise the life skills introduced.

The complete set of resources containing two copies of each of the six readers, the complete teacher book, and the CD Rom is available for £139 plus VAT.  Individual elements from the pack are also available separately.

For further information, please click here.

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

Janie Nicholas

It’s time for your SEN students to start developing some life skills. Starting with Making Sense of Money.

Finding resources which explain finances in a way that students with SEN can understand can be somewhat of a challenge – not least because there are so few resources of this kind on the market.

Which is why SEN Press has devised the Making Sense of Money Complete Set which contains a wealth of resources about dealing with money in everyday situations, including:

  • Six story books which support the ASDAN CoPE Award. Titles include, “Money In, Money Out”, “Everyday Money”, “What’s it Worth?”, “Cash and Cakes”, “Keeping Money Safe” and “Making Ends Meet”.
  • A CD-ROM providing electronic versions of the above titles, making it ideal for interactive whiteboard presentations and for students who would also benefit from listening to the text.

It is also possible to edit and save the text to make your own story, create differentiated texts and personalise the text with your students’ names to enhance engagement.

  • An extensive range of activity worksheets and interactive activities that encourage reading comprehension. Activities include, Words and Pictures, Picture Search, Keyword Flashcards, Wordsearch, Spot the Difference, How Well Did You Read?    Missing Words, Quizzes, and Drag and Drop.
  • Supporting resources for teachers including page-by-page notes for all the stories and assessment resources (feedback sheets and student record sheets).

The complete set of resources containing two copies of each of the six readers, the complete teacher book, and the CD Rom is available for £139 plus VAT (save 10%).

You can see more details and sample pages from the readers as well as details for ordering individual items or the full pack on our “Making Sense of Money” web page.

If you have any questions or need more information, please email info@senpress.co.uk or call 01582 833205.  We’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Janie Nicholas

A worrying number of schools contain asbestos, it’s a potential issue for nurseries too

We all know the dangers associated with asbestos, but how certain can you be that it is not contained within your nursery?

Worryingly it has been reported that between 200 and 300 former school children and a rising number of teachers die of mesothelioma each year, thought to be caused by the asbestos found in 86% of school buildings across the UK.

But obviously this is a potential issue in nurseries too.

It is important that all staff, particularly those responsible for the running of the buildings, are made aware of the potential hazards.  All staff should be instructed not to disturb or damage asbestos containing materials. Damage to nursery fixtures or fittings that could lead to the release of asbestos fibres need to be reported.

How do I know if asbestos is present and how do we manage it?

The Asbestos Man is able to work with you to devise and implement a comprehensive Asbestos policy that starts with a consultation, followed by a full site survey including the analysis of any suspect materials.

We will compile a user friendly report containing photographs, annotated plans and the appropriate recommendations from the survey findings. Where asbestos has been identified we will then work with you to put in place a management plan so that the occupants of the premises are protected.

For nurseries where budget does not allow a full site survey we can, in many cases, update an existing survey.

It is a legal requirement to undertake a refurbishment or demolition survey for asbestos containing materials prior to any works taking place.

If you have any enquiries regarding asbestos please do not hesitate to call (quoting reference code HH1):-

  Alan the Asbestos Man on 07510 104323

info@theasbestosman.co.uk

www.theasbestosman.co.uk

To view my Checkatrade page please click this link www.checkatrade.com/TheAsbestosMan/

 

These two calculators could be all you need for the new school year….

LK 183                                                                 LK 83XP

The LOGIK LK 183 calc. has been used by UK school and college students since 2008. With 240 functions, plus twin line display, auto power off, hard plastic keys and a slide-on cover, it has proved to be extremely reliable as well as being competitively priced, (from just £ 3.49 ex vat).

It has recently been joined by the LOGIK LK 83XP with its “natural display” feature which enables the user to enter calculations as shown in textbooks and worksheets. With (almost) all the features of the brand leader, (not “verify” or “recurring decimal”) , its 252 functions include number tables, random numbers, prime factorisation, trig & stats functions log and anti-log etc plus a twin line display, slide-on cover, hard plastic keys and auto-power off. It’s battery powered with solar back-up for longer life and competitively priced. (from just £ 4.85 ex vat)

Both LOGIK calcs have a THREE year warranty (excludes LCD damage) and are suitable for KS 3, 4 and GCSE.

For more details, please see the website: www.signposteducational.co.uk

or email: info@signposteducational.co.uk or phone 020 7515 1797 and ask to speak to Martin Evans who will be pleased to assist.

PS. Also available is the “Value Maths set” which has proved to be very useful for students in lessons and exams……from just £ 1.10 ex vat. Details on the website.

