Does your Multi Academy Trust need its own ‘bespoke’ Primary School assessment system?

Do you need a system flexible enough to allow schools to manage their own assessment policy, while consolidating their results so that MAT management can compare schools’ progress and attainment?

With support from our Primary Progress toolkit it’s easy to create such a ‘bespoke’ system.

Schools can:

pick their own manageable set of subjects, statements/objectives (the toolkit can import these or provide a default set to edit).

agree a set of assessment grades, which define pupils’ steps towards mastering the curriculum (the toolkit can cope with any set of assessment grades).

use a quick and easy way for teachers to record their assessments (the toolkit provides this).

set Age Related Expectations for each term (the toolkit has a simple way to set these).

analyse which pupils are making expected progress and which need support to get them on track (the toolkit provides multiple reports)

The MAT gets:

a dashboard giving access to all the individual school toolkits, together with overview reports which summarise results at MAT level and compare schools performance.

So, if you aren´t 100% satisfied with your current assessment tracking system, why not check out our Online Primary Progress toolkit at primaryprogresstoolkit.co.uk?

If you need more information, or would like to discuss your specific needs, email me at statsed@gmail.com.

We can give you free access to a demo site, where you can try out the toolkit for yourself.

Roger Watson

Statistics for Education Ltd, 5 Bridge Street, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 2JU
Tel: 01279 652183; Email: statsed@gmail.com

 

Do you need classroom tables and chairs at short notice ….?

It can be rather worrying to find out  with just  two or three weeks before the start of another school year that some classrooms may not have enough tables and chairs.

The explanation may be simple, the person who normally deals with ordering has been unwell or has changed jobs…or perhaps there will be a larger than normal intake.

But whatever the reason you now an urgent need for tables and chairs to fill the empty classrooms as quickly as possible.  If you can be somewhat flexible with specifications  eg. colour, design, size etc then you may stand a better chance of equipping your classrooms sooner rather than later.

If this is, or might be, the situation in your organisation, then a quick phone  call to Central Educational Supplies Ltd on 020 7515 1797 may be a shrewd move (If you prefer email it’s info@centraleducational.co.uk).  Please ask for Martin Evans who will be pleased to assist.

Activity books and posters to help you deliver fundamental British Values in the Early Years

Following the success of our range of books and classroom resources to support PSHE and Citizenship within KS2 and KS3, we will shortly be launching a range of materials for KS1 and EYFS.

Our British Values EYFS and KS1 Activity Book and posters will give children a series of stimulating images and activities to help embed ideas about –

Democracy – pictures to help children learn about making choices and letting others have their say.

Rule of Law – images to help understand more about rules, and how to tell right from wrong.

Individual Liberty – pictures that show we should all be free to have different ideas and beliefs.

Mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths – a range of images to help children understand that we are more the same than different, and that we should treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves.

To find out more about this brand-new range that will help you deliver fundamental British Values to your early years’ children click HERE and we will contact you when the products become available.

What is the simplest way to meet the new requirement of 2.5 hours of activity a week in addition to PE lessons?

There are government policies and government policies.  Some are welcome, some… well perhaps not so welcome.

But the objective of making children more active is one of those which it is hard to argue with – given the benefits that it offers both the school and the children.

For, it turns out, all the evidence shows that the extra activity the government wants us to ensure children get does more than simply making the children physically fitter.   Indeed it seems that increased activity also dramatically improves children’s intellectual abilities, while reducing disciplinary issues, improving sociability, and reducing mental health problems.

Which then leaves two questions:

First, what is the best way to ensure that children get the extra activity each week that the government now wants?

Second, how can we do this without bringing in new equipment, specialist staff, or supervisors for outdoor activity?  In short, how can we do it as part of our daily work with the staff and equipment that we already have?

It is to help schools answer these questions that imoves has produced a free report for schools on the most effective ways of meeting this government’s objective of making children more active throughout the day, every day.

For the government’s warning (that we are now looking at the first generation of children who are, as things stand, going to be less fit than their parents were as children) is indeed a fundamentally frightening one.

The report, “The Active School”, which answers the question of how schools can help pupils gain all the benefits that accrue from extra activity, is available now, free of charge.  If you would like a copy simply send an email to Active@schools.co.uk and we’ll send you the report back straight away.

One day special needs training workshops to equip staff with the knowledge and confidence they need

Concept Training are delivering a series of practical, one day, special needs training days at the Adelphi Centre Glasgow in August and September.

Courses are suitable for teaching and support staff and delegates will go away with a range of positive strategies to improve teaching and learning.

Follow the links below for full details and booking forms for the following courses:

“Understanding Attachment Disorder”
28th August
Attachment Disorder

“Understanding behaviour as communication and how to respond positively”
29th August
Behaviour as Communication

“Supporting students with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)”
5th September
PDA

“Autism – Next Steps”   Accredited at level 3 through the Open College Network
6th September
Autism Next Steps

Ask us about our In House courses  mailto:info@concept-training.co.uk

Concept Training   www.concept-training.co.uk
01524 832828
Janet Price

Concept Training Ltd
15 Beach Street
Morecambe
LA4 6BT

Give your students the advantage of live performance

Along with us here at FRED Theatre HQ, I hope you’re enjoying the summer break.

I realise not all work stops though, and thought now would be a good time to remind you we are currently accepting enquiries for our in-schools productions for 2017-18.

JUST ADDED: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

In response to a number of requests, we’ve added Shakespeare’s much loved comedy to our programme of in-school shows for the new academic year.

In common with our other productions, Much Ado will run at approximately 90 minutes, using an edited version of Shakespeare’s play. A bright, bold and colourful production, this will be just right for the summer term. You might even want to think about an outdoor performance (space and weather permitting).

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

First up though, in the autumn term, we are touring a fresh adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas ghost story.

A professional cast of six actors will faithfully present this much loved story in an innovative and low-tech setting. All you need supply is a space and an audience.

It’s an excellent introduction to the novella for students, or a timely refresher, that ensures all the key themes (including responsibility, poverty, education, change) are included giving classes plenty to discuss post-performance.

A Christmas Carol can be performed in-school at a time to suit your schedule, and is available for bookings throughout October, November and December 2017. The show runs at 90 minutes and is suitable for all ages, especially those studying the text.

SPRING 2018: MACBETH and ROMEO AND JULIET

After Christmas we are back in schools with 90 minute versions of two of Shakespeare’s classic tragedies.

Macbeth toured in early 2017 and was very well received. We’re delighted to bring back that production for a second tour along with a new production of Romeo and Juliet.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Simply e-mail our office (open throughout the summer): admin@fred-theatre.co.uk, or call Robert on 07974 210265.

Fred Theatre Limited
classic drama, contemporary theatre
www.fred-theatre.co.uk

Special Offer on Personalised Garments for Nursery Schools

  • Disappointed in delivery from your uniform supplier?
  • Let down by unreliable late deliveries?
  • Frustrated at a lack of communication from your supplier?

Here at Hudson Sports, we are so confident in our prompt turnaround times that we are offering this very special discount – if we are late with any part of your delivery, we will give you a 25% discount off that part of the order!  Yes, 25% off any item we don’t deliver on time!!  Bear in mind our normal delivery time is in the region of 2-3 weeks, so you can order in the knowledge that your garments will be with you very soon.

Hudson Sports & Corporate Clothing already  supply many nursery schools around the UK with their uniform clothing and have experienced first hand our quick, reliable and personal service.  We are a long established company with a great deal of experience in corporate clothing and schoolwear.

There is a bewildering selection of garments available for uniform wear and with our expertise we are able to give you really good advice about the right garment to select for durability, comfort and price.  All our garments are supplied embroidered with your nursery logo and, indeed, any other design or names you might wish.  The range we offer is extensive but here are just a few of the items which are particularly popular with our customers:

  •  Staff Uniform

Polo shirts
Fleeces
Hoodies
Aprons

  •  Childrens’ Uniform and Equipment

T shirts
Polo shirts
Hoodies
Sweatshirts
Legionnaires baseball caps
Book bags
Junior Backpacks
Hi-viz safety tabards

We also offer a huge range of over 400 other garments which can be embroidered – please have a look at the Embroidered Clothing section of our website www.hudsonsports.co.uk for full details.

Your order will be dealt with personally and we are always available on email/phone for any queries you might have.

We hope you might be interested in our range and would love to hear from you.

Kind regards

Philip Rawnsley
HUDSON SPORTS & CORPORATE CLOTHING

Tel:   01274 732072
Email: 
info@hudsonsports.co.uk

The simple and effective way of cutting hundreds (maybe even thousands) of pounds from your organisation’s costs when choosing new classroom chairs……..

Postura Plus classroom chairs with a TWENTY year warranty can save schools and colleges hundreds or even thousands of pounds  and eliminate time wasted trying to repair damaged or vandalised chairs….…

Improvements in design and manufacture mean that the quality and durability of classroom chairs have improved significantly  since 1996. The result is that it’s now possible to obtain classroom chairs with a TWENTY year warranty.

That’s twenty years with NO replacement costs and NO repair costs …. a considerable saving of time and money compared with many chairs still in use in UK schools.

….and the chair in question  ?  It’s the POSTURA  PLUS, now in its  twenty first year.

Designed not only to be durable and virtually vandal proof it also encourages good posture and is available in 16 colours and six sizes from nursery right through to college and university.

If you’re looking for an attractive,  practical and durable chair  with an ergonomic design which  encourages good posture  and which can be used throughout your organisation then the Postura Plus chair is worth serious consideration.

