The New SEN Code of Practice – TAs and Literacy Interventions. What really makes the difference?

Underpinning The New SEN Code of Practice, coming into force in September, is the need for schools to provide high quality teaching which is differentiated and personalised.

When a school is judged about the quality of their targeted literacy interventions, it will include a sharper focus on the quality of teaching support, including the use of published schemes. (Usually delivered by TAs)

Nothing that new you might say, but what really makes a difference to the quality of any literacy intervention in a school?

The Scheme you decide to buy and use? Or the core knowledge and understanding of the TA tasked with using it?

Whilst researchers continue to debate and report on the efficacy of various published schemes, it is a TA with the underpinning knowledge, skills and expertise around how children learn to read and write that will have a lasting impact.

One key task schools are undertaking at the moment is a review of the role of additional support within the school; is it being used in the most effective way? Would TAs benefit from some core literacy knowledge and understanding, thereby improving the quality of their work with groups and individual children?

To support TAs to deliver literacy interventions more successfully, (and therefore schools to meet the requirements of The New SEN Code more effectively), we are continuing to offer our popular two day literacy course for TAs and/or teachers.

Day One: Supporting Reading – this includes detailed work on reading strategies, including phonics and grammar as well as an understanding of the different pedagogical approaches useful for helping children who are currently struggling. The day maintains a focus on helping children become happy, confident readers.

Day Two: Supporting Writing - has a focus on sentence construction and the building blocks of crafting a piece of writing. But it also includes some wider, pertinent questions such as ‘What are our expectations of writing across the curriculum?’ and ‘What is the role of Speaking & Listening in improving the quality of writing? What are the processes of writing?’ and ‘Why do some children find it more difficult than others?’

Schools who have experienced our TA Reading & Writing Training days report an immediate and positive impact on TAs’ levels of confidence, their ability to interpret and maximise the published schemes in school and, more importantly, an impact on pupils’ reading & writing.

You can download a pdf of the Two Day course here

*NB. When both days are booked at the same time the total cost is discounted to £1700 (+VAT)

Dates are limited – so get in touch soon to book for 2014 -15.

Tel: 01604 491511


Have you and your students witnessed the Joy of Logic?

A sharp, mind-expanding and exuberant foray into the world of logic, with Tutorkit Logic tutors. Robust, reliable and easy-to-use, supplied with solderless patch leads and comprehensive manuals to get you started. 

Computers in Schools
Key stage 3 and 4

Boolean Logic AND, OR, NOT 

Robust, reliable, easy-to-use
Used in thousands of schools etc.

Experience the power of logic by simulating logical problems and conundrums. Understand how computers work and the logic behind everything you see – the PC, Internet and your mobile. Even the humble washing machine in your kitchen!!

Tutorkits cover the whole range, from electronic logic gates to integrated circuits and how microprocessors work. Thousands of Tutorkit Logic trainers are used in schools, colleges, universities and industry in UK and overseas..

Quote Ref. HTK-1 for further details and a FREE copy of the printed booklet Joy of Logic by Ravi Raizada PhD, FBCS. Include your delivery address and contact telephone number for the free booklet and information to be sent by post.

Limrose Group Ltd, Llay Industrial Estate, Wrexham, LL12 0U

Tel. 01978 85 5555 Email:

From Wellington Boots to food deliveries

What is the most effective and efficient place to store outdoor equipment, boots and clothing?

Increased learning outside the classroom has all sorts of implications from safety to staying dry. But one that sometimes comes way down the list is, “Where to keep the outdoor clothing and equipment you increasingly need?”

Traditionally the answer has been in an outbuilding, shed or a store cupboard within the school – but these solutions to the “where to put the outdoor equipment” question have significant disadvantages.

Outbuildings and sheds are liable to damp and vermin attack. If wooden they are often subject to arson. There can also be security problems and, if the building is old, health and safety considerations.

On the other hand store cupboards within the school are very much in demand for other uses as the amount of equipment and number of resources grows year on year. They also often lead to outdoor wear being tramped through the school to get to the storage space.

The logical answer, of course, is to have totally safe, fire resistant, secure and dry outdoor storage facilities. Modern cabinets that are weather proof, completely secure and which can stand against an outside school wall.

Our new generation of outdoor storage facilities comes in a range of sizes with flexible racking, meets all current health and safety requirements, and has a ten year guarantee against rust perforation. What’s more, optional extra shelving can be added depending on exactly what you want to store in the cabinets.

Of course,they can be used for far more than storing Wellington Boots and the like. Indeed, with the advent of the new Free School Meals programme schools that have problems with space and storage for food containers are turning to outdoor storage facilities as a way of receiving and returning their daily deliveries as well as expanding internal storage of dirty containers and crockery.

You can find more information on our range of external school storage on our website.

Alternatively, if you would like to talk through your particular requirement please call us on 01985 248454 or email us at

Help your students to get a Grade C in AQA linear course 4365 foundation

AQA linear course 4365 foundation: getting a grade C

This 95 page revision guide/ workbook is a comprehensive study aid for all foundation level students, designed specifically for the new AQA linear course (code 4365 foundation). The highly illustrated volume is broken down into three sections:

  1. Statistics and Number
  2. Number and Algebra
  3. Geometry and Algebra.

Throughout the guide uses real life examples and is constructed in such a way that it is very easy for the students to understand.

Each chapter matches those on the scheme of work, and each chapter concludes with a range of questions which tests what the students have (and perhaps have not) understood.

There is also a copy of the recent foundation papers 4365/1F and 2F with answers pencilled in, showing your pupils how to gain every mark available and how to set out their answers to get grade C.

Overall this is an excellent resource which is also relevant to those students studying Edexcel and OCR specifications. It can be used in lessons when preparing for the exams or as a running homework over several weeks.

Every student will find this revision guide/ workbook very valuable in moving up one or more grades from that which has been predicted.

You can obtain GCSE Maths 4365 foundation: the revision guide as a download for immediate use by going to

The price is £19.95 plus VAT (the VAT can be reclaimed in most cases by the school).

GCSE Maths 4365 foundation: the revision guide is published by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, or email or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

The full range of First and Best books can be seen at

First and Best in Education
Earlstrees Road
NN17 4HH


Edexcel Spanish IGCSE: How to get top marks in the writing questions CD-ROM

This pack will explain what is required for the two writing questions on the Edexcel Spanish IGCSE specification. Sample questions will be looked at, with tips for essay technique, followed by sample essays, with examiner’s comments. Writing tasks from each of the topic areas will be looked at, for both the shorter and longer writing tasks.

Comment: the essay writing questions might seem daunting at first but this is one section of the paper where YOU are in control. As long as you answer the questions, and cover all the bullet points, YOU can decide what to write. This is an easy way to score marks, and both writing sections of the paper count for 30 marks (10 for the shorter writing task and 20 for the longer writing task) which is 25% of the total marks. If you do well in this part of the paper it can make all the difference in being able to move up the grade boundaries.

The five topic areas are:

A: Home and abroad

B: Education and employment

C: House, home and daily routine

D: The modern world and the environment

E: Social activities, fitness and health

40 copiable masters – £29.99 (£39.99 inc. VAT) – Order code H9228

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

To see sample pages please email quoting the order codes above.

You can order the Edexcel IGCSE Spanish CD in any of these ways:

  • On our website through the web links above
  • By phone on 0117 940 6409
  • By fax on 0117 940 6408
  • By email (quoting a school order number) to
  • By post to: Classroom Resources, PO Box 1489, Bristol, BS99 3QJ

Just how might you turn a C maths student into an A one?

How Maths on Screen DVDs could make all the
difference to your students

Inspiring students who just don’t ‘get’ maths is hard. So is pushing those who have an aptitude for it, but who maybe don’t work as hard as they might because it appears to be too dry.

But there is something that could really help all your maths students: Maths on Screen DVDs.

They’re proven highly effective teaching aids for maths students aged 13-16 anywhere.

They’ve been created in association with Maths Inspiration, who have delivered live maths shows to over 100,000 students in the last ten years. We’ve filmed some of these shows and made them available on six DVDs, each containing two 30-40 minute shows.

Bring lessons to life

All kinds of maths topics are covered, and all are brought to life in weird and wonderful ways by personalities from TV, mathematics and business. These include Maths Inspiration founder and best-selling author Rob Eastaway, TV presenter and ‘Stand-Up Mathematician’ Matt Parker, BBC Sky at Night presenter and Space Scientist Lucie Green, Software Specialist and Juggler Colin Wright, and many more.

They’re fun, informative and guaranteed to hold the attention of a class of 13-16 year olds. And by showing practical applications for maths, they help to boost learning and exam results and show how your students can use maths to develop exciting, well-paid careers.

What they’re saying about Maths on Screen DVDs

Maths Inspiration shows and DVDs will appeal to lots of students – even students who you may not have considered would enjoy mathematical enrichment before.”
MEI – Maths in Education & Industry

“Easier access to the joys of mathematics without the palaver of booking coaches and filling out risk assessments…A real sense of excitement…showcasing some of the best maths speakers.”
Plus Magazine

“More like this please. Keep up the good work of showing how maths can be so intriguing.”
Jane Towers – Subject Leader Mathematics, Chiltern Hills Academy

Order your DVDs now

DVDs are available individually for £10 plus VAT, or all six for £50 plus VAT – a saving of 16.999…per cent (now there’s a good mathematical discount!), plus P&P.

