The benefits arising from improved typing skills

Students who can touch-type will deliver more accurate, better presented and easier to read work. That will save you and your teaching colleagues’ considerable time in deciphering and marking badly written scripts.

Meanwhile, Ofqual has publicly stated that online exams should replace pen and paper for today’s students. The major awarding bodies have already welcomed this view. When the inevitable happens, students who can type accurately at speed will perform better in tests.

So to improve the keyboard skills of your pupils so that they can type quickly, accurately, effortlessly and safely, then look no further than Type&Test Ltd, the UK’s leading specialists in online touch-typing training and assessment.

Whatever your budget for this activity – or even if you don’t have one – we have a solution for you! Our range of options even includes an income generation scheme.

Simply click here to reply to this email using the subject line ‘Improved typing skills’ and we will email you a link to our Schools Brochure.

Kind regards

Andy Stevenson
Director
Type&Test Ltd
01480 861867
www.typeandtest.com

International Literacy Day

Activities, puzzles and games for
International Literacy Day
(8th September 2015)

International Literacy Day comes around every year, so facts such as “1 in 5 adults can’t read”, “two thirds of the illiterate population are women”, and “a child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5” are well-known by many adults in the UK.

Yet it is often surprising how unaware many pupils are of the global problems regarding illiteracy and the impact that being illiterate can have on individuals, families, communities, and indeed, whole countries.

With the celebration of International Literacy Day in schools pupils’ eyes are opened to the fact that where there are high rates of unemployment, poor health, crime, and dependence on social welfare or charity (if available) illiteracy can be found.

If your school is looking to support International Literacy Day (8th September 2015), we offer Bumper Books of Literacy Fun (levels 1 to 4) that pupils can readily work through, together with other awareness-raising activities.

Each book is packed full of creative, structured puzzles and games that have been designed to provide extra fun activities to reinforce reading and spelling.

Topic areas include rhyming, auditory and visual discrimination, memory, proofreading, syllable awareness, high frequency ‘irregular’ words, basic grammar, and language enrichment and extension.

For more information about International Literacy Day including event ideas, how to register, and how to donate, please visit: http://internationalliteracyday.org/

You can order Bumper Books of Literacy Fun 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

How a panto can also be a learning experience

Why a pantomime does not have to be just a pantomime but can also be a learning experienceDick Ottington

Because children tend to understand acting and storytelling intuitively, it is easy to assume that they actually understand what pantomime is and why it is there. But, in fact, what generally happens is that they just accept it.

Now that is ok as far as it goes, but there is a benefit from working with children not only for the sake of performing in a panto, but also to understand the context of what they are doing.

Which is why sometimes it is rather good to put on a panto in which the panto becomes not just a performance, but also a learning experience in relation to a significant element in our cultural history.

If we are going down this route, one of the most obvious places to start is with Dick Whittington which as a story has the benefit of being based on a real person, although not necessarily a real cat.

Thus we have a historical plot and the possibility of examining everything that is inherent within the panto. The tradition, the staging, the scenery, the props, the lighting, the use of the provided music against new songs, or new lyrics, dance, movement, acting… all can then become topics for study.

Of course, each topic is an option – it is possible to present Dick Whittington as a pantomime with the normal rehearsals and production to the parents and no further explanation. Or you can take one or more of the issues inherent within the panto and look more deeply at that.

This then is the way that we have approached the publication of Dick Ottington and his famous cat Tommy, by David Stoll and Michael Hinton.

The package includes:

a Director’s Script, with detailed page-by-page production notes
a Pupils’ Script
a Vocal Score containing thirteen new songs with piano accompaniment, as well as an overture and incidental music
a complete set of high-quality fully orchestrated backing tracks and sound effects.
The Director’s Script also has an extensive introduction to pantomime itself as a topic for study, including the traditions and conventions of this type of theatre.

There are also helpful notes on all aspects of putting on a school production from casting, organising rehearsals, writing new lyrics, making props and sound effects through to involving the audience. The material, therefore, can be used for a term’s study as well as forming the basis of the end of term production.

David Stoll is a well-known composer and songwriter who has also worked extensively with primary school teachers and pupils on creative projects. His SEALSONGS are favourite assembly material, and his book on how to teach composing at KS2 is acknowledged for its helpful notes and suggestions. To go to his website please click here.

Michael Hinton is a teacher, writer and musician with many years’ experience of writing educational materials for schools abroad and in the UK. He works as Music Director with amateur dramatic societies and children’s theatre groups, helping them to stage musicals and pantomimes, and is the composer of hundreds of educational songs.

There are sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/authordownloadsamples/Dick Ottington samples.rar

Dick Ottington and his famous cat Tommy is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can share with colleagues as often as you want. You can also put it on your school learning platform so all staff can access it.

You can obtain Dick Ottington and his famous cat Tommy by going to http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=804

The price for the full package is £24.95 plus VAT (the VAT can be reclaimed in most cases by the school).

Dick Ottington and his famous cat Tommy is published by Novello & Co Ltd and distributed by First and Best, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011 or email sales@firstandbest.co.uk or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct, Earlstrees Rd, Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

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

How best to help EAL pupils and students

What is the most effective way of working with pupils who have English as an additional language?

Students who have English as an additional language now form a majority in one in nine schools in the UK; the number has risen by 20% during the last five years.

Many schools estimate that it takes about a half term for the average EAL pupil to gain sufficient working knowledge of English for them to move into the mainstream classroom, while spending time with the intervention teacher each day.

However, although this seems a simple process there are many issues that arise, ranging from the exact legal requirements in terms of dealing with these pupils through to the best approach for induction and admission of these new arrivals.

There are also issues of engaging with the parents, the question of which teaching and learning strategies are the most effective, and the support and encouragement that should be given to more advanced EAL learners.

Indeed, many schools are now asking what a good induction programme looks like. Indeed when it comes to EAL is one approach as good as another?

This matter was highlighted by the publication of the New Arrivals Excellence Programme which was issued in 2007 and represents a summary of best practice in EAL in the country. It includes case studies and does give a clear source of information on what schools can do in relation to EAL students.

This is not to say that there is a single process and approach which every school should follow, but it is often felt that it is helpful for schools to consider a range of approaches when thinking about their EAL students.

From the sort of approach adopted come the appropriate teaching and learning strategies, and indeed the role of the EAL Coordinator who can ensure that the plan that the school has developed is being followed at each turn, and that any gaps in learning and performance between EAL language pupils and students and those who have English as their first language are narrowed and ultimately removed.

These are the issues examined in the new extensive volume The EAL Coordinator’s Manual. The 170 page volume comes in copiable form so that it can shared with any members of staff in the school who work with EAL students.

You can see a full contents list and some sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/EAL/T1832.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1832EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 802 6

Prices

Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £29.95 plus £3.95 delivery
CD with school-wide rights: £29.95 plus £3.95 delivery
Both the Ring Binder and the CD £36.94 plus £3.95 delivery
Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1832EMN

By post to First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Way, Corby, NN17 4HH
By fax to 01536 399 012
On the phone with a school order number at 01536 399 011
By email to sales@firstandbest.co.uk
On line with a credit card at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=810

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The new GCSE maths curriculum

The new GCSE curriculum brings many changes to Maths teaching
this September. Our mobile resources for GCSE Maths have been updated
to match the new curriculum, offering support for both you and your
students. We’ve also used your feedback to improve the resources,
making them even more engaging and useful for your students.

Available resources:

– GCSE Maths: Higher Tier

– GCSE Maths: Foundation Tier

See the link below for details:

www.pearsonpublishing.co.uk/info/maths_2015.pdf

GCSE Maths for 2016 is also still available.

To pre-order your new GCSE resources for September, simply complete
and return the order form provided, or get in touch on 01223 350555 or
email mobile@pearson.co.uk to find out more.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards

Jacquie Cox
National Programme Coordinator

Pearson Publishing, Chesterton Mill, French’s Road,
Cambridge CB4 3NP
tel: 01223 350555
fax: 01223 356484
mobile@pearson.co.uk

A calculator with hidden benefits

What is the benefit of giving students a department branded calculator?

Today it seems that most young people use the calculator on their mobile phone rather than a calculator that they carry in their pockets.

There are two issues here: one is that the calculators on most phones are rather basic; and the other is that using the phone calculator is an excuse to have the phone switched on.

The alternative is to give one or more groups of students a branded calculator which has the benefit of making a statement that, as a student of this school, you are being treated as an adult and are expected to have a more adult approach to your work.

Such an approach can be initiated with any group at any time. It can be used with sixth formers or it can be used with year 10 students for the start of GCSE maths, or indeed with year 7 students as a statement that maths is about a more serious and adult approach to the subject than at primary school – which can again help to engender a new attitude to studies.

What’s more, parents will see the branded calculator and realise that the school is doing everything to help their son or daughter undertake these new and more advanced courses with contemporary techniques and approaches.

Additionally, given that you can have the school name and phone number on the calculator, then if it is lost there is a fairly good chance that it will be returned to the school.

Image Logo UK Ltd specialises in calculators for school students and has a wide range of different calculators available, all of which can be marked up with any details of the school that you wish.

There is a wide range shown on our website here incorporating not just standard calculators but also calculators built into rulers. Or, if you wish to talk through the different options, please do call us on 0845 758 9536.

Delivery normally takes 15-20 working days from artwork approval, so if you order now we should have the calculators ready for you at the start of the new term for your new intake. But just in case time is tight we do have a wide range of Express items which could be turned around in 5 days (from artwork approval).

If you require any other information or have any questions please do email sales@image-logo.co.uk or call 0845 758 9536.

Nicole Carter
www.image-logo.co.uk

What are the best ways to support children with special needs?

