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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prices

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

Prices include VAT.

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

What is the most effective and cost efficient way of reaching headteachers and deputy heads?

Heads and deputy heads in schools are the most sought after of people, receiving more emails and postal material than anyone else.

Because of this, and because of their heavy workloads, they tend to be more reluctant to read advertisements directed towards them than many other teachers in the school.

And yet there are many products and services that really do need to be brought to their attention. So what is the solution?

The answer invariably is to use several different media across a period of time, such as email and websites that contain information of interest to heads and their deputies.

Thus we have set up three websites, plus a series of emails to heads and deputies.  Your products and services can be detailed in full on all the sites and in emails for just £195.

The three sites are  UK Education News which links to all the main education news stories of the day (with articles about interesting products or services appearing in between), the School Business, Management and Admin Week website, and the administration and management section of Exceptional Teaching.

Being on all three sites while having emails sent out ensures that even the most advertising-averse head or deputy will see the advert somewhere.

Companies involved as sponsors of School Business Week will have two emails (written by them) sent to either the head or deputy head or, if prefered, someone else in the school. Plus a page including a link to that company’s website plus a full listing on the School Business Week site.

Plus they get a listing in four emails we send out to schools to promote School Business Week.  There will also be at least four headline stories in the main news listing on UK Education News, each linking to the site and listing the sponsors, and additionally full coverage on UK Education News of both of your individual news pieces that are being sent by email.

Plus a full listing on the Exceptional Teaching website which is regularly promoted to schools by Hamilton House.

The only issue to note is that we do not accept any directly competing advertisers in this programme, and thus bookings are very much on a first come basis – we will accept bookings until mid-July but, of course, once a product area is taken we won’t be accepting a competitor’s advertisement.

If you would like your company to be associated with the School Business and Administration Week, and to have these email promotions plus listings on the Exceptional Teaching site and as news stories on UK Education News, please do call 01536 399 000 and ask for Jenny Burrows.

Or you can email Jenny at Jenny@hamilton-house.com or fax us on  01536 399 012.

Tony Attwood

“During the safety briefing on every plane journey adults are reminded that, in case of an emergency, they are to secure their own oxygen masks before they help their children fit theirs”

 

A recent article in the Guardian uses this idiom (above) to highlight just how important it is for teachers to look after their own needs before looking after the needs of their students.

The article comes following the analyses of figures from a recent NASUWT survey which has revealed that worries about teacher workload has seen 67% of teachers state that their job had adversely impacted on their mental or physical health.

As a result, The Guardian has put together five things that teachers can do to help them to improve their work-life balance and overall health. You can read the full article at http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/jun/05/teachers-five-ways-to-boost-mental-health-mindfulness

I very rarely do this but it seems relevant here to mention a book that is published by one of the companies owned by Hamilton House (the company that brings you this newsletter).

First and Best in Education have published a book entitled “Recovery from stress: a school manager’s guide to helping colleagues” which examines in detail many of the personal problems faced by teachers: assertiveness, low self-esteem, lack of self-belief, depression, a lack of coping strategies.

The volume also looks at the sources of stress and then details the possible solutions, such as anxiety management, problem solving, relaxation techniques, etc. The book helps school managers who don’t suffer from excessive stress to understand what their colleague under stress is going through and to see how she or he can be helped.

“Recovery from stress: a school manager’s guide to helping colleagues” also includes a set of templates relating to the school’s policy on stress and a risk assessment programme and details on the various ways schools and individuals can overcome stress and reduce stress levels.

You can buy the book as a photocopiable ring bound book or on CD Rom at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=391

What is the most effective way of teaching basic kitchen skills to children with Down’s Syndrome or Autism?

In order to prepare food in a kitchen safely and without any health risk, teenagers need what we may call “Kitchen Skills”.  Skills relating to the practical realities of preparing hot and cold food.

With this in mind SEN Press has devised the ‘Simple Meals’ pack which contains a series of simple narratives exploring the different situations in which young people may be required to put their kitchen skills to the test.

The Simple Meals Value Pack, which supports the ASDAN Transition Challenge and Towards Independence Life Skills courses, is suitable for students aged between 14 and 19 with SEN and a reading age of around seven.

Within the pack there are four story books: “Breakfast in Bed”, “Lunch for Guests”, “Packed Lunch”, and “Tea”.  Each contains descriptions of everyday situations in which young people have to prepare simple meals themselves.

Also included is a CD-ROM providing electronic versions of each title, making it ideal for interactive whiteboard presentations and for students who would also benefit from listening to the text.

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

Additionally an extensive range of activity worksheets and interactive activities is included.  These look more closely at practical skills and safety issues and include Words & Pictures, Picture Search, Keyword Flashcards, Wordsearch, Spot the Difference, and How Well Did You Read?

Supporting resources for teachers including page-by-page notes for all the stories and assessment resources (feedback sheets and student record sheets) are also included in the pack.

The complete set of resources containing two copies of each of the six readers, the complete teacher book of notes and worksheets, and the CD Rom is available for £99 plus VAT.  Individual elements from the pack are also available separately.

You can find more information and see sample pages from the readers, and details for ordering individual items as well as the full Value Pack, on our ‘Simple Meals’ web page.

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

Janie Nicholas

Are your teachers sufficiently aware why some students find their learning so difficult?

This video resource introduces classroom
teachers to four common learning difficulties:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Attention Deficit
  • Autistic Spectrum

This video aims to help understand teachers
understand their students needs and enable
them to better support their learning.

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Based on the latest research, the material is
designed to be as accessible, jargon-free and
teacher-relevant as possible.

Using models and diagrams, we explain how the latest research can help teachers both understand their pupils and improve their learning, and how weaknesses in one area can be strengths in another.

The material can be used either at a staff training session or by teachers individually.

Since all the skills of the brain can be improved with practice, we include proven methods to help students in each of the four areas.

Order this training resource on DVD today for £149, or get the network version to share site-wide for just £199!

Order via our website or call 01223 750705 quoting SEN – Hamiliton House.


Contents of this resource

Introduction: Brain Essentials

This looks at the models and diagrams used in the film to understand the brain without the complex language used by specialists.

Areas covered:

  • Vision, hearing, touch, action and speech.
  • Reading, writing and Language
  • Making memories: Neurons and synapses
  • Skills for thinking: Paying attention
  • Working memory

Different Brains: Learning Difficulties

Looks at the four main types of learning difficulty, explains how the brain is different and how we can help develop the weak skills.

Ch1: What are Learning Difficulties?

  • Difference or Difficulty?
  • Symptoms and causes
  • What about diet?
  • On a spectrum
  • Is it genetic?

Ch2: Dyslexia

  • Reasons a student may have the symptoms of dyslexia (difficulty reading and spelling). Poor vocabulary, poor phonics, low working memory, letter inversion, words moving
  • Causes and advantages of a dominant right hemisphere
  • Ways to help dyslexics
  • Famous people with Dyslexia

Ch3: Difficulty with Maths

  • Difficulties shared with dyslexics
  • Dyscalculia: trouble with number

Ch4: Attention Deficit: difficulty holding attention

  • The sleeping brain
  • Executive function
  • Improving attention
  • Famous people with ADHD

Ch5: Autistic Spectrum: difficulty knowing the thoughts of others

  • Why a spectrum
  • Mirror cells
  • Training the skills
  • Famous people with autism

Ways to order:
Prices

DVD for £149.00 + VAT and £4.50 p&p
Network Version for £199.00 + VAT and £4.50 p&p

Via website: Pay via invoice, credit card or Paypal by clicking here
Visit www.classroomobservation.co.ukOver the phone: We can take credit card payment or send an invoice.
Call us on 01223 750705 quoting SEN – Hamiliton House.
Via fax: Fax your purchase orders to 01223 750706 quoting SEN – Hamiliton House.

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Orwell House
Cowley Road
Cambridge
CB4 0PP

Can you spare three minutes to help us on the issue of school activities for increasing efficiency?

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Five years ago the Coalition government claimed that through some fairly simple changes the average secondary school could save £100,000 a year, while the average primary school could save £25,000 a year.

Many people were a little doubtful, but we waited… and waited… for the Department for Education to come back and tell us all what had actually been achieved as a result of this initiative.

This year they have launched the Schools financial health and efficiency collection.

This programme doesn’t seem to report on whether the savings proclaimed five years ago have been achieved, nor really explore what has happened in the past five years.