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

Why an increasing number of schools are delivering lessons for exam preparation throughout the whole of their students’ educational career.

An increasing number of schools are finding that by delivering lessons for exam preparation throughout the whole of their students’ educational career, their students are more able to cope with the pressure of exam and thus achieve higher levels of attainment.

Furthermore, an increasing number of schools are also finding that such an approach to exam preparation isn’t just ideal, but indeed, that it is essential – not least because a fair amount of GCSE examinations are now taken earlier by students.

To support you in delivering lessons for exam preparation at regular intervals throughout your students’ educational career, Positively MAD has devised the Exam Busters workshop (our most popular workshop).

This flagship workshop has been received by over 550,000 students and teaching staff across the UK, with many schools repeating on an annual basis.

In just 2 hours, using an engaging and entertaining delivery style, our Positively MAD (Making A Difference) presenter will motivate your students to think and act positively about their exam preparation.

The students are given exercises to help de-stress and overcome nerves and shown regular review techniques to shift information from short to long term memory. They are also introduced to innovative tools which help improve their learning by boosting recall and revision.

Many students comment on how this multisensory learning experience has transformed their thinking from revision being boring and difficult to it being fast, fun and effective. Improving their attitude, recall and most importantly results.

You can find more information about our Exam Busters workshop by visiting www.positivelymad.com/Secondary/Exam-Busters.

If you would like to discuss any specific requirements for your school, please call our office staff on 0844 8094850 or simply email us at info@positivelymad.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Committed to your success!

The Positively MAD Team

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Ideas, support and networking for your Mathematics Classroom

A warm welcome to you as you begin to plan and prepare for the new school year.

To help with this, ATM are delighted to present our 2016/2017 catalogue.

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This year the catalogue includes lots of taster activities from a selection of ATM publications – Go and check them out!

We have four new publications to share with you that show both our guiding principles and how we aim to support you in your classroom

New Publications Pack – 2016 New Resources

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Assessment in the New National Curriculum – an ATM Perspective – Book and PDF
Illustrates how a teacher can use ordinary classroom practice as the basis for assessment. KS1 KS2 KS3

Mathematical Imagery – Book and PDF
A full colour collection of ideas and discussion on the subject of mathematical imagery. KS3 KS4

Teaching Mathematics Social Justice – Book and PDF
Seven projects, along with task sheets for students, teacher notes and research articles that address social justice in the mathematics classroom.  KS3 KS4

Learning Mathematics with Origami – Book and PDFDesigned to support learners to explore important mathematical topics and solve problems when doing origami. KS2 KS3

Other best selling titles include:

It Makes You Think – Book and PDF
A photocopiable resource that encourages thinking skills and collaborative working while problem solving.KS1 KS2

Talking Maths – Book and PDF
A selection of photocopiable tasks to stimulate rich mathematical discussion while learners test, clarify and develop their understanding of mathematics.

About ATM Publications

ATM publications embody our guiding principles, offering tasks that teachers can use in their classrooms in a form that allows them to use them immediately.

There is a wide range of publications from Early Years to A level, written by experienced practitioners, that have been scrutinised for the quality of their tasks and narrative.

Most publications include ideas to reflect on for your continuing professional development and to support using the tasks in your classroom.

For more information about the Association of Teachers of Mathematics go to www.atm.org.uk

What is the single most effective way of handling an unexpected incident or emergency in the school?

An “incident” in the school could be an accident involving a pupil, student or member of staff.   Equally an incident could be the sudden arrival of a parent who is particularly aggravated or abusive and is facing an administrator who is alone in the office.

Or again it might be the arrival of an outsider who it is suspected has no reason for being in the school.  Or it could be a power failure which has taken out the school’s phone system.

In all such events the most important point is communication – immediate communication between the individual handling the incident and a designated member of staff who can then quickly arrange a suitable response to events.

By far the most simple, cost effective way of arranging such cover is a compact two-way radio that provides fast and direct communication across a campus.

This ensures that staff and teams remain co-ordinated and informed at all times.

There are also of course more complex systems available – and it is obviously important to select the right system for your school.  But the key point is to have a facility that allows someone in the school (for example the administrator) to have the ability to summon help at the press of a button if there should be a sudden problem.

There is information about the various systems that we offer on our web site and if you would like to discuss your school’s requirements in detail, please do call us for free on 0800 084 27 99.

Alternatively you can email sales@nrsupplies.co.uk and we’ll get straight back to you.

 

English Basics posters – New posters added

It’s essential that all pupils and students have a sound grasp of the basics of English.

