F585: The Global Economy for the 2015 Exam

Give structure to the open-ended nature of the Global Economy pre-release!

The Digital Resource Pack will guide your students through the pre-release material from start to finish. Provided on CD, it’s easy to dip in and out of, and to focus students on particular areas one at a time. TWO practice exam papers are included.

All pre-release resource packs are provided as:

  • Fully digital resource on CD
  • Accessed via a web browser – ideal for tablet computers!
  • Optional: print sections or upgrade to get a photocopy master!

Here’s what teachers have said about ZigZag Education’s previous resources:

‘Spot-on content! Totally focused on the pre-release material.’
T Braybrook, Economics Teacher & Customer (F585 prev edn)

‘Lots of analysis… a really good focus for pupils… Superb!’
– S Crowley, Economics Teacher at Bexley Grammar School & Customer (F585 prev edn)

‘Visual ICT-based resource which makes it interactive and very accessible… Affordable… time-saving genius.’ S Belk, Teacher & Customer (BUSS4 Digital Resource Pack)


All resources come with a site/network licence, allowing you to pay once and print as many copies as you need, or put on your server for all your students to access directly.


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Is it possible to build student option blocks in hours rather days?

Free coaching session on building
student option blocks

Last year how long did it take your Timetabler to build your Student Option Blocks ?

Two days ? Two weeks ?

How would you like them built in two hours ?

That’s how long it takes Timetablers using our Student Options Module.

Don’t believe us ?

Then send them along as our guest free of charge to one of MIST Timetabling Services ‘Coaching Sessions’ on Building Option Blocks and they’ll be able to show you themselves.

Oh and don’t forget to ask them to take last years’ option block data so they can import it into our software and use it to see just how quickly they could have built them !!

PS We’ll also give them a free 30 day trial of Web Preferences. This module enables your students to select their subject options online with the data automatically fed into the Student Options Module. Watch our video to see how Web Preferences removes the administrative burden of subject selections.

To reserve a free place at one of MIST’s Coaching Sessions or arrange a free trial of Web Preferences please contact Dale at Timetabling Solutions.

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Energise your AQA “Energy Issues” Lessons (A Level AQA Geography)

ZigZag Education are supporting teachers with a range of AS AQA Geography resources on Energy Issues. From a detailed, comprehensive Course Companion, to supporting resources like Learning Grids, Topic Tests and Keyword Activities, all your teaching needs are catered for. See the links below to preview and order!

Course Companion for A Level AQA GEOG1: Energy Issues

Really good… Each aspect of the spec is covered thoroughly, yet in a succinct manner. It provides a real range of additional material to the core textbooks… combines the best of the textbooks currently on the market bringing everything up to date” – V Burgess, Head of Geography & Independent Reviewer

  • This fantastic pack embraces the specification and makes sure all the key content is covered in detailed, engaging student notes.
  • Students keep focused on the specification with Learning Objectives for every chapter.
  • Detailed and up-to-date case studies let students engage with the topic, covering everything from Fracking to Fukushima.
  • Regular activities consolidate learning and ensure all the skills your students need are covered, and you can be confident they’ll be well prepared.

Keyword Activities for A Level AQA: GEOG1 Energy Issues

A useful classroom activity during revision, or perhaps to be used as a plenary activity, something fun but useful.” – P Grinter, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

Do your students find learning terminology trick and tedious? Well these packs are the answer that provide a variety of ways to learn those key terms and phrases.

  • Activities include Crosswords, Match-up, Fill In the Blanks and Dominos
  • Varied activities for class, homework and revision use, all in one place!
  • Complete solutions included that double up as a great revision glossary.

Learning Grids for A Level AQA: GEOG1 Energy Issues

For weaker students, this is exceptional, as it allows basic learning of the concepts, but also revision at the same time” – H Waddington, Geography Teacher & Independent Reviewer

A great idea for weaker students and a perfect revision tool, these grids make learning easy and accessible to all your students.

  • The highly structured format serves as a great way of ensuring students are making important specification-relevant notes that they may have missed in class.
  • Includes key case study examples, every specification point covered!
  • Answers included, and the completed pack acts as a full set of revision notes!

Topic Tests for A Level AQA: GEOG1 Energy Issues

A comprehensive coverage of all the aspects of energy which every student should know… I would recommend this to any teacher and learner – excellent for revision purposes” – I Dambudzo, Teacher, Examiner and Independent Reviewer

Perfect for keeping track of how well your students know each topic. These tests are easy to set, cover every aspect of the specification, and with a full and detailed mark scheme, they’re easy to mark too!

PS – If you don’t teach the Energy Issues topic we still have a wide range of resources for other A Level AQA topics too!

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.

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How can assembly songs provide a positive and hugely creative experience for young children?

SEALSONGS is a collection of assembly songs which aims to get children engaged through the experience of making and creating music. The lyrics were written with considerable input from Year 4 and 5 pupils, so speak from children to children, and the musical backing tracks were professionally recorded.

But the resource goes further and offers teachers detailed advice on writing new lyrics, leading singing and other ways that SEALSONGS may be used in the classroom. Thus it enables teachers to give young children the positive experience of working with others in creating new songs within the SEAL framework. There is also guidance for non-specialists in how to teach songs.

The SEAL themes are:

Song 1: New beginnings
Song 2: Getting on and falling out
Song 3: Say no to bullying
Song 4: Going for goals!
Song 5: Good to be me
Song 6: Relationships
Song 7: Changes

Two further general songs – one about writing songs and one providing a Rhyme Game – are also included in the pack.

SEALSONGS was written by David Stoll, a well-known composer of music for the concert hall, the theatre, and for television and radio. He also writes children’s songs and for school ensembles, and designs projects in creativity for schools, higher education and the corporate sector. His music is now being published by Novello & Co.

JENNY MOSLEY (Founder of Quality Circle Time) said “SEALSONGS is a wonderful gift to any adult who wants to truly help their class or school embed SEAL as a way of ‘being’ with ourselves and others. We all know that song can lift you to a different spiritual dimension – David Stoll has given us the perfect package to help even the most music-shy amongst us to engage young people in the process of creating heart-warming songs as part of a creative team….. This is an excellent resource.”

HOWARD GOODALL (National Ambassador for Singing) said “These SEALSONGS have the authentic ring of children’s ideas and feelings in every line. This, for me, makes it a valuable and empowering set of musical tools….. with excellent supporting materials and explanations.”

Purchase of SEALSONGS includes a licence for full use of all the material within the school, including recording new versions of the songs. The complete package is split into different files so that schools may choose which elements they wish to record or print.

Sample music can be downloaded from www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/music/SEALSONGSSamples.rar

You can purchase SEALSONGS in the following ways:

1. As a download, price £10 plus VAT

2. As a copiable book plus CD, price £19.99 plus £3.95 delivery

Do you have left-handed pupils who struggle with their handwriting?

New 2015 Metallic & Antimicrobial Range

Slowly formed, sloping letters. Messy smudged presentation. Reversed d’s and b’s, p’s and q’s… even physical discomfort. It’s all part and parcel of the left hander’s challenge that often emerges when learning to write in childhood. Up until now, many thought it would never disappear.

Our smart Swan Neck Pens are an elegantly simple solution to the left-handed writing problem that ultimately affects some 1 in 6 worldwide – a staggering 1 billion people.Smudging is a common issue for left-handers, with over 88% experiencing the problem.

All models in the Swan Neck Pen range feature a unique, S-bend neck and grip area. This enables left-handed writers to hold the pen comfortably at a balanced angle and easily view all letters and words as they are written, just as right-handers do.

• Avoid smudged presentations!
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• Suitable for left and right-handers of all ages and children with special needs

Swan Neck Pens don’t just make left-handers of all ages happier and better writers. They make writing a breeze for right-handers too.

Swan Neck Pens have passed British Standards EN71 part 1, 2, 3 and BS7272 2008.

Thank you for your time .you can view our website at www.swanneckpen.com for more information, or you can contact me on +44 1454 325873.

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Would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Keeping a tradition alive

How the traditions of Christmas can be taught through
the use of arts and crafts

The symbol of light is one that is part of celebrations, ceremonies and rituals across almost all cultures and religions around the world from the Hindu festival of Diwali (the festival of light) to the Greek Lam padedromia (the torch-race).

And the celebration of Christmas is no exception.

Lights can be seen everywhere at Christmas, from fairy lights on a Christmas tree, to candles in a church, fireworks in the sky, and lanterns around a house.