So, as part of School Business, Management and Administration Week (which will take place early next term), we are trying to fill in the gaps by researching what is happening in terms of efficiency and money-saving planning in schools.

I’d be really grateful if you could spend a moment (it absolutely won’t take more than three minutes) answering our questionnaire – whether or not you or your colleagues have spent time thinking about ways of saving money or otherwise making the school more efficient.

There are only six questions on our questionnaire, but it really will help everyone understand how people like you, working in a school, feel about the issue of whether schools can be made more efficient and effective.

Or whether schools are already doing all that they can to balance budgets while maintaining the quality of teaching and learning.

To complete the questionnaire please just click here.

Results will be published on the School Business Management and Administration Week website which will be launched in the near future.

Tony Attwood
School Business Management and Administration Week.

Re your toilet ventilation cleaning

Hello There

We sent out some information to you via post regarding the servicing and maintenance of the natural ventilation systems and
that are located in your school. We are following up to see if our services could be of any use to you.

We offer a full clean and service of your natural ventilation systems and/or toilet ventilation through one-off or 5 year contracts.

If you did not receive the information for any reason, here is our website which will explain what we offer in detail: http://www.ventcleangroup.co.uk/Toilet-Ventilation-Cleaning-Service/

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like more information or a quotation.

Kind Regards,
Delme Davies

On behalf of Vent Clean Group

Delme@ventcleangroup.co.uk
01443 858656
www.ventcleangroup.co.uk

What is the one activity that ensures that children become both socially adept and learners for life?

It was, I must admit, more than a little worrying to see an article in the TES this month which suggests that increasing numbers of teachers are becoming sceptical about the benefits of play when it comes to ensuring that children become learners for life.

Of course not all play is equally valuable, but there surely is no doubt that the most effective type of play is co-operative play.

Because we value positive play so strongly we have created a whole new section of our website which deals with a huge array of positive play activities.

Activities such as the Feber Mega 4-in-a-line and Body Knots are incredibly helpful in encourage co-operative play.

Indeed one of the benefits of this type of play is that it can help new members of the school become integrated both into the social life of the school and into the notion of co-operation as a fundamental part of school life.

From Jamanga to Parachutes there is a whole range of games that enhance social skills and enhance children’s physical and mental development

You can see the whole range of our co-operative play games in our online catalogue

And, as always, you can place an order with Edventure in a variety of ways, including:

  • on the website www.edventure.co.uk
  • by faxing us to 01323 50 10 41
  • by calling us on 01323 50 10 40
  • by emailing us at sales@edventure.co.uk         
  • by post to Edventure Ltd, Hargreaves Business Park, Hargreaves Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6QW.

Quote HH0515 when you place your order and we will deliver it for FREE!

The way your students are revising may be letting them down in exams – and here’s why

An article in The Guardian outlines four ways in which your students should change how they revise to improve their revision success and exam performance. These are… 1) Test, don’t recognise, 2) Space, don’t cram, 3) Effort, not flow, and 4) Practise output, not input.

I am particularly interested in “Test, don’t recognise” and “Practise output, not input” because these are things that Education Quizzes (which is free for a whole year) can help your students with:

1. Test, don’t recognise

“The most common form of study is the one that gives “revision” its name – literally just looking at the thing you want to learn again. The problem with this is that we mistake our ability to recognise something for an ability to recall it.”

“Recognition and recall are different psychological processes.”

4. Practise output, not input

“While it may feel good to get completely familiar with the material before practising writing answers, it omits from our study practice the exact skill we are marked on…. For any test, we need to rehearse exactly the thing we’ll be required to do.”

Which is what makes using Education Quizzes as a revision tool so effective. And there may still be time to share Education Quizzes with your GCSE students (depending on the exam board) for some effective last minute revision.

What’s more, as our Education Quizzes can be accessed by students on their laptops, tablets and smartphones, your students can make the most of their study leave with the ability to revise anytime, anywhere.

If. however, your GCSE students have already taken their GCSE RE exam, you can still use Education Quizzes with your Key Stage 3 students and prospective GCSE students for RE revision throughout the year and in the lead up to future examinations.

To see our full range of RE Education Quizzes for KS3, click here.
And to see our full range of RE Education Quizzes for GCSE, click here.

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

Colin King

Link to The Guardian’s article: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/may/07/the-way-youre-revising-may-let-you-down-in-exams-and-heres-why

How do schools relate to the parents of those whom they teach?

Most schools liaise with the parents of the pupils or students they teach in a way that has evolved over time.  Quite often the issue of parent liaison is not a matter of debate – it is simply done exactly as it has been done for quite some time.

And yet an analysis of the ways in which schools work with and liaise with parents has revealed that there are four different ways in which schools and parents interact.

If you would like to read the report on school approaches to parents, it is available free of charge.  All we ask is that before we send it to you, you complete a very simple, three question questionnaire, and send it back to us with your email address, and we’ll email the report straight on.

The questionnaire is totally anonymous and we do not ask for any school details.  The aim is to help us gain a little more insight into the issue of the ways schools are relating to the parents of the pupils and students in their school.

It will take under a minute to complete.  Your email address will only be used for the sending of the report on the four ways schools liaise with parents and will not be passed on to any other organisation or used for any other purpose.

I do hope you will help us by completing this very simple questionnaire by clicking here, and that you will find the report on the four ways of liaising with parents to be helpful and interesting.

Tony Attwood

Chair, The School of Educational Administration and Management

What makes successful schools successful? And what makes them continue to build on their success?

It is a simple but nonetheless valid observation.  No school improves by itself.  Schools get better because someone puts energy into improving the school.

Linked to this there is a second, equally simple and equally valid observation.  Even the most brilliantly performing school will slip back over time, unless one simple action is taken which will keep it improving, term after term, year after year.

So what is it that some school managers are doing which helps improve a school in terms of its Ofsted rating, parental satisfaction and its exam results?

And, leading on from the note above, what is it that some school managers do, which keep these improvements running, growing and developing, year after year after year?

Interestingly, the answer is the same in both cases.

And yet many organisations fail to see the benefit of embedding the notion of improvement within the very fabric of the organisation and its day to day activities.

Indeed if you have difficulty dealing with your bank, the local council, the garage that services your car, or anything else – and you get the feeling, “they used to be ok, but now they’ve slipped,” the cause is always the same.

Someone has set up an improvement programme – but then left it, thinking the job is done. No one has thought – how do we keep this improvement running.

Of course, an approach to constant development and improvement is something that many teachers and managers resist. The old phrase, “Why can’t you just leave me alone to get on with the teaching?” can readily be heard in response.

And yet, as the schools that use this approach have found, it is possible to use such an approach without putting any strain on the school or your fellow teachers.  But the results can be extraordinary.

The entire process is described in The Ever Improving School, a report commissioned and produced by the School of Educational Administration and Management – a body set up with government funding and the support of the government’s Department of Trade and Industry  and the University of Northampton Department of Education.

The Ever Improving School is available as a Kindle book for £9.99 and as a hard copy or CD which can be printed out, copied and given to colleagues within the school for £24.95.

ISBN: 978 1 86083 852 1   Order code: T1843emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/education/T1843.pdf

  • Photocopiable book, £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the book and the CD: £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Kindle book: £9.99
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report…

Testing leaves for starch: free interactive

Try our free Biology interactive on testing leaves for starch!

This interactive experiment will help your students understand whether or not photosynthesis has occurred in a leaf by testing for the presence of starch. Clear animations demonstrate how to use hot water, alcohol and iodine, which changes colour on a leaf to reveal the hidden starch inside.

Try out the free interactive activity on our Doddle Science page!

Doddle offers much more than just engaging resources – you can book a free and flexible tour of all its features with one of our Educational Consultants. From self-marking quizzes that can be easily scheduled for upcoming homeworks, to the online markbook which clearly records students’ marks, Doddle provides you with everything you need to effectively track student progress.

Alice
Doddle

Exceptional English Teaching Resources

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MSL

Rhyming Spells – provides a wide selection of ingenious rhyming spells for improving spelling.

Dyslexia Games Manual – packed full with enjoyable games and activities for developing literacy skills, increasing visual and auditory recall, as well as strengthening sequencing and organisational ability.

Email: msl@schools.co.uk
Telephone:
01536 399017
Postal address:
Multi-Sensory Learning, Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby, NN17 4HH.