Give your teaching of the basics a real impact by using these pdf posters.

These colourful, snappy posters will have an immediate impact but can also be a continued point of reference.

At less than £30 for the set this is brilliant value. You can print as many copies of these as you like – have them in every classroom!

The posters cover: Adjectives; Adverbs; Alliteration; Antonyms; Connectives; Direct speech; First person; Hyperbole; Infinitive; It’s; Metaphor; Nouns; Onomatopoeia; Paragraphs; Personification; Pronouns; Reported speech; Rhetorical question; Sentences; Similes; Superlatives; Synonyms; Their; They’re; There; Third person; Vary your verbs; Verbs; Your; You’re.

There are 30 A4 pdf posters in all. The set is an ideal classroom resource. A PowerPoint version is also available for whiteboards and large display screens.

You can see all the posters here
http://www.carelpress.co.uk/hh_englishbasics/

Ann Batey
Office Manager
Carel Press
(01228 538928)
www.carelpress.co.uk
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Help promote a climate for learning with ‘Busy Hands, Busy Brains’

Learning involves the whole mind and body.  Learning is not all merely “head” learning (conscious, rational, “left-brained,” and verbal) but involves the whole body/mind with all its emotions, senses and receptors.

Children learn better if they have something in front of them that they can feel and physically touch. Lessons incorporating touch and movement will be particularly beneficial to kinaesthetic learners and it will be fun for everyone.

Dr Ben Mardell, PhD, a researcher at Harvard University says “Kids learn through all their senses,” “and they like to touch and manipulate things.”  But more than simply moving materials around, hands-on activities activate kids’ brains.

NEW – These tactile products are designed to help the kids be more productive in the classroom.

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50 Piece ‘Busy Hands, Busy Brains’ Classroom Pack

  • 8 x Yellow Tangles
  • 8 x Yellow Bendy Men
  • 8 x Smiley Yellow Stress Ball
  • 26 x Stretchy Men
  • 1 x Cotton Storage Bag*

* Cotton storage bag is made from natural promotional quality unbleached cotton with long shoulder length handles. This bag is 100% Recyclable, 100% sustainable and biodegradable. Size is 38x42cm 

Fantastic Offer for Schools – Over 30% Discount on our ‘Busy Hands Busy Brains’ Classroom  Pack

For a limited period We are offering a fantastic 30% discount from our Busy Hands Busy Brains Classroom Package’ which includes 50 tactile items ideal for kids to use during lessons to engage senses that are not normally engaged simply by listening.

RRP                                       £54.99
Special Offer Price             £38.99

Follow this link Calm Kids to take advantage of this great limited period offer.

NEW: We have just introduced a new ‘purchase order’ process which allows you to buy products online with a purchase order (no need for a credit card). Simply follow the normal steps to buy online and add your purchase order number at ‘Step 5 Payment Information’.

Dan Carter
Stress Check Ltd
Tel: +44 (1904) 413560
Email: dan@stresscheck.co.uk
Web: www.stresscheck.co.uk

 

Just a week left of the Topical Resources’ sale with discounts of up to 75%.

You may recall that we’ve been running a £5 sale on all our printed products until our stocks run out – meaning that there are discounts of up to 75% on our books.

We still have some stock left, but the sale does have a final and absolute cut-off date of 24 August.  So if we have not received your order by midnight on this day, then I am really sorry to say we won’t be able to process the order.

You can order any of our resources (while stocks last) for just £5 a book on our website.

Or, if you’d prefer, you can place an order…

  • by phone on 01772 863158,
  • by fax on 01772 866153,
  • by email to sales@topical-resources.co.uk, or
  • by post to Topical Resources, P.O. Box329, Broughton, Preston, Lancashire PR3 5LT.

Also, if you’d like to share this offer (which we would appreciate very much), please do forward this email and/or share our Facebook post about Topical Resources’ 2016 Summer Sale which you will find pinned to the top of our Facebook page – Topical Resources.
www.topical-resources.co.uk
sales@topical-resources.co.uk

 

What is the most effective way of ensuring that every pupil and student always hears what is being said?

If there are parts of your school where the acoustics are poor or which are next to a source of noise such as a main road, then there is every chance that some of your students will fail to hear everything that is being said and will miss out on some of the teaching and learning.

Such a situation could arise in the assembly hall or a teaching room and can be the cause of additional stress where teaching staff have to raise their voices on a regular basis just to be heard.

Fortunately, any issues regarding the acoustic environment in both classrooms, assembly rooms, and other areas can be resolved readily by using a soundfield system – a system already used in hundreds of schools across the UK.