To order yours, just call (0)20 3174 3249 or visit our online shop.

Please specify code “HH1” when you call, or enter this code in the ‘add a note’ section of the shopping cart when ordering online.

More details and reviews are at

Why not take a look at the DVDs now? They really could add up to something special for your students.

Best wishes,

Phil Rees

Director, Maths on Screen

GCSE Chemistry Powerpoints

GCSE Chemistry of the Elements is divided into a number of lessons. In each case around 60 PowerPoints are provided to allow you to illustrate each and every aspect of this section of the GCSE course. Here are the lessons:

Lesson 1

The Periodic Table; Group 1 – The Alkali Metals

Lesson 2

Group 7 Elements – chlorine, bromine and iodine; Gases in the Atmosphere; Oxygen in the Air

Lesson 3

The reactions of oxygen with metals; Carbon dioxide – preparation and properties; Hydrogen – reactions and properties

Lesson 4

The Reactivity Series of Metals; Displacement reactions; Oxidation and Reduction; Rusting

Lesson 5

Tests for Cations; Tests for Anions: Tests for the Gases

There are examples of the PowerPoints at

GCSE Chemistry of Elements PowerPoints is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can then use as often as you want. You can also put it on your school learning platform so all staff in your department can access the document.

You can obtain GCSE Chemistry of Elements PowerPoints by going to

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

GCSE Chemistry of Elements PowerPoints is published by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, or email or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

The full range of First and Best books can be seen at

First and Best in Education
Earlstrees Road
NN17 4HH



Succeed in English posters for EAL

A stimulating set of monthly pdf posters for English as an Additional Language.

A vital visual support to help students remember. 

Visual resources are more effective than textbooks and worksheets because they are memorable and punchy. 

Covers: Grammar, verbs, expressions, vocabulary, register, common mistakes 

Only £24.95 for a year’s subscription – 4 new posters a month. Print as many copies as you like. For whiteboards too. 

Subscribers can suggest topics for new posters. 

Ann Batey
Office Manager
Carel Press
(01228 538928)
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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain 

On tour autumn term to: Redhill, Swindon, Shrewsbury, Watford, Plymouth, Derby, Hull, Chelmsford, Cambridge, Darlington, Poole, Nottingham, Hayes and Newtown.

A brand new show telling the chronological story of Britain with stories from Roman, Viking, Tudor, Stuart and Victorian periods and a special scene explaining the start of WW1.

An unique two hour show with amazing 3D special effects – suitable for pupils at KS2 to help you cover the National Curriculum. Full details at


How to take students up a grade at A level history

Primary Sources in Russian History 1801-1917

It is undeniable that there are a number of ways of taking A level history students up a grade; but here is just one approach, which can be used alongside any others that you choose.

Many students often feel daunted by using primary sources, tend to overlook them, and, when pushed towards them, use them superficially.

And yet A level coursework units require students to refer to primary sources, and marking schemes give credit to students who show independence in selecting their material.

To overcome this problem, Primary Sources in Russian History 1801-1917 has selected a wide range of materials which are the most accessible for students taking A level history. In it is also true to say that some of this material will also be relevant for GCSE students study this period.

Some of the sources are little more than a line in length while others extend to two ore more pages. Of course, the students will find some of the sources a little difficult to understand – but that is surely part of the historian’s training. Research in understanding a primary source (as well as actually referring to it) is very much part of history.

Each subject area comes with a historical overview, and the sources are followed by questions for the students to answer. There are also some model answers which are meant as a guide for students and a cross-referenced analysis of themes linking each individual source to the prime topics of:

  • Autocracy
  • Repression
  • The west
  • Modernisation
  • Opposition
  • Reform
  • Society
  • The role of the individual
  • The peasantry
  • Revolution

The book covers the reigns of Alexander I, Nicholas I, Alexander II, Alexander III, and Nicholas II.

What’s more, the materials are available as a photocopiable book and as a CD which can be put onto the school’s network and shared among all students for whom it is relevant. Thus all students may use the material with the purchase of just one copy.

ISBN No: 978 1 86083 769 2 Order code: T1762EMN

Sample pages are available to download free of charge from

  • Photocopiable book: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD plus photocopiable book: £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery

You can order… Please quote the order code T1762EMN

  • By post: Write to First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH
  • By fax: To 01536 399 012
  • By phone: quoting a credit card number or a school order reference number: 01536 399 018
  • On line: Go to - you will need a credit card to complete the order


In your school hall! A flying carpet or for later …

What is the best way to give children the chance to unleash their imaginations and join in with actions and singing?

The answer for many schools will be a professional pantomime performance within the school next term, a performance which combines educational stimulation with professional performance.

We achieve this by bringing the West End to your school through pantomimes which are performed by West End actors who captivate their audience and engage with the children.

With our performances this year you have a choice between Aladdin and Cinderella.

Not only will the children be impressed, but so will their parents once they find that West End actors have been into the school performing to their children.

Furthermore, we also provide a free sing-along soundtrack in advance to help you make the most of the performance both before and after.

You will find more details on our website at

To book the Aladdin pantomime from West End in Schools, or to ask any questions about our work and our productions, please either:

There is no absolute right to be forgotten

The decision of the European Court over the right to be forgotten is far from absolute, and the implications are still be found

I wrote a little while ago about the European Court ruling which effectively means that if you ask Google or any other major search engine to delete links to any pages about you, they have to oblige. It is known already as the “right to be forgotten”.

When I wrote that article the whole issue was brand new. Since then we have started to see further ramifications. Someone somewhere asked Google to remove an article written by the esteemed Robert Peston of the BBC from its indexes. The BBC spotted this, and they objected. So the article is now un-deleted (if there is such a word).

Over time this process is going to make a difference to the internet – but of course that difference is only just starting. For example if there turns out to be a real desire to find information that is no longer indexed by Google etc, people will start publishing it in magazines and in book form.

Now I find that interesting because what might be presumed by some people (not readers of my emails of course but some of what I might call the “lower orders”) that the bits that are being deleted, are the exciting bits.

This will then mean that we could quite soon see adverts on Google (known as Google Ad Words) which advertise indexes to files which are still on the internet but which can’t be found on Google!

Of course for that to happen anyone interested in researching such data is going to have to retrieve the data, store it and publish it in some form other than digitally. What us old timers still like to refer to as “books and magazines”.

Suddenly there will be something in print which isn’t on the internet – the first time that has happened for maybe 10 years.

And the law won’t help stop such books and magazines emerging. For as long as we are dealing with the truth, rather than some invented allegations, then the stories can be told publicly. And it means putting them in books.

How long before the first volume of “Forgotten by Google” appears? I can’t tell you, but I suspect that just before it turns up in the bookshops, copies of the original documents, hurriedly printed from pages before those pages were forgotten by Google, will be stored in facilities such as Admiral Document Storage.

Or maybe even as I write this, programmers are writing programs that find the files forgotten by Google. Because those original files are still there – it is only the links that are gone.

I’m neutral in all of this – not sure if the Right to be Forgotten is a good thing or a bad thing. I’m just fascinated at how short a time it has taken for the circle to be completed.

For years it seemed that the drive towards digitalisation and the abandonment of printing and publishing seemed inexorable. Now I think I have spotted the turning point.

If you have anything to store – be it something forgotten, a legal document, or a collection of family photographs – or indeed anything else that is legal – do get in touch by calling us on 0800 810 1125.

Alternatively you can find further information on our website.

Admiral Document Storage Ltd
Bloxwich Lane
Tel: 0800 810 1125



Helping teenagers to cope with stress

Coping with Teenage Stress

The teenage stresses of today may be very different from those of the past but there is no doubt that some teenagers seem to feel these issues quite strongly: exams, relationships with friends and on social media, domestic problems, and peer pressure to smoke, drink, take drugs and have S. (I use the abbreviation S as otherwise this email will be blocked by many schools for using “inappropriate language”)

To compound matters, the teenage years themselves are difficult, a time when teenagers are neither children nor grown-ups and when many have a tendency to feel and express rebellion. Sadly, there have been a number of recent cases where teenage stress has led to suicide.

Teenage stress is clearly a highly relevant and serious issue and it is vital that we find ways to help teenagers, firstly to identify the causes of it and then to both understand and cope with it.

But the question is how. When someone is stressed, then their own perceptions become warped, and it is impossible for them to see their position in the world and how they might change it.

So the answer is to work with students before they become over-stressed (on the basis that clearly some stress is good – as one psychologist put it to me while I was looking into this subject, if you are not stressed you are probably asleep).

The manual “Coping with Teenage Stress” approaches the subject by giving teenagers insights into what stress is all about, and then asking them to participate in explorations of the concept. Through this is opens the way to class discussion of the many sources of teenage stress and includes practical work in the form of quizzes, games and questions for class work. It also offers practical help for stressed teenagers with numerous suggestions as to how they can relieve stress and also where they can go for help if the underlying problem is too much for them alone.

It is detailed, practical, there are many more topics that you’ll need to cover (so there is plenty of chance to choose the topics you particularly want to cover) and it comes in a copiable format, which makes it usable in chunks, with as many students as you wish. You can also obtain the volume on CD so that it can be put on the school’s learning platform for all colleagues to access it and use it, no matter which department they are in.