 

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Carel Press

‘Just Read!’ PDF Poster Set – motivational posters about the power of books.

‘Learn about your library’ Posters – explain library terms successfully.

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Dysgraphia Help

The Online Dysgraphia Test – consists of 50 questions. After completion of the test and submitting a handwriting sample you will receive a dysgraphia test report. If we believe dysgraphia to be present you will also receive supporting activity materials free of charge.

Overcoming dysgraphia workbook – contains 100+ A4 sides of activities, worksheets and games that aim to improve language processing, visual spacing, fine motor skills, pen/pencil grip, handwriting posture and memory retrieval.

Email: admin@dysgraphiahelp.co.uk
Postal address: Dysgraphia Help, 1 Oathill Close, Brixworth, Northamptonshire, NN6 9BE.

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SSS

Interactive English Software – 13 titles packed with hundreds of stunning curriculum 3D animations describing difficult to understand concepts for English. There are texts, voice-overs, quiz zones, drag and drops, multiple choice quizzes and more. Request your 14-day free trial of English Educational Software Solution.

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First and Best in Education

Plays into Shakespeare (KS3) – This book provides an active, dramatic launch pad for the study of Shakespeare, avoiding the distancing factors with which pupils struggle – the language, the history, the period costumes.

Higher Close Reading Examples and Activities – focussing on understanding the main concerns of the text, analysing the techniques the writer uses, and evaluating the effectiveness of the writing.  

Monologues with Duologue Activity (KS4) – covers the requirements for speaking monologues in Drama at KS4 and KS5 and provides useful material for pupils working towards entry into drama college. English teachers will also find it useful in respect of the speaking and listening requirements at KS4 and the study of Shakespeare.

Monologues/Duologues (KS3) – A book of short, self-contained and original monologues/duologues which will be an ideal introduction to drama within English or for use within a drama group.

Working with Will – a scheme of work for English teachers and works as an introduction to text analysis in English literature lessons for key stages 3 and 4.

Write Well – a book of writing skills aimed at helping students acquire the necessary skills for each situation.

Email: sales@firstandbest.co.uk
Telephone:
01536 399007
Postal address:
Hamilton House Mailings Ltd, Earlstrees Ct, Earlstrees Rd, Corby, Northants, NN17 4HH

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

Dans Ma Chambre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Anti-extremism and Human Rights Classroom Software

Free Full Version 14-day trial

Schools and academies are now required to ensure pupils are aware of the risks associated with radicalisation and extremism.

Our new Anti-extremism and human rights classroom software delivers the topic sensitively using stunning 3D animation, professional voice-over and subject specific interactive exercises, quizzes and games. 

All delivered in a controlled environment, avoiding potentially unsafe web searches!

If (and only if!) after your 14 day trial you would like to keep the software, it’s just £199 (rrp £250) for a whole school/academy site licence over a network or on unlimited PCs/Whiteboards. Technical support, should you need, it is free.

The software arrives on DVD. Just follow the simple installer wizard and you will be ready to use the software in your classroom within minutes


To request a free 14 day trial please CLICK HERE

What more can you do to boost your pupils’ creative writing skills?

Creative writing is an area which pupils with SEN or pupils who are considered to be slower learners find particularly challenging. Not least because creative writing requires pupils to use an array of literacy skills, simultaneously.

Indeed, creative writing requires pupils to focus on spelling, handwriting, grammar, punctuation, and structuring, as well as using their imagination.

Fortunately, Brilliant Publications has produced the Boost Creative Writing series to provide additional support for pupils who find creative writing to be a particularly challenging task.

The Boost Creative Writing series addresses the Programmes of Study for writing composition in the new (2014) National Curriculum for England.

The structured planning sheets contain a wealth of activities that provide additional reinforcement of key skills for slower learners and SEN pupils with non-prescriptive writing scaffolds, giving them the support they need.

The activity sheets have been written by Judith Thornby, an experienced Learning Support Coordinator, and cover a range of writing genres, from stories and poems to book reviews and newspaper reports.

Furthermore, not only does the series boost pupils’ creative writing skills, but it has also proven to give pupils confidence and make them believe that they can write. This belief leads to better performance in all areas of school. And while designed for SEN pupils, these sheets can, and have, been used by pupils of all abilities.

You can order the Boost Creative Writing series pack in any of these ways:

  • On our 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 more can schools do to ensure that everyone is safe, included and learning?

In many schools, responding to a pressure to raise standards, staff concentrate their efforts on teaching their curriculum subject, with little or no time to address issues that are not expected to lead directly to higher exam results.

In other schools staff invest equivalent energy in attending to the learning environment: they embrace the challenge of working with diverse communities and harness the power of different identities and perspectives.

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

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

Equality: Making It Happen – A guide to help schools ensure everyone is safe, included and learning is a new guide, recently published by the Centre for Studies in Inclusive Education (CSIE), which helps schools to address prejudice, reduce bullying and promote equality holistically.

Created with schools for schools, sponsored by teacher’s union NASUWT and winner of an Innovative Practice Award 2016 from the Zero Project (http://zeroproject.org, for a world with zero barriers), CSIE’s new guide is extremely user-friendly (it has been described as “seductively practical”) and is made up of succinct reference cards, which offer:

  • equality monitoring questionnaires for pupils, parents, staff and governors;
  • distilled information and advice on a range of equality issues;
  • links to further sources of information and support;
  • responses to frequently asked questions on equality in education;
  • concise information on national and international law on equality in education;
  • suggested activities for involving pupils in monitoring children’s rights in school;
  • suggested activities for responding to signs of prejudice in school;
  • succinct information on core values and on developing an equality policy.

The guide has been most warmly welcomed by the sector, with comments such as: “This should be part of every teacher’s toolkit” and “An absolutely amazing resource that is easy to use and extremely well designed.”

Equality: Making It Happen is available directly from CSIE for only £30 (RRP £75).  For more information or to order your copy please see http://www.csie.org.uk/resources/current.shtml.

A FREE one-day conference to launch the new guide will be held on 29 June 2016 at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Rd, London N7 6PA.  The conference will provide an opportunity to hear from inspirational speakers, explore a range of equality issues and consider what more can be done to reduce prejudice and promote equality in education. Confirmed speakers include: Patrick Roach, Deputy General Secretary at NASUWT; Professor Sheila Bennett, Brock University, Ontario; and Sharon Hodgson, MP, Shadow Education Minister.

This conference is free to attend but places are limited and must be booked in advance.  For more information and to book your place please see http://csie-conf2016.eventbrite.co.uk.

If you would like to learn more about Equality: Making It Happen or the conference, or if you have any questions or queries at all, please feel free to call 0117 353 3150 or email admin@csie.org.uk.

 

Artemi Sakellariadis

Director, CSIE

How would you add sound to any book or poster or object?

With PENpal you can!
PENpal is an electronic device that records and plays back your voice onto sticky labels. The PENpal is particularly useful for dyslexic and other SEN children as it enables them to work in a personalised way. With PENpal you can explain, define, give examples, without the constraint of space reserved for text! And, through PENpal’s ability to record voices it encourages speaking and listening skills and the confidence to express yourself.

PENpals will read dictionaries, literacy packs, phonics posters, big books, even tactile sound enabled books! Children who learn best though a kinaesthetic experience rather than through reading chunks of text or group discussions can benefit. Selecting and listening at your own pace, stickering your own drawings with sound, attaching audio to clothes and equipment, listening to posters like “Garden Birdsongs” just by touching brings a feeling of control and calm, especially among autistic children.

You can also add sound to any of your favourite books and poster or even make your own talking book! PENpal helps the teacher to connect in a unique way and the student to gain a confidence in learning. It is no surprise therefore that over 40000 PENpals are being used in schools and why its equivalent PENfriend is one of the RNIB’s best-selling products for audio labelling.

To find out more about PENpal or to order one (£75 plus vat) please click here

Enable Visually Impaired children to see paintings, maps, diagrams, instructions…

The viVOS Artframe adds sound to any of your notes or pictures drawn or printed on any A3 paper. You can make your drawings and diagrams, add tactiles such as sticking bump-ons, or make collages or use swell paper. Build your own rich tangible media, and record and playback sound with a tap of your fingers. You can create over 300 sound spots on any A3 paper and playback existing .mp3 music as well as your own voice recordings.
A tool for kinaesthetic learners, this device adds creativity and self-expression to your learning.
ViVOS has a built in microphone, speakers is light and very robust.