In order to show just how positive the benefits of a soundfield system can be we can offer a free trial in a classroom in your school. You simply tell us when it is convenient to visit your school and we come in set up the equipment and show the relevant teacher how to use it.

The whole process takes about 15 minutes and you can then keep the equipment for up to three weeks. If you like it and it is having a beneficial effect on the learning in school, then great, we will leave you an invoice. If not, then we’ll come and collect it.

Alternatively if you would like us to have a look at your school hall and offer some advice regarding simple equipment to help ensure the school is complying with the relevant regulations in relation to visitors and students who are hard of hearing, we will be pleased to help.

There is more information about our most popular Soundfield system, the Swift Digital, on our website here: www.connevans.co.uk/product/3109896/

To arrange a free three-week trial in a classroom or to invite us to take a look at a larger area such as an assembly hall please do:

  • Phone 01737 247571
  • Email info@connevans.com
  • Write to Connevans Limited, Bridge House, 1 Nutfield Road, Merstham, Surrey RH1 3EB

I look forward to hearing from you.

Phil Boswell

Director

As of April 2016 we are very proud to be … by Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Manufacturer and Supplier of Audio Equipment …  https://www.royalwarrant.org/directory?query=connevans

 

How would you like new classroom chairs with a warranty which lasts until 2036?

How much could your organisation save? With a TWENTY year warranty there’ll be no maintenance or replacement costs for twenty years… Think how much that will improve your furniture budget!

The Postura Plus range of chairs has been designed not only to be good looking and extremely durable (hence the 20 year warranty) but also to encourage good posture for your students, as well as being easy to stack and move from room to room if necessary.

Postura Plus chairs are used successfully in thousands of UK schools, often just as a trial in one classroom and then being “rolled out” throughout the school as funds allow.

Postura Plus chairs are available in a range of 15 attractive colours and six sizes for ages four years upwards. The TWENTY year warranty (and its associated benefits) means that these chairs are likely to be one of the best investments that a school or college could ever make.

Further information about Postura Plus chairs including very competitive pricing may be found at:

www.centraleducational.co.uk/classroom-postura%20plus.html

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

You can contact them by email: info@centraleducational.co.uk or phone on: 020 7515 1797
Ask for Martin Evans who will be pleased to assist.

The Arab-Israeli Conflict and Recent Upheavals in the Middle East

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Both Sides of the Story

by  Muslim and  Jewish speakers

Much is happening in the Middle East which raises many questions. Our talks endeavour to address these issues. For example: would the upheaval and violence in so many countries be eliminated by an Israel-Palestinian peace?  What can halt the Syrian civil war? Is Israel to blame? What is ‘occupied territory’?  What are ‘settlements’? What is being done to help the Palestinian refugees  in their camps? Are we (the West) supporting the moderate Palestinians enough? When will the Palestinians have the opportunity for democratic elections?

In addition, talks can be requested which give a historical, political or religious perspective of the current situation and show the varying opinions of the two sides, and between fifty years ago and today.

Talks can be requested on any relevant alternative subject, for example: the Balfour Declaration, the British Mandate, Walls/Security barriers around the world, Refugees, Habitation of Palestine.

The talks are given by two speakers together, a Muslim and a Jew, who explore all issues with honesty and give both sides of the story.

Where distance makes visits to schools difficult, we would be happy to work with you to give a talk via video conferencing.

Cost: Travel costs (train or car mileage) plus a voluntary donation towards other expenses.

Please contact us with any queries, for further details, or to book a talk.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Ruth Camay

Preventing hate crime: free equality workshops for teachers and senior school managers

Learning to respect one another is a significant aspect of children’s education, and the government has recently acknowledged, in the hate crime action plan 2016, that schools have a vital role to play in reducing hate crime in society.

But there is a problem.  Although schools have statutory obligations under the Equality Act 2010, information from the Department for Education and from the Equality and Human Rights Commission is not readily accessible and may appear conflicting.

As a result it is fair to say that many schools are unclear about the Protected Characteristics covered by the Equality Act and about the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty.

With this in mind, CSIE is offering a series of FREE equality workshops throughout the country in autumn 2016, supported by Barclays Bank and The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation.

Over and above helping schools fulfil their legal duties, these are practical, “hands on” workshops designed to be engaging and constructive.

The workshops are framed around CSIE’s award-winning guide Equality: Making It Happen, a succinct and user-friendly set of reference cards to help schools reduce bullying, address prejudice and promote equality holistically.