For further information on Postura Plus chairs (which by the way, are manufactured here in the UK) please visit the website:  www.centraleducational.co.uk  

or contact them by email:  info@centraleducational.co.uk or phone:  020 7515 1797  and ask to speak to Martin Evans who will be pleased to help with any questions you may have.

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

It’s all about attachment

Many adult, adolescent and childhood psychological problems may be traced to attachment issues in early childhood.

How many of the children attending your nursery exhibit these problems through repeated outbursts, crying, clinging or withdrawal?

You can help them and their parents through Play Therapy – provided that it is delivered by registered practitioners.

An evidence base, built over the last 12 years using actual practice data from over a thousand schools, shows that between 77% and 84% of those receiving play therapy delivered to Play Therapy UK standards show a positive change, as observed by teachers and parents. Now with over 20,000 measures, the evidence base is highly reliable.

If your nursery is not yet using play therapy, there are two main options:

I ) Contact your nearest PTUK registrant to see if one is available to see your children: www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

3) Invest in training one of your staff as a Registered Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills.  You will then have a value added service to increase your revenue.

Maybe the first step is to experience how play therapy works and how we train, by attending a one-day ‘Introduction to Play Therapy’ course held at 13 convenient venues throughout the UK. Phone: 01825 761143 to book.

More information: www.playtherapy.org.uk

If you would like to have a chat about attachment issues and the options in more detail please email Monika at: mokijep@aol.com

Known knowns, known unknowns, unknown knowns and unknown unknowns

I face a group of pupils and I am terrified.  Not because I don’t know how to teach – I like to think I do.  But because, just occasionally, I realise I might be found out.

For there is a secret to my teaching. A really awful secret.  A secret so awful that its awfulness is never normally admitted or accepted or revealed or spoken about or…

The fact is, I don’t really have a clue what the young people I teach are thinking.

Oh I like to pretend that I do, pretending that I can read their thoughts through their actions, their speech, their body language, but really inside me I know that this is not always the case.

For I have this nasty feeling that sitting in front of me in every class there are always at least a couple of youngsters whose thoughts are so far removed from anything I might ever entertain or encounter, that I can’t even imagine them.

Of course, that is not to say that these pupils of mine are badly behaved or unteachable.  I just have the suspicion that the way they see the world is so completely different from my perception that they are, to all intents and purposes, aliens.  I have no idea what is going on in their heads.

Now as long as I know that these youngsters are “different” in their mode of thinking, then they are, in the Donald Rumsfeld classification of life forms, “known unknowns.”

But my dark and deep fear is that also in my class is at least one person who has thoughts I can’t imagine, but whom I think I do understand.  Is that an “unknown unknown”.  I’m really not sure, and have started to get worried.

Of course, I am not the first to tread this path.  “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” went there long before me, and in my view this is a book that everyone should experience, just to get a notion of just how weird things can get.

That’s why we have published a graphic SEN revision support version of the book for GCSE English.  To help combat the terror of facing an unknown unknown.  You can see how unknowingly unknown things can look by reviewing the sample pages here.

You can order the graphic novel version of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (if you dare) on our website.

For more information and to see sample pages visit:

https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/the-strange-case-of-dr-jekyll-and-mr-hyde-741

Alternatively, you can contact us by phone on 01449 766629 or by email at orders@tradecounter.co.uk

We are known, and you know that you know.  We are known knowns.  And thus safe.

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 768047

Guaranteed Holiday Discounts Exclusively for Teaching Professionals

Finally, you will no longer be affected by holiday price hikes!
We’re dedicating ourselves to providing teaching professionals and their families with a GUARANTEED discount when booking with the UK’s leading travel companies. Discounts are exclusive to our members and can be used as often as required, whether you’re booking a country cottage or an all inclusive luxury break we will ensure you never pay full price again!

Time to put your feet up!
You will no longer have to spend hours searching for the code that works or for the best deal available. As a member, you will have a guaranteed discount when booking your travel with any of our partners.

Our website www.tghd.co.uk will be launching soon but you can still visit and pre-register in order to be kept posted on our progress.

Please also like and share our facebook page www.facebook.com/TGHDUK as the more pre-registered members and facebook likes we get the better deals we can negotiate.

We look forward to providing you with the best travel discounts really soon!

www.tghd.co.uk

www.facebook.com/TGHDUK

Who’s eligible? Any teaching professional who has a QTS or teacher reference number.  You’re also eligible if you are employed by a local authority maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special schools and all primary, secondary, and special academy schools and free schools.

Classroom chairs with a TWENTY year warranty

Classroom chairs with a TWENTY year warranty can save schools and colleges hundreds or even THOUSANDS of pounds  and eliminate time wasted trying to repair damaged or vandalised chairs….…

Improvements in design and manufacture mean that the quality and durability of classroom chairs have improved significantly  since 1996. The result is that it’s now possible to obtain classroom chairs with a TWENTY year warranty.

That’s twenty years with NO replacement costs and NO repair costs …. a considerable saving of time and money compared with many chairs still in use in UK schools.

….and the chair in question  ?  It’s the POSTURA  PLUS, now in its  twenty first year.

Designed not only to be durable and virtually vandal proof it also encourages good posture and is available in 16 colours and six sizes from nursery right through to college and university.

If you’re looking for an attractive,  practical and durable chair  with an ergonomic design which  encourages good posture  and which can be used throughout your organisation then the Postura Plus chair is worth serious consideration.

For further information on Postura Plus chairs (which by the way, are manufactured here in the UK) please visit the website:  www.centraleducational.co.uk 

or contact them by email:  info@centraleducational.co.uk or phone:  020 7515 1797  and ask to speak to Martin Evans who will be pleased to help with any questions you may have.

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

Want your teaching life to be better?

 

  • Are you fed up with large classes?
  • Are you fed up with work overload and long days?
  • Are you fed up with your low pay?
  • Are you fed up with all the administration and data uploading?
  • Are you fed up feeling so tired and stressed?
  • Are you fed up with the weather?

Then consider working overseas and discover a life of:

  • smaller classes,
  • more time to relax and participate in activities,
  • saving more money with possible tax free salaries,
  • free private education for your children,
  • greater opportunities to travel,
  • longer school holidays
  • better weather.

Sign up and login for free at uTEACH WORLDWIDE today.

Then for a small monthly fee you can upload your teaching profile to receive opportunities from some of the best international schools in the world.

Your decision today could change your life forever.

Worth a look? Then visit:

https://www.uteachworldwide.co.uk/

Does your tracker make it easy for you to see your pupils’ in-year progress?

All trackers will show pupils’ attainment at various points in the year, but reporting on progress seems to be more of a problem.

Particularly if you want to have your own curriculum/objectives and your own assessment system, which defines pupils’ steps on the way to mastering the curriculum.

With our Primary Progress toolkit reporting on progress is easy. We can assign a value to any step on your attainment system and use those values to calculate progress.

We also make it easy to set Age Related Expectations for each term, so that you can see which pupils are making expected progress and which need support to get them on track.

The toolkit provides multiple easy to access reports – subject attainment, combined subjects, statements achieved, ARE, individual pupil, whole school overview, with group filters.

If you need reports in a format which the toolkit doesn’t provide, we can extract the data from the database and present it in a special Excel report, at no extra charge!

Our Online Primary Progress toolkit has been built with flexibility as its main aim. We believe it can meet any school’s assessment needs.  It’s also a modern online database system, professionally programmed, so you don’t have to worry about maintaining it. It’s not expensive and training and support are free.

So, if you aren´t 100% satisfied with your current assessment tracking system, why not check out our Online Primary Progress toolkit at primaryprogresstoolkit.co.uk?

If you need more information, or would like to discuss your specific needs, email me at statsed@gmail.com or ring me on 01279 652183.

We can give you free access to a demo site, where you can try out the toolkit for yourself.

Roger Watson

Statistics for Education Ltd, 5 Bridge Street, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 2JU
Tel: 01279 652183; Email: statsed@gmail.com

Probably the most popular laboratory and art room stool in UK schools and colleges…………..

 …and often available at short notice.

WSM  laboratory and art room stools are used by thousands of  students in many UK  schools and colleges and there are FIVE good reasons why…..

1.  Manufactured in the UK  with a six year frame warranty for peace of mind.

2.  The frame is fully welded for strength and durability.

3.  A choice of ten seat colours and  five frame sizes.

4.  A choice of two frame types:  four legs or skid base.

5.  Moulded and shaped seat for comfort.

For more details of these excellent  UK manufactured stools plus competitive  prices please see the website:

www.centraleducational.co.uk/stools-wsm%20skidbase.html

Central Educational Supplies  Ltd can be contacted by email on:

info@centraleducational.co.uk   or tel:  020 7515 1797  and ask for Martin Evans who will be pleased to assist.

Delivery lead times tend to be longer during the summer months so  if you are planning to order, sooner is better than later!

 

 

A unique and active, engaging approach to Maths

I am writing to introduce you to Numbermix – an award-winning Social Enterprise that designs innovative numeracy based interventions.  Numbermix provides schools with a unique mix of active and engaging solutions that help raise attainment and increase physical activity levels.