We know you’ve just returned from your holiday, but we also know that you’ll have had some thinking time

We’ve used the summer to think as well, so that when everyone returns to school in August, we’ll be ready and able to deliver the training and consultancy you really need.

Behaviour is always top of the list, whether its low level disruption or challenging and Autism is obviously something every teacher and learning support assistant should be familiar with.

But this year, we’ll also be focusing on areas such as Auditory Processing Difficulties, Working Memory, Attachment Disorder and Mental Health issues – we’ve brilliant trainers to cover these areas.

As you know its always best to have In House training where staff are all trained together and the programme is completely customised. Why not join with other local schools to share cost?

We also have lots of open courses all around the UK which you can check out on our website www.concept-training.co.uk. Book them now for the Early Bird Discount – you can gives us names nearer the time.

I hope you did manage to get a rest.

Kind Regards

Janet Price

Tel: 01524-832-828
Fax: 01524-832-852
web: www.concept-training.co.uk

New reusable and wipeable notebooks – save paper

Do you use and waste lots of paper in your lessons?

Our new A5 and A4 ruled with reusable whiteboard notebooks are wipeable and reusable (http://www.magicwhiteboard.co.uk/product/a5-ruled-margin-reusable-whiteboard-notebook-8-pages/).

We also have reusable whiteboard handwriting notebooks that helps students with letter formation.

They are long lasting and they don’t smudge.

Write on with any dry marker, it’s quick and easy to erase your work and you don’t waste paper.

Only £1.99 each, next day delivery or a class pack of 30 reusable whiteboard notebooks for £1.38 ex vat each (£41.40)

Order at http://www.magicwhiteboard.co.uk/product/a5-ruled-margin-reusable-whiteboard-notebook-8-pages/

or email purchase orders to sales@magicwhiteboard.co.uk

Neil Westwood

Managing Director

Magic Whiteboard Limited

Create a whiteboard from a roll anywhere, in seconds!

tel: 01905 451552

www.magicwhiteboard.co.uk

@magicwhiteboard

How to get A* in Spanish?

What is the best way to take students from a predicted lower grade up to the achievement of an A* at GCSE?

When we brought out How to get A* in French we were asked if it was also available for Spanish – so now here it is.

As with the French version the author has analysed the writing and the speaking criteria of various exam boards and has come up with a simple and clear summary of these criteria written in a student friendly language. These criteria have been divided into four sections; each section corresponding to a GCSE level while at the end of the booklet students can find a very useful list of recommended idioms and high level expressions.

Additionally the booklet includes the conjugation of the 50 most used Spanish verbs, including the modal verbs, into different tenses.

This is followed by different language structures which the students can use to develop their writing.

The use of this booklet is proven to improve students’ levels not only in writing and speaking, but also in listening and reading.

How to get A* in Spanish? is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can print out for colleagues and your students as often as you want.

There are sample pages from the book at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/authordownloadsamples/T1834samples.pdf and you can order it at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=814

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

How to get A* in Spanish? is published by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, or email sales@firstandbest.co.uk or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct, Earlstrees Rd, Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

The full range of First and Best books can be seen at www.shop.firstandbest.co.uk
First and Best in Education
Earlstrees Road
Corby
UK
NN17 4HH

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

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Ofsted CIF: the (best) solution

What is the most effective and time efficient way of meeting Ofsted’s requirements regarding the Common Inspection Framework?

Self-evaluation has always been a problematic affair, ensuring that one’s own valuations can be fully justified as and when Ofsted requires. But with the new Ofsted CIF it doesn’t need to be time-consuming. Even Ofsted has asked heads to provide only “routine” information.

Now there is a simple and sophisticated solution – you can use iAbacus to update or indeed re-create your school self-evaluation and development plan in line with these latest Ofsted requirements.

For we have built a self-evaluation system which is quick, which makes collaboration easy, without leading to long discussions, and which results in statements that can be presented to inspectors with a certainty that they are completely accurate.

And the system is built so that you can start using iAbacus within five minutes of turning it on – which means no manual, no complex logging-in procedure, etc. Just instant access and instant use.

This means you can immediately start to provide your self-evaluation for such topics as the overall effectiveness of the school, the effectiveness of leadership and management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, the outcomes and the effectiveness of the school.

Then you can consider your initial judgements and see them in terms of Ofsted’s very latest criteria. You can check that you could defend your judgements to Ofsted in their own terms, and you can ensure that you haven’t overplayed or underplayed your hand.

In no time you have a school improvement plan which takes account of where you are now and how you are going to move forward.

This type of self-evaluation can have a huge impact on your school – especially if several people get involved in the process. For it forces everyone to analyse what is going on and to justify their statements – and that is the most valuable step of all.

It is a process that incorporates evidence from various sources, including other systems and procedures, and allows the compilation of reports for governors/stakeholders and briefings for internal monitoring or evaluation.

iAbacus also includes FREE templates for performance management, school governance, literacy, numeracy, and SMSC.

iAbacus costs just £100 for a one year, one-person licence. Our suggestion is that you try it out yourself and then show it to a couple of colleagues. If they like it too, just call us back for another licence.

You can find out more at https://www.iabacus.co.uk/leadership/

For a free trial please visit www.iabacus.co.uk/trial
Or if you want to know more call us on 0115 929 3419 or email us at info@iabacus.co.uk
Daniel O’Brien

Pupils with earworms typically perform better in French

How can we give pupils earworms in order to ensure that the French they learn will be remembered forever?

Before we look at how, it’s probably better to look at what. What is an earworm? And how can they possibly ensure that the French our pupils learn will be remembered forever?

Well the good news is that it is not a parasite or a disease, or any other medical condition for that matter, although scientists do appear to be to blame for inventing the term.

So let us define…

Earworms (revealed by Dr Williamson, a memory expert at Goldsmith’s College in London) is the term scientists commonly use to describe, quite simply, a song that gets stuck in our head. Other phrases used to describe an earworm include stuck-song syndrome, sticky music and cognitive itch.

So again, I ask the question: How can we give pupils earworms in order to ensure that the French they learn will be remembered forever?

Now the answer seems to be fairly obvious – learning French through song. And not just any song but songs that are relevant to the learning agenda and as catchy as they can possibly be.

With this in mind we have developed Chantez Plus Fort! (Book & CDs) which contains 20 easy-to-learn French songs written specifically to help children to learn French.

They are linked to some of the KS2 programmes of study for modern foreign languages, introducing and reinforcing key vocabulary for popular topics, from greetings and days of the week to family and classroom items, whilst honing listening skills and pronunciation.

All 20 songs on CD 1 are sung by French children, and the CD also contains mini-dialogues which can be readily used for listening comprehension. CD 2 contains instrumental tracks for 16 of the original songs so pupils can really put their memory to the test.

The accompanying book contains teachers’ notes, illustrated song sheets, music sheets (including guitar chords), scripts for the mini dialogues, and English translations of all the songs.

You can order the Chantez Plus Fort! resource in any of these ways:

On our website
By phone on 01449 766629
By fax on 01449 767122
By email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk
Or By post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

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

website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 767122

Insist on the best products and service from your suppliers.

Established in 1983, the company has been supplying schools in Worcestershire and the West Midlands with all-types of partitioning, suspended ceilings, floor covering, shelving, indoor and outdoor lockers, classroom furniture and changing room equipment. The Redditch Partitions & Storage Co. Ltd., has built an enviable reputation for quality and outstanding service and is dedicated to six key qualities – design, quality, cost, dependability, workmanship and timing.

We will visit your school and give you realistic advice to make sure you get exactly what you are expecting.

We believe you should insist on the best products and service from your suppliers and we take the issues of product quality, integrity and safety in use very seriously. So, we only use reputable manufacturers and we are a SEMA Distributor Group member – the nationwide Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association and has achieved Safe Contractor accreditation.

We want our clients to know that there is a clear distinction between SDG members and the rest of the storage distributor industry. SDG accredited members are investing both financially and with their time to promote and adhere to the best levels of service and quality.

The Redditch Partitions & Storage Co. Ltd. takes the issue of Health & Safety within the business and on our client’s premises very seriously. To reinforce our commitment we have been continuously awarded ‘Accredited Contractor’ status with safecontractor since 2007.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme that assesses the health and safety competency of contractors and service providers, with more than 170 clients and over 18,000 contractor members.

What this means to you, our client:

  • safecontractor accreditation demonstrates health and safety competency. Our own internal systems have been independently audited, but more importantly, our systems and processes, when we are on your premises, have been scrutinised and approved.
  • Taking health and safety issues seriously will help in the overall reduction of risk within a business and on our client’s premises. We are dedicated to raising our own standards for the benefit of our clients.
  • Using a single competency scheme eases our client’s administrative burden of carrying out numerous assessments.

Charter Standards

The safecontractor Charter Standards set down the benchmark against which we, the contractor, are assessed and approved.

Due to the vast variation in contractor work activities, size and nature, the Standards are deliberately non-prescriptive which allows the auditors to use their best judgment and experience as to the specific level of evidence required to demonstrate compliance.

What is covered?

The Standards cover core elements including health and safety policies, risk assessment and first aid, but also include specific requirements relating to the activity for which accreditation is being sought for example, working at height.

How is it covered?

The overall performance and operation of the Audit Team is governed by the Professional Guidance Note (PGN) which outlines the overall aims of the audit process and other non-technical issues including file handling, call handling and customer service. 

The Redditch Partitions & Storage Co. Ltd
Unit 1 Little Forge Road
Park Farm North
Redditch
Worcestershire
B98 7SF          

Telephone:      01527 517055
Web:                www.redditch-partitions.co.uk
Email:              info@redditch-partitions.co.uk
Contact:          Mr. Luke Egan – Managing Director

 

Minibuses: What are other schools doing?