The guide offers simple and practical advice, as well as links to sources of further information and support. We know of no other initiative addressing all aspects of equality in schools in such an effective and user-friendly way. It will take a long time for our new guide to make an impact on the lives of all pupils in all schools, but for those that it reaches the effect can be decisive.

Each workshop will address what more schools can do to ensure that: a) all pupils are safe, included and learning; and b) the school is fully compliant with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

The free workshops will address equality in the context of current challenges in education and provide an overview of the Equality Act 2010 in order to help schools ensure they are fully compliant with the Public Sector Equality Duty.

Within the free workshop we will discuss ways of welcoming pupils, staff and visitors in all their diversity, present a range of strategies for addressing prejudice and promoting equality, and help participants develop confidence and language for addressing sensitive equality issues.

This event will provide simple and practical advice for reducing all forms of prejudice-based bullying; it will consider real-life examples (participants are encouraged to bring their own examples of equality challenges in school) and assist in developing a context-specific framework for change.

Who should attend:

The workshops have been designed for primary and secondary school teachers, inclusion managers, pastoral support leaders, senior leaders and governors who care about equality and want to reduce all forms of prejudice-based bulling and discrimination in school. Workshops will also be of interest to equality champions outside schools, for example academy chain or local authority officers and voluntary sector organisations working to promote equality in education.

Cost:

All workshops are free to attend but places are limited and must be booked in advance. These events have been subsidised by Barclays Bank and The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, to both of whom CSIE remains grateful.

Feedback from previous CSIE equality workshops:

“Great!”

“Inspiring.”

“Eloquent and informative.”

“A lot of very practical and very useful information.”

“Excellent content and awareness of legal framework.”

Free workshops have been scheduled to take place in Bristol, Norfolk, Leicester and Reading.  More workshops will be announced in other locations soon.  For more information, or to book your place, please visit www.csie.org.uk/about/training.shtml.

If you want to find out more about these free workshops or about Equality: Making It Happen, or if you have any questions or queries at all, please call 0117 353 3150 or email admin@csie.org.uk.  We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at one of our workshops.

Artemi Sakellariadis
Director, CSIE

How can schools create a manageable computing journey at Key Stage 2 when there are so many free tools to use?

In the run up to the launch of the new computing curriculum, as well as after it was phased in, there was a collective intake of breath from teachers up and down the country as they absorbed what it all meant.

For many teachers the notion of writing and debugging programs or explaining simple algorithms was well beyond their every-day experience and certainly not in their training.

Fortunately at the time there was already a string of free web based tools out there to use and a couple of these have proved really successful like Scratch from MIT & Daisy the Dinosaur.

Thankfully, it also seems sometimes that many children tend to be a little more fearless with technology – a strength when it comes to Computing!

With all the free tools that some school enthusiasts started to champion it soon became apparent that while they were free there was little if any support or influence on how products developed – how could there be if the tool was free?

The result for some schools has been a bird’s nest of logins for different tools, varying user interfaces, unreliable work saving and patchy levels of school service. Factors like these undermine teacher confidence who just want it to work. Schools love saving money but when the cost is not having a reliable learning environment then its surely too high.

The mission at Blippit has been to get key elements of the computing curriculum under one roof and to help develop curious learners through authentic learning – even to the point of publishing apps (with the teacher’s approval) on our free app store, Planet Blippit.

Blippit IO, through its powerfully simple tools, opens the door to computational thinking, logical reasoning and unexpectedly – writing.  You can use our templates or just create your own.

To try Blippit IO for your school just visit us here and if you decide that Blippit IO would serve your schools needs you can upgrade here.

If you have any questions or queries about Blippit IO please do call 01772 657 100 or email support@blippit.co.uk  John Bidder

Clips and videos bring a subject to life – but there’s so much out there. How do you find the best?

The web is awash with video material, but how do you find material that’s relevant and interesting?

TV Choice has brought together the best of its 280+ films and clips, supported by notes, on one password for classroom and home use. It means to-the-point, fact-packed material on Business, Economics, Geography, ICT, D&T History and PSHE & Citizenship. It means material created for UK schools, clearly organised, entertaining and without bias.

TV Choice has been providing relevant, compelling material for schools for over 30 years – that wealth of material is now available as an easy to use library at less than £4 a week.