The Numbermix offering includes:

  • Numberfitwww.numberfit.com – An exciting mathematics course designed to revolutionise the way that students (aged 3 – 14) are taught numeracy in a manner that actively engages young minds.  Numberfit delivers active sessions with a fun blend of mathematics, energetic physical activities and team games.  The Numberfit sessions are designed to challenge, motivate and encourage students of all ability levels.  They follow the National Curriculum and EYFS and will be tailored to match your calculation policy and priorities. The dynamic format and team games that used to teach numeracy and problem solving are always well received by students.  Numberfit also runs innovative and immersive story-led Maths Day programmes.
  • Numberprep www.numberprep.com – A successful mathematics and science tuition centre run by a professional team of Oxbridge tutors.  To support schools, Numberprep helps students who have missed periods of time at school and those that have transferred mid-year to a new school, to catch up by offering tuition that follows their schools’ calculation policy and focuses on areas that the teacher has highlighted.  Numberprep can also run group sessions for all ability levels with extension activities for the gifted and talented set or going back to fundamentals with the lower ability groups should their teacher not have time to focus on these groups.  A personalised learning plan is designed for each tutee and we are able to cater for SEN, home-educated, G&T students and all ability levels in between.  We have an extensive bank of resources and cover all exam boards.  Numberprep also offers revision courses, holiday courses, a STEM Club and workshops for parents.
  • Numberbundle www.numberbundle.com – The mathematics activity box that enables parents to become their child’s favourite maths teacher.  With at least seven different numeracy based activities in each monthly box, children will have fun whilst learning key topics from the National Curriculum.  The guided discussion points will help parents lead the learning and the ‘I can’ checklist will encourage children to complete the activities and take pride in what they have learned.

Tried, tested and piloted by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham’s LEA, and most recently across Buckinghamshire, the Numbermix results have been remarkable.  Numbermix aims to educate students, promote exercise, increase engagement, create enjoyment and encourage teamwork whilst delivering impressive results.

From Maths Days to Numberfit classes, we have various offerings to allow all schools to reap the benefits of the Numbermix programmes. Allow us to help you find solutions to your unique challenges with a tailor-made programme.

BOOK BY AUGUST 15TH, 2017 AND GET A 10% BACK-TO-SCHOOL DISCOUNT!

If we have spiked your interest, please get in touch for a bespoke proposal for your school.

For more information, please visit www.numbermix.com or email us at enquiries@numberfit.com.

Yours sincerely,
Ashley

Numbermix
Merritt House, Hill Avenue
Amersham, Buckinghamshire
HP6 5BQ
www.numbermix.com

Mending pupils’ minds – reducing the risk

The majority of pupils’ minds are ready for learning but overall 20% have behaviour and other emotional problems that pose risks to a school.  This minority take up a disproportionate amount of staff’s time. They:

  • Cause stress to teaching staff
  • Lower the school’s overall teaching results
  • Disturb other pupils’ learning and emotional well-being
  • May cause physical harm to pupils and staff and damage to property

But there’s also the risk that untrained, unqualified staff can cause further damage. A proven, safe and cost effective solution is to train your staff in Play Therapy as registrants on the ‘Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists’ accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.  When delivered to Play Therapy UK (PTUK) standards, it results in a 77% to 84% positive change, as observed by teaching staff and parents based on over 12,000 cases.

Our registrants, many of whom are school staff, already work in over 1500 primary schools in the UK

Experience how play therapy works and how we train – 13 venues throughout the UK: http://www.playtherapy.org.uk/Training/TrainCrseAPACIntrod1day

Or have a chat with Monika 01825 761143 Email: mokijep@majemail.com

More information:

www.playtherapy.org.uk    Play Therapy Register

Have a good summer break!

Jeff Thomas – Registrar Play Therapy UK

Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and A Christmas Carol at your school in 2017-18

As the current academic year draws to a close, everyone at Fred Theatre wishes you a great summer.

We’ll all be fitting in holidays, but the office remains open to respond to enquiries regarding our three in-school shows for next year.

MACBETH

“All of the actors in this show gave passionate and haunting performances.”

“Fred’s production of Macbeth proved that a small theatre company can produce big theatre in a small space.”

“Despite being an hour and a half, the show did not feel rushed and the integrity of the show was not compromised.”

(Quotes from student reviews, details on file)

This year’s 90 minute Macbeth is returning in spring 2018. Fred Theatre brings Shakespeare’s tragedy of greed, lust and betrayal to life in a new and intimate production.

Six actors present this timeless classic in a contemporary setting. The production asks who, in the twenty-first century, can be trusted to tell us the truth? How easy is it to manipulate others? And, what happens if ambition is left unchecked?

ROMEO AND JULIET

We’re delighted to announce the addition of Romeo and Juliet to the schools’ repertoire for spring 2018.

As with Macbeth, Shakespeare’s text is cut to be performed in 90 minutes, with the focus firmly on the young lovers and their journey from the bliss of first true love to tragic victims of a family feud.

Performed by six actors, Romeo and Juliet will be an excellent introduction to the text or a timely revision tool.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

This autumn Fred Theatre is on the road with Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Recognised for our quality, professionalism and accessibility Fred has built an excellent reputation for our schools friendly productions.

Our 90 minute adaptation is a fresh and exciting re-telling of the familiar and much loved story.

A Christmas Carol is already booked in to perform at many schools in the run-up to Christmas, but there is space on the schedule if you’re interested.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Simply email our office (admin@fred-theatre.co.uk) or call Robert on 07974 210265. We’ll collect a few details from you and respond with potential dates and a quote soon after.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Fred Theatre Limited

classic drama, contemporary theatre

www.fred-theatre.co.uk    @FRED_Theatre

PS: Our office remains open throughout the summer holidays, so feel free to get in touch at any time.

 

When a really clever question asked at the start of the lesson didn’t quite work as intended.

“What would happen,” I asked, “if we didn’t have numbers?”

The answers from the class were rather predictable.  A few puzzled looks and then the notion that we wouldn’t have clocks so playtime could be longer – which met with approval.

“But would we have any problems if we didn’t have numbers?” I asked.

And another answer emerged: I wouldn’t be able to count the class to make sure everyone was here.

“But I could ask everyone to sit at a desk, and then see if there were any empty desks,” I replied.  And yes, they agreed that would work.

There was puzzlement. Until the suddenly excited answer came, “Money.”  And we agreed we wouldn’t know how much we had, and how much anything cost without numbers.

But still I wanted more, so I gave a hint.  “You are all in this room and you can all sit down, and I know this room can take 35 children.  And we have ten classes in the school.   Which means we have…”

They got that of course – 350 children in the school.  There were surprised looks – they had no idea there were that many.

“But supposing we couldn’t count – lots of children might turn up and we wouldn’t have enough spaces.”

“You’d have to say that the first ones in would have a desk,” said the class’s official Bright Spark.

And that’s when my carefully evolved lesson plan fell apart.  Because the next voice added, “And everyone else could go home,” came the call.  And thus the fact that a lack of numbers would be a jolly good idea was born.  Because turning up late would mean the school was full, and late comers could go home.

Maybe instead I should have stuck with the Sum Fun Maths Assessment series pack of Maths Assessment Puzzles.  You will find more information on our website.

You can order

  • by visiting the website
  • by phone on 01449 766629
  • by fax on 01449 768047
  • 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 768047

What’s the best way to ensure that your school or college gets its new stock of chairs, stools or tables in plenty of time for the start of the new school year?

The summer holidays are traditionally a very busy time for UK manufacturers of school tables, chairs, cupboards etc.  Hundreds, maybe even thousands of schools and colleges order new stock …most of which has to be manufactured and delivered in a relatively short space of time.

Sadly it’s not always recognised that this puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the factories …… the need for more raw materials, perhaps taking on extra staff to cope with increased demand and last but not least, delivering huge quantities of furniture the length and breadth of the UK to many schools, often in the space of just a couple of weeks. 

Four suggestions to improve your school’s chances of getting new stocks of tables and chairs etc in plenty of time for the new school year…….  

1.  Order early!    This is usually the key to avoiding chaos at the start of the new term. Most manufacturers will be pleased to produce your furniture early in the summer term and store it for later delivery….either in the holidays or just before the new term starts.

2.  Never throw away your old furniture until the new stock has arrived!  However tempting it may be to clear out old chairs and tables and throw them in a skip, please resist doing so.  Your new stock may be delayed until after the terms starts…if this happens then what will your students sit on or write on?

3.  Take delivery “guarantees” with a pinch of salt (sometimes even a boxful of salt). This is particularly important if you are late in ordering and are desperately searching for a supplier to deliver in just a few days. It may be tempting for a firm to quote a quick delivery date  just to get your order, knowing full well that they can’t do what they say, but hoping they can keep you hanging on week after week until you finally receive your order.

4.  If you are ordering late then try to be flexible.  Could you change the specification slightly?   Can you change the colour or style of chairs you want?  Could you perhaps accept tables with a black frame rather than a grey frame?   A good supplier should be able to give you a fairly accurate idea of lead times for different products so at least you can make an informed decision.

If you need new school furniture for August or September you might like to contact

Central Educational Supplies Ltd on 020 7515 1797 or info@centraleducational.co.uk

Ask to speak to Martin Evans who will be pleased to discuss your requirements and can make suggestions and provide prices, all without any obligation.  For examples of their range of educational furniture please see:  www.centraleducational.co.uk

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

Booking Now for Autumn Musicals in Tunbridge Wells

The new Autumn season at the Assembly Hall Theatre includes three striking musicals, two of them based on hit films (Flashdance and The Wedding Singer) and the third (Son of a Preacher Man) a brand new musical set in 60’s Soho featuring the songs of Dusty Springfield.