Cat No: 978 1 86083 702 9; Publishers Ref No: T1713emn; Sample pages can be viewed on


  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £25.95. plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £25.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £32.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the book…


Invasion of the Giant Paper People

What can Year 6 do in their last week at school which the rest of the school can admire?

The creation and decoration of “Giant Paper People” by children in their own image is one of the most amusing, interesting, and indeed artistically challenging, activities that children can undertake.

Doing it in the last week of their time at primary school adds an extra value to it – for the school can display all the giant people in the final assembly.

Giant Paper People are die-cut, child-size, plain paper shapes, 88cm high and 50cm wide. Each can be decorated with paint or crayons. Clothing can be added with cutouts from super poster paper.

And, if you want to go even further, there are black and white wiggle eyes that can be added!

Best of all, the whole project not only excites and enthrals the children, leaving them with a most positive memory of school on their last few days, but it also comes at a very modest price, with the giant paper people at just £4.35 for a pack of 24.

Details of the Giants, the poster paper and the black and white wiggle eyes can be found through these links below.

Most UK orders over £35 benefit from a free delivery service. For orders under £35 there is a £2.99 delivery charge.

Unfortunately, if you are lucky enough to be living in the Channel Islands the delivery charge is £12.45 irrespective of the size of the order. (I know that’s quite a bit more, but you do have the benefit of living in a singularly beautiful part of the world, and if you’d like to swap with me, do let me know.)

For Northern Ireland, the Isles of Scilly, the Scottish Highlands, Isle of Wight and the Isle of Man it’s £7 delivery.

What’s more, if you’re not completely happy with your order we offer a no quibble, money back guarantee.

You can order in any of these ways:

  • On our website at the web links above
  • By email to
  • By phone on 01789 765323
  • By fax to 01789 765469
  • By post to S & S Services, Units 4-8 Tything Road, Arden Forest Industrial Estate, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 6EP


Brake Road Safety week 17th to 23rd November 2014

Are you a teacher, youth worker, or early-learning educator? Then register now to take part in RSW!

Road deaths are the biggest ‘accidental’ cause of death of children and young people. All kids and young people use roads and have experienced road danger, so it’s the perfect topic for a project that can really engage them as well as save their lives, while also meeting curriculum goals. Road Safety Week is the ideal time to do it!  

Last year thousands of educators ran a whole host of road safety activities, to help engage children and young people in road safety issues and spread life-saving messages within their communities. For example, Cults Primary School in Aberdeen involved all pupils in activities and normal lessons were themed on road safety. Children designed posters and banners and created their own road safety dvd, took part in Brake’s Beep Beep! Day and Bright Day initiatives and were joined by Brake’s mascot Zak the Zebra (see photo, left). They also teamed up with local organisations to provide prizes and road safety goodies to the children including hi-viz vests and reflectors.

Help children and young people ‘look out for each other‘ by joining the thousands of educators signing up to run a road safety project in Road Safety Week, and we’ll stay in touch with you along the way, helping you to run a great activities. 

Here are a few ideas to get you started: 

  • If you work with 11-18 year-olds, use Brake and RSA’s hands-up survey for teens as the basis for a lesson or discussion on pedestrian and cyclist safety. You then fill in the results online to help inform Brake’s campaigns and engagement work.
  • Hold a special road safety assembly or open event for parents.
  • Run a Beep Beep! Day for children aged two to seven.
  • Run a campaign for safer roads in your community, which could involve local media and officials. Read advice from our road safety mascot, Zak the Zebra.
  • Fundraise for Brake and encourage local drivers to slow down and look out for pedestrians and cyclists by running a Bright Day for Brake (a dress-down day with a difference where everyone wears something really bright!)
  • Make a road safety display in the school. Find out about free and low-cost resources from Brake.
  • Promote road safety in your newsletter and website. Encourage parents to sign the Brake Pledge to drive safely.
  • Order a Road Safety Week banner to display in your school, college or community venue. The banner is 6ft x 1 ½ft, and costs £90 +VAT to order. View the banner. Contact Joe Burns at or 01484 550059 for more details.
  • Challenge students to create a road safety poster/leaflet/banner/film/play and enter our 2young2die competition for young people.
  • Attend a low-cost, one-day 2young2die course to help you run interactive workshops and get young people involved in promoting road safety. Find out more.
  • Run practical roadside pedestrian or cycle training with help from your local authority.
  • Invite your local road safety team, police officer or lollipop person to deliver a talk about road safety.
  • Fundraise for Brake. View fundraising ideas

Read about what other educators and communities did in 2013!

Writing makes you smarter

How learning and practising cursive handwriting can help dyslexic students to enhance their abilities and skills in a variety of areas

Ever since last year when Psychology Today published its article, “Why writing by hand could make you smarter,” there has been an upturn in interest in the benefits of teaching cursive writing.

Drawing on research from Indiana University in 2013, the article reported that it seems that learning cursive writing actually enhances the brain’s capacity for optimal efficiency and the integration of sensation, movement control, and thinking – particularly with dyslexic students.

Of course, that is not to say that practising cursive writing can combat the effects of dyslexia, but there seems to be little doubt that it can help dyslexic pupils who are being supported in other ways.

It seems that through this activity of practising cursive writing multiple areas of the brain become co-activated in a way that doesn’t happen with typing or just visual practice.

There is even a spill-over benefit for thinking skills. Cursive writing requires fine motor control and attention to detail, and this combination of focus seemingly activates areas of the brain that can enhance the retention of spelling – even in children who have difficulties with learning to spell.

Thus, as the Indiana University study shows, cursive writing has benefits for students that go far beyond reading, printing or using a keyboard.

It was to help with this vital development of the brain that Multi-Sensory Learning produced its Handwriting Activity Workbook which consists of over 300 structured exercises designed to establish the correct cursive letter formation and encourage an automatic response to frequently used spelling choices.

The books are available in packs of five for £39.95 per pack. A 15% discount is applicable for orders of 4 packs and over.

You can order The Handwriting Activity Workbooks in any of these ways:

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

Research Methods, AQA-A PSYA4 (GCE A2-Level Psychology): ‘A Complete Teaching Resource’

Grades are important for you and your students.

The author is a teacher, examiner and publisher, with over fifteen years experience with A-Level psychology.

This unique resource is designed for the experienced teacher as well as teachers who are new to A-Level Psychology or teachers who find teaching research methods difficult.

The resource carefully follows the AQA-A specifications (AQA-A PSYA3) and comprises a complete, bright and informative Powerpoint© presentation. This presentation builds upon knowledge gained at AS and expands towards the requirements to perform well at A2 level.

The accompanying student workbook is designed to match and expand upon the slides. The photocopy friendly workbook also contains, end of section questions (to check progression of learning), practice examination style questions, an MCQ test of knowledge (with answers) and a crossword puzzle (with solution).

The textbook recommended to accompany this package is: AQA ‘A’ Psychology A2 “The Complete Companion Student Book” (third edition), published by Oxford. ISBN 978-0-19-2984-3

Quite simply, this student and teacher friendly package contains everything you need to deliver, so just simply ‘pick up and go’.

77 copiable masters and 36 slides – £59.99 (£71.99 inc. VAT) – Order code H19050

To see sample pages please email quoting the order codes above.

You can order the Research Methods, AQA-A PSYA4 (GCE A2-Level Psychology): ‘A Complete Teaching Resource’

in any of these ways:

  • On our website through the web links above
  • By phone on 0117 940 6409
  • By fax on 0117 940 6408
  • By email (quoting a school order number) to
  • By post to: Classroom Resources, PO Box 1489, Bristol, BS99

Religious Studies Resources

New photocopiable resources are available for A Level, GCSE and KS3 Religious Studies. See the links below to preview and order!

A2 Edexcel RS – Anthology Study Guides for Ethics, Christianity and the New Testament
One of the most difficult aspects of this specification is the Unit 4 Implications exam, where students have to be familiar with an Anthology of texts. With analysis and context notes, these detailed guides to the Anthology texts are written specifically for Edexcel Unit 4.

A2 OCR RS – Course Companions: Philosophy and Ethics
Long-awaited student-friendly notes with starter activities and questions are now available for pre-order. Following the specification order, the notes build up to exam preparation activities and exam-style questions.

GCSE OCR B – Philosophy Dialogues
GCSE students Jen (a Christian), Anna (agnostic) and Liam (atheist) discuss the issues relevant to the specification. Audio recordings with question sheets to develop your students’ understanding of the topic – plus exam-style questions to practise!

KS3 Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development – ‘Awakenings’
A complete pack of 10 lessons, with lesson plans, PowerPoints and student workbook. Carefully selected stories motivate students to reflect on their attitudes to themselves and the world around them – and help you meet OFSTED requirements for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC).

ZigZag resources are available as ‘copy masters’ or in editable format and come with a site licence, allowing you to pay once and copy as often as you need, or put on your server for multiple use.

View full inspection copies and prices right now at


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Did you know that around 30% of pupils are not reading to their full potential?

This is down to Visual Stress which occurs in 40% of dyslexics and it is also prevalent in autism with studies showing an 80% incidence, as well as ADHD and Dyscalculia.