You can preview some of our new titles that we offer by clicking on the following links:

Marketing Strategy Case Studies: Tesco Triumph & Tragedy

Marketing Strategy Case Studies: The Starbucks Experience

The European Union Explained: EU History, Structure, Pros and Cons

TV Choice offers a range of Streaming Platform Packages:

  1. Full TVChoice Library (280+ films & clips £195 + vat per year)
  2. Business & Economics (230+ films & clips £165 + vat per year)
  3. Geography, Leisure & Tourism (100+ films & clips £120 + vat per year)
  4. Design, Technology & ICT (60+ films & clips £75 + vat per year)
  5. PSHE & Citizenship (80+ films & clips £75 + vat per year)
  6. History (13 films & clips £49 + vat per year)

You can order any of our TV Choice Streaming Platform Packages either by visiting our website, calling 0208 464 7402, faxing 0208 464 7845, or by sending your order in the post to TV Choice Ltd, PO Box 597, Bromley, BR2 0YB.

Please note that if you enter the code HHSP16 at checkout (on the website) or on your order, you will receive 10% off your order.

Exceptional Secondary School Assembly Resources

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Compassion in World Farming

School speaker serviceCompassion in World Farming provides a speaker service for schools, youth clubs, colleges, universities and adult groups in the UK. In many parts of the UK we can provide a speaker.

This service is free, though expenses are appreciated. This service is also available for youth groups of any age from 5-18.

To book a speaker you can:

Complete our speaker request form
Call our education department on 01483 521965
Fax or post the form on the back of our educational resources leaflet

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CCLI

CCLI Collective Worship Licenses – offers licences, resources and ideas to help schools use songs and hymns during their times of Collective Worship in assemblies and special services.

Telephone: 01323 436100
Postal address:
CCLI, Chantry House, 22 Upperton Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 1BF

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AssembliesOnline.com

AssembliesOnline.com – free school assemblies based around a popular feature film. Assemblies are designed to help school pupils develop a greater understanding of themselves, their community and the world around them.

Email: office@ethoseducation.org
Postal address: Ethos Education, PO Box 1800, Southampton, SO15 9GP

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Teaching Resources Support

Assemblies for KS3/4 – These ready to use assembly ideas have been created to help you deliver engaging and topical KS3 and KS4 assemblies throughout the year.

Email: admin@teachingresourcessupport.com
Telephone:
0113 266 0880
Postal address:
Morwick Hall, Mortec Office Park, York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 4TA, U.K

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School Speakers

School Speakers, set up by entrepreneur Apprentice TV star Claire Young, is the UK’s No.1 agency working with schools (primary and secondary), colleges and universities to provide talks, workshops and full day activities for students.

Email: office@schoolspeakers.co.uk
Telephone:
01924 277343 

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Caswell’s Strings

Caswell’s Strings – we invite you to examine our extensive range of student instruments, the separate listing of advanced instruments, the pages of accessories and teaching aids, the Tonerite, the bows, and the books.

Email: sales@caswellsstrings.com
Telephone: +44 (0) 1280 707 140
Postal address: The Old Chapel, Banbury Road, Brackley. NN13 6BA

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You can find more Exceptional Teaching resources at exceptionalteaching.org.uk.

These two calculators could be all you need for the new school year….

LK 183                                                        LK 83XP

The LOGIK LK 183 calc. has been used by UK school and college students since 2008. With 240 functions, plus twin line display, auto power off, hard plastic keys and a slide-on cover, it has proved to be extremely reliable as well as being competitively priced, (from just £ 3.49 ex vat).

It has recently been joined by the LOGIK LK 83XP with its “natural display” feature which enables the user to enter calculations as shown in textbooks and worksheets. With (almost) all the features of the brand leader, (not “verify” or “recurring decimal”) , its 252 functions include number tables, random numbers, prime factorisation, trig & stats functions log and anti-log etc plus a twin line display, slide-on cover, hard plastic keys and auto-power off. It’s battery powered with solar back-up for longer life and competitively priced. (from just £ 4.85 ex vat)

Both LOGIK calcs have a THREE year warranty (excludes LCD damage) and are suitable for KS 3, 4 and GCSE.

For more details, please see the website: www.signposteducational.co.uk
or email: info@signposteducational.co.uk or phone 020 7515 1797 and ask to speak to Martin Evans who will be pleased to assist.

PS. Also available is the “Value Maths set” which has proved to be very useful for students in lessons and exams……from just £ 1.10 ex vat. Details on the website.

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

A worrying number of schools contain asbestos

We all know the dangers associated with asbestos, but how certain can you be that it is not contained within your school?

Worryingly it has been reported that between 200 and 300 former school children and a rising number of teachers die of mesothelioma each year, thought to be caused by the asbestos found in 86% of school buildings across the UK.

It is important that all staff, particularly those responsible for the running of the buildings, are made aware of the potential hazards.  All staff should be instructed not to disturb or damage asbestos containing materials. Damage to school fixtures or fittings that could lead to the release of asbestos fibres need to be reported.