Click here to see a video of making a tactile poster on Spring with sound.

There is an open-source viVOS library of publications where users can upload their jpeg and sound compilation for others to share and use. Just print any of the FREE jpegs and download the viVOS file.  viVOS costs £150 plus vat with free access to the viVOS Library of publications

We are Mantra Lingua, UK based makers of these devices, service Nurseries, Schools, RNIB, Museums and Nature Trails. Both devices are portable and can be used anywhere. There is no need for computers.
PENpal costs £80 and viVOS £150. 400 Recordable stickers £15.
uk.mantralingua.com/sen 

Regards

Robene Dutta
Managing Director

How can you make the most of your school hall in terms of saving space, saving time and increasing capacity?

Providing that the school hall isn’t otherwise occupied and there is enough space to do with what you want, there is no doubt that the school hall is an ideal place to create a pop-up learning zone. But there are problems.

One – some schools find that there isn’t enough space due to the amount of room that the tables and chairs take up (even when packed away).

Two – setting up enough tables and chairs for students for the lesson (and packing them away again afterwards) can eat into a significant amount of lesson time.

Three – if the lesson follows lunchtime, it can be incredibly distracting to your students’ learning if the lunchtime supervisors are still packing away and cleaning the school hall.

Indeed, to overcome these problems and ensure that your school hall can become an ideal pop-up learning zone, we have developed Wall Pocket – a table system which can seat up to 20 students and which can, within seconds, be folded up into a neat pocket on the wall.

Now let’s imagine that you had six of these tables with their built-in seats (enough for 120 children). Packing them away can all be done within a matter of five minutes.

Thus, learning can start almost immediately and continue right up to the bell. Which makes the benches ideal for breakfast clubs/afterschool clubs and school lunches, as well as lessons.

Of course, with such an innovative product there are many other interesting features. Around 100 colours are available and colours can be mixed and matched. And the lift-assist spring system makes packing up and opening out the tables the simplest thing you could imagine.

What’s more, there’s no compulsory maintenance contract (you can have one if you want) – there is a 15 year guarantee no matter what.

Here’s a picture of how the tables look when set out for lunch or lessons.

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To see how they look when packed away click here.

And for more information please call 01752 306 200 or email ideas@versadesign.co.uk

Cheer up and have a cup of tea

We are all affected by grief during our lifetimes and we deal with it in different ways, statements like the above are often not very helpful when gripped with the intensity of feelings that this very raw emotion can bring. Death and Bereavement faced by a younger person can be more apparent.

Concord Media have put together a series of DVDs which can be used to help understand grief among different age groups and are a useful aid should you be faced with such circumstances within the school, they have even included a resource dealing with grief later in life.

Do have a look at the range of resources and you can click to see more details on each DVD below.

Teenage Grief

Animated film about teenagers coping with the death of someone close.

DVD 2007 13 Minutes – £27.20 + postage

Read More

Not Too Young to Grieve

Understanding and helping bereaved under fives.

DVD 2005 15 Minutes – £27.20 + postage

Read More

Grief in the Family

This animated film looks at the ways children and young people respond to grief, and how people can help.

DVD 2002 14 Minutes – £27.20 + postage

Read More

Bereavement in Later Life

Death and bereavement from the point of view of older people.

DVD 1993 40 Minutes – £50.00 + postage

Read More

Facing Chronic Illness and Death when the Patient is a Child

Help for carers of children with terminal illness.

DVD 1982 58 Minutes – £31.30 = postage

Read More

You can order on line by clicking on the links in the copy above or by emailing us at sales@concordmedia.org.uk  Please put ref HH1 in your order.

On-site facilities are not all that schools are sharing in the bid to save money

Schools have reported that they are saving a considerable amount of money by sharing their facilities (an IT suite, play area, school hall…) with neighbouring schools, and vice versa.

But on-site facilities are not all that schools are sharing in the bid to save money.

Indeed, a growing numbers of schools are leasing an extra minibus (meaning that there is no initial large payment required – just a monthly lease fee) and then sharing it part time with one or two other schools or groups.

In this way, the cost of running the minibus is shared, and each school knows exactly when it has the extra bus and arranges events around it.

Better still, there is no issue about the cost of repairs, servicing and the like, since leased minibuses come with all the arrangements and all the costs of servicing and repairs built into the lease.

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

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

Stone Age assembly and writing workshops

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Tie in story writing with your history topic and bring the past to life with a Stone Age assembly. It’s fun and interactive. Pupils will get hands on with a mammoth hunt and find out about Neolithic life.

The Stone Age assembly is a perfect primer for story writing workshops where pupils will write their own stories. We’ll use the innovative Accelerated writing method (as used by Creative Writing Club). I’m a children’s author who teaches creative writing in schools, so I can also answer their questions on writing and perform short extracts from my book.

As well as the stone age, other topics include: The Bronze Age, the Iron Age Celts, the Greeksthe Egyptiansthe Romansthe Celtsthe Anglo Saxons, the Aztecs, Mayans, the Great Fire of London, Flooded world (natural disasters), the Vikings, the Normans, the Tudors, the Victorians, Shakespeare, Traditional tales, the Rainforest and many more.  I’m an ex-BBC editor and I can also offer workshops on factual writing (using a historical frame).

About me
I’ve written 14 books for children, over a wide age range (Y1-Y9) including: Spartapuss (Romans), Beowuff (Anglo Saxons vs Vikings) Olympuss Games (Greeks), Boudicat (Celts), Cleocatra’s Kushion (Egyptians).  My graphic novel ‘London Deep’ was chosen as a Recommended Read for World Book Day. I co-wrote the musical version of Julia Donaldson’s books The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. I’ve led writing workshops for Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust and The Young Archaeologists Club. Check out my profile on Love Reading For Kids:

  • No school is too large or too small
  • I am DBS checked and I have insurance cover.

For dates and prices please call 0845 838 5526 or email robin@mogzilla.co.uk

Please reply to this email with ‘Stone’ in the subject line and I will send you my free PDF
‘7 Tips for story writing
and a Stone Age writing frame.

A chair, a chair… a chair to change the way students behave and enhance attainment…

It might seem curious, but it turns out to be true.  The chairs you install in classrooms affect student behaviour and learning.

In fact the chairs we use affect all of us.  If we are comfortable when we sit to study, we will study more, and study better.  If we are uncomfortable the reverse is true.

Research has shown that around three quarters of secondary school students report their school chairs as uncomfortable.  Around nine in ten say that the chair they have to sit on affects their ability to focus and concentrate.

And given that in the course of a year the average student will spend around 800 hours sitting in class it is not surprising that the impact of the humble school chair is huge.

But there is more because Ofsted has reported that just about the largest source of disruption in classrooms came from students swinging on chairs.

Worse, many of those students who engaged in this sort of action, were students who do not engage in other low level disruptive behaviour.  It is just that they are uncomfortable, the chairs can be used for tilting and swinging, and so students who otherwise would never disrupt lessons now do so.

Thus changing the design of chairs makes the students more able to focus (because they are more comfortable) and less likely to be disruptive.

It was this understanding which led to the development of the Max2 chair; a chair designed to aid study, focus and concentration.  It naturally comes with a 10 year guarantee, has a zero environmental impact, is delivered within 7-10 days from order and which can be discounted by up to 40%.

There is more information HERE, along with images and details of how to buy.  If you would like to talk about any of the issues raised here or indeed any other point related to the Max2 chair, please do call us on 0345 257 8850 or email info@dlb.co.uk

Tom Wates

Early Years and Infant Budget Busters

Do you want to make that book budget go further with an excellent choice plus a clear idea of what you’re buying?

Then please see all the wonderful offers on our “Favourites and Phonics” brochure. Including amazing value offers on:

Story Cards – move over big books!
Ladybird
I’m Ready For Phonics
Sparklers
award winning early years non-fiction
Usborne Young readers
And many wonderful picture books at amazing prices

If you’re looking for end of term presents (or even shopping early for Xmas!) then you will find something here for you.

Please view the brochure at: www.mms-publishing.com/nursery or we can email a PDF brochure directly to you.  No need to open an account to order, all orders supplied on 30 day credit period, and all orders over £50 supplied carriage free.