The second School Minibus Survey reveals that the way in which schools are paying for and using their minibuses has changed.

The second Benchmark Leasing survey of school minibus use has revealed a considerable change in the way schools are paying for and using their vehicles in recent years.

As might well be expected the survey shows a considerable growth in the number of minibuses being operated by schools, and this growth has been accompanied by a change in the way in which the vehicles are financed.

Whereas in the past the norm was to buy a minibus outright, perhaps with a donation from the PTA to help matters along, leasing is now becoming the norm.

As a result schools are able to ensure that their vehicles do not become increasingly liable to breakdown, but can instead be replaced at regular intervals as one lease ends and a new one is taken out.

In addition schools find that they are covered against any sudden extra costs for repairs and maintenance with everything included in the lease.

The most common number of minibuses per secondary school is now two or three, but for the first time over a quarter of secondary schools report that they have four or more minibuses.

At the same time over 20% of schools now report that they only have leased minibuses in the school fleet – a figure that appears to be rising very rapidly. Likewise the number of schools that are reporting that they will lease their next minibus (rather than buy it) is higher than ever before. Buying second hand is virtually disappearing as an option.

For a free copy of the second School Minibus Survey, which also incorporates details of the current legal responsibility and requirements, please like our Facebook page and email jenny@hamilton-house.com to receive the report.

For more information about Benchmark Leasing you can go to our website, call us on 01753 859944 or email minibus@benchmarkleasing.co.uk

New Higher Tier GCSE Maths Syllabus

How can we encourage our GCSE maths students
to carry on studying at A-level?

Although a change in syllabus is rarely popular, it cannot be ignored that this new Higher Tier GCSE maths syllabus is potentially more motivating than before.

With increased motivation comes greater learning efficiency, improved grades and, more than likely, an inspiration to study the subject at A-level.

In response to the change in syllabus, Educationalist/Teacher Barbara Young at The ‘Maths is…’ Jugglers has worked hard to develop two new GCSE maths texts that respond to the demands of the new syllabus, in order to support fellow maths teachers with the transition.

These texts have a different approach to most maths texts. They are full of mathematics problems that students love to work with. Motivation results in higher grades. Y10 and Y11 Sureshot are based on earlier texts developed with Barbara’s students in the classroom, which have produced outstanding grades in many schools, including her own.

Activities within these texts range from those that offer a structured approach to strengthening the fundamental concepts of maths, to extension problems that are interesting, and often unusual, to develop students’ skills to a much higher level.

The Y10 Sureshot Guide, contains the following topics:

Below (S) indicates that the whole of this topic is available as a sample on the website.

Topic 1: Number Techniques (S)
Topic 2: Functions, Sequences and Proof (S)
Topic 3: Transformations, Shapes, Areas and Volumes
Topic 4: Pythagoras and Trigonometry (S)
Topic 5: Expressions and Equations
Topic 6: Measuring Likelihood (S)
Topic 7: Fractions, Decimals, Percentages and Ratios (S)
Topic 8: Graphs
Topic 9: Arcs, Areas, Volumes and Formulae (S)
Topic 10: Analysing Statistics (S)

To see the full list of Y10 & Y11 topics, please click here.
To see all seven sample topics, visit www.mathsisjugglers.com/gcse-text-samples

The Y11 Sureshot Guide will be available in early 2016.
It contains topics 9-16.

To order the Y10 Sureshot Guide at £16 each, you can do it via the website or by post.

If you have any questions, please email Barbara at barbara.young@mathsisjugglers.com or call her on 01428 717113.

If you wish to order ONE SAMPLE COPY of Y10 Sureshot, please send a cheque for £5, made out to The ‘Maths is…’ Jugglers, (The Stables, Verner Close, Headley, BORDON, GU35 8LW). The sample copy cannot be ordered through the website.
Please state the name of your school. Only one copy can be ordered per school.

What’s more, if you decide to order 30 or more copies, you will receive a free copy of the Teachers’ Resource and Assessment CD.

FAO Head of Special Education

What is the most effective way to increase literacy skills, visual and auditory recall, sequencing,
and organisational ability for dyslexic students?

Part of the task of helping dyslexic students to overcome their difficulties involves stimulating recall ability while at the same time developing organisational and sequencing skills.

And fortunately, both for those of us who teach dyslexic students and for the students themselves, this stimulation and development can be enhanced enormously through the playing of a range of games specifically selected for this purpose.

The games that particularly help in this regard are ones that consist of memory activities involving both visual and auditory recall and those that involve organising items into groups.

What’s more, if the games can relate to the background reasons behind the dyslexic student’s problems then the games become more personal and more productive for those taking part.

This is the object of the games in the Dyslexia Games Manual: to encourage activity in that part of the brain that is developed by using and stretching the different memory functions of the brain.

Not every game in this resource will be relevant to every student. If the individual can do a game straight off then one can give praise and indeed return to it when the individual is struggling with a different aspect of dyslexia.

Indeed, given that each dyslexic student is different, their successes and failures will point to their different strengths and weaknesses.

The games are divided into six groups – memory games (visual and auditory – recall and discrimination), organisational skills (sequencing, orientation and categorisation), key words practice, word building, story building, and literacy skills revision.

To see a sample of this resource please email us at msl@schools.co.uk

You can also find more information on our website.

The resource is available as a download for £24.99 (NZD 58.23).

Payment is required in Pounds Sterling and can be made through the website by clicking here.

If you then click on the International option you can pay by credit card, debit card or Paypal.

One simple and easy way of Identifying the trees and plants around us.

Trees play an important part in our everyday lives, providing us with the air we breathe, the furniture we sit on and the pencils we write with. Trees also feature in the stories we read, see and enjoy, from the Enchanted Forest to Wind in the Willows and in folk lore we have Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest, the list goes on…..

Trees now form an element of the primary national curriculum and Upson Downs have developed a range of signs which really help children learn and identify the trees and plants around us.

To see the full range of signs in the tree and plants range https://www.upsondowns.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=classroom

What’s more some schools are using these signs to completely change the identity of their schools by giving classrooms their own tree names, which enables the children to visually understand the differences from one tree to another.If you would like to place an order for these signs before the end of August we will give a 10% discount if you quote code MCHH1.

To order call 01423 521654 or fax us 0844 443 2455
Email info@upsondowns.co.ukUpson Downs Ltd
13 Claro Court Business Centre
Claro Road, Harrogate
North Yorkshire, HG1 4BA

Why should teachers be published?

How being a published author can have a significant impact on your career development

Being a published author of a book that is used in schools has always been a matter of pride for those who have achieved the status. But there is more to it than that.

For one of the problems with job applications in recent years is that quite a few applicants for a post might well have CVs that look similar to each other. The suitable qualifications, experience appropriate to the post, some interesting background on out of school activities… such applications do tend to look a little similar at times.

But the applicant who has written materials that are now in use in a number of schools around the country immediately stands out. It is not just that the individual has written the book or teaching materials, but rather that other teachers are using it. That really does make the CV look different.

First and Best in Education has been publishing school texts for over 20 years, and has been involved in producing some highly innovative works in a variety of areas throughout secondary education.

From the start we have focussed on producing books that can be copied by teachers, either being put on the school’s learning platform or printed out and copied for individual classes or specific students.

Our range covers a multiplicity of topics from volumes that deal with troublesome topics in an A level syllabus through to volumes on specific special needs, from manuals on school improvement which can be copied and shared with colleagues throughout the school to starter texts for year seven pupils.

If you have an idea for a book that will appeal to teachers in secondary school we’d love to hear from you. Please email your details to: anne@firstandbest.co.uk and attach:

  1. A brief outline of the book
  2. Who the book is intended for
  3. A short extract – preferably not the opening chapter
  4. A table of contents.

We’ll take a look and let you know what we think.

I do hope you’ll get in touch.

Anne Cockburn
Senior Editor

An Exclusive Offer for Drama Teachers

AN EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR DRAMA TEACHERS
FROM HAMILTON HOUSE

From September Stage on Screen are joining the Drama Online Consortium run by the Bloomsbury Group.

Other members include Arden publishing, Methuen publishing, Faber & Faber, Nick Hern Books and The Globe.

Stage on Screen and The Globe will now be offering schools and Universities around the world the chance to stream their recordings into the classroom and around the campus. Visit www.dramaonlinelibrary.com to find out more.

If your school or University would like to purchase the full box set of Stage on Screen recordings (RRP £120 plus VAT plus P&P), e-mail Hamilton House claiming the special offer price of £100 plus VAT (if applicable) with FREE postage anywhere in the world…

This offer runs for a limited time only, must end Sept 30th.

To order email stephen@hamilton-house.com giving your name, school postal address, and if possible a purchase order number. A box set, together with an invoice from Stage on Screen ltd will be despatched to your school within 5 working days, or sooner if requested.

Circus Science

Thinking about the forces in every day (and Circus) life, plus a few extra
strange science facts! Suitable for KS1 and KS2.

Feats of juggling, spinning and balancing to astound and amuse, a demonstration followed by workshops with lots of participation.

Why do objects fall, slow down, speed up, change direction or remain balanced?
Within the sessions the Fantastiko Circus scientist explores all of the concepts required for KS1 & KS2 ‘Physical Processes’ and a little more besides. Using practical examples, observation and experiment, he helps the pupils gain a better understanding of ‘Forces & Motion’. They are actively encouraged to participate and give their own observations and conclusions.

The circus science sessions are designed to introduce students to the idea of forces. The sessions are full of fun whilst giving pupils the opportunity to put technical names to what they are experiencing and is brilliant for getting them to start thinking about the activities from a scientific angle.