Visual stress is the experience of unpleasant symptoms related to vision while reading, writing and generally concentrating on any text. The symptoms include; changes and distortion in shape and colour of letters and words. These occur especially after long periods of concentration. Visual stress has also been known to cause sore eyes and headaches. The result is slower than expected reading which has a direct impact on literacy.

You can see in the video below what this looks like to a Dyslexic:

Dyslexic pupils with Visual Stress, place a coloured overlay (from red, pink, blue, aqua, lime green, mint green, purple, orange, grey, yellow) over the text and this has been shown to improve reading speeds dramatically and instantly in the majority of cases. This improvement ranges from anywhere between 5-70%. Consequently, when it works, the pupil will see an improvement in their literacy levels. There is no need for long periods of therapy.

You can see an example video here of how it improves reading:

This technique has helped countless school children in the UK.

Diagnosis with Read123 Visual Stress Screening Software

Visual Stress usually involves a trained professional such as optometrist, dyslexia specialist or educational psychologist diagnosing the condition and this can take up to 30 minutes. As Read123 is the very first application of its kind that doesn’t require a trained professional to administer the test, it can quickly and accurately diagnose Visual Stress and prescribe a simple coloured overlay to remove the issue. The test takes no longer than 10 minutes per pupil. A whole school can be tested in a fraction of the time it takes a professional.

Read123 has been carefully developed by optometrists in the UK. We have taken various scenarios into account and translated these to computerised algorithms so that the software can accurately diagnose the result.

Another advantage of Read123 is its cost effectiveness. Rather than pay professionals such as Educational Psychologists and Optometrists large fees for each consultation, Read123 Diagnostic Package will do the same job at a fraction of the price. This will save schools both time and money.

Overlays and exercise books

Read123 overlay colours and exercise books are matched to the Read123 software so any improvement in reading seen with the diagnostic software is replicated. We are the only suppliers worldwide who aim for this.


Read123 will produce data pie charts and excel spreadsheets for your school. These give you a breakdown by male vs female, intervention needed vs none needed, colour spread, moderate vs severe Visual Stress. This can be for the whole school, the classroom or just each individual.

This looks great for Government Inspections, not to mention at Parent Teacher Associations and Parent-Teacher meetings.

We suggest downloading the free app which is a Lite version of the software, available on iTunes or Google Play for tablets to get an idea of how it works. It is called Read123-Lite.

Alternatively you can register for free at and take our FREE 30 day no obligation trial.
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Teacher Motivation: the low-cost high gain approach to school improvement

Teacher motivation is arguably one of the simplest ways of obtaining a high level of departmental improvement without it costing anything. However many managers in schools have had little training in motivational techniques.

The argument is simple: in most organisations, motivating the staff is a central part of the work of the senior management. No matter how professional ones colleagues are thought or expected to be, it is realised that they are also human – and all humans can have ups and downs. We all like to be told we are doing well, we like hear about how our work is contributing to the overall well-being of the organisation, and when we are asked to take on new work, we like to be thanked.

In many ways the application of this to schooling is obvious. When the choice is between the highly motivated individual with the personal drive to make a difference, or the teacher who lacks that drive and for whom teaching is what happens between holidays, there is only one answer. We want the motivated teacher.

And yet we all of us observe the teacher whose level of motivation declines.

Teacher Motivation: the low-cost high gain approach to school improvement is a report which has been used in hundreds of schools across the UK as the model for improving motivation among teachers.

It is provided both as a CD (which can be loaded onto the virtual learning environment) and as a photocopiable book, so that individual sections can be copied and handed to colleagues, who then return for a short in-school seminar on the particular topic being reviewed.

A sample of the book is available on line at


  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

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Literacy through other means

How creating enthusiasm and enjoyment for spelling, punctuation and grammar results in faster learning and higher retention

Anything that is taught through only one medium can result in the learner becoming disengaged and resistant to its charms. 

Indeed, if the topic being taught is considered to be lacking in any specific charms then resistance can be even stronger. 

So it is with spelling, punctuation and grammar. Where children are primarily taught these topics through the traditional worksheets and reading schemes, then a certain resistance to learning can develop in some pupils. 

We all know that having the same information presented in different ways makes it more memorable. The more original the method of presentation, the more we remember the information. 

So learning through using what might be called “other means” approaches, such as movement, speech and drama, engages all types of learner and lowers their resistance. 

This is the new approach that we have developed for the resource Teaching Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Through Drama 

The resource contains over 70 clearly described and ready-to-use activities, covering each of the rules that children are expected to know and use in the SATs during Year 6. 

Using a combination of visual, aural and kinaesthetic approaches every type of learner is accommodated. Thus by completing the activities the children internalise the language and absorb ideas, skills and understanding. 

Indeed so effective is the approach that children can be taught in mixed abilities, mixed ages, whole class or small group situations. 

The nature of the activities means that in addition to literacy understanding, pupils will also develop skills in problem solving, teamwork and social confidence. 

Free sample resources are available on our website along with the contents page and introduction. 

You can order Teaching Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling through Drama in any of these ways: 

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
IP14 5ND. 


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NEW 2014 AQA Philosophy – Preview Now!

The new AQA Philosophy specification is now accredited for first teaching in September 2014, and our team of authors and peer reviewers are hard at work on resources for it. The first of these, for AS Philosophy of Religion, is already available to preview – see link below!

With concise notes on every issue and argument in the new specification, plus activities and questions throughout, this is an ideal resource to help you plan your teaching of the new specification. The emphasis on ‘doing philosophy’ and the arguments in the anthology of texts mean this resource is very focused on the new specification. Philosophy teacher Merrigan Bee has given her feedback on the draft resource:

‘Thorough and engaging… The author clearly knows their stuff in the Philosophy of Religion but also brings a clear philosophical tone to this resource… The quick quiz questions prepare students for the new short exam questions well… It will be a valuable resource for AQA Philosophy because it clearly emphasises the texts and the importance of argument structure.’
– M Bee, Philosophy Teacher & Independent Reviewer

It is on schedule to be released before the end of term to support your planning. Preview it online now!

The AS Philosophy of Religion Course Companion is available as a photocopy master with site licence (£54). Also available in:

  1. Easy-printing PDF files (add 30%+VAT), or
  2. PDF with editable Word files (add 50%+VAT).

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One simple way to keep your leadership team’s vision fresh

How can you make sure that you’re helping your pupils and staff to always be aiming for (and achieving!) outstanding?

How can you keep your whole leadership team focussed on leading learning?

How can you encourage inspirational and motivational thinking and behaviour across your whole school?

And without having to disrupt the school’s budget?

Armed with the practical, actionable information that you’ll find in School Leadership Today and its Best Practice Library, your whole leadership team will be prepared to deal with the real issues faced by UK schools – from interpreting data to resolving staff complaints.

You’ll also be able to keep your vision fresh and focussed with the quality features from education experts, such as our exclusive six-part series on transforming schools and schooling by Professor John West-Burnham.

Published six times a year, School Leadership Today is the UK’s most authoritative and independent publication for school leaders. Its acclaimed analytical and good practice articles will help you support your pupils and all staff throughout the school.

Each issue provides news, research and analysis of the issues affecting today’s school leaders, as well as ways to implement policies and initiatives that will raise pupil and school performance.

Is it just me?

No! Your 12-month subscription is for a whole-school licence and gives you, your governors, leadership team and staff access to:

1) A comprehensive and searchable library of clear, incisive best practice articles to download, save, read online or print

2) Instant email notifications for yourself and key team members when new content goes live

3) Unlimited access to School Leadership Today through our website for all your staff

4) Online Knowledge Banks looking in-depth at leadership issues for primary and secondary schools

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6) Weekly Leadership Briefings, bite-sized analysis of the latest research and policy, delivered directly to you and your key staff’s inboxes, so you’ve always got critical information to hand

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The Nightmare Y11 Maths Class

The students who went from zeros to heroes

Two years after I retired, I was asked by a local school to help out for 5 weeks in an emergency. On December 1st, the 2ic Maths, had taken ill. They had expected her back at the beginning of January, but now it would be after February half term. During her absence, they had not managed to find a supply teacher and a non-maths teacher had supervised some classes.

One of these was the Y11 bottom set, whose teacher had been taken to teach a Set 1 group. I had been told that this group were all expected to be ungraded at GCSE. They had been fairly unteachable and generally spent at least half of each lesson playing computer games.

When I first met this group of 7 students they were, as I expected, resentful, furious at being abandoned and determined to be a problem. The three pleasant kids were out at FE College for my first lesson.

I took in a box of Quality Street and told the remaining 4 students that I had thought it might be fun to play some number games with the sweets as prizes. They grinned – they thought that they had found a sucker! We started with simple number problems and they had to get 7 out of 10 correct to earn a sweet. Slowly I ratcheted up the difficulty and the number they had to get right. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves, even when asked to work out fairly difficult problems. They could no longer pretend that they could not do arithmetic and I had found out a lot about what they already could do.

The next lesson I took in my laptop and a CD that contained the Y11 Idea book (GCSE Foundation Level). I switched on the Interactive White Board and opened up a topic called ‘Powers and Efficient Calculator Techniques’. Each section in the topic was one lesson for this set. The first part of each section is called ‘WORKING TOGETHER’ and the students enjoyed coming out to fill in the answers on the white board. When this was completed, the students were given problems to do ‘ON YOUR OWN’. As these contain interesting puzzles using the ideas just developed, they were quite willing to do them. Sometimes they even did some for homework!!