How do I know if asbestos is present and how do we manage it?

The Asbestos Man is able to work with you to devise and implement a comprehensive Asbestos policy that starts with a consultation, followed by a full site survey including the analysis of any suspect materials.

We will compile a user friendly report containing photographs, annotated plans and the appropriate recommendations from the survey findings. Where asbestos has been identified we will then work with you to put in place a management plan so that the occupants of the premises are protected.

For schools where budget does not allow a full site survey we can, in many cases, update an existing survey.

It is a legal requirement to undertake a refurbishment or demolition survey for asbestos containing materials prior to any works taking place.

If you have any enquiries regarding asbestos please do not hesitate to call (quoting reference code HH1):-

  Alan the Asbestos Man on 07510 104323

 info@theasbestosman.co.uk  

www.theasbestosman.co.uk

To view my Checkatrade page please click this link http://www.checkatrade.com/TheAsbestosMan/

 

 

Maths & Dyslexia

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Much of the information in this volume is based on research that suggests that many pupils with Dyscalculia don’t succeed at maths because they have not understood the basic concepts required for the more advanced topics.

Thus, Maths & Dyslexia offers a wide range of information on methods of teaching, study skills, placement and progress tests and worksheets for teachers working with pupils who experience difficulties with the four basic functions of maths (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), plus decimals, fractions, and percentages.

You can order Maths & Dyslexia in a variety of ways, including:

If you would prefer to receive Maths & Dyslexia in PDF, simply visit this link, select the ‘International’ option and click the ‘Pay by Credit Card (PayPal)’ button to check out.

Once we have received payment, you will receive Maths & Dyslexia in PDF by email within 12 working hours.

Please note that all rights are reserved and no part of this publication (Maths & Dyslexia) may be circulated or shared in any form without the prior permission of the author.

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How can schools create a manageable computing journey at Key Stage 2 when there are so many free tools to use?

In the run up to the launch of the new computing curriculum, as well as after it was phased in, there was a collective intake of breath from teachers up and down the country as they absorbed what it all meant.

For many teachers the notion of writing and debugging programs or explaining simple algorithms was well beyond their every-day experience and certainly not in their training.

Fortunately at the time there was already a string of free web based tools out there to use and a couple of these have proved really successful like Scratch from MIT & Daisy the Dinosaur.

Thankfully, it also seems sometimes that many children tend to be a little more fearless with technology – a strength when it comes to Computing!

With all the free tools that some school enthusiasts started to champion it soon became apparent that while they were free there was little if any support or influence on how products developed – how could there be if the tool was free?

The result for some schools has been a bird’s nest of logins for different tools, varying user interfaces, unreliable work saving and patchy levels of school service. Factors like these undermine teacher confidence who just want it to work. Schools love saving money but when the cost is not having a reliable learning environment then its surely too high.

The mission at Blippit has been to get key elements of the computing curriculum under one roof and to help develop curious learners through authentic learning – even to the point of publishing apps (with the teacher’s approval) on our free app store, Planet Blippit.

Blippit IO, through its powerfully simple tools, opens the door to computational thinking, logical reasoning and unexpectedly – writing.  You can use our templates or just create your own.

To try Blippit IO for your school just visit us here and if you decide that Blippit IO would serve your schools needs you can upgrade here.

If you have any questions or queries about Blippit IO please do call 01772 657 100 or email support@blippit.co.uk  John Bidder

Tamper-resistant IT chair

This “tamper-resistant” IT chair is available in a wide range of upholstery colours…and a FIVE year warranty……

It’s often true that keeping things simple is the best policy. This is the case with the Kenton IT chair which has a single lever to adjust seat height. No fancy stuff, no bells, no whistles.

The Kenton IT chair has been designed specifically for the education sector. By reducing the number of components which might be removed or damaged (either accidentally or deliberately !) the aim is to provide a more reliable and tamper-resistant chair for your students. It’s also available in a wide range of upholstery fabrics …and it’s made in the UK.

The Kenton IT chair is available from Central Educational Supplies Ltd., Further details and pricing information can be found on their website: www.centraleducational.co.uk

They can be contacted by email: info@centraleducational.co.uk    or by phone on 020 7515-1797. Please ask for Martin Evans who will be pleased to assist.

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

Free sign up for a year to KS3 Music Education Quizzes

Our library of KS3 Music Education Quizzes is free for a whole year and covers an extensive range of topic areas including: Composition, Form and Structure, Hooks and Riffs, Jazz Chords, Music and Media, Music for Dance, and more!

To see our full range of Music Education Quizzes for KS3, click here.