Areas covered include:
Simple forces: pushing, pulling, action and reaction, gravity, friction, speeding up, slowing down and changing direction.

Centre of Gravity (balance point), air resistance, springs, gyroscopic motion and even the speed of sound are also brought into the mix to explain why some things behave the way they do. Whilst these are outside the curriculum objectives, they are still experienced everyday and can be explained at a simple level.

Depending on the length of workshop or show the pupils can have the opportunity to learn skills and use our equipment whilst being encouraged to explain what is happening and also guessing what might happen next.

Sessions can be from 45 minutes to an hour as well as an assembly show with lots of audience participation.

Pupils that complete one of our workshops can receive a Fantastiko Circus Certificate to recognise and remember their achievements.

We also offer other circus workshops, experiences and entertainment.

Prices start at £275 + VAT for a full day £225 + VAT for a half day.

Find out more about us on our website.

http://www.circusworkshops.biz/perform/perform.html

www.circusworkshops.biz

How to give your students a wider experience of Physics experiments

How to give your students a wider experience of Physics experiments

Give your students a broader experience of experimental Physics and improve their grades without the need to allocate any more laboratory time or buy and maintain expensive equipment. These 3d immersive experiments use games technology to give realistic laboratory experiences with flexible interaction that not only allow the student to do the experiments well, but also badly depending on their expertise and the care that they take. The virtual experiments are based on years of research into teaching science on-screen. There’s nothing to break, wear out, set up or steal.

The Virtual Physics Laboratory can be used in a variety of ways:

  • By the students directly to prepare for a laboratory experiment by familiarising them with the equipment to be used and the methodology of the experiment. ·
  • To give experience of an additional experiment for which there would not normally be available laboratory time. ·
  • To give experience of getting a particular result in a different way to what they have used in a practical laboratory lesson which allows the students to compare methods and better understand the essentials of an experiment. ·
  • As a substitute for an experiment that might be too dangerous or impossible for a student to undertake.·
  • As revision for an experiment that has previously been performed in the laboratory. ·
  • As a personal experience of an experiment normally only performed by the teacher in front of the class.

Experiments include: Velocity, Acceleration and Newton’s 3nd Law using an Airtrack, Conservation of Momentum using a ballistic balance, Moments, Rutherford’s Gold Foil experiment, I/V Characteristics, Magnetic Field of a Coil, Specific Heat, Mechanical Equivalent of Heat, Diffraction, Hooke’s Law and Young’s Modulus, Capacitor Charge and Discharge, Planck’s Constant, Millikan’s Oil Drop. See www.keylinkcomputers.co.uk for latest list and more details including videos.

Email me at rob@keylinkcomputers.co.uk quoting code HH15 to receive our information pack which includes one of the experiments.

A perpetual site licence costs £399 plus £2.50 pp + VAT at 20% (£481.80)Email to: orders@keylinkcomputers.co.uk or send to Keylink Computers Ltd, 2 Woodway House, Common Lane, Kenilworth CV8 2ES quoting order code HH15.

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Circus Science

Thinking about the forces in every day (and Circus) life, plus a few extra
strange science facts! Suitable for KS1 and KS2.

Feats of juggling, spinning and balancing to astound and amuse, a demonstration followed by workshops with lots of participation.

Why do objects fall, slow down, speed up, change direction or remain balanced?
Within the sessions the Fantastiko Circus scientist explores all of the concepts required for KS1 & KS2 ‘Physical Processes’ and a little more besides. Using practical examples, observation and experiment, he helps the pupils gain a better understanding of ‘Forces & Motion’. They are actively encouraged to participate and give their own observations and conclusions.

The circus science sessions are designed to introduce students to the idea of forces. The sessions are full of fun whilst giving pupils the opportunity to put technical names to what they are experiencing and is brilliant for getting them to start thinking about the activities from a scientific angle.

Areas covered include:
Simple forces: pushing, pulling, action and reaction, gravity, friction, speeding up, slowing down and changing direction.

Centre of Gravity (balance point), air resistance, springs, gyroscopic motion and even the speed of sound are also brought into the mix to explain why some things behave the way they do. Whilst these are outside the curriculum objectives, they are still experienced everyday and can be explained at a simple level.

Depending on the length of workshop or show the pupils can have the opportunity to learn skills and use our equipment whilst being encouraged to explain what is happening and also guessing what might happen next.

Sessions can be from 45 minutes to an hour as well as an assembly show with lots of audience participation.

Pupils that complete one of our workshops can receive a Fantastiko Circus Certificate to recognise and remember their achievements.

We also offer other circus workshops, experiences and entertainment.

Prices start at £275 + VAT for a full day £225 + VAT for a half day.

Find out more about us on our website.

http://www.circusworkshops.biz/perform/perform.html

www.circusworkshops.biz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pantomimes you couldn’t forget if you tried

The science behind why our pantomimes will be remembered by everyone for years to come

Studies have frequently proven that the level of emotional response a person has to a situation is directly related to the chances of that situation staying within the person’s long-term memory.

This is because our awareness of events is affected by the emotional significance we apply to them and by our mood at the time. And this applies to pantomimes as much as to any other experience.

And as our experienced West End actors who tour schools don’t just act, sing and dance, but also interact and engage with the audience, the children will experience emotional responses to the different themes, scenes and characters that arise.

Furthermore, the music that we use in our pantomimes has been composed especially to help tell the story. And, as music is obviously a prime way of evoking emotion, our pantomime will certainly be remembered by everyone for years to come.

This in turn is enhanced by the fact that the bespoke music also encourages children to think about the rhythm and enunciation of words, inspiring them to use their creative energy.

There is now only a short time left until the beginning of August when the price of Christmas pantomimes will increase.

So now is a perfect time to book, for not only will you get a pantomime at a great price and on the date you want, but in booking with West End in Schools, real West End actors will perform the production in your school hall.

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

The choice of pantomimes this year are Cinderella, Aladdin and Jack and the Beanstalk.

Whichever pantomime you choose, not only will the children be impressed, but so will their parents be when they find that West End actors have been in the school performing to their children.

You can find more details on our website.

To reserve the best dates or to ask any questions about our work and our productions, please either:

Nigel Godfrey
Director

Skills for science, science for skills

                     Cutting, drawing, sticking, singing, matching, planning, plotting, grouping, researching, investigating, and experimenting their way through the science curriculum.

The numerous and varied topics that feature in the Science Programmes of Study offer pupils the opportunity to develop a whole range of transferable skills.

Such skills will make them increasingly aware of the different and most effective learning strategies and techniques that work for them when completing tasks in science or, indeed, any other subject area.

It is for this reason that we have produced Practical Science photocopiable activity books for Years 1 to 6 – to fulfil the opportunities that arise in science to support the development of these skills.

The resources contain lesson ideas, plans, templates and worksheets which relate to the science topics and methods that feature in the Science Programmes of Study.

The KS1 activity books include both independent and adult-supported practical activities as well as simple pupil planning sheets.

Activities in the KS2 books include information sheets with questions that explore the main concept to be studied during the lesson and a classroom-based experiment that, on the whole, can be carried out by small groups working independently.

Following this is a simple homework sheet which reinforces the concept discussed and the knowledge gained from the experiment carried out.

Alongside all three parts are detailed teacher notes that list the learning objectives, the main points to be talked about, the equipment needed for the investigation, how the investigation should be carried out, and the conclusion that can be made from it.

The lessons included in the book are very varied and draw on all elements in the curriculum including the grouping of living things, the heart and pulse, and their relation to exercise and healthy living, what fossils are and what they tell us about the past, how we see things, and what conductors and insulators are.

Free sample pages are available by clicking on each resource on our website.

If you would like to know more please call 01772 863158 or email sales@topical-resources.co.uk

As always, you can order Practical Science for Years 1- 6 in any of these ways:

Topical Resources
P.O. Box329
Broughton
Preston
Lancashire
PR3 5LTwww.topical-resources.co.uk

sales@topical-resources.co.uk

Tel: 01772 863158

Send your pupils a message

How can you make the most of the time you have
with your pupils in the mornings?

School assemblies not only create a sense of togetherness, but they also provide a highly efficient method of communication – allowing you to communicate a message to everyone, all at the same time.

It is for this reason that we have produced a number of books containing a wealth of assembly stories, so that with each assembly, there is a particular message to communicate. A message that will inspire, engage and encourage pupils to think critically.

Fifty Fantastic Assembly Stories is packed full of morality tales designed to teach children a range of life lessons, from the importance of mutual respect to the act of learning from our mistakes.

Pupils will learn from the characters in the stories how to react to, and deal with, different situations that at some point, they will experience themselves.

Brilliant Stories for Assemblies contains a wealth of cultural stories from around the world, religious stories from the 6 main religions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Judaism), moral stories and historical stories linked to the Key Stage 2 history curriculum.

More Brilliant Stories for Assemblies contains over 50 stories ranging from those dealing with specific issues, such as bullying, racism and disability, to historical and religious stories. All the stories are linked to Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) themes.

Brilliant Class-led Assemblies for Key Stage 2 comprises of ten assemblies linked to the National Curriculum for science, history and geography. The assembly scripts can be easily modified to suit your class, and each is designed so that all the class can be involved in some way.

To order the books separately for £17.99 each, click on the links above. Or you can order the books together in a bundle for £59.96 here (a saving of £12.00).

You can also order the Assembly resources in any of these ways:

  • By phone on 01449 766629
  • By fax on 01449 767122
  • By email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk
  • Or By post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
Mendlesham,
Suffolk,
IP14 5ND.website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 767122

What will your students be?