The Wedding Singer
Tue 5 Sep to Sat 9 Sep

It’s 1985. Hair is huge, greed is good and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart (Jon Robyns: Avenue Q, Legally Blonde) is New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer. When his own fiancée dumps him at the altar a seriously bummed out Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own.

Can sweet natured Julia, (Cassie Compton: X Factor) and her best friend Holly lure Robbie out of the dumpster and back into the limelight?  Or is he going to see her head off down the aisle with Wall Street bad boy Glenn (Ray Quinn: X Factor, Dancing On Ice)? Only Grandma Rosie (Ruth Madoc: Hi-De-Hi!, Little Britain) seems to be able to see that Robbie and Julia are the couple that are meant to be.

https://www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/whats-on/musical-theatre/wedding-singer

Performance Times

Evenings at 7.30pm
Matinees Wed & Sat at 2.30pm

Tickets: £15 and the eleventh ticket free

Plus a £1.75 per ticket booking fee

Flashdance – The Musical
Mon 13 Nov to Sat 18 Nov

Dance like you’ve never danced before! Flashdance – The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer.  When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream.

Based on the Paramount Pictures film (Screenplay by Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas, story by Tom Hedley) Flashdance is an inspiring musical about the power of holding onto your dreams and love against all the odds.

Prepare to be blown away with an astonishing musical spectacle and phenomenal choreography to this iconic score including the smash hit Maniac, Manhunt, Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll and the sensational title track Flashdance – What a Feeling.

Produced by the award winning team at Selladoor Productions- producers of Footloose, Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors, and Runaway Entertainment – producers of Lazarus, In the Heights and Guys and Dolls, Flashdance – The Musical is not to be missed!

No school rate, but tickets from £15 plus £1.75 per ticket booking fee and requests can be put to the producers

https://www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/whats-on/musical-theatre/flashdance-musical

Son of a Preacher Man
Tue 31 Oct to Sat 4 Nov

Three broken hearts, one Soho hang-out, and the only man who could ever help them…

Welcome to the Preacher Man, the swinging 1960s Soho joint where the kids danced the night away to the latest crazes and dared to dream of love, while the legendary owner, The Preacher Man himself, dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts.

Only, that was a long time ago and all that remains are the memories, the stories and the myths. Until now, that is, when three random strangers, generations apart but all in need of help with their hopeless love lives, are inexplicably drawn to the site of the original venue. The Preacher Man is long gone, but his son, with help from the wonderful Cappuccino Sisters, might just find it in himself to channel the spirit of The Preacher Man and once more give these three lovesick strangers the look of love.

Featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, including “The Look Of Love”, “I Only Want To Be With You”, “Spooky” and of course, the classic “Son Of A Preacher Man”, this sparklingly funny and sweetly touching new musical play by internationally-renowned writer Warner Brown will have you laughing, crying and singing your heart out to some of the greatest songs ever written.

Directed and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood and starring Diana Vickers (Little Voice, Rocky Horror Show, The X Factor) and Debra Stephenson (The Impressions Show, Bad Girls, Coronation Street), Son of a Preacher Man comes to the Assembly Hall Theatre for one week only. So you know just what to do with yourself – book your tickets now!

Please note there is some Parental Advisory material in this production.

https://www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/whats-on/musical-theatre/son-preacher-man

Evenings at 7.30pm
Matinees Wed & Sat at 2.30pm

Tickets: £15 and the eleventh ticket free

Plus a £1.75 per ticket booking fee

To book your tickets and ask questions please email Bethan.Minter@tunbridgewells.gov.uk or telephone 01892 554221.

Please speak to us if you would like to book a backstage tour before the matinees and we can add an ice cream to your booking for just £2 per person.

Antony Pickthall
Sales and Marketing Director

Assembly Hall Theatre, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2LU

T: 01892 554165

M: 07875 280038

www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk

www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

Science experiments for the new academic year

Topical Resources

         

Start the new academic year with science experiments that will instil a love for science from the off

Science experiments can instil a love for science, which is precisely why we have created the Practical Science series – so that you will never run out of science experiment ideas!

Practical Science contains a wealth of science experiments and activities and has been divided up into six volumes (one for each year group), not least so that you can effortlessly find an experiment that is suitable for the age group and topic that you are teaching at any given time.

For more information and to see sample pages for any of the volumes in the Practical Science series, simply visit the links below.

Practical Science Year 1

Practical Science Year 2 

Practical Science Year 3 

Practical Science Year 4 

Practical Science Year 5 

Practical Science Year 6  

www.topical-resources.co.uk
sales@topical-resources.co.uk

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How a revolution in the design and manufacture of classroom chairs can save your organisation hundreds if not thousands of pounds, as well as reduce maintenance costs and improve your students’ concentration………

Introduced back in 1996  the “one piece” Postura chair was the first classroom chair to be manufactured from a single mould of polypropylene.  Today hundreds of thousands of these chairs are in use throughout the UK in schools, colleges and nurseries.

What’s so special about the “one piece” Postura chair? 

Before the introduction of the Postura chair, most classroom chairs were  made either of wood or  a metal frame  which was fixed to a polypropylene “shell” (the seat)  by screws or rivets.  If you have ever worked in a school then you will almost certainly  have come across broken or vandalised chairs ……… and how do they get broken ?

The weak link is the fixings which join the shell to the frame. They can usually be unscrewed or damaged, either deliberately or by the constant stresses and strains of wear by students for several hours everyday, week after week, month after month and year after year.  Sometimes they can be repaired using a replacement shell or frame but more often than not such repairs tended to be of a temporary nature. 

The Postura chair has done away with all this.   Its  one piece design means there are no screws or rivets to be broken or damaged.  When you take delivery of Postura chairs you get a TWENTY year warranty with each one. That’s how confident  the manufacturers are that you’ll get at least twenty years of trouble free use from each chair.

How can the Postura chair save us  hundreds or thousands of pounds? 

Simple. The warranty covers any possible manufacturing defects for  20 years.

This means that you’ll get 20 years of trouble free classroom seating from as little as 35p per term per chair…and this cost is based on the largest size, being used by ages 11 upwards…for primary and nursery schools the cost is even less !  So you can wave goodbye to broken and vandalised chairs…..no more time wasted in repairs, no more “wonky” chairs, no more expenditure for replacements when they have become unrepairable.  It all adds up to big savings when you switch to Postura chairs from the traditional classroom chair.

What about improving students’ concentration ? 

If you’ve ever sat on an uncomfortable chair you’ll know, well, how uncomfortable it is.

You  change your position, you fidget, you can’t sit comfortably and if you’re in a meeting the chances are you’re just as concerned with your sitting position than concentrating on what is being said.  It’s no different with your students, which is why the Postura chair was designed to be ergonomically correct …… to be comfortable and encourage good posture, so students can concentrate on lessons rather than continually trying to make themselves comfortable.

If you’d like to know more about these excellent chairs or make an order,  please visit the website of:  Central Educational Supplies Ltd,  www.centraleducational.co.uk

or phone 020 7515 1797 and ask to speak to Martin Evans.  If you prefer to email then it’s info@centraleducational.co.uk or fax  020 7515 4420

PS.  orders are usually delivered within 5-10 working days.

What is perhaps the most effective way to prevent radicalisation among your students?

Despite the counter-terrorism duties of schools (which include: assessing the risk of students being drawn into terrorism,working closely with your LA, training staff to identify at-risk children, keeping students safe online, and managing prayer and faith facilities), educating your students about terrorism is perhaps the most effective way to prevent radicalisation.

Which is why Brilliant Publications has produced

Radicalisation and Terrorism: A Teacher’s Handbook for Addressing Extremism

This practical handbook provides an objective resource to enable secondary school teachers to tackle the complex subjects of terrorism and radicalisation with confidence. It sets political violence within a broad context of perceived injustice, using familiar emotions of anger to introduce the notion of grievance (a precursor of all forms of terrorism).

The resource covers issues of citizenship, human rights, respect, civil and political engagement, identity, and how we identify with others while examining different forms of violence, from historical precedents to more recent examples of 21st century terrorism.

The handbook considers the causes and consequences of terrorism, what terrorists do, and why they do it; how to differentiate between the reasons, goals, and methods of terrorists; why the media and terrorism are inextricably linked; what makes terrorism start; and what factors bring the cycle of terrorism to an end.

Your students are invited to explore the process of reconciliation, taking Northern Ireland and South Africa as examples, as well as being encouraged to consider the definition of “terrorism” and debate fact and bias through examining the role of the media.

You can order Radicalisation and Terrorism: A Teacher’s Handbook for Addressing Extremism on our website either in PDF for £13.99 or as a hardcopy book for £19.99. There is also the option to buy the hardcopy and PDF together at a discounted price of £24.19.

For more information and to see sample pages visit https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/radicalisation-and-terrorism-588. Alternatively, you can contact us by phone on 01449 766629 or by email at orders@tradecounter.co.uk

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 768047

What is the single most effective way of teaching everything, from history to creative writing, from diversity to science?

It is a fact, often forgotten, that everything that we know and everything that we learn ultimately is learned as a story.

How people in different parts of the world live.  How people in different countries have different ways of celebrating Christmas.

How they have their own stories associated with their past.  How England is actually just coming up to its 1000th birthday.   How our understanding of the world has changed across time.

How Galileo Galilei (then professor of mathematics at the University of Pisa) is said to have dropped two spheres of different masses from the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Everything comes back to stories.  And this is why, as part of their learning, it is vital that children listen to stories told by expert professional storytellers.

We have stories covering almost every aspect of the primary school curriculum and childhood development.