And the oldest tradition is probably the light of candles and lanterns that were used to symbolise Christmas long before the invention of electricity.

It is also traditional that children make Christmas lanterns out of card. This is an activity and skill that has been passed down through the generations and is widely encouraged in schools around Christmas time.

S&S Services have developed a Christmas lantern kit which includes 18 pieces of card in various designs ready to be decorated as the children wish – with the only boundary being their imagination and the theme of Christmas.

You can find the Christmas lanterns and our full range of art supplies on our website at the following links:

Delivery

We offer free delivery on orders over £35 and charge only £2.99 delivery for orders which come to less than this across the majority of the UK.

For those requesting delivery from Northern Ireland, the Isles of Scilly, the Scottish Highlands, Isle of Wight and the Isle of Man, delivery is £7 and for those lucky enough to be living in the Channel Islands the delivery charge is £12.45 irrespective of the size of the order.

You can order in any of the following ways:

  • On our website at the web links above
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S & S Services also offer a money back guarantee if you are not completely happy with your order.

This Is The Number One Reason Why Many Students Underachieve In Their GCSE Maths Exam…

You’ve probably come across this situation many times before – a student who has all the potential to do well in their GCSE maths yet performs badly in their final exam…

The main reason why this occurs is they don’t follow an effective revision strategy at home. Students tend to revise on auto-pilot without critically analysing what they’re doing and whether or not, it’s making progress.

Zakkiyah from London was a prime example of one of these students…

“I seemed to underperform in my mock exams – achieving D’s/E’s and I couldn’t work out why… but after following Jeevan’s revision principles, I could see exactly where I was going wrong… I achieved a ‘B’ grade in my final GCSE maths exam… These revision principles have helped me immensely with my A-Level Chemistry too… Thank you so much Jeevan… my ‘B’ grade will definitely help me in applying for a ‘Pharmacy’ course at University…”

As you can see, my revision principles are crucial when taking a maths exam. It allows a student to reach their full potential.

To find out more information about my revision principles, please visit: www.gcsemathsforschools.co.uk

Kind regards

Jeevan Singh
GCSE Maths For Schools

What’s a simple and effective way to reduce classroom disruption at the start of lessons

What’s a simple and effective way to reduce classroom disruption at the start of lessons and increase time spent in teaching and learning?

I’ve known Ed for many years. He’s been a supply teacher, head of dep’t,

Head of year and head of sixth form. Vastly experienced and with a bit of a reputation as a “hard man” when it comes to classroom discipline.

He likes his job, but if there’s one thing he gets fed up with, it’s students who don’t bring the right equipment to school. He reckons this can sometimes waste up to ten minutes of teaching and learning time at the start of a lesson.

So what can be done to reduce the disruption caused by pupils who turn up to lessons without the proper equipment? Is there a way to reduce the time wasted in such situations?

The “Student Essentials set” is a ready-made solution to the problem of pupils who turn up without the right kit for lessons….. as well as being ideal to hand out (or sell!) to students at the start of a school day or at the beginning of lessons.

Consisting of three quality black ink ballpens, two full length HB pencils, a metal sharpener, eraser and 15 cm ruler, all packed in a handy, “exam friendly” clear PVC zip up wallet from just 75p each ex vat. It’s a quick and easy way to provide students with all they need for most lessons.

“Student Essentials sets” can be a means of ensuring that lessons will be less of a hassle and more productive in the future than they may have been in the past.

Student Essentials sets can be obtained from:- Signpost Educational Ltd., (signpost@talk21.com)

You can see the sets on their website (www.signposteducational.co.uk) or call them for a chat on 020 7515 1797 to discuss your requirements.

PS. Student Essentials sets can also be used as pupil incentives or for distribution at parents evenings or at the start of a new term.

PPS. The clear PVC wallets are “exam friendly” and are handy for giving to students before GCSE and other exams.

How to make teachers twice as effective in the classroom and double the attainment of lower ability students

This statement is bold but true, latest research shows that when carefully crafted seating charts are in place, teachers are twice as effective in the classroom and the attainment of lower ability students can be doubled.

This will come as no surprise to those more experienced teaching staff. By telling pupils where they should sit in the classroom you are immediately asserting your authority and can also take advantage of strategies such as peer to peer learning.

So does your school have a policy on seating charts? Are you able to ascertain which combinations work best for the classroom and lead to improved performance and behaviour, are you ready to impress Ofsted?

Class Charts links up with SIMS, Integris & SMIS. It instantly creates seating charts for your teachers and displays key data such as SEN, Pupil Premium & subject targets. This means that your staff will be aware of pupils’ abilities and needs at a glance.

But there is more!

Coupled with the seating charts is an optional real time behaviour management system (SIMS writeback supported) that is simple for your staff to use and provides the leadership team with detailed behaviour analytics – allowing them to pinpoint behaviour issues and trends and get support strategies in place.

Sound good?

Take a look at what is on offer at Class Charts and get in touch quoting ref HH for a chat or a quick online demo.

support@classcharts.com

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“All your homework set and marked!”

Do you need a fast system for managing students’ homework? Want to save time marking and give them instant feedback on homework specific to the annual topic?

“All your homework set and marked!” – P Knowles, Head of Media & Subscriber

Now available for GCSE Media Studies (AQA and WJEC annual topics) is a comprehensive revision and homework package – and it’s all online. Subscribe as a school and send students individual logins, and away they go. Simply set individual topics as homework, or let students work through it independently in the run-up to the exam.

As well as benefiting from the immediate feedback of the Gap Fill, Match-Up and Multiple Choice, students take the final challenge of the Online Homework programme: Practice Exam Questions. Students answer the questions and then self-assess using the student-friendly mark scheme and sample answers – great Assessment for Learning!

Student feedback has been excellent:

  • “The revision activities were very relevant to what we have to learn for the exam.” – Student User
  • “I found it hard to mark stuff for myself but I think it will help me get a better grade.” – Student User
  • “Pupils are immediately more enthusiastic when they complete their revision work.” – J Cook, HoD & Independent Reviewer

iPad Revision

eRevision is fully compatible with iPads and other tablets! It’s all online as a web app – fully functional on tablets, this could be your answer to iPad homework.

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Interactive Online Homework from eRevision.co.uk is available for the 2015 Media Studies exam topics: GCSE AQA TV News and GCSE WJEC Print and TV Advertising.


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Help your students get that C in GCSE Languages

Learning a language allows you to communicate with people, experience a different culture and enhances your job prospects – in a recent CBI survey, 41% of businesses said knowledge of a foreign language was beneficial in their work staff. But, for those students struggling on the C/D borderline, these considerations can often be eclipsed by the hurdles of the exams.

Boost your students’ confidence and help them get to grips with the GCSE exams with skills-focussed practice. The SOS range of photocopiable resources from ZigZag Education targets each skill separately so you can focus on areas where students most need to improve:

SOS: How to Get a C
Available for Reading, Writing and Listening

Self-contained resources support weaker learners without taking up valuable class time. Train your weaker learners to get that C! Specific language strategies, clearly developed through carefully selected practice tasks.

  • Vocab, task type, grammar and topics all perfectly tailored to the exam!

‘Thorough and very supportive for students on the C/D borderline.’
H Dickinson, Head of MFL, ZigZag Customer who bought SOS Reading: How to get a C in GCSE AQA Spanish Reading

‘Useful for every GCSE teacher/tutor to have in the armoury.’
A Wells, Head of German, Independent Reviewer of SOS Reading: How to get a C in GCSE Edexcel German Reading

‘An excellent resource which helps pupils to work through all the steps in the reading tasks. Pupils learn how to deal with key strategies to be successful in understanding key questions.Very detailed and valuable.’
C Stroud, Head of Department, Independent Reviewer of SOS Reading: How to get a C in GCSE Edexcel French Reading

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.

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The Oil Rig Platform

Safety over cost, a practical example of the problems faced by mathematicians, engineers and businesses.

So that students can see how important maths is to our businesses and to our building industry we have put together a practical problem solving exercise called The Oil Rig Platform. It is designed to simulate the workings of a team of engineers, trying to find a solution to a problem by building an oil rig platform.

The students are divided into small teams and challenged to build a model of an oil rig platform and work out how much it costs to build using only set materials. To test for safety the platform must be able to support the weight of a brick! Will your students design it so cheaply that it collapses or will they spend more money to make it strong and sturdy?