Supporting your students on the journey to achieving their dream career. No matter what the odds may be.

A series of surveys in recent years has revealed that around one in five primary school children simply want to be famous when they are older. By the time they are in their teens the percentage rises towards a worrying 50%.

Of course, fame is not going to come the way of most of these young people – but there is an argument to say they should have the chance to experience what they aspire to, which is being on the stage in a big venue.

Normally, of course, this can’t be offered to them, but for students whose schools take part in Voice in a Million it is something that they will experience.

For with Voice in a Million students join a choir of thousands, supporting some of the UK’s most talented young singers in a show at Wembley and getting a taste of what being in the limelight is like.

Not only will this experience increase the confidence of those students who enjoy music, drama and performing on a stage, but it will also give them a taste of what the reality of a big performance is like.

Furthermore, it is an activity which will gain a significant amount of positive local publicity for the school and enthral the parents at the same time, which in itself is never a bad thing.

Better still, entry to the event is free – the only cost is for the rehearsal materials and the t-shirts that all participants in the event wear.

There are no auditions and no requirement of particular singing talent or level of ability; Voice in a Million provides everything needed for the rehearsal, including backing tracks, lyrics, etc.

What’s more, if you and your colleagues wish, talented children from your school can attend auditions for the opportunity to perform as a soloist.

Additionally a workshop can be held in your school during which the repertoire is run through with your choir and potential soloists can be auditioned.

Also I must add that Voice in a Million is dedicated to raising awareness for adoption and fostering throughout the world. So in taking part everyone will be involved in supporting a stupendously important cause.

There is more on Voice in a Million (including clips from previous shows and events) on http://www.voiceinamillion.com/schools-area/. You can also register on the site by clicking on “Taking Part”, and read comments from those who took part this year.

For the first time, Voice in a Million will be taking place on two dates, 2nd and 3rd March 2016. If you would like to discuss your school’s possible involvement in the next Voice in a Million on either date please do call us on 07872 591409, or 01932 859667, or email me on jo.garofalo@voiceinamillion.com.

I’ll be very pleased to hear from you.

Jo Garofalo

Learn to touch type this summer and save yourself an hour every day!

Learn to touch type this summer and gain yourself
an hour every day when you return to school.

How much time do you spend at your computer keyboard on an average school day? How fast and accurate is your typing?

If you usually spend two or more hours at your keyboard dealing with emails, typing out reports, marking student’s typed assignments, and so on, then by learning to touch type, you will probably save yourself at least one hour a day.

Just think what you could do with all that extra time! Why put up with typing slowly when you could type so much faster? You owe it to yourself to learn to type as quickly, accurately and effortlessly as you are able. And everyone can learn to touch type. They just need a little help to do so.

Our ‘Type Faster, Work Smarter’ course is designed for teachers. It starts with an assessment of your typing which we will set up for you remotely. It will take you just 5 minutes to complete on your home or work computer.

Your personal tutor will then contact you via email to set out your course instructions, training plan and objectives and your course will begin. Your tutor will then monitor your progress and contact you via email on a weekly basis to give you feedback and guidance.

You can practise when you want and as often as you want, at your own pace and on your own computer. You should aim to do at least 30 minutes per day most days per week. The course usually lasts 6 – 8 weeks but it could take even less if you are able to spend more time practising.

By the end of the course, your speed will have increased significantly, allowing you to save around one hour per day or more. That’s five hours a week and…. I’ll leave you to do the maths to work out your annual saving!

Your course will end with a final assessment to verify how much you have improved. You will receive a completion certificate.

You can start the course when you like. Why not aim to complete it over the summer break so that you can go back to school in September ready to use your new skill?

The price is just £99 plus VAT. That’s such a small price to pay for a skill that will save you hours of precious time and last you a lifetime.

To place your order online click here.

To make an enquiry, email enquiries@typeandtest.com

An invaluable grammar resource

What is the best way to ensure that your AS English pupils know enough basic grammar to be exam ready?

This handbook covers every aspect of grammar and its application to the analysis of text that is necessary for success in AS and also much of A2 Language and combined Language and Literature courses, regardless of exam board.

The book assists grammatical acquisition from word class, to phrase then clause level, finally showing students how to analyse sentences in text. Sentence analysis will be a stand alone requirement for students of the new linear OCR A Level Language course from 2015. Each section of this book is accompanied by clear and useful tasks which are designed to allow students to demonstrate their understanding and apply and consolidate their knowledge.

The final section of the book is devoted to punctuation and terminology used to describe patterning in text, such as syntactical parallelism, tricolon use and antithesis, all of which are High Grade rhetorical features necessary for success at AS and A level. Direct speech punctuation and apostrophe use are also covered in detail with useful examples of how to apply both.

This grammar handbook has often been cited by students as invaluable in assisting their learning, application and revision of grammar for AS language and Language and Literature and is a resource created, developed and modified through many years of successful teaching.

“An AS Language and Language and Literature Grammar Booklet” is published as a photocopiable volume or on CD Rom, and individual sections can thus be readily copied and distributed to students as required. The copies can also be shared with colleagues or given to supply teachers, without any fear of the original book being misplaced.

You can see a full list of the topics and some sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/english/T1831.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1831EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 896 5

Prices

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

Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1831EMN

Ofsted CIF: the (best) solution

What is the most effective and time efficient way of meeting Ofsted’s requirements regarding the Common Inspection Framework?

Self-evaluation has always been a problematic affair, ensuring that one’s own valuations can be fully justified as and when Ofsted requires. But with the new Ofsted CIF it doesn’t need to be time-consuming. Even Ofsted has asked heads to provide only “routine” information.

Now there is a simple and sophisticated solution – you can use iAbacus to update or indeed re-create your school self-evaluation and development plan in line with these latest Ofsted requirements.

For we have built a self-evaluation system which is quick, which makes collaboration easy, without leading to long discussions, and which results in statements that can be presented to inspectors with a certainty that they are completely accurate.

And the system is built so that you can start using iAbacus within five minutes of turning it on – which means no manual, no complex logging-in procedure, etc. Just instant access and instant use.

This means you can immediately start to provide your self-evaluation for such topics as the overall effectiveness of the school, the effectiveness of leadership and management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, the outcomes and the effectiveness of the school.

Then you can consider your initial judgements and see them in terms of Ofsted’s very latest criteria. You can check that you could defend your judgements to Ofsted in their own terms, and you can ensure that you haven’t overplayed or underplayed your hand.

In no time you have a school improvement plan which takes account of where you are now and how you are going to move forward.

This type of self-evaluation can have a huge impact on your school – especially if several people get involved in the process. For it forces everyone to analyse what is going on and to justify their statements – and that is the most valuable step of all.

It is a process that incorporates evidence from various sources, including other systems and procedures, and allows the compilation of reports for governors/stakeholders and briefings for internal monitoring or evaluation.

iAbacus also includes FREE templates for performance management, school governance, literacy, numeracy, and SMSC.

iAbacus costs just £100 for a one year, one-person licence. Our suggestion is that you try it out yourself and then show it to a couple of colleagues. If they like it too, just call us back for another licence.

You can find out more at https://www.iabacus.co.uk/leadership/

Daniel O’Brien

(Video) this ruins most school assemblies

Does the following sound familiar?

You want to bring in an excellent entertainer for your school, but due to budget constraints, you had to settle for a low- priced performer and crossed your fingers that the programme wasn’t…

Boring, unprofessional and a total embarrassment for your school.

Plus, in the back of your mind you worry that the entertainer won’t show up, be late, or even worse – not very good, which would make your school assembly a disaster.

Usually booking a cheap entertainer is like throwing darts at a bulls-eye blindfolded. You just don’t know what is going to happen!

I really don’t think this is what you had in mind for an ‘Enrichment Programme’.

Wouldn’t you agree?

This is Franc Karpo of Amazing Kids Magic and I have very exciting news for you.

No more worries, no more stressing out about the quality of an entertainer because…

Your Search for an Outstanding Assembly
Programme at a Price You Can Afford is Over

Comments from a school educator about my programme…

“Franc Karpo’s magic show turned out to be everything we wanted and more! It was a fantastic programme which catered to the needs of the whole school. The children were left amazed!”

Lyndsey Reid
Lockerbie Primary School

This 45 minute inspirational comedy magic show includes…

  • Amazing Magic
  • Hilarious Comedy
  • Loads of Audience Participation
  • Cute adorable Benny the Bunny

When I said “at a price you can afford”, I am dead serious. So serious in fact… I am slashing the price for my show in half.

This introductory offer is only available for a limited time, (7th September to 9th October) so dates are extremely limited, so now is the time to take action.

Click the link below to discover how you can bring in an amazing show your kids will absolutely love and at a price that won’t blow a hole in your budget.

Click Here For Your Whopping Half Price Discount

Have your best day!

Franc Karpo
Amazing Kids Magic
01387-216-265

P.S. I don’t want to clutter your inbox, so there will be no reminder email as this will be the only email you will receive. This promotion is going out to all the schools in Cumbria, so dates will book up fast. So I urge you to contact me asap, so you can reserve your preferred date and time.

If 3 = III and 5 = V what does 0 =?

If Roman numerals were that wonderful, how come we stopped using them?

Roman numerals were something of a failure. To a fair degree they worked, but they were extremely cumbersome for one very particular reason.

They didn’t quite grasp the importance of nothing and thus there was no zero.

Nevertheless Roman numerals still continue to intrigue. For years they would be used on the credits to show the date that a TV programme was made – indeed some production companies still do this.

Books with prefaces still use them sometimes, as do analogue clocks where the maker wishes to give an impression of history and hence, perhaps, value.