You can find out more about a few of our story themes at www.snailtales.org/stories, but please do remember that there are many more available.  If you have a story that you would like to see explored, please do drop us a line and let us know, and we’ll come back to you and tell you what we can do.

There’s no obligation – we are happy to share our ideas with you. And if you are looking for a theme that we have not explored before, we would be delighted to see if we could develop a storytelling day or half day in your school on that particular theme.

You can select from one of our existing themes by clicking here, or ask us to pencil you into our diary by completing our online booking form.

Or, if you want to explore a different theme – without any obligation please do:

We look forward to hearing from you

From Hans Christen Anderson to the Little Princess

From Hans Christen Anderson to the Little Princess,
from The Secret Garden to the Little Prince…
at just £1.87 each.

 Or come to that from Little Women to Moonfleet, from What Katy Did to the Wind in the Willows, all at just £1.87 each (after discount) with free delivery when ordered directly from us.

I could go further, of course, and add, The Railway Children, Beatrix Potter, Kidnapped, Treasure Island

In fact, we have a list of over 50 children’s classics, all available at this special price.

There is even a box set collection of eight titles available for just £19.99 – less a 25% discount when ordered directly from ourselves.

In fact Wordsworth Editions has over 400 titles in print, and not only does each volume naturally have the full text but with all of our classics there is also a set of exclusive introductions and notes.

And don’t forget, you get a 25% discount on all of the prices shown, not just on the classics.

Plus there’s a free book offer.   Because it might well be that you are thinking this all this seems far too good to be true, so we really do have an offer of a free book, with free delivery.

We offer the free book because if you have not ordered from us before we’d like to assure you of the quality of our publications, and second because we know that when teachers do see the quality of our books they do tend to place an order.

There’s no pressure to buy – we let you make the decision, whenever you wish.

So, if you would like a free sample of one of our books, just email education@wordsworth-editions.com with your name and the school address, and we’ll put it in the post to you, with our compliments.

But just before you do that, please do have a look at our list of children’s classics.  I know you will be rather surprised at the range of titles we have.

We look forward to hearing from you.

What’s the simple and cost effective way to help maths lessons be more productive, both for teachers and students?

Every now and again I get to chat with  teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why many students don’t  bring a pen, pencil, ruler etc to their lessons.  They tell me that this leads to wasted time and a measure of disruption,  even before teaching has begun.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s  now a  product called the

“Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their  maths lessons.

Consisting of  two quality black ink ballpens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, metal compass and half pencil,  and a sharpener, all packed in an  A5 size, clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider.

From just £ 1.25 each (ex vat) the “Value Maths set”  is a convenient and cost effective solution to the problem of students who haven’t brought the correct kit to their maths lessons.  Ideal to give or sell  to students at the start of lessons or at the start of a school day………  also very useful for exams.

Full details of the “Value Maths set”   can be found on the website:

     www.signposteducational.co.uk  

You can order by:
email:  info@signposteducational.co.uk 
phone   020 7515 1797
fax:  020 7515 4420

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

From Hans Christen Anderson to the Little Princess, from The Secret Garden to the Little Prince… at just £1.87 each.

Or come to that from Little Women to Moonfleet, from What Katy Did to the Wind in the Willows, all at just £1.87 each (after discount) with free delivery when ordered directly from us.

I could go further, of course, and add, The Railway Children, Beatrix Potter, Kidnapped, Treasure Island

In fact, we have a list of over 50 children’s classics, all available at this special price.

There is even a box set collection of eight titles available for just £19.99 – less a 25% discount when ordered directly from ourselves.

In fact Wordsworth Editions has over 400 titles in print, and not only does each volume naturally have the full text but with all of our classics there is also a set of exclusive introductions and notes.

And don’t forget, you get a 25% discount on all of the prices shown, not just on the classics.

Plus there’s a free book offer.   Because it might well be that you are thinking this all this seems far too good to be true, so we really do have an offer of a free book, with free delivery.

We offer the free book because if you have not ordered from us before we’d like to assure you of the quality of our publications, and second because we know that when teachers do see the quality of our books they do tend to place an order.

There’s no pressure to buy – we let you make the decision, whenever you wish.

So, if you would like a free sample of one of our books, just email education@wordsworth-editions.com with your name and the school address, and we’ll put it in the post to you, with our compliments.

But just before you do that, please do have a look at our list of children’s classics.  I know you will be rather surprised at the range of titles we have.

We look forward to hearing from you.

What is the most important thing to do now, in order to improve literacy results in September?

Averages have a most annoying effect.  Because for every child who is above average, it means you’ve got one who is below average.

But there is an upside to this, because the children who are struggling with literacy are the ones who can make the most substantial and sustained progress and attainment.

Which means when they make their leap forwards in literacy, that change improves the ranking of the whole year group.

And this is what we offer: an approach using one to one tuition for the children who are slipping behind in literacy achievement, at a very affordable price, whenever needed.

Naturally with such claims the first thing you will want to do is have a trial – and we can arrange this at once.   Even better, if you arrange a trial now and then want to proceed, we can have everything in place for September.

Through our program every misunderstanding and every concept not understood is instantly spotted, and results in the pupil being taken back a step for remedial work. After this, progress and advancement resumes.

Each individual’s literacy needs are analysed and then the pupil is directed to an engaging set of activities which remedy any deficits, before advancing through to the next set of skills.

And because the level of instruction is so accurately reflective of the child’s current abilities, the pupil then gets a feeling of success and progress, which of itself is highly motivational.

At the same time, your colleagues will be free to work with others in the group.  Indeed, they can rotate the children, with some receiving directed help online while others engage with offline paper-based activities which are generated automatically by the system.

Of course you’ll want to see this in action before making any decisions, and you can do that this term, without any cost or commitment.  First you can read more about Core 5 which achieves these extraordinary results here.

You can also read a variety of case studies here. You will then also find on the top right of the page the link to gain full access to the program for 30 days without any payment or commitment.

If you want to know more about the program, please do call 0191 482 1939 or email info@lexiauk.co.uk

Rob Kay

LexiaUK Software Consultant.

2017-18: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and A Christmas Carol

Fred Theatre is back in schools over the coming academic year with three lively and engaging productions.

MACBETH

“All of the actors in this show gave passionate and haunting performances.”

“Fred’s production of Macbeth proved that a small theatre company can produce big theatre in a small space.”

“Despite being an hour and a half, the show did not feel rushed and the integrity of the show was not compromised.”

(Quotes from student reviews, details on file)

This year’s 90 minute Macbeth is returning in spring 2018. Fred Theatre brings Shakespeare’s tragedy of greed, lust and betrayal to life in a new and intimate production.

Six actors present this timeless classic in a contemporary setting. The production asks who, in the twenty-first century, can be trusted to tell us the truth? How easy is it to manipulate others? And what happens if ambition is left unchecked?

ROMEO AND JULIET

We’re delighted to announce the addition of Romeo and Juliet to the schools’ repertoire for spring 2018.

As with Macbeth, Shakespeare’s text is cut to be performed in 90 minutes, with the focus firmly on the young lovers and their journey from the bliss of first true love to tragic victims of a family feud.

Performed by six actors, Romeo and Juliet will be an excellent introduction to the text or a timely revision tool.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

This autumn Fred Theatre is on the road with Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Recognised for our quality, professionalism and accessibility Fred has built an excellent reputation for our schools friendly productions.

Our 90 minute adaptation is a fresh and exciting re-telling of the familiar and much loved story.

A Christmas Carol is already booked in to perform at many schools in the run-up to Christmas, but there is space on the schedule if you’re interested.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Simply email our office (admin@fred-theatre.co.uk) or call Robert on 07974 210265. We’ll collect a few details from you and respond with potential dates and a quote soon after.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Fred Theatre Limited

classic drama, contemporary theatre

www.fred-theatre.co.uk    @FRED_Theatre

PS: Our office remains open throughout the summer holidays.

What is the best way to support students on the autism spectrum with teen issues and relationships?

For many teenagers on the autism spectrum the world of feelings, emotions, relationships, and indeed the whole range of issues related to being a teenager, can be extremely difficult.

While many young people develop their ability to handle these topics and cope with such issues as sexuality, personal hygiene, body image, social drinking, fashion, self-confidence, and so on, for the student on the autism spectrum this can be difficult.

The same is true with everyday situations such as going to the pub, responding to suggestions that a friend is gay, speaking in public, having a tattoo, etc, etc.

As a result your SEN students can require a bit more support if they are to become able to form and maintain healthy relationships throughout adolescence and adulthood and deal with all the issues that can make the teenage years problematic.

Which is why we have devised the “Relationships” series and its companion “Teenage Issues” series of resources.

These are comprehensive resources offering guidance to teenagers with a reading age of around seven. The approach is one of being sympathetic to the way that autistic teenagers and others with related special needs typically view the world.

Each series consists of:

  • Two copies of each of six story books which support the ASDAN Transition Challenge and Towards Independence Life Skills courses.
  • A CD-ROM providing electronic versions of the six books, making it ideal for interactive whiteboard presentations and for students who would also benefit from listening to the text. It is also possible to edit and save the text to make your own story, create differentiated texts, and personalise the text.
  • Supporting resources for teachers including page-by-page notes for all the stories and assessment resources (feedback sheets and student record sheets).
  • An extensive range of activity worksheets and interactive activities that encourage reading comprehension.