The exercise is suitable for both KS3 and KS4 students and runs over one lesson. Each team is given the student brief, a set of resources and a deadline. The winning team is the one who can build the oil rig, support the weight of a brick and is the cheapest to build. A great learning experience and good fun for everyone.

What’s more – we have made it really easy for the teacher to deliver too!

This resource contains: clear teachers’ guidance notes that explain how to run the exercise, the students exercise brief, resources checklist and the assessment criteria.

How much does this all cost? Only £20.00 and can be re-used over and over again!

There are more details at…

http://c-l-e.co.uk/buy-teaching-resources-online/oil-rig-platform/

You can pay and download the exercise direct from our website using PayPal or you may wish to pay with either a cheque or a purchase order number. Simply e-mail your purchase order number to us and we will send the exercise to you along with the invoice for payment within 14 days.

Julie O’Brien
Creative Learning Events
0113 3909814
07977 489779
www.c-l-e.co.uk

Quality Teaching and Quality Texts

Quality Teaching and Quality Texts – Two Essentials for Higher Order Reading.

The teaching of initial reading skills is generally thought to be satisfactory in our primary schools.

But I have many conversations with head teachers and literacy coordinators about the insufficient progress many children still make with regard to higher order skills; often around the time children enter Key Stage 2.

Children reach a point where they appear to be a ‘fluent’ reader but are then left too much to their own devices, with not enough direct teaching of those reading skills that will help them progress further.

In the most effective teaching you will see a range of approaches: Shared, group and guided reading as well as 1:1 sessions. Obviously, the quality of that direct teaching cannot be under estimated.

The other element is having access to engaging texts, which offer the opportunity to ask deeper questions and take children’s thinking and comprehension beyond the text; opportunities to practise skills like inference and deduction.

The Mini Tales Pack – our latest resource is designed to support both these elements:

  • 10 lively short stories written exclusively for Thinking Child by Steve Bowkett. (6 books of each title in a handy to carry box)
  • These engaging tales can be devoured quite quickly but are rich in layers of meaning.
  • The teacher/TA booklet is full of comprehensive advice and ideas to support and enhance the quality of guided reading sessions at Key Stage 2. Written by Guided Reading Expert Rachel Clarke.
  • In addition there is a free memory stick giving you The Mini Tales in pdf & ppt versions for further teaching options.

These 60 books, teacher/TA booklet and memory stick cost just £129.

If you purchase The Mini Tales Pack before the end of term you can have it at an amazing Introductory Price of just £99. (saving of £30)

To find out more visit the webpage: http://www.thinkingchild.org.uk/mini-tales-pack-short-stories-for-guided-reading-at-key-stage-2

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Or – Click the INVOICE button to raise an order for your school.

Alternatively email us: info@thinkingchild.org.uk

Or telephone: 01604 491511

Unlikely, but possible

What is the most effective way of taking below-average students up a grade in four GCSE subjects?

Of course there is a vital bit of information missing in that question. It is the information about time.

The point is that given enough time it is probably possible to take most students up a grade in a GCSE subject. But the notion is irrelevant because we don’t have that extra time.

So I am going to add in a time limitation here and talk about taking below-average students up a grade in each of four GCSE subjects, using just two hours a week for one term.

And now I am going to go even further. For rather than just make that claim, I am going to insist that the answer is validated through significant research over a number of years, undertaken by a major independent education research institute.

What’s more, I want this rise in grades to have been replicated time and time again with the lowest 20% of students in terms of achievement, year after year after year.

Now you might feel I have gone over the top, adding all these extra demands, but I am going to continue further. I want all this to be achieved not just by two hours of work a week, but I want there to be no insistence on when and where those two hours were spent.

They could be totted up at home, or at school, during lunch breaks or an after school club, or indeed at any other time at any other location.

Quite how these remarkable improvements in GCSE grades were achieved is revealed in the FFT report, “Impact of e-Learning”.

Indeed, independent research from the FFT has shown time and time again that using the techniques and approach explored in this survey results in the student gaining the extra marks that are required to enhance grades.

You can read the full free report by clicking here.

Alternatively if you would like to discuss implementing this approach which really does take two hours a week over ten weeks, to generate a rise of four GCSE grades among below average students, please do call us on 0845 130 4160.

Free teaching resources for English at KS2

Dear Colleague

At Anchor, many of our care homes and retirement housing developments have strong links with local schools, creating great connections across the generations.

Those links inspired us to work with education specialists to develop tools to help others do the same.

Our Life Histories teaching guide has been designed to deliver many of the key National Curriculum learning outcomes for children in years five and six, while breaking down the barriers between the young and old.

Anchor Life Histories is a unit of work which fits comfortably within strands for Speaking and Listening and Writing.

It provides opportunities for developing questioning skills, planning and chronological writing within a real context of talking to and learning from an older person who may not be known to the children.

This unit is planned in four developmental phases, from examining and interrogating texts, planning for an interview and then developing and improving writing.

It could take from two to four weeks, depending on how many of the speaking and grammar activities teachers wish to include.

Teaching Notes outline the possible teaching strands and activities for each phase and highlight the end of Key stage learning outcomes for years 5 and 6 that are met by these lessons.

Anchor Life Histories teaching notes, writing scaffolds and curriculum planning document can be downloaded free of charge here.

We hope you and your pupils enjoy using these materials.

The team at Anchor

How to handle an incident

What is the most cost effective way of passing a message across the school to colleagues, as well as handling emergencies and incidents?

Nearly 70% of school office staff who deal with parents have been on the receiving end of abuse during the past year. But only a quarter of schools have a system that allows them to call for help immediately.

However, such a system can be very inexpensive (far less expensive than anything based on using mobile phones) and can also be used to pass on routine messages across the school as well as to deal with non-emergency incidents.

The solution comes through the use of simple radio-based communication solutions. They can be used for keeping lunchtime staff in touch with reception, as well as being integrated with alarm panels.

They can also provide ‘telephone style’ private calling.

Our new Opus T2-PRO radio is a highly cost-effective solution, suitable for many establishments. Rugged enough to survive daily use, yet light and simple-to-use, it’s designed with schools in mind.

Until 30 November 2014 you can save £20 on every Opus T2-PRO with our exclusive launch offer. Ordering is simple – by fax, email or online (visit www.nationwide-radio-supplies.co.uk/opus-t2pro) – just quote HHMAIL1 to save £20 per radio.

You’ll get a 30 day credit account (bona fide educational establishments only) and a 30 day risk-free trial, just return the radios (in resaleable condition) if they don’t meet your requirements for a full refund.

If you need more information or wish to discuss your schools requirements in detail, call us now on 0800 084 27 99 or email sales@nrsupplies.co.uk and we’ll get straight back to you.

Let our experts solve your communication problems!

The simplest way to raise grades in exams

What is the single most effective way of raising student exam grades?

There is little more frustrating than a student who you know has plenty of ability within a subject, but who simply does not seem to be able to study and reveal his/her aptitude in exams.

Fortunately, however, there is a fairly simple way of helping such students overcome this situation so that they make far more of their study time, learn more rapidly, and develop an ability to use the knowledge that they have gained within examinations.

This approach breaks learning into two simple parts: learning how to study, and then applying this knowledge to the subject matter being studied.

Self-evidently, once the student can study in a more effective and efficient manner the student also becomes more adept at reproducing this knowledge in a meaningful way when required. Then, inevitably, the student’s grades will go up.

This is where Raising Grades through Study Skills comes in. The volume, which is available either as a photocopiable master or on CD (so that it can be placed on the school’s learning platform), focuses on the ways in which students can both be helped and can help themselves by learning more quickly and more effectively.

Since the first edition of this work was published it has been adopted in several thousand schools, in some cases being used within an individual department, sometimes across the whole school.

22 separate methods of learning are detailed in the volume, plus details of 10 teaching methods which can be used to help develop the learning approaches.

There is also a series of active learning assignments and a further 15 sections on memory and how students may enhance their own memory abilities and increase their ability to utilise the knowledge that they have gained.

Results from the use of this approach have shown that once students have been shown how to study and how to ensure that they can remember and use the material they have studied, the motivation gained from the rapid success that results becomes a factor in motivating them to ever further achievements.

The activities developed in this volume can either be set up as separate lessons or can be integrated into the existing timetable.

Raising Grades through Study Skills is available as a photocopiable book or on CD Rom which can itself be copied or loaded onto the school’s learning platform or intranet.