For any further information please contact: Tel: 020 8898 5211  Email: info@mms-publishing.com Fax: 01536 399012

MMS

Address: 50 Godfrey Avenue, Twickenham, TW2 7PF

selling excellent children’s books and digital

Exceptional History Teaching Resources

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The Historical Association

‘Developing Exceptional History in Schools’ is a new course designed to enable schools to drive forward professional development and achieve outstanding history.  Whether you’re looking for inspiration or reassurance, this is the right professional development for you and your school.  The course is run over two twilight sessions and tailored to your school’s specific needs, unpicking an aspect of development, as well as a session on one of the following: motivation, subject leader/head of department’s role or preparing to become a quality mark school. To find out more email melaniej@history.org.uk or visit www.history.org.uk/events

General email: info@history.org.uk
Telephone:
0207 735 3901
Postal address:
The Historical Association, 59a Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4JH

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MSL

Medieval Realms – this resource is for students with significant special educational needs and who are required to access Key Stage 3 History curriculum, within the mainstream setting.

Email: msl@schools.co.uk
Telephone: 01536 399017
Postal address: Multi-Sensory Learning, Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby, NN17 4HH.

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SSS

Interactive History Software – 2 titles packed with stunning curriculum 3D animations describing difficult to understand concepts for History. There are texts, voice-overs, quiz zones, drag and drops, multiple choice quizzes and more. Request your 14-day free trial of History Educational Software Solution.

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First and Best in Education

Cleopatra Textbook – for GCSE students studying Cleopatra as part of OCR Ancient History.

Primary Sources in Russian History – provides a sufficient range of sources to allow students to consider in some depth the key events and themes in the reigns of the last 5 Russian tsars without feeling totally swamped by a too large choice of sources.

The Reign of Henry VII 1485 – 1509 – enables students to analyse, explain and make judgements about events, developments and interpretations relating to Henry VII’s reign.

Thomas Wolsey – The King’s Cardinal – this guide provides a synthesis of the historical writing on Wolsey and his ministry, along with guidance on how to approach key questions.

Email: sales@firstandbest.co.uk
Telephone: 01536 399007
Postal address: Hamilton House Mailings Ltd, Earlstrees Ct, Earlstrees Rd, Corby, Northants, NN17 4HH

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

What is the most effective way of helping all students become effective writers?

One of the most curious things about learning to write in one’s native tongue is that at the same time as learning to use the language one is actually using the language.

Which is why the learning tends to be twofold. On the one hand one learns the rules and logic of the language in a systematic way, but on the other hand issues suddenly arise that show that further explanation is needed.

For example, we might take the old favourite of homographs and homophones. They can cause endless confusion, so what should one do?

The answer, of course, is to have a lesson or a part of the lesson on this particular topic – quite possibly throwing in some homograph and homophone puns along the way just to make it more lighthearted.

The same is true with every other part of the language. From the indicative, imperative, and subjunctive mood to the use of a comma with adverbials of frequency.

This is what the 200 page copiable volume “Grammar and Punctuation for Key Stages 3 and 4″ covers. Over 170 different items and topics, each dealt with, along with examples.  It offers teachers invaluable assistance in familiarising their pupils with those grammatical and punctuation principles relevant to Key Stages 3 and 4 and rooted in national literacy strategies.

In this way Grammar and Punctuation for Key Stages 3 and 4 performs a dual function: it is both a grammar book and an editing handbook, utilising authentic examples collected from a variety of written sources.

It pays particular attention to those areas with which authors of all ages tend to have difficulties and offers an abundance of examples of current usage highlighting these areas.

Such examples are then followed by suggested improvements and by explanations justifying those improvements. Finally the relevant principles are practised through activities designed for pupils.

Anna Nolan, the author of Grammar and Punctuation for Key Stages 3 and 4, has spent many years running public examinations, developing national qualification, carrying out linguistic research and writing books on English grammar, punctuation and usage.

This copiable book is available both in spiral bound printed form and on CD.  It is a revised and updated second edition of the book Grammar and Punctuation at Key Stage 3.

There is a sample chapter available on-line at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/english/T1844.pdf

Cat No: 978 1 86083 867 5;  Publisher reference no: T1844emn

Prices

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

You can purchase the book…

Savings, deals and discount codes on primary resources with Savings for Schools (plus Summer Sales)

Topical Resources

This year Topical Resources have priced all their titles at just £5 a book (a discount of up to 75%) making their 2016 Summer Sale even better than the last. You can see and order their book titles (just £5 each) on the website at: www.topical-resources.co.uk.

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Education Quizzes

Their library of Primary Education Quizzes is free for a whole year and covers an extensive range of subject areas including: Computing, English, Maths, Geography, History, PSHE, Science, Art and Design, Citizenship, ICT, Music, PE, RE and more! Please visit www.educationquizzes.com/subscribe-today/

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 Don’t Lean Back

Up to 40% off summer offers plus free delivery. Max2 Chair from £23.85. http://www.dlb.co.uk/

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Edventure

Quote HH0515 when you place an order with Edventure and delivery will be FREE! To browse their range of activities, games and play equipment, visit http://www.edventure.co.uk/

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Boardworks

Free Primary OnBoard resources from Boardworks:

Science Free Stuff
Maths Free Stuff
Literacy Free Stuff
Geography Free Stuff

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To see more savings on primary teaching resources (incl. free resources), and to get notifications of future savings, deals and discount codes, follow @Savings4Schools on Twitter and like Savings for Schools on Facebook – Savings for Schools.

Jenny Burrows
Savings for Schools

Download your free ‘Getting into Medical School’ student guide

Applying for a degree program can be a challenging experience, particularly for aspiring medical students. Although there are over 170 medical schools in the US, competition is fierce for every single one of them. Make sure your students are the ones that stand-out on their applications by passing on this email so they can download their free copy of our Getting into Medical School guide today.

Click here to download your free copy of ‘Getting into Medical School’ student guide.

I also wanted to let you know that Gap Medics now offer six new program types to inspire your future healthcare professionals.

Alongside our popular medicine, nursing, midwifery and dentistry internships, we now offer:

•          EMT / Paramedic
•          Radiography
•          Physical Therapy
•          Laboratory Science 
•          Physician Assistant
•          Community Healthcare

There are only a few spaces left on our hospital shadowing programs this summer! Any students who would like to join us for a short-term hospital shadowing internship in 2016 is encouraged to get in touch as soon as possible so they don’t miss out.

We offer group bookings as well as individual placements so if you would like to find out more about how Gap Medics can help your future healthcare professionals to achieve their dreams, give us a call on our toll free number below or email info@gapmedics.com

Have a great day,

Lauren
Marketing Manager

Gap Medics – Launching medical careers
Baltic Place
South Shore Road
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE8 3AE
United Kingdom

US toll-free: 1844-340-4576
www.gapmedics.co.uk | .com | .com.au

What is the most effective way of helping your autistic students to overcome (or prevent) teen issues?

Information and advice which is readily available to teenagers to help them overcome or prevent teen issues (primarily in the media) doesn’t cater for teenagers who view the world in a wholly different way – making such information and guidance incomprehensible.

Which is why SEN Press has produced the Teen Issue Value Pack, suitable for students aged between 14 and 19 with autism or other special educational needs and a reading age of around seven.

The Teen Issues Value Pack consists of:

Six story books, each exploring a different teen issue, with relevance to the ASDAN award programmes ‘Transition Challenge’ and ‘Towards Independence’. Titles (and topics) include, “Emma and Laura” (girls’ personal hygiene), “Going to the Pub” (responsible attitudes to alcohol), “Jake is Gay” (dealing with being gay), “Matt Gets Wise” (boys’ personal hygiene), “The Tattoo” (making responsible decisions), and “Speaking in Public” (self-confidence).

A CD-ROM providing electronic versions of the above titles, making it ideal for interactive whiteboard presentations and for students who would also benefit from listening to the text. It is also possible to edit and save the text to make your own story, create differentiated texts and personalise the text with your students’ names to enhance engagement.

An extensive range of activity worksheets and interactive activities that encourage reading comprehension. Activities include, Missing Words, True or False, Multiple Choice, Words & Pictures, Picture Search, Keyword Flashcards, Wordsearch, Spot the Difference and How Well Did You Read?.