Each of the two series come in Value Packs costing £139 plus VAT (save 10%). Individual elements from the two packs are also available separately. There is information on the contents of each pack through these links:

 Relationships Value Pack           Teen Issues Value Pack

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

Janie Nicholas

What is the single biggest problem that comes from the need to deliver a new assembly every day?

During the course of their primary school lives, most children will take part in over 1000 assemblies.

Which provides a significant challenge. How can one ensure that each day’s assembly has an immediate impact on each child and then additionally ensure that some of these assemblies have such an impact that they will be remembered for months (and sometimes even years) to come?

This is the issue that schools face every day through the school year, and it is the issue we looked to solve when we created Assembly Box.

The aim has been to create a series of 350 outstanding assemblies that really engage the pupils and which they will remember over time.

Each assembly is fully scripted, and the collection comes with a complete index so that you can choose your assembly by topics as diverse as community and citizenship, saints’ days, black history, social and emotional stories, and so on.

What’s more, each assembly comes with its own supporting presentation material and a set of ready-to-use key word cards. The assemblies can be downloaded and printed out, thus making them immediately usable without further preparation.

You can see a complete list of the 12 main categories our assemblies are divided into on our website, and from there you can go into each category and see the details of all the assemblies on offer. Just visit http://www.assemblybox.co.uk/

You can also read a full example of one of our assemblies by following this link

The complete set of all of our assemblies costs £149 (+ VAT). Order on line at www.assemblybox.co.uk

If you have any questions please email enquiries@assemblybox.co.uk

KM classroom chairs & stools are available again…….

For many years KM Furniture were producing what were arguably the best and most popular classroom and reception chairs.   Their chairs could be found in hundreds, if not thousands of schools and colleges throughout the UK.

However, three years ago KM Furniture went into liquidation.  It was a sad day as it meant that many people in and around Chesterfield  (where their factory was located) lost their jobs;  and schools and colleges were unable to replace their existing KM chairs with the same models.

Now for the good news..…  KM chairs are available again AND they are still made in the UK.

The most popular KM chairs, the P3,  P6 and P7, together with the NP and  CLS  stools can be obtained from Central Educational Supplies Ltd...usually within a couple of weeks  (although delivery lead times may be somewhat longer during the summer). The chairs are available in sizes from nursery through to colleges and in a range of colours.

For more information  about KM chairs and stools plus educational furniture from other  well known brands such as Postura Plus, Titan, Hille, DLB, Spaceforme  and  Metalliform etc, please visit the website:

  www.centraleducational.co.uk  

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

They are always pleased to talk about educational furniture and their  suggestions and advice are free and without obligation.  They would be pleased to hear from you.

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

October is National Poetry Month

Dear Head of English,
        
October is National Poetry Month: this is our 17th year. 

How to get the new school year off to an exciting start? 

Every year the Performance Poetry Society arranges a National Tour of Interactive Poetry and Song Shows to enrich and entertain students in Year 7 and Year 8.
To find out how your secondary school can take advantage of this and join in, please telephone Sandra Dennis our Tour Co-ordinator on 0208 688 6951 or email performancepoetry@yahoo.com for further details.
Jim MacCool

Premier Poet 
JIM MacCOOL
leads the Tour
 THE PERFORMANCE POETRY SOCIETY
Working In Universities, Colleges, Schools, 
Arts Centres, Libraries And Prisons
The Performance Poetry Society is the longest-serving provider of quality Poetry Services to Schools.
Performance Poetry Society
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7 Harepit Close
Croydon
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TEL 0208 688 6951
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October is National Poetry Month
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Do you need your own ‘bespoke’ Primary School assessment system?

You know best what your school needs, so why put up with an off the shelf assessment system?

With support from our Primary Progress toolkit it’s easy to create your own ‘bespoke’ system. Here’s what you need to do.

Pick a manageable set of subjects, statements/objectives, which will let your teachers know what their pupils have to know and be able to do (the toolkit can import these for you or provide a default set which you can edit).

Agree a set of assessment grades, which define pupils’ steps on the way to mastering the curriculum (the toolkit can cope with any set of assessment grades).

Have a quick and easy way for teachers to record their assessments (the toolkit provides this).

Set Age Related expectations for each term (the toolkit has a simple way for you to set these).

Analyse which pupils are making expected progress and which need support to get them on track (the toolkit provides multiple reports – subject attainment, combined subjects, statements achieved, ARE, individual pupil, whole school overview, with group filters).

If you need reports in a format which the toolkit doesn’t provide, we can extract the data from the database and present it in a special Excel report, at no extra charge!

Our Online Primary Progress toolkit has been built with flexibility as its main aim. We believe it can support any school’s assessment needs.  It’s also a modern online database system, professionally programmed, so you don’t have to worry about maintaining it. It’s not expensive and training and support are free.

So, if you aren´t 100% satisfied with your current assessment tracking system, why not check out our Online Primary Progress toolkit at primaryprogresstoolkit.co.uk?

If you need more information, or would like to discuss your specific needs, email me at statsed@gmail.com or ring me on 01279 652183.

We can give you free access to a demo site, where you can try out the toolkit for yourself.

Roger Watson

Statistics for Education Ltd, 5 Bridge Street, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 2JU
Tel: 01279 652183; Email: statsed@gmail.com

Disruptive pupils – reducing the risk

Pupils with behaviour and other emotional problems pose risks to a school:

  • Cause stress to teaching staff
  • Lower the school’s overall teaching results
  • Disturb other pupils’ learning and emotional well-being
  • May cause physical harm to pupils and staff and damage to property

A proven solution is Play Therapy.  When delivered to Play Therapy UK (PTUK) standards, it results in a 77% to 84% positive change, as observed by teaching staff and parents based on over 12,000 cases.

Experience how play therapy works and how we train – 13 venues throughout the UK: http://www.playtherapy.org.uk/Training/TrainCrseAPACIntrod1day

More information:

www.playtherapy.org.uk    Play Therapy Register

Email: mokijep@majemail.com    Phone: 01825 761143

Get more SEN funding

I’m sure you understand only too well how challenging it can be for your staff to juggle their time between administrative tasks and supporting SEN pupils, particularly with the increasing demands for SENCOs and other members of staff to manage inclusion in an effective and strategic way.

In response to these demands, our own team of experienced SENCOs developed Provision Map; the time-saving management information software helping SENCOs and other school staff to stay organised and track provisions and interventions. And I’d like to show you how it can do the same for you through an online demo.

The following points show how our powerful PM software will provide staff at Oathill School with:

  • Flexible Learning plans that are in line with the SEND Code of Practice and follow the Assess-Plan-Do-Review approach
  • Easy Provision Mapping, making it fast and easy to map out interventions and to keep track of who’s involved in each one
  • Instant Reports available at the click of a button, saving hours of time to spend with pupils
  • Pupil Passports, otherwise known as single page pupil profiles, for easy individual plan access
  • The opportunity to secure an average of £21,850 extra funding to support your SEN pupils

I’m really excited to show you how Provision Map will make a difference to the work you do with your SEN pupils, I am offering you until September for free when purchasing a licence this summer. If you would like to know more then, just request an online demo here.

Or just reply to this email and we can take things from there.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Best wishes,

Duncan
01348 800 100

Towards literacy perfection

The best way to improve literacy in a struggling student is with 1 to 1 tuition. Now, that is possible.

Indeed where a student really gets on well with the tutor and doesn’t feel pressured or intimidated in any way by having one-to-one tuition, progress will always be beyond anything that can be achieved in a regular classroom.

Of course at this point you might be expecting me to say, “Sadly we can’t offer that ideal…”  But in fact we can, in an approach that allows not only one to one tuition but one to one tuition at a very affordable price, whenever needed.

Every misunderstanding and every concept not understood is instantly spotted, and results in the student being taken back a step for remedial work, after which progress and advancement resumes with appropriate activities to hand for every eventuality.

This approach is available through a program that locates each individual’s literacy needs, directing the student to an engaging set of activities which remedy any deficits, before advancing through to the next set of skills.

Because the level of instruction is so accurately reflective of the child’s current abilities, the student then gets a feeling of success and progress, which itself is highly motivational.

At the same time your colleagues are now free to work with others in the group.  Indeed, they can rotate the students, with some receiving directed help online while others engage with offline paper-based activities which are generated automatically by the system.

Of course you’ll want to see this in action before making any decisions, and you can do that this term, without any cost or commitment.

You can read more about Lexia Strategies® and the extraordinary results that other schools have seen here.

You will then be able to have a free trial which gives full access to the program for 30 days without any payment or commitment.

If you want to know more about the program, we have all the information you’ll need available here.

Of course, you may like to talk first – if so, please do call 0191 482 1939 or email info@lexiauk.co.uk

Rob Kay

LexiaUK Software Consultant.

Better support for your boys – accredited mentoring programme

How to effectively engage young males with education and provide routes into employment and socially responsible adulthood is a concern of many professions.

Education is also a recognised social determinant of health; boys and young men are consistently outperformed by girls and young women in schools and universities. Health improvement also means action on increasing educational opportunity.

Mentoring offers an evidence-based approach to work with young men – helping young men to achieve their academic and vocational potential, addressing concerns related to problematic behaviours – and providing go-to support and signposting to other services.

The Unit Award in Mentoring Boys and Young Men is a Level 2 award providing your staff/students with an understanding of mentoring work. The unit considers:

  • the rationale for work with young males
  • a strengths-based approach to work with young males
  • the role of the mentor
  • qualities desirable in a mentor
  • primary tasks of a mentor
  • dealing with disclosure/safeguarding
  • setting boundaries in mentor-mentee relationships
  • building and sustaining mentor-mentee relationships
  • goal setting and outcomes

The outcome is that your staff/students will have received training enabling them to mentor boys throughout the school. This not only strengthens the school pastoral system but helps to raise the overall achievement of all boys and young men involved. This training and delivery thereof successfully delivers many of the new Ofsted framework for inspection.