Cat No: 978 1 86083 845 3. Order code: T1787emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/education/T1787.pdf

Formats, prices and delivery cost…

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

You can purchase the report…

Edexcel Music Technology AS and A2

Support material for the written questions in units 2 & 4 prepared by teachers and examiners
of Music Technology

This revised and updated resource will provide you with helpful information for teaching the history of popular music and jazz, as well as the development of music technology.

The CD-ROM contains several PowerPoint’s and revision material including:

AS:

1 – Nine PowerPoint’s giving a brief outline of the development of popular music and Jazz (Including interactive video links illustrating key artists and styles)

2 – Two detailed PowerPoint’s for this year’s special focus styles (Soul & Indie)

Homework sheets and revision material

A2:

1 – Eleven PowerPoint’s giving detailed information on various topics including effects and processors; digital and analogue recording; synthesis and microphones

2 – Revision material associated with each of the topics above

This resource is only available from Tempo Publishing at a cost of £55, and once purchased may be used throughout the purchasing establishment.

To view sample pages and to order online please visit www.tempopublishing.co.uk. Alternatively purchase orders can be emailed to sales@tempopublishing.co.uk.

If you have any questions or want to order over the phone then by all means give me a ring on 07564 291815.

Kind regards

Jason Boyd – Tempo Publishing

Claim £175 to spend on your choice of drums

Record your school CD this Christmas for free
and claim £175 to spend on your choice of drums

Percussion is perfect for teaching KS1 and KS2 music. As playing music is fun for children, it makes teaching rhythm, structure and ensemble skills easy.

We’ve teamed up with the award winning Drums for Schools to help you, by giving you £175 to spend on your choice of instruments or resources, or one of the percussion sets above, for free.

There is no catch, you just need to register your interest over the next week and book a free CD recording for Christmas or for any time up to February 2015.

Our professional recording engineers come to your school with studio recording equipment, and spend a day recording your CD with you, for free. Our Interactive Recording Guide shows the huge educational benefit in the project for the children, and makes planning the project really simple with everything set out for you.

All you need to do is decide what you’d like to include on your CD – a performance or event, instrumental groups, the whole school singing, each class singing their favourite song or even your drumming. The CD is a treasured memento to be proud of, a great showcase for the school’s talents, and the recording is an amazing day for the children. You can even raise funds for your school from the sales of your CD.

To get the free CD recording for your school and your free percussion set or voucher, all you need to do is send me an email to the address below, or give me a call with your school details, when approximately you might like to record your CD, and of course whether you would prefer the 30 player or 14 player percussion set or £175 to spend with Drums for Schools.

To qualify for the free percussion set, you have a week to register your interest to complete your recording before the end of February 2015.

Kind regards,

Ann-Marie Lawrence
My School CD

Tel: 01925 321 800
Email: Ann-Marie.Lawrence@MySchoolCD.co.uk

How cursive handwriting enhances intellectual development

How learning and practising cursive handwriting has an impact on
children’s brain development and on the ability to spell

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.

It seems that through this activity multiple areas of 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.

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.

Thus, as the Indiana University study shows, cursive writing has benefits for primary school children 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 01536 399017
  • By fax to 01536 399012
  • By email to msl@schools.co.uk
  • By post to Multi-Sensory Learning, Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby, NN17 4HH

First Aid for Sport in Schools

Save on first aid and sports medical supplies

It’s time to look forward to the remainder of the Autumn term and you may be considering whether you have enough first aid consumables to see you through. We’d like to help you out with a cracking offer:

£10 Off Your Next Order

Coupon Code: Autumn 2014

When you spend £50 or more we’ll give you a £10 discount. Just visit www.physical-sports.co.uk to do your first aid shopping, and enter the coupon code at checkout, or give us a call. It couldn’t be simpler. This offer is open until the 30th November 2014.

Here are some of our most popular offers:

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The Relisport Stadium First Aid Kit is very comprehensive sports first aid kit, suitable for use by sports teams.
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Free UK Delivery when you order this First Aid Kit. £36.41 excluding VAT

We offer 25 free instant ice packs with orders totalling over £100. Just quote ‘Free Ice’ in the comments box when ordering online. All orders over £75 also qualify for free delivery.

 
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We are all products of our past

How honours boards are helping schools to transmit their values to students and their parents

Honouring members of the school community is the most obvious and direct way of generating a sense of civic and personal pride, as well as ensuring that parents fully appreciate that the school has values about which it cares passionately.

Having an honours board also helps the school to face the problem that its members move through the school and then leave to enjoy the rest of their lives. It ensures that the fundamental principles that lie behind the school are not taken for granted and are clearly and overtly expressed.

What’s more, such boards commemorate the work of the school and the individuals that have made it what it is, recording the names of those who have served notably as students or teachers.

Likewise the board can record the triumphs and achievements of the school across the years, be it the names of those who have generously donated to the school or the triumph of the under 12s football team in winning the county cup.

Indeed, once the history of the school is on display for all to see, it becomes more real, both to those within the school as well as to parents and visitors.

In this way placing such an honours board in the assembly hall or school entrance proclaims to one and all that these past events and the individuals who created them are important and will not be forgotten.

Likewise for the school that has had the good fortune to be rehoused in new premises in recent years the honours board can establish the connection between the exciting new building of today and the previous premises that have been used.

Greenbarnes has a long history of creating and supplying honours boards for schools across the UK. There are examples of such boards on our website.

You’ll also find links to other aspects of our work at the foot of the honours board page – or you can call 01280 701093 for a copy of our catalogue, or to discuss individual projects.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Michael Barnes

Are you spending a lot on your school leases? Have them checked for FREE

If you have a suspicion that your current leases are costing rather more than they might, have them checked out for free.

Experience shows that a substantial number of leases for photocopies, ICT equipment and the like, are not operated by the leasing company as they should be.

Not because anyone in the school has done anything wrong, but rather because very small “mistakes” in calculations can slip into leases over time. Each error might be tiny, but over a short while the value of the errors can become quite large.

What makes this particularly problematic is that the way payments on leases work can be very complex. Indeed some of them seem to involve a form of maths that only exists inside the world of equipment leasing!

However there is a way to resolve this issue – and it doesn’t cost the school a penny.

We can consider any lease that your school operates, and ensure that it is being run by the leasing company in a way that it was set up to be run.

This is done completely without any charge, and we’ll make our report back to you personally, in confidence, in writing.

If then we do find that your lease is not being implemented as it should be, and you want to get the overcharged money back, we’ll do this for you – again without cost. We will simply agree with you a percentage of your refund that we will take, as our fee for our work.

So to be completely clear, if we don’t think there is a case to take on, or if we do take on a case and no refund it achieved, nothing is paid to us. If a refund is achieved, we will then receive a commission from you, as agreed at the start.

As a final point I’d also like to make it clear that we are not talking about any mistake being made by yourself or one of your colleagues at school – we are talking about the fact that some leases are not implemented by the leasing companies as per the agreement.

To request an audit simply email me at Stephen@schools.co.uk and attach to the email a copy of your scanned-in leasing agreement/s and we will let you know if you may be entitled to a refund.

You will have no obligation to proceed – and if you do as noted above you will not be required to pay anything. Instead you will be told what percentage reimbursement the company will require in the event of their making a successful claim on your behalf.

Stephen Mister

A tired teacher is not a good teacher

What is the best way of ensuring that every teacher is fully effective in every lesson, every day?

Everyone has good days and bad days.

Of course, as professionals we all aim to perform well in the classroom no matter how we feel, but even so there can come a time where the sheer level of work required can make one operate at a slightly lower level than at other times.

So can anything be done? Can we do anything to reduce stress, feelings of tiredness, or any other ailment that can affect most of us at some time or another.

Fortunately the answer is, yes, as many schools have found out. For they have used a process that controls the amount of work teachers have to do in four key areas of teaching facts, revising facts, setting tests, and marking tests.

Of course, these four areas don’t make up the sum of education. But there is no doubt that if one reduces part of the workload in these four areas, then yes, when a teacher feels overloaded, the pressure is reduced so classroom teaching is not affected.

Now this raises two important questions. Supposing we could do this, the argument goes, it would be good for teachers. But would it not affect the quality of education? And wouldn’t it be costly?

In fact, the approach I have in mind has been used in over half of all schools undertaking GCSEs during the last 12 years.

And far from reducing the quality of education, it is proven through rigorous research to raise grades at GCSE significantly.