Each section develops the ideas in order of difficulty. The sections at the end of each topic are at Grade C. There is a contents list and a mental arithmetic list at the beginning of each topic.
Y10 Idea and Y11 Idea Foundation texts have also worked well as ordinary textbooks.

The 5 weeks turned into more than 5 months. I stayed until the GCSE exams.
In their GCSE maths, this group got 1G, 3Fs, 2Es and 1D.
I was so proud of them.

Both of Jugglers’ GCSE textbooks have worked exceptionally well with students, motivating them and raising their levels of attainment. Students who have worked with Spoton (GCSE Higher Level), which has a lot of extension material, are very well prepared for A-Level.

Idea and Spoton do not need much extra material
to make them fit for the 2015 National Curriculum.

I will be writing the required new material for both texts during the next few months.

They will be sent out on a CD to all those using/purchasing these texts free of charge.

If you’d like to see more about these innovative GCSE books, please visit my website at

If you’d like to try some of the material in the GCSE texts please visit my website at

You’ll find 4 mini-samples (5-19 pages long) for each of these texts with permission to download and use with your students. There’s also one whole topic for each text to use with your students, as well as teacher resources (and, of course, the answers!).

If you’d like to find out more about the Maths is Jugglers textbooks you’re always welcome to get in touch – you can reach me at or on 01428 717113.

Kind regards,

Barbara (maths enthusiast, teacher, writer and publisher)

Enterprise Education The Course Book

So fundamental is the notion of Enterprise to our society that it is rather sad to think that many young people leave school – and indeed many leave university – without much of an idea as to what enterprise is all about.

One way or another they earn money, and generally speaking they spend it. But the whole basis of the system, and their part within it, can often remain a mystery.

It was because of the utterly fundamental nature of enterprise within our society, and the fact that so many young people don’t seem to grasp what it is all about, that we commissioned “Enterprise Education: The Course Book”.

Written by a teacher who went on to set up his own successful business this copiable volume starts from a detailed review of what Enterprise Education is, and then helps the students come to terms with what the world of business is all about.

The volume explores the notion of Enterprise and how it can be applied throughout the school, as well as examining the career implications of enterprise.

The volume then covers the setting up of a work-related programme before going into examples of enterprise opportunities including simulations, school generated projects and engagement with business.

At the end of the book there is a set of forms that can be used in terms of an agreement with companies over work experience, report forms, placement letters, etc etc.

Enterprise Education: The Complete Coursebook includes everything that is required for the successful implementation of the Key Stage 4 Enterprise Education programme, from classroom teaching materials to an in-service training programme, from work-based learning modules to simulations and live enterprise projects.

Enterprise Education: The Complete Coursebook is available as a book or on CD and includes:

  • INSET activities – as a result of which staff will feel confident in their knowledge and understanding of the enterprise culture within industry and how it will impact on pupils who are exposed to it.
  • Champions of Enterprise: Pupils can evaluate local business enterprises and draw their own conclusions as to which firms are truly involved in enterprise culture.
  • Simulations: Mini-enterprises in which pupils can engage in an enterprise activity in a controlled environment.
  • School generated projects: Pupils organise an actual event or act in the local environment in a planned and organised way.
  • Real life situations: The Coursebook sets out programmes which ensure that the organisation, the school and the pupil all work together to generate a true understanding of enterprise.

The copyright licence allows the copying from either the book or the CD, so that all students can have pages relevant to their study at any time. It is also possible to place the CD on the school’s learning platform, so that students may access it at any time.

ISBN: 978 1 86083 8606


  • £25.95 for the book or CD, plus £3.95 postage.
  • £32.94 for the book plus CD, plus £3.95 postage.

You can order in four different ways. In each case please quote our reference T1790emn. Sample pages and a contents list can be viewed prior to ordering on

Global Issues For Students

Sparked by technology such as the Internet, we have entered a new era of globalisation – a level of interconnection unprecedented in world history. One of the most important results of this new wave of globalisation is our heightened awareness of how the importance of human rights, the vast differences between rich and poor, the spread of disease and the use of the Earth’s resources affect us all.

The Global Issues for Students Series of 7 DVD resources provides in-depth analysis of current world problems. Programmes in this series focus on modern global issues, their historical roots and the exploration of varied viewpoints and solutions.

Using comprehensive news footage and commentary from some of the world’s leading experts, students will gain a greater understanding of the most important issues affecting the world today.

…well-crafted…employs striking video footage from newsgathering resources as well as interviews with experts in each field to present the particular issue in an effective and interesting manner…A very worthwhile series for high school social studies and current events courses.- School Library Journal

This documentary series pulls no punches. Authoritative narration coupled with news footage and riveting still photography set the stage for student discussion and interest.- Teacher Librarian

Balanced examinations of the topics are appropriately presented for the intended audience…This is a very valuable series that covers a range of very difficult topics succinctly and thoroughly… Highly recommended.- Library Media Connection

Each 23-minute chaptered DVD includes a printable Teacher’s Guide with Pre-viewing Discussion ideas, Focus Questions, Follow-up Discussion and Further Activities – click here to view sample support material

Global Issues For Students is available as a complete set or as individual titles:

Click on the links above for individual programme details, preview clips and online ordering, or click here for the complete set of 7 programmes

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What’s the most effective way to help colleagues with behaviour management?

What’s the most effective way to help an NQT, support teacher and other colleagues with behaviour management?

Some behaviour management books run to hundreds of pages, and if you are writing a thesis on the subject or running courses for other teachers they might be exactly what you need.

But sometimes there is a need to go back to the beginning – especially if you are looking to help NQTs, support staff or other colleagues who are having some difficulties in the classroom.

It’s for this reason we have produced Behaviour Management: or what do I do now?

The aim of the booklet is simple – to set out the basics in behaviour management in a short simple format, so that anyone interested can take the information and transform their work in the classroom immediately.

The focus is the simple question: “What do I do with young people who have anger and behaviour issues?” It is in fact a straightforward first information pack for staff who are looking to make progress in this own classroom environment.

The booklet covers such topics as “The Conflict Cycle”, aggressive signs and signals, ways of managing anger, the “solid relationship”, the “CALM” technique, body language etc etc.

Behaviour Management: What do I do now? is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can print out for colleagues as often as you want. You can also put it on your school learning platform so all staff can access the document – and indeed you can make it part of the induction documentation for new members of staff.

You can obtain Behaviour Management: What do I do Now? by going to

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

Behaviour Management is published by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, or email or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

The full range of First and Best books can be seen at


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Satisfying Ofsted that you develop self-confidence via music

The music curriculum requires schools to use music to increase self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement. 

But how is this to be done?

It has perhaps not been the focal point of a lot of discussion so far, but the 2014 curriculum does require that schools see an increase in pupil self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement as a result of their musical experiences within school.

This is a particularly challenging issue in the National Curriculum, because there is so little agreement as to what creativity actually is, let alone how to develop it.

For the problem with creativity is that there is such little agreement as to what the term actually means. Most would agree it is not just about novelty, for few value novelty for the sake of novelty. But then, what makes us say x is creative, and y is not?

We might agree that endlessly banging a drum, irrespective of what is happening in the immediate environment is not “creative” while improvising in a novel way with feeling and understanding around an existing artistic framework, is “creative”.

But still this is difficult territory, and it is not fully clear how Ofsted is going to make its own judgements on how musical experiences in school are increasing pupil self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

Which is why we have developed ABC Creative Music at this point: to help both music specialists, and classroom teachers who are not musically trained, to bring a genuine creative music-making culture into the classroom.

How is this done? Quite simply, through placing decision-making and performance at the heart of children’s musical experiences.

By providing innovative approaches to improvisation and composition ABC Creative Music helps children become experienced at creating and performing their own music, and listening to and assessing the music of others.

From reception onwards, children explore music through age-appropriate activities and notation that develops in sophistication as they grow.

Structured auditions, peer feedback, and rehearsal activities provide smart support for group creativity and rehearsal driving engagement and instrumental and vocal skill development.

The programme also gives lots of original songs and activities, exploring many musical styles from around the world.

In short ABC Creative Music answers the dilemmas posed by the new curriculum, allowing children to experience and experiment with all the elements of music in a truly creative way.

If you would like to see ABC Creative Music in action please click here for a free trial course.

For more information on how ABC Creative Music meets the aims of the new music curriculum please click here. 

And if you have any enquiries concerning ABC Creative Music and how it might be used in your school please do either:

Phil Bancroft


Computer-based exams are coming. Are your pupils prepared?

It is inevitable that most school exams will soon be computer based. It might not happen next year or even the year afterwards, but it is going to happen, because the advantages are clear and significant.

Computer-based exams will mean less marking, faster results, less paper and none of the hugely expensive logistics required to move millions of exam papers around the country. And where certain exams still have to be manually assessed, if they are typed then their legibility is always guaranteed.

But will pupils be prepared? For pupils to be able to perform well they won’t just need to know their subject. They will need the skills to be able to get it down in the time allowed. So their keyboard skills will have to be more than adequate with the ability to type fast and accurately, preferably at around 40 words per minute. The problem is, in a recent survey conducted by Type&Test Ltd – a company that specialises in online typing training for schools – whilst 80% of schools think it’s a good idea to provide typing training for pupils, only around 15% do so, and many of those are using woefully inadequate free online programs.