The workshop covering the award criteria is 4 hours long. Each staff/student undertaking the award will be provided with their own copy of the Mengage course book: Mentoring Male: A guide to mentoring work with boys and young men. A Level 2 certificate will be issued upon completion.

The workshop costs £1295 for up to 10 staff or up to 15 students or a one-off date on Thursday 12th October CLICK HERE. BOOK BEFORE 31st August for £995.

Mengage is committed to your school’s development; if this is something you would like to discuss or you have other concerns regarding the health or education of young men, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

For more information or to discuss a booking, you can contact Liam by email at liam@mengage.co.uk or by phone on 07788725318.

Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.mengage.co.uk to see what else we offer with regards to mental health and raising boys’ achievement.

 

FREE GRATNELLS STORAGE KIT * for the maths and science departments …..

Gratnells are the leaders  for storage containers in schools, colleges and universities.

Their products are  designed to make life  more efficient  both for teachers and “back room” staff, particularly in the maths and science  departments.

Did you know that right now, until July 31, when you order selected calculators from Signpost Educational Ltd., you will receive Gratnells boxes completely free of charge!

For every 30  LK 183 or LK 83XP calculators you order*  you will get a free Gratnells storage box, foam insert and a clear lid.  There’s a minimum order of 60 calcs (that means you’ll  get two boxes, two foams and two lids free of charge)  but you must quote  the code  NIVRAM to benefit from this offer.

For details of these two calculators, please see:  www.signposteducational.co.uk or contact Signpost Educational Ltd by phone:  020 7515 1797 or by email:

info@signposteducational.co.uk

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

What is the most empowering event that can happen to your school leavers?

An end of year assembly which is produced and performed by year 6 pupils on their last day at primary school can not only leave a significant impression on those who take part, but also on the rest of the school.

The result is that the children who create the end of year event feel motivated through knowing their ideas are valued, and feel confident that they will be appreciated by others.

And it is possible to expand the feelings of self-worth and confidence that can arise from such an event when the children know they’re getting expert advice and support as they work on their presentation – and that’s what Snail Tales storytellers can give.

As published authors and professional performers who have entertained young audiences all over the world, our storytellers will be able to guide your children towards putting their best into their final moments at your school.

And since all five of our national theatre tours have been developed through KS2 workshops, you can feel sure that the final assembly will be 100% your year 6 – we’ll take and develop their ideas, not impose on own.

Over the course of a single day, your storyteller will run immersive, interactive, and engaging workshops with your year 6s on the four elements of producing a great show: pre-production (ideas and role setting); development (writing and designing); performance; and promotion.

The whole day includes a resource pack to help your year 6 teacher direct and mentor your year 6s towards their assembly.

The total cost inclusive of travel to your schools is £350 for up to 35 year 6 children. We can also work over two or three days and thus take in larger groups.

For more information please call 0203 287 6245 or visit our website at www.snailtales.org/leavers

Questions that no one knows the answers to

There are closed questions, open questions, rhetorical questions, leading questions and then there are questions that no one knows the answer to, such as: How many planets are actually in our Solar System? What is Time? Why are we here, what is our purpose? And why do we dream?

But perhaps the most difficult questions to answer are those from your pupils about what we might consider as ‘grown-up’ topics, including those about terrorism, such as: What do terrorists want? How does terrorism start? When will terrorism end? Why do they hate us? And so on…

Which is precisely why we have produced the resource:
Talking about Terrorism: Responding to Children’s Questions

Talking about Terrorism: Responding to Children’s Questions is a resource for you, the teacher. It answers questions that children may ask in clear, easy-to-understand language – providing simple, objective explanations and reassurance where possible, while being careful not to raise expectations.

In addition, the text is interspersed with classroom activities aimed at your KS2 pupils to stimulate critical thinking, including brain storming, group discussions, responding to visual stimuli, and evaluation.

What’s more, not only will this resource help your school to create ‘safe spaces’ for the discussion of controversial issues in response to the Prevent Strategy, but it will also help you to demonstrate to Ofsted that you are addressing this difficult area.

Don’t just take our word for it. “Highly recommended – really great resource for teachers” says Abigail Clay, an expert on Safeguarding and the Prevent Strategy.

You can order Talking about Terrorism: Responding to Children’s Questions on our website either in PDF for £13.99 or as a hardcopy book for £19.99. There is also the option to buy both the hardcopy and PDF together at a discounted price of £24.19.

For more information and to see sample pages, visit www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/talking-about-terrorism-740. Alternatively, you can contact us by phone on 01449 766629 or by email at orders@tradecounter.co.uk.

Safeguard my School

Dear Head

As a teacher with 16 years of teaching experience in the classroom I have noticed the ubiquity of smartphones and social media has made safeguarding a much more complicated issue. Experience has taught me that it’s vital for schools to have a robust safeguarding system that allows teachers to respond quickly and efficiently. The reason I built this software is not in the interests of a high Ofsted or Estyn rating, but for the sake of the most vulnerable students.

Safeguard my School is designed to enhance existing safeguarding provisions, allowing your teachers to both communicate and act upon issues quickly from anywhere in your school.

Here are a few bullet points explaining the key features of Safeguard my school, if you have time to read them:

 

  • Speedy, secure & simple recording of any safeguarding concern.
  • Powerful reporting tools deliver management reports for safeguarding leads, senior leaders, governing bodies, local authorities etc.
  • Accessed securely from wherever you have an internet connection and will display across all devices including tablets and smartphones.
  • With Safeguard my School, busy staff can report concerns with a few clicks of a button even when at home or on the P.E. field.

 

  • Each pupil has their own individual safeguarding profile which neatly collates all safeguarding issues that are relevant to them. This means that it is easy to spot trends and patterns.

If you would like to know more, then just request an online demo here, by doing so we would like to offer you until September for free when purchasing a licence this summer.

Or just reply to this email and we can take things from there.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Best wishes,

Duncan
01348 800 100

Discussion – Starter video of Tutor Time

We are delighted that our new FREE discussion-starter resources, geared for Sixth Form Tutor-Time, are being so useful for teachers.

‘I was able to pick it up and run with it without need for much preparation. The video was pitched well and the excellent questions, with their rigour and challenge, provoked discussion and insight.’

There are currently four Tutor-Time resources available on www.Take-One.TV and we plan to create a steady flow of new ones, based on the latest feature films and relevant topical issues.

Please email me at Kate.Laver@EthosEducation.org and I will ensure that we let you know when new free Tutor-Time resources are published.

Yours truly

Kate Laver
EthosEducation.org: Resources Manager
Kate.Laver@EthosEducation.org


LATEST FREE RESOURCES

Releasing on DVD on July 3rd, Hidden Figures tells the true story of African-American women working on the space programme, who overcame gender, race, and professional discrimination with their abilities and diligence.

Some of the key questions raised in the discussion-starter video and supported in the downloadable Leader’s Guide include:

  • Al Harrison, played by Kevin Costner, says ‘We all get there together or we don’t get there at all.’ To what extent is that true in our society?
  • Theodore Melfi, who directed the film, describes the women as ‘the heroes behind the scenes’. In our society, in what ways does the value placed on people in the media affect how we value those whose back-room roles are hidden?
  • Kevin Costner, who played the project leader Al Harrison, says ‘It’s a story of three women whose God-given abilities were allowed to flourish’. How might the belief that all abilities are ‘God-given’ make a difference to the way in which we value them, and allow them to flourish?

Produced in association with the UK Eating Disorder charity Beat and the Be Real Body Confidence campaign, this resource features Dr Elizabeth McNaught, the author of the best-selling book Life Hurts: a doctor’s personal journey through anorexia.

Some of the key questions raised in the discussion-starter video and supported in the downloadable Leader’s Guide include:

  • What insights about Body Confidence have you gained that you wish you had known when you were 13 years old?
  • Do we struggle with Body Confidence partly because, in this world of social media, we compare our ‘behind-the-scenes’ with other’s ‘highlight reel’?
  • What do you think of the vision that we should encourage people to celebrate what their body can do, rather than how it looks?

We work hard to ensure that you only receive emails that are relevant to you delivered to your email address.  If you would prefer to receive emails at a different or additional address or if you have any other comments please let us know by replying to this email.  If you would like to unsubscribe from this list please click on this link  If you choose not to do this we will take it that you are willing to receive emails from us until such time as you indicate that your preferences have changed.

 

Reducing SLT workload

As a teacher, you may have noticed pupil behaviour has been making the headlines of late.

With Ofsted open to taking cues from Behaviour advisor Tom Bennett’s report in future, it makes sense to get your behaviour provisions in place as soon as possible. Even schools with impeccable behaviour and standards look like they will need to offer Ofsted robust reports evidencing their great work.

That’s where ClassCharts comes in.

From my 16 years of teaching experience in the classroom I designed Classcharts, it is built to be easy-to-use for teachers, while offering in-depth reporting and analytics for SLT. Working with your existing Management Information System, ClassCharts enables teachers to access vital pupil data wherever they are, instantly.

ClassCharts is free until September when purchasing a licence this summer. If you would like to know more, then just request an online demo here.