Of course there is a cost – but it works out at less than £4 per student per year. It is an extra cost, but given that it reduces workload and as a result can reduce absences caused by stress, while at the same time raising grades, most schools that take it on feel that the cost is worthwhile.

The approach is known as SAM Learning. Students work on-line either at home or at school, studying the subjects they choose. Just ten hours on the system during the two years of GCSE study raises the average student two grades.

This interactive system not only teaches all the most popular GCSE subjects and organises revision around points that the student has not fully grasped, but it can also be used to set questions and mark them – with, of course, all the marks available for the teacher to use in the setting of further work either on-line or in the classroom.

As you might imagine, SAM Learning is not alone in this field of on-line learning – but it is the only system of its type which has been rigorously and independently tested – in our case by FFT who tracked the progress of over a quarter of a million students who have used SAM Learning.

If you would like to know more please call us on 0845 130 4160.

Alternatively if you would like to read more about SAM Learning and how it works please do visit our website.

Why do some students get jobs and others not?

Do you want this job or would you sooner check your text messages?

People who find themselves undertaking interviews of students who are seeking a job or who are looking for a place on a course love to share horror stories.

They talk of the young women who don’t turn their mobile off or, worse, actually check their phone while in the interview.

They share stories about school leavers who write outrageous comments on social media about their school, college or current employer, and then can’t believe that their potential employer or course organiser has actually looked them up.

Such tales of course tell us what we already know: that many young people are very naïve when it comes to applications and interviews.

Which is why we produced “101 Ways to be Successful at Job and College Interviews.”

Like all good manuals this one starts with a premise, and here the premise is that an interview is a two way process, allowing the candidate to get an idea of what the company or college is like as well as being a chance to impress potential employers and lecturers.

Thus we ask the most obvious question: “Why do you want this job/course?” and moves onto the variations, such as thinking about “Why do you want to work for this company”, “Why do you want to study here?” and so on.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prices

  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £9.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £9.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £16.94 plus £3.95 delivery

Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1633EMN

Inspiring a happier generation

What is one of the most under-used ways to help pupils do well at school and beyond?

One of the issues often raised by teachers is that the constant pressures of an ever-changing curriculum and target-driven education system generate stress rather than success for all involved.

This teaching-by-numbers approach is not generally why most teachers entered the education system. It is also worrying that around three pupils per class are likely to suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder (Source: Youngminds.org.uk).

Often it is the simplest interventions that can increase the emotional well-being of a young person (or any person, for that matter), but they need the guidance and support to know what steps to take. Schools are ideally placed to provide that support and guidance and already work very hard at helping those pupils that need it the most.

With an increasing amount of research findings demonstrating that happiness is a key contributor to success, increased problem-solving abilities and increased health, it is important for schools to include happiness-enhancing activities into their provision to pupils.

Curriculum and time restrictions mean that teachers are already over-stretched, though, and there is only so much they can do.

This is where bringing in external resources can help. An inspirational speaker provides much more than entertainment for the time they are speaking to or working with pupils. A good inspirational speaker will be a catalyst for improvement and change.

This is where I can help, whether you need me to come in and address your pupils in an assembly, work with them in smaller groups in a practical workshop setting, on an individual basis to coach/mentor them or a combination of the above.

The feedback I have had from schools and other organisations I have worked with has been fantastic (read testimonials here).

The best testimonials, however, come from the pupils themselves. Here is a short video taken during a Happiness Masterclass, which followed a Happiness Assembly to the full Year 12 group at The Hayfield School in Doncaster: http://youtu.be/y6i8rqitwyo

Did you know that giving to charity can make you happier and that this effect is increased if there is a social connection involved?

Source: Science Daily “Social giving makes us happier”

I am currently raising funds for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity by taking part in Funny Business Doncaster: I will be stepping out of my comfort zone by doing 5 minutes of stand-up comedy on 6th November.

Although I have already exceeded my £1,000 fundraising target for this project, I would like to raise even more for Weston Park, so I am offering a discount off my standard fee and a donation of a chunk of my fee to Weston Park for any bookings for which I receive a 50% deposit by the end of November.

Would you like to find out more? Click here to get in touch with me or call me on 0114 360 5556.

Frederika Roberts

One facility; multi-games

What is the single most cost effective way of providing an all-year multi-use games area in your school?

The first key point about a multi-use games area is, of course, in the name. Such an area can be used for football, tennis, hockey, basketball, netball, etc.

But that’s only the start. Because where there is a facility that can be used for so many sports, there is immediately the risk that the surface will start to degrade because of over-use and inclement weather conditions.

And, just to cover every angle, such a multi-use facility would be less useful if it were not designed to meet the specific sports requirements of your school.

So when we speak of multi-sports facilities we also need to consider both flexibility of design and the ability for the area to be used again, and again, and again, every day, every week. (Including at the weekends if it is rented out to local sports clubs.)

Now that might seem to be everything covered, but there is still the issue of finance. We’ve even worked on this so that we can fund more entire facilities via Fast Track Funding, the mechanism used by numerous schools and local authorities for this sort of development – with payment not starting until the facility is completed.

These are the fundamentals that we have considered: flexible design, multi-sports use, all weather provision, constant use, and flexible finance.

As the leading UK artificial sports surfacing specialist and official partners of England Hockey, we decided to team up with Timberplay, the designer and supplier of flexible multi-sports areas to create exactly what was required.

Because Notts Sport synthetic surfacing systems require minimal maintenance over a long lifespan, schools using the system can offer more sports for more pupils with all the benefits that brings – no matter what the weather.

To make the whole process as simple as possible we built in a five step approach

  • Step 1. A free site visit and feasibility report
  • Step 2. A range of competitive quotes
  • Step 3. Confirmation of the funding package
  • Step 4. Construction begins with Notts Sport managing the build
  • Step 5. Payment begins after completion

To discuss how this remarkable development could be used in your school to enhance your sporting provision throughout the year, please do call me on 01455 883 730 or email info@nottsport.com

There is also more information at http://www.nottssport.co.uk/

Increases in marking workload: cutting out the needless

The new Ofsted school inspection handbook signalled a shift in evidence of good teaching and learning towards “scrutiny of pupils’ work”… In practice, this shift has often translated into greater demand on teachers to provide in-depth marking on more pieces of work. Read more

Many secondary teachers have seen a significant increase to their marking workload in recent months, in response to the changes in Ofsted inspection criteria.

In our latest blog, we look at how to adapt to these demands, and how Doddle can help you cut out non-essential marking work.

Read our blog here!

To see how Doddle can dramatically cut down marking time, and let you focus on in-depth feedback for the students that need it, see Doddle in full in an in-school demonstration.

Joe
Doddle

Could a dustbin really impress a parent?

Is it possible that the school dustbins could really affect the way that parents think about their children’s school?

There surely can’t be a parent in the country who hasn’t railed against his or her child’s untidiness, and inability to put litter and unwanted rubbish in the bin.

From that we might well assume that most parents will applaud any action taken by a school to encourage children to deposit their rubbish in appropriate receptacles.

Now this is something of an interesting thought, because for most of us the first inclination with rubbish bins is not to make them something that parents see.

And yet like so many aspects of life, the most obvious assumption often turns out not to be true. Large, colourful rubbish bins of a modern design, can give parents a very positive message about the way in which the school takes its cultural and social responsibilities seriously, along with its academic work.

Indeed it is possible to go further on this, for one can have the school’s bins not only placed in strategic places that parents and students will see, but also have them displayed in the school’s colours.

Theme Bins have a variety of bins all available in a multiplicity of shapes and colours – and if your school’s colours are not part of our current range, we can certainly quote for producing bins in the colour combination you require.

There are more details, pictures and a colour chart on our website www.themebins.co.uk

For more information or to request a full colour brochure please call 0844 8794154 or email themebins@btconnect.com

Theme Bins International Ltd, Knowl House, 84 Dale Street, Ossett, WF5 9HJ

When contacting us please quote HH2014 to qualify for a 5% discount from your first order

Theme Bins specialises in supplying products with customers own personalised graphics. To aid the graphics application we offer a free of charge computer visualisation service by our in-house designers. Just forward a copy of your logo or call us and ask for assistance.

Mapping spiritual, moral, social and cultural development across the school

What is the simplest way of showing Ofsted where spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is happening in the school?

The fact is that auditing or mapping what’s happening in terms of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development across the school can be a complex and time-consuming task. Not least because it runs across so many departments.