Would you like to be able to offer Education Quizzes as home revision or homework to your students? Our Education Quizzes can be accessed by students on their home computers, tablets, and smartphones.

For free sign up for a year to our library of KS3 music Education Quizzes, please visit https://www.educationquizzes.com/schools-uk-registrations/. If you would like to know more, please do email admin@educationquizzes.com or call 01406 371799.

Colin King

An Interactive GEOGRAPHY Software Free Trial Offer, At An Unmissable Price.

No School Should Miss Out On This. It Is Simply Unbelievable!

This offer for ALL 10 titles is packed with hundreds of stunning curriculum 3D animations describing difficult to understand concepts for GEOGRAPHY, text, voice-overs, quiz zones, drag and drops, multiple choice quizzes and more.

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. All 10 of these individual great titles are included in the pack for just £100 for everything:

Acid Rain; Deforestation; Desertification; Global Warming; The Work Of Ice; The Work Of Rivers; The Work Of The Sea; Urban Geography; Weather and Climate 1; Weather and Climate 2

It’s just £100 for all 10 of these software titles in one pack!

Now isn’t that truly staggering value for money for all these titles from the UK’s leading curriculum software supplier? Let’s beat the cuts!
click here

What more can primary schools do to ensure that everyone is safe, included, and learning?

This message brings you news of free workshops across England in autumn 2016.

In many schools, responding to a pressure to raise standards, staff concentrate their efforts on teaching the curriculum, with little or no time to explore issues which are not expected to lead directly to better SATs results.

In other schools staff invest equivalent energy in attending to the learning environment: they embrace the challenge of welcoming pupils, staff and visitors in all their diversity and actively engage with different identities and perspectives.

No matter how much, or how little, schools engage with equality issues, all schools have a legal obligation to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty, introduced by the Equality Act 2010.

This is sometimes seen as an additional responsibility, and other times as an integral part of everything that happens in a school.  In some schools, learning to respect one another is understood to be a significant aspect of children’s education.

CSIE is offering a series of FREE equality workshops throughout the country in autumn 2016, supported by Barclays Bank and The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation. Over and above helping schools fulfil their legal duties, these are practical, “hands on” workshops designed to be engaging and constructive.

The workshops are framed around CSIE’s award-winning guide Equality: Making It Happen, a succinct and user-friendly set of reference cards to help schools reduce bullying, address prejudice and promote equality holistically. The guide offers simple and practical advice, as well as links to sources of further information and support. We know of no other initiative addressing all aspects of equality in schools in such an effective and user-friendly way. It will take a long time for our new guide to make an impact on the lives of all pupils in all schools, but for those that it reaches the effect can be decisive.

Each workshop will address: a) what more schools can do to ensure that all pupils are safe, included and learning; and b) how schools can best respond to their legal equality duties and ensure that all protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010 are reflected positively in the curriculum and in everyday school life.

The workshops will:

  • address equality in the context of current challenges in education;
  • provide an overview of the Equality Act 2010;
  • consider the public sector equality duty and its implications for schools;
  • offer clear information on all protected characteristics;
  • present a range of strategies for addressing prejudice and promoting equality;
  • help participants develop confidence and language for discussing sensitive equality issues;
  • provide simple and practical advice for reducing all forms of prejudice-based bullying;
  • consider real-life examples (participants are encouraged to bring their own examples of equality challenges in school);
  • assist in developing a context-specific framework for change.

Who should attend:

The workshops have been designed for primary and secondary school teachers, inclusion managers, pastoral support leaders, senior leaders and governors who care about equality and want to reduce all forms of prejudice-based bulling and discrimination in school. Workshops will also be of interest to equality champions outside schools, for example academy chain or local authority officers and voluntary sector organisations working to promote equality in education.

Cost:

All workshops are free to attend but places are limited and must be booked in advance. These events have been subsidised by Barclays Bank and The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, to both of whom CSIE remains grateful.

Feedback from previous CSIE equality workshops:

“Great!”

“Inspiring.”

“Eloquent and informative.”

“A lot of very practical and very useful information.”

“Excellent content and awareness of legal framework.”

Free workshops have been scheduled to take place in Bristol, Norfolk, Leicester and Reading.  More workshops will be announced in other locations soon.  For more information, or to book your place, please visit www.csie.org.uk/about/training.shtml.

If you want to find out more about these free workshops or about Equality: Making It Happen, or if you have any questions or queries at all, please call 0117 353 3150 or email admin@csie.org.uk.  We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at one of our workshops.

Artemi Sakellariadis
Director, CSIE

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