Or just reply to this email and we can take things from there.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Best wishes,

Duncan
01348 800 100

What is the most effective way of improving handwriting and enhancing reading and spelling skills?

MSL offers three sets of structured materials relating to handwriting, literacy and spelling, and details with example materials are available from our website.

First, we have the Handwriting Rescue materials which contain over 300 structured exercises that introduce cursive handwriting and correct poor letter formation habits.  There are also follow-on books for revision, with all the resources designed to establish the correct cursive letter formation, alongside reinforcing important literacy skills.

The Reading and Spelling Literacy Scheme covers every phonic and spelling choice in the English language, introduced step by step in a logical sequence and this allows pupils and students to develop whole sentences from the very start.   Each new phonic and spelling choice is introduced in such a way as to ensure that past knowledge is reinforced, and confusions eliminated.  This is a structured programme that could be delivered by an LSA, and progress can be easily monitored and evaluated using the Placement & Progress Tests, which are included.

To round off each teaching session there are the Dyslexia Games and Association Cards.  These secure the knowledge that has been gained through the Reading and Spelling Literacy Scheme and give the pupils and students a less intense, more relaxed game situation for the end of each lesson.

Handwriting Rescue materials:

The Reading and Spelling Literacy Scheme

Dyslexia Games and Association Cards

Are you doing enough to maintain boys and young men’s interest in their education?

According to the DfE, “Girls are outperforming boys in all the main attainment indicators at ks4” which is what makes it so important to implement a whole-school strategy that will not only engage boys in education but that will also maintain their interest.

Which is precisely why Mengage has devised a workshop entitled
The Boy Problem: Raising boys’ achievement – what can schools do?

The Boy Problem: Raising boys’ achievement – what can schools do? is an evidence-based, experiential workshop in which your staff will be taught about the most effective ways to close the widening gap between girls’ and boys’ attainment in education.

This workshop offers practical solutions and covers five main areas of concern, including: male learning styles, boys’ participation in education, addressing literacy concerns, a male-inclusive classroom, and the importance of creating a whole-school strategy.

The Boy Problem: Raising boys’ achievement – what can schools do? is delivered in three hours and costs £895 or a one-off date on Thursday 19th October at our education centre CLICK HERE. For more information or to discuss a booking, you can contact Liam by email at liam@mengage.co.uk or by phone on 07788725318.

Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.mengage.co.uk to see what else we offer with regards to mental health and accredited mentoring.

English Literature Summer School 2017

In the words of C.S. Lewis, ‘Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.’

The English Literature Summer School is an opportunity for like-minded students aged 15-18 to indulge their passion for literature and explore some of the most exciting and challenging ideas in contemporary literary theory. Each part of the course consists of a structured five-day programme taught by expert postgraduate tutors.

The English Summer School – Part 1 will cover literature dating from 650 to 1790, including Middle English, Medieval Literature, Chaucer, The Renaissance, Shakespeare, Restoration Literature and the Rise of the Novel. As part of this course, students will explore Historicist and Feminist critical approaches.

The English Summer School – Part 2 will cover literature dating from 1790 to 2017, including Romanticism and the Gothic Movement, Victorian Sensation Novels, Literature and the British Empire, Modernism, and Postmodernism. As part of this course, students will explore Postcolonial criticism and the ‘Death of the Author’.                                 

The English Summer School – Part 3 will cover Contemporary English Literature, including prose fiction, poetry and drama. As part of this course, students will explore psychoanalytic criticism and theories of the canon.

Please note that although the courses complement one another, they can also be treated as stand-alone events, and there is no requirement to have attended Part 1 in order to register for other Parts of the course.

Classes are small, typically containing twelve to fourteen students, all of whom should have a passion for Literature, a curiosity to build on their existing knowledge and a desire to embrace and exchange new ideas. The tutors for the course range widely in their specialisms, from Medieval folk tales to Renaissance drama to contemporary criticism. This ensures that students will benefit from the broadest possible range of perspectives and approaches. Literary theory and criticism will play an important role in each session, and students will be invited to examine texts they have studied in the light of competing theories of the nature and value of literature and the role of the critic.

Feedback from previous students 

‘This was such an amazing course! I think the thing that made it so enjoyable were the staff running it. Although challenging, the course opened my eyes to a whole different perspective on literature – and the speakers really helped me to understand some of the harder texts. I would definitely recommend this course as it is worth every minute.’

‘I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone doing A-Level English or considering studying English at University. The week left me feeling inspired and wanting to learn more about the subject areas we covered, most of which are not even touched upon at school. The teachers encouraged us to discuss theories and philosophies of literature that piqued our interests, and several of these debates spilled over into lunchtime and even after class! The other students were friendly and easy to get along with. I went home feeling equally uplifted and educated by my time here… Thank you to everyone for making the experience so enjoyable!’

‘The Debate Chamber Summer School was a fantastic experience and one well worth applying for. Not only was it made thoroughly enjoyable by the effort and expertise of the tutors, but will undoubtedly prove invaluable in the future when drawing on the variety of skills learnt.’

‘I found this Summer School immensely enjoyable and extremely beneficial to my English studies. I knew before attending this course I wanted to study English Literature at university, but this informed me greatly of older literature (such as Old English, Medieval literature and the rise of the novel) as well as explaining fascinating literary criticism such as new historicism. I also met some lovely people who I hope to stay in contact with. I can’t recommend this course enough! If you have a passion for analysing and discussing the best texts in the English language, then you will relish this summer school.’

How can my students attend?

The English Literature Summer School will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London, and is open to students aged 15 – 18.

Part 1 will take place on the 24th – 28th July, Part 2 will take place on the 31st July – 4th August and Part 3 will take place on the 7th – 11th August 2017.

You can find full details of schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors at https://debatechamber.com/project/english-literature-summer-school/.

To book a place please visit https://debatechamber.com/project/english-literature-summer-school/, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

 

Yjod od s [orvr pg vtrsyobr qeurubf

Now I don’t want to put you to any stress in working that headline out, and I know it looks like gibberish – but in its own way it makes sense.  And being a kind sort of person, I’m not going to keep you guessing.

What I did was shift my fingers one place to the right on the keyboard as I typed “This is a piece of…” well you can work out the rest.  Same with the last word of the subject line.  Although I may have made some mistakes somewhere.   It got a bit confusing…

So is my headline creative writing?  Well, if a child was writing a story about meeting people with a different language, the piece would have a little more sparkle in it if what these foreigners spoke had some basis to it, rather than just being a collection of random letters.

Which leads to my question: “What is the fastest way to make children more creative, inventive, expressive, and experimental in their writing?”  In short, what makes them better writers?

Turns out that after years of study the answer is… you ask them to be more creative.

Yet there is still a problem here, because there is no universal agreement on what a creative action is.   Is it something not previously done, even if that thing is meaningless, or even harmful? Possibly not.

If I swim a length underwater for the first time (which I am not going to do since it would mess up my computer and make my clothes wet) would that be a creative act?

It’s hard to say.  But I can tell you this.  Telling children that you want them to be creative AND interesting, really is a good place to start.  Because although Yjod od s etc etc is not very interesting of itself, it becomes of interest because it has an underlying logic.

As does the subject line.

Our series of books on creative writing gives children starters for their writing – there is more about the books via this link and you can find samples of the activities by clicking on any of the titles.

And then once they have started, if you want them really to explore their creativity each time you give them another exercise, just ask them to be a little more creative.

Curiously, it works.

You can contact us by phone on 01449 766629 or by email at orders@tradecounter.co.uk.

You can order any of our Creative Writing Resources on our website

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

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Summer Schools 2017 – Last Places Available

The Debate Chamber Summer Schools offer students age 11-18 the opportunity to find out more about some fascinating subjects, prepare for university applications, meet like-minded peers and get to grips with some tough intellectual challenges.

The material will be challenging (for the older age-group, about the level of difficulty one might expect in the first year at university), but the atmosphere will be relaxed, with plenty of discussion, debate, and opportunities for students to shape the direction of classes. It is an environment conducive to getting to grips with new ideas.

Working in small groups (usually around 14 students per group) over several days offers participants a real chance to get to know tutors and fellow students and to explore the topics or questions that particularly interest them.

Highlights of Summer 2017:

The International Relations Summer School will introduce the central theories involved in the academic study of IR – realism, liberalism, constructivism and Marxism – and will then look at a range of detailed case studies in order to apply, test and explore these theories. Topics covered will include military intervention, international law, development aid, feminism and foreign policy, regional sessions looking at China and the Middle East, and the European response to the migration crisis.

The Law Summer School, in three distinct five-day Parts to allow time for more cases, more analysis and more debate on some of the most intriguing legal questions. Students can choose to focus on Criminal & Family Law, Civil Law or International and Human Rights Law. Each course builds towards a Mock Trial in which students play the role of barristers, build their case from the evidence, question witnesses and make speeches to the jury.

The Philosophy and Critical & Cultural Theory Summer Schools will look at some of the biggest questions in metaphysics, ethics and political theory, giving an opportunity to engage with the work of some fascinating thinkers, and also to develop students’ own skills of reasoning and argumentation.

For students interested in the Social Sciences or Humanities, we also have Summer Schools in Economics, Politics and History, while Arts enthusiasts should take a look at the English Literature, Classical Civilisations or Art History Summer Schools.

For aspiring scientists and mathematicians we also have the Physics, Mathematics and Medicine Summer Schools.

Practical Details:

All the Summer School events will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London, and will take place in July and August 2017. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

You can find full details of schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors at http://www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/.

To book a place on any course please visit www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.