But I’d like to suggest that this doesn’t have to be the case. Indeed over the last five years hundreds of schools have used a simple and effective tool to audit and track SMSC provision.

It is a tool that makes recording and tracking easy, and, as I shall show below, it is a tool that Ofsted inspectors have valued in a report.

What we set out to develop five years ago, and what we have constantly refined, is a simple tool that is quick and easy to use by everyone in the school so that each colleague’s contribution to SMSC can be added to the record within moments.

But there was more, for we also wanted to make sure that with our approach pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is better coordinated across the curriculum. And again that is what we have achieved.

Finally, as I noted above, we wanted to produce something that the Ofsted inspectorate could immediately see the value of; something that the inspectors would see as a useful tool in planning teaching and learning.

That was our final aim, and I believe we have achieved that too, because in an Ofsted report in April 2013 on a school that uses SMSC Gridmaker, we found this comment:

“Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is better co-ordinated across the curriculum. An on-line audit of all the activities promoting development is enabling gaps to be filled and resources shared.”

You can see Gridmaker in action on our website. Alternatively you can try it yourself for free by clicking here.

If you would like to know any more please call 0115 942 8912 or email me at patricia@opeus.org

And there’s a final point. Gridmaker can also capture provision of PSHE and Citizenship, and that facility is included within the standard package.

Tricia Cadman

Free worksheet and activity: using IF statements

We’ve provided a set of free resources from our GCSE Computing product!

The worksheet and accompanying activity, which are taken from our algorithms and programming language topic, focus on control flow in imperative languages and using IF statements.

Get your students feeling confident with the terminology relating to this topic before giving them the chance to see it in practice using our ice cream activity. Do they fancy broccoli or sweets on their ice cream sundae? They’ll have to decide using the interactive flow chart!

Visit our ICT and Computing free stuff page to download the worksheet and activity!

Regards,

The Boardworks team

P.S. Boardworks KS3 and GCSE Computing provides an excellent level of support for your teaching of the new curriculum. If you haven’t already, order your free product sample to find out what it’s all about.

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By listening to Professors from some of the UK’s leading Universities, students will increase their understanding of their chosen subjects as well as increasing their knowledge of the study experience when they leave school. With that added perception comes the increased likelihood of your students choosing the right path.

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Ignite Curiosity


Music in Independent Schools, an insight into best practise

How has music changed in schools? Specifically, independent schools? The high standard of musical work in such schools has long been known but now Andrew Morris and his team have provided up-to-date information.

Bringing together historical debates from the late 19th and early 20th Century, the book discusses how best to practice the teaching of music. What makes a good music teacher? Is it their technical excellence or enthusiasm?

There are contributions from seven individual schools – Bedford, Dulwich, Eton, Gresham’s, St. Paul’s, Uppingham and Worksop – as well as chapters about Girls’ Schools, Preparatory Schools, Choir Schools and Specialist Schools.

The book looks at each of these schools and the challenges they have faced in the current day and over the last sixty years. Music and teaching of music remains relevant and fruitful across class divides. Music in Independent Schools will be of interest as a reference point for all music departments.

ANDREW MORRIS taught in secondary modern, grammar and comprehensive schools in London before becoming Director of Music at Bedford School for thirty-two years. He was President of the Music Masters’ and Mistresses’ Association from 1996-97 and President of the RAM Club at the Royal Academy of Music 2005-06. He has examined for the ABRSM for over thirty years.

The Bernarr Rainbow Trust, under the chairmanship of Professor Peter Dickinson, is now responsible for some forty books based on Rainbow’s extensive historical research into music education, mostly within his Classic Texts in Music Education series, published by Boydell.

Contributors include Catherine Beddison, Elizabeth Blackford, Timothy Daniell, Richard Mayo, James Peschek, Alastair Sampson, Graham Smallbone, Jonathan Varcoe, Myfanwy Walters, Nathan Waring, Robert Weaver and Hilary Webster.

Music in Independent Schools edited by Andrew Morris & Bernarr Rainbow, with introduction by Peter Dickinson
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A tired teacher is not a good teacher

What is the best way of ensuring that every teacher is fully effective in every lesson, every day?

Everyone has good days and bad days.

Of course, as professionals we all aim to perform well in the classroom no matter how we feel, but even so there can come a time where the sheer level of work required can make one operate at a slightly lower level than at other times.

So can anything be done? Can we do anything to reduce stress, feelings of tiredness, or any other ailment that can affect most of us at some time or another.

Fortunately the answer is, yes, as many schools have found out. For they have used a process that controls the amount of work teachers have to do in four key areas of teaching facts, revising facts, setting tests, and marking tests.

Of course, these four areas don’t make up the sum of education. But there is no doubt that if one reduces part of the workload in these four areas, then yes, when a teacher feels overloaded, the pressure is reduced so classroom teaching is not affected.

Now this raises two important questions. Supposing we could do this, the argument goes, it would be good for teachers. But would it not affect the quality of education? And wouldn’t it be costly?

In fact, the approach I have in mind has been used in over half of all schools undertaking GCSEs during the last 12 years.

And far from reducing the quality of education, it is proven through rigorous research to raise grades at GCSE significantly.

Of course there is a cost – but it works out at less than £4 per student per year. It is an extra cost, but given that it reduces workload and as a result can reduce absences caused by stress, while at the same time raising grades, most schools that take it on feel that the cost is worthwhile.

The approach is known as SAM Learning. Students work on-line either at home or at school, studying the subjects they choose. Just ten hours on the system during the two years of GCSE study raises the average student two grades.

This interactive system not only teaches all the most popular GCSE subjects and organises revision around points that the student has not fully grasped, but it can also be used to set questions and mark them – with, of course, all the marks available for the teacher to use in the setting of further work either on-line or in the classroom.

As you might imagine, SAM Learning is not alone in this field of on-line learning – but it is the only system of its type which has been rigorously and independently tested – in our case by FFT who tracked the progress of over a quarter of a million students who have used SAM Learning.

If you would like to know more please call us on 0845 130 4160.

Alternatively if you would like to read more about SAM Learning and how it works please do visit our website.

Free teaching resources for English at KS2

At Anchor, many of our care homes and retirement housing developments have strong links with local schools, creating great connections across the generations.

Those links inspired us to work with education specialists to develop tools to help others do the same.

Our Life Histories teaching guide has been designed to deliver many of the key National Curriculum learning outcomes for children in years five and six, while breaking down the barriers between the young and old.

Anchor Life Histories is a unit of work which fits comfortably within strands for Speaking and Listening and Writing.

It provides opportunities for developing questioning skills, planning and chronological writing within a real context of talking to and learning from an older person who may not be known to the children.

This unit is planned in four developmental phases, from examining and interrogating texts, planning for an interview and then developing and improving writing.

It could take from two to four weeks, depending on how many of the speaking and grammar activities teachers wish to include.

Teaching Notes outline the possible teaching strands and activities for each phase and highlight the end of Key stage learning outcomes for years 5 and 6 that are met by these lessons.

Anchor Life Histories teaching notes, writing scaffolds and curriculum planning document can be downloaded free of charge here.

We hope you and your pupils enjoy using these materials.

The team at Anchor

A way to improve learning and behaviour that really works

How to make teachers twice as effective in the classroom and double the attainment of lower ability students

This statement is bold but true, latest research shows that when carefully crafted seating charts are in place, teachers are twice as effective in the classroom and the attainment of lower ability students can be doubled.

This will come as no surprise to those more experienced teaching staff. By telling pupils where they should sit in the classroom you are immediately asserting your authority and can also take advantage of strategies such as peer to peer learning.

So does your school have a policy on seating charts? Are you able to ascertain which combinations work best for the classroom and lead to improved performance and behaviour, are you ready to impress Ofsted?

Class Charts links up with SIMS, Integris & SMIS. It instantly creates seating charts for your teachers and displays key data such as SEN, Pupil Premium & subject targets. This means that your staff will be aware of pupils’ abilities and needs at a glance.

But there is more!

Coupled with the seating charts is an optional real time behaviour management system (SIMS writeback supported) that is simple for your staff to use and provides the leadership team with detailed behaviour analytics – allowing them to pinpoint behaviour issues and trends and get support strategies in place.

Sound good?