So the majority of pupils are typing at less than 20 words per minute, which is slower than handwriting speed, and their accuracy is poor.

Now is the time to address pupils’ typing skills. Even if computer-based exams don’t arrive in the next five years, pupils are using computers regularly today. So it makes sense to give them the skills now that will benefit them so much in the years ahead, not just for those school exams but beyond when they go on to further or higher education and enter the world of work.

The problem is that most schools don’t have the budget or the time to deliver typing training in class. So Type&Test has come up with a solution called ‘Practise at Home’. You can find out more about this exciting and innovative scheme by clicking here. Rather than dig a hole in your budget, it will earn your school extra income.

If your school does have a budget for typing training and the Practise at Home scheme is not for you, then Type&Test has a range of options, using the highest quality online courseware, outlined on its web site at . Simply complete their online enquiry form and you will be emailed more information without obligation. Or you can telephone them on 01480 861867 if you want to chat through the options.

Increasing student engagement in maths lessons

What is the most cost-effective and time-saving way of increasing student engagement within maths lessons?

That question involves two vital concepts: getting the students more engaged without your having to spend ever more time and money in doing so. 

The answer, I firmly believe, is to make maths ever more graphic, while at the same time using a system that is as near to intuitive as possible, and which allows work that has been prepared, to be shared constantly with all the students to whom it is relevant. 

And there is the question of using photos and images as backgrounds in order to bring STEM topics to life. You might well want to import a sports or architectural photo, fit a curve and find its equation. 

In fact you might well want to bring in any data, and analyse statistics with ease, and visualise maths concepts and models in 2D and 3D. 

There’s lots of software out there, but nothing until now which ticks all those boxes, and which every maths teacher in your school can learn to use within the hour. 

Better still, it works on interactive whiteboards, PCs, Macs, and is controllable by tablets and iPads. 

All your graphic activities and explorations can be utilised by students anywhere – this year, next year, and the year after. Licences are permanent – there’s no future cost. 

It’s a lot to ask, but there is software that does all this. It is the very latest edition of Autograph, complete with its expanded and improved image handling, dynamic geometry and exportation to dynamic web pages. 

If you would like further information or you would like to see examples of Autograph being used in the classroom, take a look at our website.

Alternatively, please do give us a call on 01204 811001.

Spain 1469 to 1522

This study guide to Spain under Ferdinand and Isabella and Charles I provides invaluable information and guidance for GCE students looking at this period of history. It gives a comprehensive description and explanation of events setting them in the context of the prevailing political, social, religious and economic influences. It looks in particular at the religious policy of the crown and the effect this had on the Church.

As well as an insight into the dynamics of the period, Spain 1469 to 1522 gives advice on how to structure essay questions in order to achieve better grades.

The book is available in photocopiable format so you only need only buy one copy which you can then share with colleagues and pupils as you wish. Sample pages and a contents list can be viewed at

ISBN: 978 1 86083 715 9; Order code: T1673emn

The volume is available as…

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

Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the book or CD…


Internet Awareness and Cyber Safety For Young People

What every student needs to know…

36 Cyberspace Issues Discussion Cards

Cyberspace Issues will help to engage young people in meaningful discussions and debate about the use and misuse of the Internet, social media and mobile phones, in a range of contexts in and out of the school environment.

The 36 discussion cards cover a wide range of topics which can be used in a number of ways with whole classes, small groups, paired discussion or individual use for research activities.

Topics for discussion include: ·Texting in lessons ·Cyber bullying ·Sexting ·Taking pictures then posting them on social media ·Online dating ·Texting or talking ·Misuse of social networking sites ·Social chat rooms ·Banning electronic devices ·Online gambling ·Texting in company ·Online shopping ·Job interviews ·Phubbing·Grooming ·Plagiarism ·Cyber blackmail ·Gaming ·Cyber evidence in court.

The cards also provide an opportunity to establish a considered and agreed set of ground rules to ensure appropriate behaviour is adopted in a consensual way throughout the school.

36 cards All ages

Cyberspace Issues Discussion Cards Ref: 2-265-80 £24.95 + VAT


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Let’s forget the technology

What are the most effective methods of teaching and learning in the classroom?

There is a fundamental difference between the technology used in teaching (the whiteboard, the ipad, etc, etc) and the actual method of teaching.

And yet, over recent years, much of the focus has been on the technology – perhaps because many companies selling the equipment that emerges from the technology have invested huge sums in advertising their products.

Meanwhile the issues surrounding the actual method of teaching and the methods of learning that students employ have remained largely untouched.

To put this another way, it is possible to deliver a lecture to a class using your voice on its own or your voice plus a diagram drawn on a chalkboard, displays on an interactive whiteboard, a whoe video, or anything else.

But whatever technical additions are used, it is still a lecture.

Which is fine as long as the lecture is the best method of teaching the particular subject that you have in mind. If it isn’t then the lesson will still be limited by the fact that it is a lecture.

Now of course, very, very few teachers ever deliver a lecture in class these days because we all know that lectures are fairly ineffective ways of teaching. But that still raises the question: what are the most effective ways of teaching?

And as we ask that question, what implication does this have for the various methods of learning that the students then adopt?

These are the questions posed and answered by the volume “Methods of Teaching”. The book has articles which can be shared with teaching colleagues, policy statements on methods of teaching, a review of methods of learning, and 22 articles on methods of learning that can, over time, be provided to students to help them organise their own learning.

There are also eight active learning assignments for the students, plus a series of articles on memory which will explore the ways in which teaching and learning can be organised in such a way that the topics and issues under consideration will be retained in the memory for years to come.

The third edition of “Methods of Teaching” is probably the most powerful book on teaching and learning available today. It is available both as a photocopy master and on CD (so that it can be put on the school’s learning platform, or printed out from the disk).

Cat No: 978 1 86083 830 9 Order code: T1784emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at

  • Photocopiable book, £29.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £29.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the book and the CD £36.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report…


The two ways of raising grades

There are two different ways of raising grades at GCSE and A level which work well together. But not every school uses both.

The most obvious way to raise the grades of students taking exams is what we all strive to do: raise the quality of teaching and learning.

So dominant is this approach that the notion of there being an alternative is often not considered. After all, what else is there to do?

The answer, which perfectly complements the first approach, is managing stress and increasing motivation. This is essential because the level of stress that students experience seriously affects their ability to learn and their motivation to succeed.

However, the problem is that managing stress and fostering self-motivation is not something most of us are trained to do and we may feel that the time and resources to try are limited.

Helping students learn to overcome stress, teaching them to motivate themselves, encouraging them to plan for the future and develop confidence to try new things are essential skills. They help to build mental resilience and enhance overall mental well-being.

To develop these skills, students must explore them. Finding time in the school day to focus on these areas can be challenging and you may not have the resources or ideas to hand to achieve the desired result. But could you find ten minutes to introduce an activity that was already prepared?

Our solution comes in the form of eight worksheets in a ready-made booklet – ‘Greatest Strength Workbook for Students’. It comes with a free teacher’s guide and is available as an instant download. The teacher’s guide and a sample can be downloaded for free to get you started. The full license is currently only £29.99.

When you start to see the benefits of this kind of personal development, setting aside a small amount of time to complete a specifically designed task becomes easy.

The full details are available at:

If you have any questions then please email: or call 07811 356 283

I look forward to hearing from you.

Clare Martin


Applied Maths Resource

Guaranteed to engage and challenge your students…

Looking for an Applied Maths resource that will engage and challenge your students and cover key areas of the curriculum?

Why not take a look at our Global Investor business simulations? Many UK secondary schools are using the resource to help students

√ apply mathematical techniques to real world situations

√ increase their confidence in handling data

√ understand financial mathematics

√ interpret and communicate statistical information

Global Investor is also a great resource for Business Studies and Economics, so you can share the cost with your colleagues.

There’s no minimum annual licence – you can purchase the Finance Lab simulation monthly as required if you wish – so it’s also great value.

To find out more visit There’s a free demo on the website or you can sign up for a full evaluation trial.

Get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.


Liam Barnes,Global Investor
Office: 01225 484 721
Mobile: 07880 527 872

£50 Money-Off Voucher Available

Does your school or college have classroom chairs with a warranty which lasts until 2024?

Do you qualify for a £50 “money-off” voucher?

One obvious advantage of such a warranty is that there will be no maintenance or replacement costs for a decade. This could mean significant financial savings compared with alternative products.

But that’s not all……….

Postura Plus chairs are designed to encourage good posture as well as being easy to stack and move from room to room.

The Postura Plus chair is manufactured here in the UK and is available in a range of 15 attractive colours. The ten year warranty (and its associated benefits) means that these chairs will be one of the best investments that a school or college could ever make.

Furthermore, if you order 80 or more Postura Plus chairs from Central Educational Supplies Ltd before 30 October 2014 you will receive a £50 “money-off” voucher.

Further information about Postura Plus chairs (and how to obtain a sample for evaluation) may be obtained from:

Central Educational Supplies Ltd.
PO Box 999
E14 6SH
Tel: 020 7515 1797

Details are also available on the website:

PS. Please don’t forget that the £50 “money-off” voucher is a time limited offer which ends on 30 October 2014.