However, they are curious, and for most children it does take the establishment of the difference between Roman and Arabic numerals and the totally odd concept of “nothing” to show pupils exactly why “nothing” is so important.

Indeed it is the conundrum of nothing that has led us to develop a KS2 Roman Numerals resource which contains a range of engaging activities to help pupils to easily identify their meaning.

The activity book covers the following for each year group:

  • Year 3 – learning Roman numerals from 1 to 12 (I to XII)
  • Year 4 – learning Roman numerals from 1 to 100 (I to C)
  • Year 5 – learning Roman numerals from 1 to 1000 (I to M)

What’s more, notes for teachers, discussion pages, information sheets and photocopiable activities are also included.

This resource is available as a book, a download, or on CD, and you can view free sample pages on our website.

If you would like to know more please call us on 01772 863158 or email us at sales@topical-resources.co.uk

You can order the Roman Numerals Activity Book in any of these ways:

Topical Resources
P.O. Box329
Broughton
Preston
Lancashire
PR3 5LT

www.topical-resources.co.uk
sales@topical-resources.co.uk
You can follow us on Twitter @topicalr 

Tel: 01772 863158

High Definition CCTV at Schools

According to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) 85% of teachers say that they have CCTV in their schools, and that it is primarily used for monitoring school grounds, entrances and to prevent vandalism. Half of the teachers admit that cameras are also present inside the school. The main reason behind placing cameras indoors is often to monitor students’ behaviour, help teachers improve their performance, instil discipline or prevent bullying. While there may be even more reasons to justify the use of CCTV all schools need to comply with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) code of practice.

Many schools still believe that having CCTV installed inside the school building will help with students’ discipline and misbehaviour and most schools often receive positive feedback from the parents and students who claim they all feel safer with monitoring systems in place. ATL also points out, that incidents of violence happen much less in the monitored areas.

Obviously all of us want to feel safe, and we take safety and security even more seriously when it comes to our children. This is why more and more schools consider installing CCTV cameras on their premises. However many schools have outdated analogue standard definition CCTV systems, which could be easily and cost effectively upgraded to high definition.

Are you thinking of upgrading your CCTV to High Definition?

At JMC Secure we stock a range of products including HD over Coax and HD IP CCTV Systems perfect for protecting any school. Whether you need a single camera or a large scale system, we can work with you to put together the right solution.

We stock products from some of the largest CCTV manufacturers in the world, and have years of knowledge to help your technicians with any CCTV related questions.

Feel free to have a browse through our website and contact us with any questions about your requirements – call 01902 213 999 if you need any advice about your CCTV requirements.

Would you let one of your students use an AK47 automatic weapon?

With the Virtual Physics Laboratory they can fire an AK47 at a ballistic balance and calculate the muzzle velocity of the shell – without the possibility of causing any harm.

This is just one of a set of 20 virtual Physics experiments that include many of the AQA required activities. They are extremely realistic and really do give the look and feel of doing the actual experiments, but there’s no setting up, nothing to break, wear out or steal and the equipment always works!

These virtual experiments can really save you time and be a big factor in your students gaining much more experience of practical science.

Have a look at our website here: http://www.keylinkcomputers.co.uk/virtualscienceexperiments.html

Where you can watch a video of the experiments in action and find a complete list of all the experiments. You will also find a couple of experiments you can try.

If you have any questions or would like a demonstration please do let me know.

Dr Rob Lucas MBCS CITP Cert Phys (Open)
Director

I thought that the controls were pretty easy to get used to and the detail in the apparatus was excellent being able to zoom in and see the set up of the multimeter and read scales, being careful of parallax. This type of software is most useful in experiments which can’t be done in the lab like the gravity on the moon or where the equipment is too expensive or difficult to use like the Millikan Oil drop.
Physics Scholar Coordinator

Reduce stress – Raise grades

Mental resilience for the year ahead. Develop your students’ motivation, engagement and attainment.

Mental resilience and well-being are concepts that are gaining recognition within schools because of the growing evidence that happier individuals perform better both academically and socially (Seligman, 1991; Lyubomirsky, King & Diener, 2005).

The pressure for students to perform well during the exam years can become stressful for both students and staff. Managing this stress and supporting students to stay motivated throughout the year ahead and focus on their goals is essential. Some students will need more support than others but everybody can benefit from exercises that challenge them to think differently about their situation, strive for more in life and align their goals with their values.

The earlier students are encouraged to develop their mindset and focus on resilience for the year ahead the better. Raising grades does not happen overnight, you need a structured programme that can be used from the outset all the way to the start of the exams.

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 to print for use with your whole school is only £49.99.

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?

The full details are available at: http://newset-training.com/students.html

Thanks and I wish your students the best for their up-coming exams.

Clare Martin

Newset Training

Christmas shows with an educational twist

Pantomimeplay bring you more than just the regular pantomime for schools. All our original Christmas shows have an educational twist entwined within the usual panto audience participation, wonderful characters and recognisable stories.

Our pantomime plays are devised and developed by us alongside pupils and based on our extensive experience within theatre in education. We realised through our work that schools struggled to have the budget for PSHE or educational plays as well as treating the pupils to a show in the winter term…so we decided to bring the two together

The pupils are learning throughout all the fun as there are tonnes of educational factors within the shows and our teacher packs offer the option to continue to use the plays as a resource within your primary school.

CURRENT SHOWS AND THEMES:

“The Incredible Christmas Story” by the boy who didn’t like books!
Supporting literacy, reading, and writing. Ben doesn’t like writing or reading but when mum threatens to cancel Christmas he muddles all his books up after knocking them off the shelf. Prince Charming appears in his bedroom and the story adventure begins. Pupils explore many aspects of the curriculum as they help write a rap, solve the pirates message, take a space journey through alliteration, and much much more.

“Gnome Alone”
A PSHE theme of friendship and bullying runs throughout this pantomime play. Gnorman the gnome gets picked on in Lapland and is left in the enchanted woods – but he has the sleigh keys and must get back to save Christmas. The problem is that Gnorman needs friendship tokens to buy his train ticket back…but he’s never been very good at making and keeping friends and keeps running in to lots of baddies. The pupils help Gnorman and vast array of “Baddies” to learn all about friendship and combat bullying.

“The National Elf Service”
This pantomime play includes the topics of being healthy and being safe. Christmas is not going to happen this year as Santa can’t get out of his chair, and the elves are all too busy playing the new computer games, there’s no money left to make the toys, and everyone in Lapland just can’t be bothered! It might be time to call in the ‘National Elf Service’.

Future shows on the way will explore: Citizenship, Technology, Relationships.

FOR ALL AGES
Our Christmas shows are fast paced, funny, and visually exciting to keep all ages entertained. The older year groups are kept interested and involved by the more advanced script and plot, whilst the physical comedy and fun characters appeal to the younger years. The educational elements cover KS1 and KS2 topics.

AUDIENCE INVOLVEMENT
The whole school is involved from beginning to end ensuring a unique and unforgettable experience. There’s lots of vocal and physical audience participation – they even become part of the play.

PERFORMANCE LENGTH
The timing is slightly adaptable depending on the amount of time you have available in your school. The interactive element of the play allows the length of the play to vary, the plot and story remain the same but the sections that involve the audience can be shortened or lengthened. The minimum performance time is 55 minutes and the maximum is 1 hour and a quarter. We are happy to perform 1 to 3 performances per day.

Prices

1 SHOW = £450 + Travel + V.A.T
2 SHOWS (a.m) = £600 + Travel + V.A.T
2-3 SHOWS (a.m & p.m) = £850 + Travel + V.A.T

An overview of our products can be seen on the following page on our website:

http://www.tipoftheiceberg.biz/education/education.html

Contact us for any information regarding workshops, performances and how we develop bespoke projects to suit you.

Email: lisa@tipoftheiceberg.biz

Telephone: 0845 4747907

Mobile: 07519593711

We look forward to hearing from you.

Lisa Schulberg

(Creative Director)

From West End to Broadway….and beyond!

Plan your study trip before the end of term and take a well-earned break this summer!

The new Studytrips Perform brochure is crammed with exciting programmes that will inspire your students. They can work with West End professionals; make a movie in Hollywood or ‘break a leg’ on Broadway…and much more too!

Your students can also create and perform their own musical on our exclusive six-day course. You’ll stay at a top boarding school, in stunning surroundings, and have use of the amazing theatre and leisure facilities. Leading West End professionals will mentor the students throughout, helping them to create a 30 minute musical production that they will perform, on stage, to an enthusiastic audience. They will also have the opportunity to make friends with our international students, who will also be on campus.

Click here to download our new Perform brochure or e-mail me at info@studytrips.co.uk for more details.

Have a lovely summer break.

 

 

What is the most effective way of interesting your pupils in great artists and the development of art forms?

The new national curriculum for Art and Design at KS2 and KS3 requires students to produce creative work whilst exploring and recording experiences and developing their skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.

Pupils should also have the opportunity to evaluate and analyse their own and others’ work using art, craft and design language.

Arty Tasks is a new book of Art resources and in this regard is an ideal starting point. It incorporates step by step instructions for 35 separate projects each of which requires pupils to produce a piece of artwork based on the work of a selection of artists as diverse as Georgia 0’Keeffe and Joseph Cornell.

The pupils using the book are thus encouraged to use a wide variety of techniques and materials to create their artwork – and if desired each project can be used as a starting point for researching the historic content of the artists and art movements.

Each project comes on a single sheet of A4 and individual activities can thus easily be photocopied for your class to use as starter activities or homework tasks, either as one-off tasks or incorporated into longer projects. They can also be handed out for higher ability students to work more independently or used for extra-curricular activities.

Arty Tasks thus offers 35 creative projects which can be used simply as creative projects or as a way into research into a particular artist or art movement.