Supporting resources for teachers including page-by-page notes for all the stories and assessment resources (feedback sheets and student record sheets).

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

For further information, please click here.

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

Janie Nicholas

What is the best way to ensure that your colleagues fully appreciate all the things that you do?

The notion of Special Needs Week is quite simple – to provide a focus and opportunity for anyone who wants it to find a way to let all your colleagues know just what you do and the issues you are facing.

And indeed, one option that we have heard from some schools is to take up a session on a CPD day to talk to colleagues about your work – and, if you wish, to use some of the statistics and data that are on the Special Needs Week site.

And from what we hear, it seems that the information on the site is being used when discussing with senior management the resources that are needed to meet all the demands you are facing.

I have also been contacted by a number of SENCos particularly thanking us for the list and brief details of 60+ special needs, which they have found really helpful. There have also been some nice comments about the research, which can put into context the level of demand that you are facing.

Also on our website is our review of meeting and managing parental expectations as opposed to waiting for parents to take the initiative; the results can be particularly beneficial for everyone.

And we have just added some further research (this time not undertaken by us) into the level of work that is being experienced by special needs departments around the country.

I do hope you find something of value on the Special Needs Week site.  But if there is something that you have looked for which we have not covered, please do write and let us know.

We are keen to keep adding data to the Special Needs Week site in the coming weeks and months, so if you let us know what you are looking for, we’ll do our level best to find it and publish it on the site.

Special Needs Week is at www.specialneedsweek.co.uk

If you want us to look into any particular issue and publish information on it, please do drop me a line via:

  • Email: HQ@Specialneedsweek.co.uk
  • Post: Special Needs Week, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH
  • Fax: 01536 399 012
  • Or you can phone 01536 509 822

Special Needs Week is kindly sponsored by Aspire GB, Clicker 7, The Dyscalculia Centre, Dysgraphia Help, Fisher-Marriott (StarSpell), Multi-Sensory Learning, ptuk, Robinswood Press, SEN Press, Turnabout Programme, and Type and Test.

Exceptional Primary School Assembly Resources

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Exceptional Primary School Assembly Resources

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AssemblyBox

Outstanding assemblies that pupils love and remember

Over 300 fully scripted assemblies available now with new assemblies added monthly saving you time and effort in the mornings.

AssemblyBox provides schools with a fast, easy and high-quality solution that delivers assemblies throughout the school year. We are a subscription-based service for schools, providing access to an exciting online portfolio of assemblies.

Our assemblies are available in the following categories: A-Z of Social and Emotional Stories, SEAL, Black History, Community and Citizenship, Famous People, Foundation Stage, World Religions, Saint Days, International Days and Around the World.

Order your package today at www.assemblybox.co.uk

Email: enquiries@assemblybox.co.uk 
Postal address:
Inspired Education Ltd, 20-22 Wenlock Road, London,N1 7GU

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CCLI

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

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

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AssembliesOnline.com

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

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

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First and Best in Education

Sealsongs – the Tower Hamlets primary school song book – a collection of assembly songs which aims to get children engaged through the experience of making and creating music. Its lyrics were written with considerable input from Year 4 and 5 pupils, so speak from children to children, and the musical backing tracks were professionally recorded.

Email: sales@firstandbest.co.uk
Telephone:
01536 399007
Postal address:
Hamilton House Mailings Ltd, Earlstrees Ct, Earlstrees Rd, Corby, Northants, NN17 4HH

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Brilliant Publications

Brilliant Assembly Resources – Brilliant Publications publishes a small, but growing, range of books to support primary school assemblies. Titles range from song books and inspirational stories to read aloud during assemblies, through to easy-to-use scripts for class-led assemblies, linked to key curriculum areas.

Email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 1449 766629
Postal address:
Brilliant Publications, c/o Trade Counter Distribution, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND, UK

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Snail Tales

Storytelling for Schools – with the Institute of Education observing that a love of reading improves results across the curriculum, and an EU-funded study revealing that 25% more facts are retained from stories than rote learning, it’s easy to see how storytelling can benefit your school.

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

 

Exceptional Secondary School Assembly Resources

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CCLI

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

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

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AssembliesOnline.com

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

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

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Teaching Resources Support

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

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

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School Speakers

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

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

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Caswell’s Strings

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

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

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

 

 

Very special magic…

Once upon a time, there was a young musician called Robin. He loved to play the piano, because he knew music could be magical…

Then, one day, he began teaching music in schools. How the children loved playing music! But then, something terrible happened… he was asked to stage a show for all of the parents. Oh, how he was filled with fear!

Suddenly, the music teacher had an idea! His brother, Simon, was a writer and director of television programmes for ITV, Channel 4, and even the BBC! Perhaps if he and Simon worked together…

So, they created a show with very special ‘easy peasy’ magic. No-one had ever seen a play like it before – everyone agreed, it really was magical!

And what happened to the two brothers…? They wrote lots of Easy Peasy Plays that were used by hundreds of schools throughout the land! Yippee!

And this is where you join the story! Our latest Easy Peasy Plays are ready to delight your school! Even better, to celebrate the launch of our new summer collection you can enjoy a special discount of £5.00 off any play! Just enter the discount code save3 at checkout by 31 July 2016.

Perfect! Don’t you just love a happy ending…?

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Best wishes for an easy peasy day!

Robin and Simon

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PS: Only Easy Peasy Plays have easy peasy magic!

For, and on behalf of, Popcorn School Ltd.
Registered address: 9 Yelverton Close, Walsall, WS3 3XE.
Company number: 08534985.

What exactly are ethics, and how to do they change?

From Utilitarianism to Deontological Ethics, from Virtue Ethics to Free will and Determinism there are a lot of ethical systems around.

And that is before we get to environmental ethics, medical ethics (including abortion, euthanasia and embryo research) and business ethics.

So what are they all, and how exactly they relate to religious ethics?

That is the question that “Religious Ethics” by Francis Beswick examines, considering ethical thinking in relation to various religious traditions, while considering how religious and secular ethics differ from each other.

The book commences with the phrase “I ought to …” and notes that from this kind of statement ethics, whether it be secular or religious ethics, begins.

Throughout the book the student is aided by a large number of questions presented for consideration which take the student back to the various topics that have been covered in order to ensure that each different ethical system and viewpoint is understood.

Religious Ethics is available as a copiable spiral bound book or on CD Rom. The book comes with an unlimited photocopiable licence for the school, and costs £21.99 plus £3.95 delivery for either the book or CD. If you wish to buy both together the price is £28.98 plus £3.95 delivery.

You can order in four different ways. In each case please quote our reference T1697emn. Sample pages and a contents list can be viewed prior to ordering on http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/re/T1697.pdf

Choosing the best chair for the IT department can be easier than you might think …….

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The Postura Plus IT chair comes from the same “family” as the widely acclaimed Postura Plus four leg classroom chair…in fact the seat and back (usually known as the shell), is exactly the same. Designed to provide excellent lumbar support as well as comfort, the Postura Plus IT chair has a FIVE year warranty and is available with either castors or glides. Depending on which option you choose the seat height range is: 358-468 mm (glides) or 383-493 mm (castors).

There’s a great range of 15 different colours to choose from…..ideal if you are looking to match with new décor or for multiple rooms in your IT suite.

The Postura Plus IT chair is available from Central Educational Supplies at very competitive prices. Full details are on their website:

www.centraleducational.co.uk/it-postura.html

Should you need more information or wish to order please call 020 7515 1797 and ask to speak to Martin Evans who will be pleased to assist. email: info@centraleducational.co.uk

PS. As you are probably aware, delivery lead times are longer in the summer period so please consider ordering sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment at the start of the Autumn term.

Free sign up for a year to KS3 and GCSE Geography Education Quizzes

Our library of KS3 and GCSE Geography Education Quizzes is free for a whole year and covers an extensive range of topic areas including: Transport, Earthquakes and Volcanoes, International Aid, Trade and Development, Rainforests, Coastal Erosion, Deforestations, Climate Change, Flooding and more!

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

And to see our full range of Geography Education Quizzes for GCSE, click here.

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

For free sign up for a year to our library of KS3 and GCSE Geography education quizzes, please visit https://www.educationquizzes.com/schools-uk-registrations/

If you would like to know more, please do email admin@educationquizzes.com or call 01406 371799.