PPS. In addition to the Postura Plus chairs described above you’ll also find details of desks, tables, storage units, cupboards, etc, on the Central Educational Supplies website.

Imagine a world in which the first lesson of every day is already prepared

What is the benefit of having the first lesson of each and every day already prepared and ready to go?

The answers to this question are multifarious – for there are benefits in having the first lesson already prepared, both for the teachers and for the children.

For the teacher it means that the amount of preparation needed each day is significantly reduced, because one knows the first lesson is always there, ready to be used.

For the children the impact not only goes through the first lesson, which they find engrossing and interesting, but continues through the day in terms of motivation and levels of attention.

This is what is offered through Good Morning Children. It is an endless stream of focussed, mentally stimulating lessons for the children, incorporating challenges for the more gifted children.

The lessons, each of which is designed to last about 10 minutes, develop a range of thinking skills which reinforce independent learning via a whole range of educational activities drawn from 50 different topics. All the activities are prepared, so there is no further preparation to do.

There are separate lessons for early years and each year group through key stage 1 and 2. You can see a sample of a typical extract of one day’s lesson for each year at

Each week we upload a new selection of our resources, one for each school day, in each of the eight different age ranges. Additionally hundreds of resources that have been presented previously are archived for paid members to use.

An example of a single day’s activity for each year group is shown on or click the next link for a 30 day free trial. The service is available for individuals or across the school, for prices from £16 a year.

If you have any enquiries please call 0870 446 1020

Or email

Mike Hutchins

World Revolutions for Students

This exciting series of 7 DVD resources examines the underlying causes and dramatic effects associated with revolutions throughout world history.

World Revolutions for Students will provide students with an understanding of the historic motivations for revolution, such as poverty, oppression and foreign domination, and relate how concepts such as human rights, popular sovereignty and nationalism combined with the power of dynamic and influential figures have inspired people to struggle for reform and seek a better way of life.

Join us as we explore the revolutionary philosophies and strategies of world leaders, and determine the social, political and economic conditions that helped spark popular uprisings.

World Revolutions for Students is available as individual titles a complete set:

Each 23-minute chaptered DVD includes support material featuring Pre-viewing Discussion ideas, Focus Questions, Follow-up Discussion, Time-line, Vocabulary and Further Activities.

“This series could be used for introduction or review in world history classes or as a supplementary resource to help students understand how these revolutions influenced events… They are a very good choice for any middle or secondary collection.” - School Library Journal

Available on approval from Viewtech Educational Media

Discounted Price: £24* each or only £18* each when purchasing the Complete Set of World Revolutions for Students DVDs

*price including public performance rights for use within a single educational establishment, excluding P&P (standard UK delivery = £3.50 for 1 DVD, £5.50 for 2 DVDs, £7.50 for 3+ DVDs) & VAT.

To order online simply click on the title links above and add to order – quote promotional code: HHM403 at the checkout for discount.

For a printable information sheet & discounted order form click here

Orders and enquiries may also be made by phone, fax, email or post to:

Viewtech Educational Media
7-8 Falcons Gate
Dean Road
BS37 5NH
tel: 01454 858055 / 313272
fax: 01454 858056
Viewtech Educational Media is the trading name of Viewtech Audio Visual Media Limited, a company registered in England and Wales under number 4205240. A member of the British Educational Suppliers Association. E.&O.E.

FAO the Head of ICT – your free web design software

How to create professional multimedia
websites for free

When teaching web design, it can be a challenge to keep high achieving students engaged and introduce HTML while building confidence in younger students to create sites to a high standard.

Serif’s powerful WebPlus X7 enables students to quickly create interactive multimedia websites – without needing to know HTML. More advanced students can view the HTML code and CSS behind, insert their own HTML fragments or even create HTML pages from scratch.

WebPlus’s ease-of-use quickly builds every student’s confidence. The site manager allows them to easily create a suitable site structure while still adding interactive elements, animated banners and photo galleries, podcasts and even online forms – all without having to know complex code.

And Serif will even send you a free copy of WebPlus X7 to keep – so you can see how it makes professional web design accessible to every student.

For your free copy of Serif WebPlus X7, email with your school’s details.

Offer limited to one free copy per school – we guarantee you’re under no commitment.

Claire Macdonald
Education Business Manager
Serif (Europe) Ltd

t: 1800 937 327


Let’s forget the technology

What are the most effective methods of teaching and learning in the classroom?

There is a fundamental difference between the technology used in teaching (the whiteboard, the ipad, etc, etc) and the actual method of teaching.

And yet, over recent years, much of the focus has been on the technology – perhaps because many companies selling the equipment that emerges from the technology have invested huge sums in advertising their products.

Meanwhile the issues surrounding the actual method of teaching and the methods of learning that students employ have remained largely untouched.

To put this another way, it is possible to deliver a lecture to a class using your voice on its own or your voice plus a diagram drawn on a chalkboard, displays on an interactive whiteboard, a whoe video, or anything else.

But whatever technical additions are used, it is still a lecture.

Which is fine as long as the lecture is the best method of teaching the particular subject that you have in mind. If it isn’t then the lesson will still be limited by the fact that it is a lecture.

Now of course, very, very few teachers ever deliver a lecture in class these days because we all know that lectures are fairly ineffective ways of teaching. But that still raises the question: what are the most effective ways of teaching?

And as we ask that question, what implication does this have for the various methods of learning that the students then adopt?

These are the questions posed and answered by the volume “Methods of Teaching”. The book has articles which can be shared with teaching colleagues, policy statements on methods of teaching, a review of methods of learning, and 22 articles on methods of learning that can, over time, be provided to students to help them organise their own learning.

There are also eight active learning assignments for the students, plus a series of articles on memory which will explore the ways in which teaching and learning can be organised in such a way that the topics and issues under consideration will be retained in the memory for years to come.

The third edition of “Methods of Teaching” is probably the most powerful book on teaching and learning available today. It is available both as a photocopy master and on CD (so that it can be put on the school’s learning platform, or printed out from the disk).

Cat No: 978 1 86083 830 9 Order code: T1784emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at

  • Photocopiable book, £29.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £29.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the book and the CD £36.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report…


It used to be expensive, but now….

Travelling by air is cheaper than you think

Nothing it seems can stop the constant growth in air traffic. Which is good news if you are looking for an alternative low-cost way of organising a school trip.

For the growth in air traffic has meant four things: lower costs, more capacity for group travel, more flights, and more airports.

So whereas it used to be the case that schools were left with few alternatives to the traditional coach + ferry + coach journey or waiting to see which flights had spaces available at the end of the booking period in order to try to find a low cost booking, now it is cheaper to book sooner rather than later.

This means that you can plan exactly the visit that you want and then find a low-cost flight to fit with that rather than having to build your trip around such flights as have space left.

This approach of choosing your flight and booking it early not only results in a much simpler journey but, when booked via the German Travel Centre, there is a further benefit.

For it also involves one person processing everything from the initial enquiry through to the production of tickets, making this a singularly smooth and stress-free transaction.

Such a way of arranging a school trip both reduces flight costs and cuts travelling time considerably by using air flights to the destination of your choice.

Indeed, given that it is normally possible to fly from an airport near to the school to an airport close to the final destination, such arrangements can add up to three more days spent in the desired destination.

Additionally you have the option of choosing the hotel that is right for you and your students rather than one selected by the tour operator. You can choose the price range, and you can choose a hotel near the airport or within the city or region that is your final destination.

In short, the latest reservation technology enables us to give you the most up-to-date travel options, all the time. We book and issue our own tickets enabling us to keep full control of your booking and ensure your journey meets your needs.

What’s more, as we are ABTA and ATOL holders you can be assured that you and your students are fully protected (as recommended by the Health and Safety Executive for schools) should the airline fail.

Because we have so many locations to and from which we can fly, the best way to explore the possibilities is either to call one of our specialist group reservation advisors on 020 8429 2900 or email us at with the details of your requirements.

You can also go to our website for more information.

Either way we’ll come back to you with our suggestions and prices. You’ll be surprised how much time can be saved and how low group air fares can be.

To keep up to date with the latest news and offers for your group bookings:

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Henry V

Arguably one of Shakespeare’s finest History Plays, this one-person adaptation features historical accuracy with much of Shakespeare’s original text. A modern day Chorus takes us back to the dark dangerous days of 1415, when an insulting gift of tennis balls from the headstrong Prince Dauphin of France provokes King Harry of England. These two young men eventually meet in a bloody war that climaxes with the Battle of Agincourt.  The subjects of provocation, invasion and who holds the moral rights to a just war are as relevant today as they were in 1415. This spirited production combines an innovative recipe of one actor and a ‘supporting cast’ of lights, sound, special effects and an evocative and original live music score. The result is 70 minutes edge-of-the-seat excitement. 