Arty Tasks, ISBN 978 1 86083 807 1, order code T1833EMN, is available as a photocopiable book or on CD Rom. An extract is available at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/art/T1833.pdf

Prices

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

You can purchase the book…

When ordering the book please quote the reference T1833EMN.

How to get A* in Spanish?

What is the best way to take students from a predicted lower grade up to the achievement of an A* at GCSE?

When we brought out How to get A* in French we were asked if it was also available for Spanish – so now here it is.

As with the French version the author has analysed the writing and the speaking criteria of various exam boards and has come up with a simple and clear summary of these criteria written in a student friendly language. These criteria have been divided into four sections; each section corresponding to a GCSE level while at the end of the booklet students can find a very useful list of recommended idioms and high level expressions.

Additionally the booklet includes the conjugation of the 50 most used Spanish verbs, including the modal verbs, into different tenses.

This is followed by different language structures which the students can use to develop their writing.

The use of this booklet is proven to improve students’ levels not only in writing and speaking, but also in listening and reading.

How to get A* in Spanish? is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can print out for colleagues and your students as often as you want.

There are sample pages from the book at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/authordownloadsamples/T1834samples.pdf and you can order it at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=814

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

How to get A* in Spanish? is published by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, or email sales@firstandbest.co.uk or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct, Earlstrees Rd, Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

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

First and Best in Education
Earlstrees Road
Corby
UK
NN17 4HH

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

There’s still time for you to claim FREE pens and compasses for the maths department…………

It’s always nice to get something for nothing and until July 31 you can get 50 FREE (black ink) pens and 50 FREE metal compasses with your orders (details below).

Every year about this time we try to offer our customers a little extra, partly to say “thanks for your business during the year” and also to see if we can tempt schools which have never ordered from us before.

So here’s the deal…..

When you order 100 or more Casio FX 83GT+, Casio FX 85GT+ or the LK 183 scientific calculators we’ll give you a pack of 50 good quality black ink pens……completely FREE…. and if you can stretch to ordering 120 of the calcs then in addition to the FREE pens we’ll also give you 50 metal compasses and half pencils completely FREE.

But wait, that’s not all…….

We (fairly) recently introduced a new product, the Value Maths set, which has proved to be popular with many schools, especially just before exams.

The Value Maths set comprises a 180 degree protractor, metal compass and half pencil, two quality black ink pens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, metal sharpener and a 15 cm ruler, all packed in a convenient A5 size clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider. From just £1.10 ex vat it’s a handy (and cost effective) way of providing your students with the basics they need for maths lessons and exams.

Ordering is easy. Just call 020 7515 1797, or fax to: 020 7515 4420 or email signpost@talk21.com
or post to: Signpost Educational Ltd., PO Box 999, London E14 6SH

Details of our products can be found at: http://signposteducational.co.uk/student-packs/

PS. If you need more information call Martin Evans on 020 7515 1797 and he’ll be pleased to help.

Reduce stress – Raise grades

Mental resilience for the year ahead. Develop your students’ motivation, engagement and attainment.

Mental resilience and well-being are concepts that are gaining recognition within schools because of the growing evidence that happier individuals perform better both academically and socially (Seligman, 1991; Lyubomirsky, King & Diener, 2005).

The pressure for students to perform well during the exam years can become stressful for both students and staff. Managing this stress and supporting students to stay motivated throughout the year ahead and focus on their goals is essential. Some students will need more support than others but everybody can benefit from exercises that challenge them to think differently about their situation, strive for more in life and align their goals with their values.

The earlier students are encouraged to develop their mindset and focus on resilience for the year ahead the better. Raising grades does not happen overnight, you need a structured programme that can be used from the outset all the way to the start of the exams.

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 to print for use with your whole school is only £49.99.

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?

The full details are available at: http://newset-training.com/students.html

Thanks and I wish your students the best for their up-coming exams.

Clare Martin

Newset Training

Presenting Research in Art and Design

What is the best way to ensure that art and design students present a good case study?

For anyone who has never previously presented a case study or undertaken their own research, the whole notion of what they are being asked to undertake can be completely overwhelming and daunting.

Indeed, if there is one question on their lips at that moment when the issue is first raised, it is most likely to be “What am I supposed to do?”

The problem is, of course, that they find themselves not just coming to terms with the issue of what GCSE art is all about, but simultaneously with the question of what research is and how it can be presented.

A lack of understanding can lead to a lack of confidence in what one is doing, and as a result some students can dither, unable to start for fear of doing the wrong thing or present work that is inappropriate or way below the standard that you know they could achieve.

To help overcome this problem Pam Bradshaw has produced Presenting Research in Art and Design.

It starts by examining what a case study is and how to research, structure and present a comprehensive and successful piece of work.

It goes on to work through four separate examples with workpacks on a painter (Van Gogh), a designer (Vivienne Westwood), an art discipline (African masks) and an art movement (Pop Art).

Each workpack contains sections on contextual studies, objective description and subjective response, with worksheets on the compilation and ordering of information and its presentation.

There is also a section on both solo and group oral presentations – an area which is often a source of extreme anxiety for students. This section includes tips and exercises on research, structuring and the presentation skills required.

Presenting Research: Art and Design GCSE
Publisher’s reference: T1598emn ISBN: 978 1 86083 637 4
Sample pages can be viewed on www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/art/T1598.pdf

Prices

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

You can purchase the book…

Family of 7/7 victim launches cross-curricular anti-extremism campaign

Family of 7/7 victim launches cross-curricular
anti-extremism campaign

Next week is the ten year anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings, and to mark the occasion the family of one of the victims is launching a campaign to help tackle extremism in schools.

Visit miriamsvision.org to access unique, high-quality curricular resources that tell Miriam’s story and explore issues surrounding violent extremism. Miriam’s Vision:

  • uses the events of 7/7 as a starting point to develop transferable life skills through critical thinking, and resilience in adversity
  • fosters empathy and appreciation of diversity through experiential learning
  • explores democratic process as a non-violent alternative for dealing with conflict.

“Miriam’s Vision” is apolitical and non-religious. Developed in association with the UCL Institute of Education and Miriam’s school, Copthall in London, the resources are curriculum-linked for ages 11-14 and cover History, Citizenship, PSHE, Geography, Art, Dance and Business & Enterprise.

Please pass this on to colleagues. We look forward to working with you for Miriam’s Vision of a safer, more inclusive society.

With thanks

The Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust

Contact for more details: info@miriamsvision.org
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AQA GCSE Psychology – A Complete Resource

Grades are important for you and your students. This unique series of resources is designed for the experienced teacher and/or teachers who are new to GCSE Psychology. The resource carefully follows the AQA GCSE specifications – Unit One Modules 1-10 and is littered with teaching notes, ideas, tasks, hand-outs and activities to accompany the colourful and informational slides. The textbook recommended to accompany this series is: AQA Psychology, GCSE. Authors: Stanley, Boswell, Harris, Helliwell and McKenzie. Publisher: Nelson Thornes. ISBN: 978-1-4085-0395-9.

The complete pack goes through each module with a PowerPoint that covers the specifications in progressive, informative way; specifically targeting KS4 (Year 10 & Year 11) students. The accompanying manual contains teaching notes for each slide. These notes explain the slides in a bright informative way, extending knowledge, suggesting things to think about and links to activities. The manual also contain a multitude of resources including: worksheets, workbooks, information sheets, multi-choice questions (with answers), practice examination questions and crossword puzzles (with answers).

Modules 1-5 ‘Making Sense of Other People’ 178 copiable masters with 227 PowerPoint slides – £79.99 (£95.99 inc. VAT)

Modules 6-10 ‘Understanding Other People’ 203 copiable masters with 194 PowerPoint slides – £79.99 (£95.99 inc. VAT)

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

To see sample pages please email info@classroom-resources.co.uk quoting the order code H19046 for Unit 1 – Modules 1–5 or H19049 for Unit 2 – Modules 6-10.

You can order either of the AQA GCSE Psychology CD-ROMs in any of these ways:

  • On our website , click here for Unit 1 or here for Unit 2
  • By phone on 0117 940 6409
  • By fax on 0117 940 6408
  • By email (quoting a school order number) to info@classroom-resources.co.uk
  • By post to: Classroom Resources, 9 Logan Road, Bristol, BS7 9DU

Classroom Resources
PO Box 1489
Bristol
BS99 3QJwww.classroom-resources.co.uk
info@classroom-resources.co.uk

Tel: 0117 940 6409

Retirement and closing down sale of sports posters and sports coaching wallcharts

Retirement and closing down sale of sports posters and sports coaching wallcharts

All action posters of world, Olympic and UK sports starts at HALF PRICE

£3.50 paper printed £5.00 encapsulated

View online at www.sportspectrum.co.uk
Order by e-mail to sales@sportspectrum.co.uk

Text enquiries to 07500 557393

MUST GO! LAST ORDERS JULY 31ST 2015 WHEN ALL REMAIINING STOCK WILL BE RECYCLED.

PLEASE QUOTE HHSALE ON ALL ORDERS

Pred 1 12 soccer skills charts £12.50 paper £25.00 encapsulated
Pred 2 6 soccer fitness charts £10.00 paper £22.50 encapsulated
Pred 3 12 soccer motivational charts £7.50 paper £20.00 encapsulated
       
Chart 1 6 EVA volleyball charts £6.00 paper £12.00 encapsulated
Chart 2 5 Canadian volleyball charts £6.00 paper £12.00 encapsulated
Chart 4 Swimming stroke charts £6.00 paper £12.00 encapsulated
       
Chart 19 athletics charts £6.00 paper £12.00 encapsulated
       
Chart 10 4 outdoor activity charts £10 paper £20.00 encapsulated
       
Chart 5 8 cricket charts £6.00 paper £12.00 encapsulated
       
MTV1 12 motivational charts £12.50 paper £25.00 encapsulated
       
Chart 20 10 squash charts £6.00 paper £12.00 encapsulated
       

NB. Prices do not include postage and packing

The complete online touch-typing training service for schools

A survey conducted by the Chartered Institute for IT three years ago revealed that most schools – over 80% – thought that it was important to teach children how to touch type. Yet the survey revealed that only around 15% of schools actually did so.