Colin King

Celebrate summer with music… Give pupils a lifetime of musical repertoire in weeks

IntroducingOcarinas

Ocarinas are the only musical instruments that can give pupils immediate musical success.

With most instruments, children play just a handful of notes after months of practice and tuition. With Ocarinas, children play a variety of recognisable (and easy-on-the-ear!) tunes after just a few lessons. Successful music-making becomes instantly achievable when whole classes play Ocarinas.

So if your class have had little opportunity to make music this year, now is the time. Play tunes in class, in assembly, at outdoor events. Play Skye boat song, Ode to Joy, Daisy Daisy and let your pupils entertain parents and friends to celebrate the end of the school year and a sunny summer.

As teachers ourselves, we have made sure Ocarina-playing can be taught by any teacher to any group of children. And this accessibility for both children and staff is the reason we received the Best Music Education Product award in 2015. Here’s what the expert panel of judges said…

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

So if you’d like to give your children the chance to play, just go to www.ocarina.co.uk

Your class set of Ocarinas will last for years…

As a school investment, Ocarinas and Ocarina music books last for decades and can be played by each succeeding year group. Children love them so much that their parents may like to buy them to take away at the end of term. The four ‘p’s say it all…

   ✔ pleasant sound

   ✔ proper music

   ✔ playing for fun as well as achievement

   ✔ performing from the word ‘go’

Ocarina Rainbow Starter Boxes are just £10 per child and come with free teaching resources, or the Star Buy equips every child with an Ocarina and two books with over 50 proper tunes to play, for just £15 each – and of course the teacher is fully resourced with everything needed to teach whole class music. All orders are despatched immediately for delivery to your school within 2-3 days.

 

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

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

If everyone was fast we’d still never get anywhere

A natural tendency during international tournaments is to allocate each student to a country, often from where they came from. Polish kids will follow Poland, Spanish speakers may follow Spain, Argentina, Latvians to follow Latvia, etc.

An Indian friend of mine reminded me about the Los Angeles Olympics. His son was assigned to India. Others had Britain, Germany, Kenya, USA…. And every day he used to come back and say, India did not win anything, today or yesterday….

Luckily this year’s Olympics are not during School term but even though many parents and children will fail the Tebbit Test, we need to be sensitive. We have published a book about Sports and Sports Day which recognises that you do not have to be fast and showy; sometimes being slow and thoughtful can win the day.

It is called, “Sports Day in the Jungle” where the protagonists are Monkey and Sloth.

This is published both as a normal softback picture book and as an eBook in dual language.

The eBook is part of our Kitabu range of e-picture books, but with a difference. All text is narrated in English and, in the dual language versions, also in the child’s home language. The Olympics are a family affair and the eBooks can be an effective way to bring what is happening in school into the drawing room!

There are activities to build vocabulary and comprehension and a video using pictures and text from the book. The emphasis is on repetition, story-telling, oracy and there are plenty of discussion points in the accompanying teacher’s notes.

Sports Day in the Jungle comes in English and English with 16 language editions, English with Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, French, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Turkish, Urdu and in English only.

We want you to try these exciting books for yourself and therefore we are offering you a FREE eBook of Sports Day in English and Spanish.

Please click here to get your FREE book.

The eBook library has been very popular and there are over 450 book and 35 languages. These eBooks are not just PDF versions of print books, but each is accompanied with activities and videos.

They can be used on your iPads, Android, Whiteboard or laptop. If you want to see other editions and titles, please click here.

Best wishes

Robene Dutta

Managing Director

uk.mantralingua.com

Last chance to buy the Mental Arithmetic Series for just £30

As part of our 2016 Summer Sale (which is well underway) we are selling our titles for just £5 a book as we aim to be selling downloads and downloads only from September 2016 (or whilst book stocks last).

Indeed, some of our book stock is now running low, including those in our Mental Arithmetic Series, so now may be your last chance to buy the Mental Arithmetic Series for just £30.

The Mental Arithmetic Series includes:

Mental Arithmetic Questions for Year 2 (£5)

  • Covers National Curriculum Levels 1-2
  • Numbers to 200
  • Key Numeracy Strategy Objectives for Year 2
  • 30 sets of teacher questions with answers plus 30 photocopiable pupil answer sheets with prompts
  • 3 easy questions to start each test giving each pupil confidence
  • Repetitive questions which steadily get harder through each book
  • A wide mathematical vocabulary as advocated in the National Numeracy Strategy

Mental Arithmetic Questions for Year 3 (£5)

  • Covers National Curriculum Levels 2-3
  • Numbers to 500
  • Key Numeracy Strategy Objectives for Year 3
  • 30 sets of teacher questions with answers plus 30 photocopiable pupil answer sheets with prompts
  • 3 easy questions to start each test giving each pupil confidence
  • Repetitive questions which steadily get harder through each book
  • A wide mathematical vocabulary as advocated in the National Numeracy Strategy

Mental Arithmetic Questions for Year 4 (£5)

  • Covers National Curriculum Levels 2-4
  • Numbers to 1,000
  • Key Numeracy Strategy Objectives for Year 4
  • 30 sets of teacher questions with answers plus 30 photocopiable pupil answer sheets with prompts
  • 3 easy questions to start each test giving each pupil confidence
  • Repetitive questions which steadily get harder through each book
  • A wide mathematical vocabulary as advocated in the National Numeracy Strategy

Mental Arithmetic Questions for Year 5 (£5)

  • Covers National Curriculum Levels 3-4
  • Numbers to 10,000
  • Key Numeracy Strategy Objectives for Year 5
  • 30 sets of teacher questions with answers plus 30 photocopiable pupil answer sheets with prompts
  • 3 easy questions to start each test giving each pupil confidence
  • Repetitive questions which steadily get harder through each book
  • A wide mathematical vocabulary as advocated in the National Numeracy Strategy

Mental Arithmetic Questions for Year 6 (£5)

  • Covers National Curriculum Levels 3-5
  • Numbers to 1,000,000
  • Key Numeracy Strategy Objectives for Year 6
  • 30 sets of teacher questions with answers plus 30 photocopiable pupil answer sheets with prompts
  • 3 easy questions to start each test giving each pupil confidence
  • Repetitive questions which steadily get harder through each book
  • A wide mathematical vocabulary as advocated in the National Numeracy Strategy

Mental Arithmetic Questions for Year 7 (£5)

  • Ideal for Primary School Gifted and Talented Pupils.
  • Covers National Curriculum Levels 4 to 5+
  • Numbers to 10,000,000
  • Key Numeracy Strategy Objectives for Year 6/7
  • 30 sets of teacher questions with answers plus 30 photocopiable pupil answer sheets with prompts
  • A wide mathematical vocabulary as advocated in the National Numeracy Strategy

As always, you can order any of our resources by:

  • visiting our website
  • calling 01772 863158
  • faxing 01772 866153
  • emailing sales@topical-resources.co.uk            
  • or by sending your order in the post to Topical Resources, P.O. Box329, Broughton, Preston, Lancashire PR3 5LT

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

Pupils love poetry and song.

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

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

Here are some comments on schools’ Web pages and newsletters, after Jim’s visit.
A Poet Visiting Kings Avenue School
On Tuesday the 26th April a fantastic poet named Jim MacCool came to Kings Avenue to tell us about his job. The assembly was so upbeat it was like a concert. We did loads of singing; everyone was having so much fun. He did riddles and was very inspirational. He inspired me to write more poems. Jim brought some fabulous instruments; I want to give Jim special thanks for being so inspiring.
By Lattisha – 5S
Jim MacCool at Cragside School
We were so pleased to have Jim MacCool from the Performance Poetry Society today.
He performed for reception to year 6, including parents and grandparents, and had everyone clapping, stomping and joining in with a variety of Scottish and Irish verse.
It was fabulous to see the children sharing such an exciting experience with their families.
We’re all now looking forward to the children writing and presenting their own performance poetry in the classroom. Thanks so much to everyone who came and joined in the fun; sharing the experience with parents and grandparents was very special and exciting for the children.

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

THE PERFORMANCE POETRY SOCIETY

Working In Universities, Colleges, Schools, Arts Centres, Libraries And Prisons

www.octoberisnationalpoetrymonth.co.uk

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

Performance Poetry Society
Tigh a Bhaird
7 Harepit Close
Croydon
CR2 6PN

Tel. 0208 688 6951
performancepoetry@yahoo.com

October is National Poetry Month
We operate throughout the year.