Take a look at what is on offer at Class Charts and get in touch quoting ref HH for a chat or a quick online demo.

support@classcharts.com

0845 094 6427

Edukey Education Ltd, 1 High Street, St Davids, SA62 6SA

Free computing curriculum mapping guide and creative teacher resources for KS3/4

Mapped to Digital Literacy, IT and Computer Science, Serif’s free KS3/4 computing guide provides creative ideas and resources to help you deliver the three core strands of the new framework.

From editing digital artefacts to bringing creativity to coding projects – Serif’s guide brings together a wealth of comprehensive resources to help you deliver creative computing lessons and develop pupils’ confidence using IT. You don’t need a Serif software licence to benefit from the resources.

Whether you’re getting to grips or well underway with the new curriculum, our resources can help save time planning, with ideas that you can add to schemes of work as you move further into teaching computing.

We’ll send you a FREE computing guide with ideas for:

  • Digital Literacy
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Creative KS3 Projects
  • Digital Artefacts
  • Sprite Design for Scratch Games

As a UK graphics software developer, we’re passionate about two things: creativity and supporting UK schools. That’s why our computing guide and creative resources are free to all – even if your school doesn’t hold a Serif licence.

For your FREE computing mapping guide and resources, email computing@serif.com with your schools details.

Claire Macdonald
Education Business Manager
Serif (Europe) Ltd

Phone: 0800 376 6868
Email: computing@serif.com

The Afterlife

This 70 page, copiable book tackles the subject of the afterlife from a number of perspectives:

  • it considers the position of the world’s major religions in respect of the afterlife
  • it discusses specific beliefs, such as heaven and hell, the resurrection and reincarnation and their implication for the concept of the afterlife
  • it examines near-death experiences and what they add to our certainty or otherwise of an afterlife.

The book includes over 50 exercises which will give your students plenty of practice at thinking about and writing on the topic.

The book is highly relevant to students who need to examine issues such as resurrection and reincarnation.

The Afterlife was written by Francis Beswick.

You can see a full list of the topics and some sample pages at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/re/T1674.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1674EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 725 8

Prices

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

Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1674EMN

A notebook that never runs out

The Reusable Magic Notebook is here. This is a cool notebook that never runs out. Write on the reusable sheets, wipe clean and reuse. Use discount code HAMILTON20 to get a 20% discount.

The Magic Notebook ™ was inspired by the frustration of wasting paper when taking messages and notes and throwing away lots of sticky notes on a daily basis.

Magic Notebook ™ combines a notebook and a whiteboard to create an erasable and reusable notebook.

Reusable notebooks are great for writing notes, taking phone messages, generating ideas, playing games, doodling, for writing at school and for doing homework.

The Magic Notebook has 60 micro perforated reusable pages. Write on them with any dry marker or dry erase correctable pen (no smudging), wipe clean and reuse any of the 60 reusable waterproof pages. Useful for jotting down travel plans, doodling in the back of car, writing down messages and for generating ideas.

You can tear out the sheets and print them in a laser printer to create your own whiteboard calendars, itineraries, and weekly planners. Here are some photos

Available in A5 and A4. £12.99 and £19.99 each, includes a dry erase pen. Order online at www.magicwhiteboard.co.uk

Don’t forget to use discount code HAMILTON20 to get your 20% discount.

Watch the 1 min clip http://www.magicwhiteboard.co.uk/product/magic-notebook-reusable-whiteboard-notebook/#video

If you have any questions email sales@magicwhiteboard.co.uk
or ring us on 01905 451552.

Best Wishes

Neil Westwood
Managing Director

Magic Whiteboard Limited
www.magicwhiteboard.co.uk

TV News for GCSE AQA Media Studies

New resources are available to support the GCSE AQA Media Studies annual topic: TV News!

  • Teaching Pack: Bespoke schemes of work with worksheets, handouts and PowerPoints included. The perfect resources to structure and support your teaching of the annual topic. (WH79/5672, £89)
  • Revision Guide: Ensure students are fully prepared for the exam, from key terms to pre-production skills. The workbooks can be used independently, with a variety of activities and exam-style tasks. (WH79/5671, £89)
  • Online Homework: Unique online homework/revision system. The four-part quiz/test structure gives students a variety of exercises to complete to consolidate their learning, revise key terms and theories, and practise with exam-style questions. As a teacher, you can track their progress too! (Various packages from £99+VAT for site licence – email us now for a month’s free access!)
  • Practice Papers: Original papers in the exact style of the exam. All key concepts tested across a range of exam-style questions. Detailed examiner commentary on every answer gives students a clear idea of ‘what the examiner is thinking’! (WH79/5656, £54)

The four resources are complementary, and can be used either together or independently. Each resource has been carefully designed so that there is no overlap of content – while still covering the relevant parts of the specification and the core aspects of the topic.

Just a few comments from teachers, many of whom use these resources every year:

  • ‘I had no idea where to start with this topic, but this resource has taken all the hard work out!’ (E Fraser, Head of Media & Independent Reviewer, AQA 2014 Teaching Pack)
  • ‘I love it! It’s so useful to have mock exam papers written for the actual exam topic… they are as close as you are going to get to the real thing… all teachers of the spec need materials like this!’ (L Bird, Head of Media & Independent Reviewer, AQA Practice Papers)
  • ‘So user friendly, really engaging and fun – at just the right level for our Year 11s… having all the activities and PowerPoints prepared to such a high standard leaves me free to concentrate on the teaching and learning itself.’ (N Blackborow, Media Teacher & Customer, AQA Teaching Pack)

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. The Teaching Pack, Revision Guide and Practice Papers are also available in:

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  2. PDF with editable Word files (add 50%+VAT).

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Straight Talk Manual

A Self-esteem and Life Skills Workbook for Young People

This is a no-nonsense, friendly and ‘right to the point’ program on self-esteem and life skills. For use by counsellors, teachers and parents.

Contains a CD of reproducible worksheets covering topics such as:

• Friendship • Communication •Values • Feelings • Self-esteem • Stress • Mental Health • Healthy Body • Alcohol Drugs & Addiction • Grief • Separation and Divorce •Bullying • Staying Safe • Disabilities • The planet and how to care for it • Finding help when you need it

Contents: over 200 pages. Includes FREE CD-ROM of reproducible worksheets.

A4 Spiral bound book. Age 9-14

STRAIGHT TALK MANUAL Ref: 1002HH £49.95

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To obtain a 5% discount on your order, please quote HH14 on your purchase order form or add the discount code whilst purchasing online.

The pipe, the wheels, the imagination.

From telescopes to combine harvesters: it is the award winning pipe pieces with wheels

The manipulation of objects is a hugely beneficial activity for children, and indeed is something that they find enjoyable and engrossing.

Hand-eye coordination and judgement are both developed as children move from trying approaches at random to realising that, with a bit of planning, they could get much further.

It was our awareness of the need for exciting construction materials for children to experiment with that was at the centre of our thinking when we developed Pipe Pieces with Wheels.

Quite simply, we offer 100 pipe pieces that can all be joined together in whichever way the children want.

All told there are four shapes in four colours. They slot together, twist and turn, and can be used to create a lawnmower man, a moon walker, a robot dog, a quad bike, a road sweeper, two people on wheels locked in a dance….

In short, wherever the imagination goes, the child can try to create it.

We were thrilled with our development of the idea, and it wasn’t just us; the judges at the 2014 Primary Awards recently gave “Pipe Pieces with Wheels” classroom pack their silver awards.

Pipe Pieces can be used to help children aged five to nine to understand three dimensional building much more readily as they twist and turn pieces to explore 3D spaces, stability and movement.

As one of the judges said, I would definitely buy this product; it really fired up the children’s imagination. Children of all ages really enjoyed playing with these, and staff thought the storage bag and bright primary colours were great.

Guarantee

If you’re not completely happy with your order we offer a no quibble, money back guarantee.

Delivery

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

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

You can order in any of these ways:

  • On our website
  • By email to info@ss-services.co.uk
  • 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

How best to teach; how best to learn

When it comes to teaching not all methods are equally effective. The same is true of learning. But which methods are best?

Recently the focus in terms of methods of teaching has been on the technology used to deliver the lesson.

And yet there is a huge amount of evidence to suggest that it is not the technology that makes one method of teaching better than another.

Rather, it is the method of teaching itself. Technology can make a difference, but it is not the prime difference.

What’s more, while a change in the method of teaching used to teach any specific subject or topic can have a benefit – that benefit won’t be maximised unless the students also get some help in understanding the best methods of learning that they ought to be using.

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 a whiteboard, a video, or anything else.