The same survey showed that, on average, secondary school children were using a computer for around 3 hours every school day.

Love them or loathe them, computers are here to stay and are emerging in ever increasing forms. Yet one thing has remained constant and that is the need for the computer keyboard.

Despite the introduction of ipads and smart phones and some progress in voice recognition software to enable digital dictating, the keyboard remains the most effective, fast and accurate means of putting thoughts into words when using a computer, provided the user can touch type.

Children who learn to touch type not only gain a hugely important skill that will last them a lifetime and give them a significant advantage when they leave school. It will also help them enormously whilst attending school.

Touch typing enables children to produce work at least twice as fast than if they were writing it down. And the automatic nature of touch typing means that their mind is free to process creative thought rather than to expend energy on finding the right key on the keyboard.

And of course children who touch type produce legible work every time (usually with the correct spelling), which makes it much easier for teachers to mark, saving their valuable time too.

So why do so many schools steer clear of offering any touch-typing training for their pupils? Type&Test, the UK’s leading specialists in online touch-typing training speak to many schools about this and they have found that most cite two main reasons.

The first is that they don’t have space on the timetable to offer typing training. The curriculum is already jam packed, and touch typing is not a national requirement, so it doesn’t get a look in.

The second is that they feel that they lack the knowledge and expertise to teach it – after all, most teachers cannot touch type either!

Type&Test has provided many schools with online touch-typing training software over the years. But they have found that most schools who invest in it don’t use it effectively because they don’t have the time to administer and manage it.

So Type&Test has decided to offer a complete solution to schools that handles everything. Called ‘Total Typequick’ it includes:-

  • All pupils enrolled on the courseware at the outset
  • Each pupil is provided with simple log-in and user instructions
  • Ongoing support for pupils via email, with response within 24 hours
  • Pre and post course assessments set up remotely with full result reporting back to the school
  • Printable Certificates of Achievement, personalised for each pupil and customised with the school’s name and identity
  • Ongoing monitoring of pupils’ progress, with monthly reports sent to the nominated teacher or administrator
  • In-school typing competitions set up and managed remotely.

So the only thing the school will need to do is to provide Type&Test with a list of pupils’ names and email addresses (if they have them) and nominate a teacher or administrator as the main contact for the service.

For more information, contact Andy Stevenson at Type&Test on 01480 861867 or email andy@typeandtest.com using the subject line ‘Total Typequick’.

Huge discount on snacks for the Tuck Shop

Offer your pupils snacks that comply with the National School Food Standards and provide the school with extra profit.

With a Tasty Tuck Shop in your school you can significantly reduce the hunger pangs of pupils (and teachers!) which are preventing them from performing at their best.

Simply, set up your tuck shop with our Tasty Tuck Shop Starter Pack which includes 2 colourful display stands and a variety of tasty, healthy and appealing drinks and snacks from our range.

We also supply you with posters to promote the school’s tuck shop, nutritional information for all of our Tasty Tuck Shop snacks, and an example letter to notify parents that the school is opening a tuck shop selling healthier snacks.

And when your Tasty Tuck Shop stock is running low you can choose from a number of snacks and drinks that sell for as little as 35p in our ‘Healthy Range’ – all of which are fully compliant with the National School Food Standards.

If your school buys 5 cases of our Healthy Tasty Tuck range, you’ll get another case free! And we are offering 20% off on Perry Court Farm Fruit Crisps!

Order before the summer break for delivery on the first week back at school – w/c 7th September 2015. What’s more, there’s nothing to pay for 30 days following receipt of delivery!

You can find more information on our website at www.tastytuck.co.uk.

Alternatively please do call James on 01206 391179 or email me at james@tastytubs.co.uk.<

How is it possible to know if one’s school is efficient or not?

It is a fact of life that most people who work in schools believe that their school is both effective and efficient.

And, of course, in many cases they are right. The school is indeed effective in doing what it wants to do and efficient in the way it goes about it.

But, as with most other things in life, there are grades of efficiency. Indeed, most people who have studied efficiency would argue that no organisation is ever totally efficient. There is always some wastage of physical resources, time and energy.

The problem is that the more efficient one gets, the more difficult it is to see where extra efficiencies can be made. But when these efficiencies are found and made, they can save the school thousands or tens of thousands of pounds a year.

The route each school chooses is always different. For some it involves changing school meal providers. In others it involves checking the way leasing contracts are being handled. Some simply change their email system so that the time taken to check the school’s emails each morning is reduced by half.

The key issue in all this is that of how the school goes about looking for efficiencies.

Staff who are asked in general terms to come up with ideas for efficiency tend not to find many such ideas. But where a very particular four-step approach to efficiency is followed efficiencies are always found.

These can often come as a surprise to the school – and they invariably save either time or money. Sometimes both – and quite often the savings are significant.

The four-step approach to efficiency was evolved by the School of Educational Administration and Management which was founded in 2005 with financial support from the Department of Trade and Industry and help from the University of Northampton Faculty of Education.

Since then the SEAM has worked with thousands of schools to establish which processes work in saving schools money, and now many of our findings are reported in one volume: “The Efficient School.”

This book reveals not only many of the projects that schools have introduced in recent years in order to achieve efficiencies but also explores areas in which savings can be made. It also reviews the way in which the whole issue of changing well-established processes and habits can be built into the school’s ethos.

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

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

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

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

You can purchase the report…

What is the best way to ensure that your AS English pupils know enough basic grammar to be exam ready?

This handbook covers every aspect of grammar and its application to the analysis of text that is necessary for success in AS and also much of A2 Language and combined Language and Literature courses, regardless of exam board.

The book assists grammatical acquisition from word class, to phrase then clause level, finally showing students how to analyse sentences in text. Sentence analysis will be a stand alone requirement for students of the new linear OCR A Level Language course from 2015. Each section of this book is accompanied by clear and useful tasks which are designed to allow students to demonstrate their understanding and apply and consolidate their knowledge.

The final section of the book is devoted to punctuation and terminology used to describe patterning in text, such as syntactical parallelism, tricolon use and antithesis, all of which are High Grade rhetorical features necessary for success at AS and A level. Direct speech punctuation and apostrophe use are also covered in detail with useful examples of how to apply both.

This grammar handbook has often been cited by students as invaluable in assisting their learning, application and revision of grammar for AS language and Language and Literature and is a resource created, developed and modified through many years of successful teaching.

“An AS Language Grammar Booklet” is published as a photocopiable volume or on CD Rom, and individual sections can thus be readily copied and distributed to students as required. The copies can also be shared with colleagues or given to supply teachers, without any fear of the original book being misplaced.

You can see a full list of the topics and some sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/english/T1831.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1831EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 896 5

Prices

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

Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1831EMN

Getting to Know your A2 Cultural Topics

What are your students doing for the Cultural Topic element of their studies? Are they:

  • perfecting their French skills, learning about Amelie, Brittany or La Haine?
  • improving their Spanish while discovering La Casa de Bernarda Alba, El Laberinto Del Fauno or Volver?
  • polishing their German while getting to grips with Goodbye, Lenin!, Der Besuch der Alten Dame or Die Berliner Mauer?

Whatever the new A level specifications bring, the cultural elements are here to stay. Inspiring students to explore culture freely without losing sight of exam preparation can be a tricky area – which is why we continue to develop our hugely popular Getting to Know… range. We have comprehensive teaching resources available for all of the above titles and many more.

Getting to Know…

The before/during/after structure ensures the right balance between guided class work, independent research and thorough exam preparation.

1. Before
Advises students on how to research the topic: what to do first, where to find information and how to apply it. Also includes vocab lists and introductory tasks.

2. During
A step-by-step work-through of the topic with background information, discussion points and research tasks, with special focus given to key characters, events, etc. Translation and grammar activities help students develop language directly relevant to the exam.

3. After
Helps students apply their learning with exam-style essay and oral questions. Supplemented with sample essays and plans and the examiners’ commentaries.

Want to find out more? Follow the links below to view the full range of Getting to Know… resources available for:


The Getting to Know… range is available as 1. Photocopy masters. 2. PDF files.
3. Editable Word files.

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IGCSE English Cambridge Technical Skills

This inovative and valuable resource has been produced to support the teaching of technical skills for the IGCSE English Cambridge exam. The exam requirements have been carefully studied by the author who has vast experience teaching this syllabus and now shares her expertize which has proven to raise grades for students following this course. The technical skills covered in this resource are:

Sentences

Types of sentence
a. Simple
b. Compound
Functions
a. Declarative
b. Exclamatory
c. Interrogative
d. Imperative
Variety
a. Minor sentence (one or two words)
b. Declarative sentences
c. Complex sentences
d. Compound sentences
Punctuation
a. Capital letter
b. Full stop
c. Question mark
d. Exclamation mark
e. Comma
f. Apostrophe
g. Colon and semi-colon
h. Bracket and dash

Within each section there are a range of tasks to support the understanding of the topic.

55 Powerpoint Slides – Price: £49.99 (£59.99 inc VAT)

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

To see sample pages please email info@classroom-resources.co.uk quoting the order code H5342.

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