“A towering, quicksilver show… quite brilliant.” Stratford-upon-Avon Herald “A Henry V to stir the imagination. A truly vivid theatrical experience, comic, ironic and deeply moving. The arrows hiss upwards and you chill inside… a miracle. The battle sequence at Agincourt is a tour de force.” Birmingham Post. “Hennegan’s Henry is an adventure story for today… this will surely exorcise the ghost of schoolroom Shakespeare for good. Theatre at its best. Cry God for Harry, Shakespeare and Nick Hennegan” Birmingham Evening Mail  “A tremendous story… a truly superb theatrical experience – a tour de force” Edinburgh Fringe News 

Maverick is a not-for-profit company launched by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham in 1994 with a mission to increase access to the performing arts. Henry V – Lion of England is the first in a series of Pocket Classics and has toured the UK and the USA. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Please do contact us for more details quoting HH1

 Nick Hennegan M.A.  Artistic Director The Maverick Theatre Company, Second Floor, 12 Fouberts Place, Carnaby Street, London, W1F 7PA 090 5082. 0789 495 0176.

Climate Change – A comprehensive guide by one of the leading scientists in this field

A set of 14 Energy and the Environment wallcharts printed in full colour on 135 gsm art paper, size 500 x 690mm.

A comprehensive guide by one of the world’s leading scientists in climate change. 35 diagrams, 41 photos + text.

  1. The global carbon cycle
  2. The accumulation of fossil fuels
  3. Fossil fuel usage
  4. How the climate system operates
  5. How scientists observe climate
  6. Effects on current and future world climate
  7. Planetary consequences of global warming
  8. UK impact of climate change
  9. The impact of climate change on individuals
  10. Short and medium term solutions for global warming
  11. Long term solutions to global warming
  12. Getting it right for the future
  13. Questions and answers about climate change
  14. How the stratospheric ozone was saved

Click here to see the wall charts in more detail

600 sets remain of 2,000 printed being offered at a special 50% discount price via Hamilton House.

  1. Paper printed £25 +pp and VAT, quote HHP
  2. Encapsulated £60 +pp and VAT, quote HHE

Request a brochure or view online.

Order by fax, post, phone or online.

Phone/fax: 01263 823 373
Mobile: 07500 557 393


La Coupe du Monde – free poster!

You can download a free poster from a new set of 23 print-your-own posters in French and English about the World Cup.

The posters cover all aspects of the Cup and its history.

They are brilliant for displays and for capturing students’ interest and widening their vocabulary.

Ann Batey
Office Manager
Carel Press
(01228 538928)
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It’s on the list, but where is it?

What is the simplest way of keeping track of all the equipment that the school possesses?

It is probably true to say that schools generally have no problem knowing what equipment they possess. As new equipment comes into the school, it is logged, and that’s that. It’s on the list.

The real issue is being able to identify and track all this equipment – especially equipment that can be moved around the school.

What is needed is a system that allows you to put a label on every piece of equipment from laptops and tablets to musical instruments and medical items, from mobiles to hand tools.

This label is a label that cannot be easily removed. A label that is engraved giving a permanent high contrast, durable and tamperproof image which is suitable for all environments.

A label that can include a serial number and/or bar code thus making it possible to contain a lot of data in a small space, and better still the text cannot be ‘wiped off’ as it is permanently engraved into the surface.

Furthermore, because the data is engraved into the surface of the label, then the label is effectively resistant to chemicals and cleaning materials.

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

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

Dantech Mini Mark labels can be provided with white text on black or silver material with black text. There is more information on our website at

Alternatively call us on 01354 688488 or email us at for more information.

Free Financial Capability Lesson Plans – Download Now!

Free Financial Capability Lesson Plans
Download Now!

According to a recent survey by IPPR, today’s generation of young people is likely to be worse off than their parents – for the first time since the Second World War. Add to that the current youth unemployment levels or the expense of higher education, and it’s clear to see the need for students to be financially aware.

Include a full teacher guide with learning outcomesJoin Teaching Resources Support as a free member and download your free Financial Capability lesson plans for KS3/4 which:

  • Have accompanying PowerPoint presentations
  • Will help students begin to learn financial literacy

Free membership also includes:

  • A selection of assembly plans and form time activities
  • Regular news updates and information bulletins

These resources are just a selection of the hundreds of KS3/4 teaching resources for careers, citizenship, enterprise, PSHE and work-related learning available. To take full advantage of the resources, join as a Teaching Resources Support Premium or Premium Plus member. Join now

Take life a little easier with TaskForceCO2

Take life a little easier with TaskForceCO2 ..
and cut your costs!

Its an age old problem. Students rush home leaving PCs on full power and teachers are too busy to manually shut them down.

You implement a script only to find its not working or they are getting out of control with the different departments and requirements.

It can be a real nightmare.

Relax! TaskForceCO2 is here to help.

TaskForceCO2 lets you shut down, hibernate, wake up any and all of your PCs the easy way. You can have different power requirements for different PCs at different times and you can group PCs by your power management requirements.

Currently used by hundreds and hundreds of Schools TaskForceCO2 is available as a simple, no-nonsense Unlimited Site Licence which means you aren’t removing one problem and introducing another one with licence issues.

During our offer, you can get a completely unlimited Site Licence with 50% off AND get 2 years free support and upgrades included too.

Take a look today. Prices and a free trial are available here.

Most customers save the cost of TaskForceCO2 during the trial period so why not take a look.

Offer ends 31st July 2014.

PeachWorx LLP

100% durable UK online backups at 5p per GB

Can I ask you which features you expect from an online backup?

Would they be 100% durability of data, sensible pricing and agents to back up every system you maintain?

We have been providing online backups for over 10 years and the software we use currently protects more than 10,000 servers worldwide.

Every one of your devices will receive a 20GB quota and charges thereafter are only 5p per GB.


  • Every client has a complimentary 20GB storage allocation. 5p per GB thereafter.
  • We use UK ISO27001 data centres.
  • SEED bulk data in and out same day to our DCs.
  • Built-in agents for Exchange mailboxes and mailstore, SQL, Hyper V, VMware, SharePoint, bare metal, MAC and more.
  • 100% durable backup system.
  • Managed remote installs.
  • White label for £10 per month.

Contact us for a remote demo of the platform or download the fully featured clients from

Carlos Mantini | New Business Manager
T: 0800 907 8238



Schools earn money from pupils learning to type

Typing training scheme earns significant cash donation for schools

It is widely accepted that, in an age when the computer keyboard is mightier than the pen, learning to type properly is important for both pupils and their school. Pupils will work faster, with greater accuracy and will gain confidence. Teachers will always be able to read pupils’ work, and spelling is improved. And with the likelihood of computer-based exams on the horizon, good typing skills will give pupils who learn to type a real advantage.

But the realities and demands of the National Curriculum mean that schools don’t have the budget or the lesson time to devote to typing training.

Type&Test Ltd, a UK company specialising in the delivery of typing training to schools, colleges and businesses, has launched a breakthrough scheme that solves the problem. Called ‘Practise at Home’, it’s a scheme that will cost your school nothing and in fact will earn your school a healthy cash donation of £5 for every pupil from your school who is enrolled on the course.

All your school has to do is send a communication to parents (a draft you can tailor is provided) and then wait for the donation to arrive, which will be three months later. That’s all there is to it. It is probably the simplest income generation scheme you will ever come across.

The communication encourages parents to order ‘Typequick’ – one of the world’s leading online typing training courseware programs – at a discounted rate (£15 per child plus VAT). Parents place their order online, using a credit card. Once the parent has submitted their order, Type&Test sends them the course log-in details and then the pupil will learn to type at home, at their own pace, and in their own time, so there is no impact on your school timetable.

And if the parent wants to take advantage of the discount by ordering the course for other children or for themselves, then they can do so and this will increase the donation Type&Test sends to your school.

So to find out more, click here for full details. Type&Test would really appreciate some early feedback from you so could you complete and submit a quick feedback form please? It will only take a minute of your time and it will of course not imply any commitment on your part.

If you want to have a chat about it first, call Andy Stevenson of Type&Test on 01480 861867 or email him at

CPD for many teachers isn’t quite what you think

What is the approach to CPD that most young
teachers find most useful?

It is no secret that many teachers (especially younger teachers) find the notion of being watched by colleagues somewhat difficult, and sometimes even disturbing.

But it is not that they don’t value the CPD that can spring from evaluation, or don’t appreciate the need for it. They do – just as they recognise that their teaching could always be improved.

They, like everyone else, want their students to get higher grades. However there is still that concern about “being watched.”

Fortunately there is another way around this, and it is a way that many schools are now adopting.

It involves the videoing of lessons within the classroom, but on the strict understanding that no one, other than the teacher concerned, is going to see the lesson.

Indeed the technique for some goes even further than this. The teacher has the video equipment in the room, but doesn’t even set the video to record for the opening two or three occasions, using the sessions to get both the teacher and the students used to there being equipment in the room.

Then, without telling those students, a lesson is recorded, but only for the teacher to watch.

Even then, in these restricted circumstances, some teachers find it hard to watch more than a few moments of themselves in action, and gradually have to get used to it, lesson by lesson.

(Incidentally, if this is not your experience, I would beg you not to dismiss this point – there are some people, no matter what their profession, who find watching themselves extremely difficult, even though they try to hide it.)

However once started down this route, most teachers are eventually happy to allow videos of themselves to be seen by others, and ultimately used in evidence presented to the inspectorate.

One of the most commonly used approaches in this regard is that of the Classwatch Video System through which lessons can be filmed, watched privately, reviewed, shared and discussed as and when desired.

To book a free lesson recording, email us at with your name, your school name and a contact number.

Alternatively, for more information take a look at our website or call us on 0800 043 9510.

We look forward to hearing from you.