But the fact remains that 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 subject that you have in mind. If it isn’t, then the effectiveness of the lesson will still be dependent on the effectiveness of the lecture as a method of teaching.

Now, of course, most of the time we don’t lecture in class 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, we also have to ask, what implication does this have for the various methods of learning that the students then adopt?

These are the questions posed and answered by “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 explain how 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 latest 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 http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/education/T1784.pdf

  • 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…

Monologues/Duologues at Key Stage Three

A book of short, self-contained and original monologues/duologues which will be an ideal introduction to drama within English or for use within a drama group. The monologues/duologues are designed to be learned, rehearsed and performed by pupils and will give them an understanding of pace, voice and body language. Students will develop drama techniques to explore in role a variety of situations.

Each monologue/duologue is accompanied by a number of activities (written and oral) which will encourage students to look critically at their own performance and constructively criticise that of others. They will also develop skills in reading and writing and will be encouraged to reflect on and discuss a variety of topical issues.

Cat No: 978 1 86083 762 3 Order code: T1727emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/english/T1727.pdf

  • Photocopiable book: £19.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £19.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Book and the CD: £26.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report from the publisher:

Who was the real Cleopatra?

And what is her relationship to the beautiful seductress of Hollywood myth?

In contrast to other historical figures whose names may be less familiar, many of your students will come to study the life and influence of the last Egyptian pharaoh with many preconceptions about her – in terms of her appearance, her behaviour and her place in history.

This new textbook provides an easy way into the life and times of Cleopatra for students of OCR Ancient History GCSE. It offers a factual account of her life from first coming to power to her death after the suicide of Antony and is written in an easy-to-read narrative style so is accessible for all your students, and not just those with high reading skills.

However, Cleopatra goes much further than just outlining the bare facts but also sets out for your students a clear insight into the historical context in both Eqypt and Rome, with analysis of the facts and synopses of the interested parties and their possible motives and influence on Cleopatra’s life.

The textbook also outlines the various sources of information on Cleopatra, giving guidance on the interpretation of such sources as well as pointers as to how best to answer exam questions on them.

Each section of the book includes a glossary of terms with which your students may not be familiar, activities to complete and an exam skills section, with sample questions, which sets out clearly how the exam scheme works – so your students will know what is required of them to get the best grade they can.

This book is fully photocopiable so you need only buy one copy which can then be shared with your students and colleagues.

There are sample pages from this photocopiable book at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/history/T1826.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1826EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 881 1

Prices

  • Photocopiable book: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Book plus CD £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
    Prices include VAT.
    You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1826EMN

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: http://newset-training.com/students.html

If you have any questions then please email: clare@newset-training.com or call 07811 356 283

I look forward to hearing from you.

Clare Martin

Introduction to HTML: free presentation!

Get your KS3 students coding with our free presentation on HTML!

Ideal as an introduction to programming, this presentation covers:

  • What HTML is, and what it does;
  • How tags work and what jobs they do;
  • The difference between head and body text.

Try out the presentation on our Doddle ICT & Computing page!

Get coding with Doddle ICT & Computing

Doddle ICT & Computing provides teaching, homework and assessment resources mapped to the 2014 KS3 programme of study, and offering comprehensive support for Naace and CAS Computing frameworks.

To see our resources in your classroom, book an in-school visit from a Doddle Educational Consultant.

Joe
Doddle

The most effective way of helping students understand change…

Change is all around us (and happening more quickly all the time, or so they say). Identifying change is vital to any geography course. One of the best ways of helping students understand change is to look at a specific locality and see how it has evolved.

The clearest way of seeing change over time is through maps of different periods from, say, the mid 19th century to today. The kind of maps most likely to engage your students are those which cover an area familiar to them (say that of your school).

Your area’s evolutions can now be clearly seen with the Cassini Map Teaching Set which draws on several epochs of Ordnance Survey maps. There is no better source of British cartographic information. Whatever changes may befall the National Curriculum, these are first-hand geo-historical documents and so vital for any study of the landscape.

OS maps are accurate, objective and consistent. Using them will help engender the same qualities in your students’ geographical work and will be relevant to a wide range of classroom activities.

Until now, though, finding such maps was difficult. Areas of coverage, scales, symbols and designs have all changed over time. Libraries and record offices would have to be visited and permissions sought before a set of historical maps of your area could be obtained.

But now, with the Cassini Map Teaching Set, this problem is solved. You simply specify the postcode that you want as the centrepoint and we supply five OS maps from across the last 200 years or so, each covering the same area and at the same scale.

Another problem is solved, too. Maps, like any printed product, can get damaged. A set of maps supplied digitally, however, remains in perfect condition year after year for you to display on your whiteboard or intranet or to print out, as you wish.

The Cassini Map Teaching Set comprises five OS maps at successive periods from the mid 19th century to the present day, each covering at 1:50,000 the same 19km x 12 km area centred on your school’s postcode (or any other postcode in England or Wales). It comes complete with a set of worksheets and lively, informative background notes useful for teachers and students alike. A lifetime school licence is included and no pre-payment is needed.

The cost is normally £49.95 (+ VAT), but you can get 10% off if you order before 31 Oct 2014. Please enter the discount coupon X-HHG if ordering online or quote it if ordering by fax, tel or email.

For more information and to place orders:

(If ordering by fax, tel or email, please specify your school name and address, the postcode on which your maps are to be centred (even if this is the same as the school’s), the discount coupon and a contact tel and email.)

KS3 and KS4 English teaching resource exploring responsible advertising in the UK

There is no escaping the fact that we live in a commercial world. This brings with it the potential risk of children viewing harmful or inappropriate material.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) regulates UK ads to ensure that they are truthful and socially responsible. A crucial part of that process is putting the protection of children and young people at the heart of its work.

Ad:Check – Understanding Advertising Regulation is the ASA’s teaching resource which explores the big issues surrounding advertising and the impact which ads can have on young people.

Launched in 2012 and newly revised to reflect curriculum changes, the resource has relevant learning links to the curriculum for English at KS3 and KS4, and offers a range of flexible, easy-to-use lesson plans and class activities that will:

 Encourage active learning, rich in student talk, discussion and questioning.

 Prompt students to develop skills of visual literacy, thinking critically, constructively and creatively in analysing and evaluating evidence.

 Help students with presenting ideas in a variety of forms and justifying conclusions.

 Enable students to solve problems and develop their analytical skills while being encouraged to think creatively about topical issues, through decision-making exercises.

Ad:Check is FREE to download from the ASA website, where a library of broadcast, non-broadcast advertisements and other useful resource material are also available.

For further information about the ASA’s school resources and engagement work, please join our mailing list.

What controls the way you act?

How much of your day to day behaviour is influenced by the furniture?

It has long been a basic tenet of psychology that we are not only influenced by our inner feelings and personality, but we are also influenced by what is around us.

Nowhere is this clearer than with pupils and students. How they respond to the world around them is very clearly determined (in part at least) by the physical environment.

A perfect example of this comes with outdoor furniture. A bench for pupils and students to sit on during break and lunchtime encourages them to do just that – to sit rather than walk around.

And research suggests that a child sitting is less likely to be bullied or knocked over than a child walking around, simply because bullies tend themselves to be on the move.

It is quite a dramatic thought – that the installation of something as simple as an outdoor bench can change behaviour. Indeed, even if that were the only benefit of outdoor seating it would probably be enough of a reason to install lots of it.

But there is more, for if one asks the question, “What is the first thing that a parent sees when visiting the school for the first time?” the answer is, of course, the outside environment. It makes an impact and helps form an opinion.

So the outside of the school has an impact both on the pupils and students in the school and on the parents who visit.

If what pupils, students and parents see is (for example) smart outdoor seating, as well as suitable play and sports areas, there will be a feeling that this is an environment that caters for all and which considers the fact that some young people, like the rest of us, occasionally like to sit down and read, use a tablet, use their mobile phone, or simply have a chat with friends.

Thus, if we can take a step back and look at the exterior of the school, considering not only they way it currently looks but also how it might look with just a few additions, then we can have potential to make an impact on the behaviour of those who experience that environment.

This is why we produce so many different outdoor seats that are specifically designed for schools – for, if the school is to have a unique outdoor environment with new outdoor furniture, this must not only make an impact, but must also fit in with what is already there.

You can see a wide range of outdoor seating for schools on our website, or if you would like to talk about what might be suitable for your school, please do call 01280 701093.

Michael Barnes