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Academic Summer Schools 2016 – Additional Places Now 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.

We now have additional dates and/or places for the following events:

The English Literature Summer School for 15-18s, now in three 5-day blocks to allow time for greater discussion of contemporary literature, and a more in-depth look at various literary critical perspectives. Students can come to Part 1 for literature up to 1790, including Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton, to Part 2 for literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, or to the brand new Part 3 which covers contemporary poetry, prose and drama. Additional places now available for Part 3 (Contemporary Literature) on the 22nd-26th August.

The Physics Summer School, for students who have completed AS Maths at the time of the course, covers a range of topics including thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, astrophysics and relativity. This course offers a chance to explore some challenging undergraduate level material selected to engage and inspire bright students keen to push themselves beyond the school curriculum. Additional places now available for this course on the 18th-22nd July.

The History Summer School, for students aged 15-18, is an intensive five-day course which looks at historiographical questions and historical methods, using seminars, lectures, activities and informal discussions. Topics are selected to challenge and broaden the historical outlook of participants, and give a taste of what the subject is like at undergraduate level. Additional places now available for this course on the 1st-5th August and 22nd-26th August.

There is also some limited availability remaining on other courses, including the Civil and International Law Summer Schools, the Philosophy Summer School, and the Young Doctors Summer School (for students aged 11-14).

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 2016. 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/.

There is a limited amount of bursary funding available for students who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

To book a place 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

Exceptional Drama Teaching Resources

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Search Taster Day Events – helps Drama teachers to discover an array of events to book students on to, such as university and college taster days, workshops, residentials, open days, outreach events and widening participation opportunities.

Email: info@unitasterdays.com
Telephone:
+44(0)208 798 0982

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ZigZag Education

Drama & Theatre Studies Teaching Resources – Shine a spotlight on key practitioners, place devised performance centre stage, raise the curtain on live theatre evaluation and get behind the scenes on the exam. Written by teachers, examiners and Drama experts who are keen to share their knowledge, the full range of Drama resources will take your students from the green room to standing ovation.

Email: sales@ZigZagEducation.com
Telephone:
0117 950 3199
Postal address:
ZigZag Education, Unit 3, Greenway Business Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol, BS10 5PY

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First and Best in Education

New Essential Drama Skills – a compendium of creative drama lessons and scripts for teachers. The scripts have been used for public performances and as examination pieces over the years. Two of the duologues have been included in the LAMDA Examinations Acting Anthology Volume 3.

A Student’s Guide to Auditioning for Drama School – written to help your students work towards achieving that desired place at Drama School.

Drama Depot Practical Activities (KS3) – Forty new lessons with warm ups to develop the creativity and expressive talents of the individual in the context of the whole group.

Here comes Godot now! 12 plays (GCSE) – contains 12 plays each containing multi-roling and the variety of theatrical techniques that exam boards now seem to love.

Into Action! A Modular Approach to Drama – This book of structured drama lessons will be invaluable to the drama teacher working with students on exam courses in Drama, Performing Arts or Expressive Arts. All lessons are complete with recommendations for warming up, preparation notes, objectives and suggestions for debriefing and discussion at the end of the lesson.

Email: sales@firstandbest.co.uk
Telephone:
01536 399007
Postal address:
Hamilton House Mailings Ltd, Earlstrees Ct, Earlstrees Rd, Corby, Northants, NN17 4HH

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The Mirror Never Lies

How would you help a child who develops one of these illnesses? Would you be sympathetic to a mental illness or would you take the view that the child was being silly and irresponsible.

Today’s children are far more obsessed with body image than previous generations. Many of their role models are excessively thin, and for some being thin becomes equated with success and popularity. Dieting is not unusual among teenagers and it is terribly easy to carry it too far. It is not so easy to recover without a lot of support and understanding. Anorexia and bulimia are addictive illnesses in which the sufferer lies and conceals to attempt to cover up the addiction. There is a large amount of self-deception as the sufferer may see a fat person in the mirror even although those around him/her see an emaciated one. The sufferer does not want help as he/she is terrified of becoming fat.

This book was written by someone who herself suffered both anorexia and bulimia for sixteen years. It describes in detail how she damaged her health and jeopardised her family relationships and friendships through an illness to which she was not willing to admit. It also describes her struggle back to normal healthy eating. The latter sections of the book give practical advice for normal healthy eating and describe the physical side effects of not having a healthy diet.

If you would like to see sample pages please email sales@firstandbest.co.uk

Publisher’s reference: T1564EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 655 8

Prices

  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £15.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £15.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £21.94 plus £3.95 delivery

Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1564EMN

What is the benefit of testing pupils for dyscalculia?

One of the great problems in working with dyscalculic pupils and students is that there are many different ways in which dyscalculia affects individuals.

Because of this there is no such thing as a “typical dyscalculic person” or indeed a single method for helping the dyscalculic pupil or student.

In short, when faced with a dyscalculic individual what we have to do is try to find out the areas in which the pupil has problems and the specific difficulties that the pupil has.

Finding such information out can be made more difficult by the fact that many dyscalculics evolve their own methods of handling maths over time, making it appear as if they know what they are doing in certain situations.

In such situations, although the pupil or student can get an answer right, he/she often has no understanding at all and is instead just going through a mechanical and essentially (for them) meaningless process.

It is because of this sort of problem that in 2011 the Dyscalculia Centre introduced its on-line test for dyscalculia, suitable for pupils aged 8 and above.

Hundreds of individuals now take the test each year, and many schools have found it helpful to test several pupils in the course of a year, which is why we are now introducing a special price for schools that use our test with three or more pupils.

The aim of the test is not simply to say “this person is dyscalculic,” although it does give that result.  It aims primarily to find out where the specific problems for that individual are and then suggest how these problems can be overcome.

For example, the test seeks to unravel situations where the student seemingly knows how to undertake mathematical computations without having any idea what is going on.   It also looks for associated short term / long term memory issues, problems with understanding the very concept of number, and difficulties with the notion of time and of shapes.

The Dyscalculia Test is taken on-line, and results in a detailed report (usually around five pages of A4) identifying the problem areas and the actions that can be taken to help the pupil overcome these issues.

What’s more, the Centre also then provides free teaching materials that can be used with the pupil to help deal with the most important areas of difficulty in a multi-sensory way, thus allowing the pupil or student to start moving forward in terms of mathematical knowledge.

There is more information about the Dyscalculia Centre’s on-line test for dyscalculia at http://www.dyscalculia.me.uk/testing.html

Testing costs £59.95 per individual or £49.95 each where three or more tests are booked together (although these tests do not all have to be taken at the same time). This price includes taking the test, receiving a specific report in relation to the individual taking the test, and being provided with resources relevant to that individual which can be used to help them progress in maths.

The test itself is set up for payment by credit card on-line:

Please click here to order one test at £59.95
Please click here to order 3 tests at £49.95 each

However if you wish to use a school order number you can do this by phoning 01536 399 011, or by fax to 01536 399 012.  In each case we will need your email address so that we can email you a link to the on-line test.  There are more details about payment for schools on http://www.dyscalculia.me.uk/teacher.html

If you have any enquiries please do call 01536 399 000 or email admin@dyscalculia.me.uk

The Dyscalculia Centre
Hamilton House Mailings
Earlstrees Road
Corby

UK
NN17 4HH

Website: www.dyscalculia.me.uk
Email: admin@dyscalculia.me.uk

Practical and accessible resource for Early Years

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Index for inclusion: developing play, learning and participation in early years and childcare

Written by Denise Kingston, Tony Booth and Mel Ainscow

  • Accessible, flexible and practical resource for self-evaluation and improvement
  • Encourages staff, young children and families to work together collaboratively
  • User-friendly materials, organised around sets of indicators and questions
  • Index materials support a detailed review of cultures, policies and practices in early years settings.
  • Essential for settings committed to putting inclusive values into action
  • Includes CD
  • CSIE price: £28.00 + £5.50 p&p
  • November offer: buy one get one half price

The Early Years Index can help settings to:

  • clarify their own values and put them into action;
  • create a detailed self-review and development strategy;
  • sustain the changes that are made;
  • empower adults and children to voice their ideas;
  • improve the setting for staff as well as for children and families;
  • minimise barriers to play, learning and participation;
  • articulate a clear rationale for development.

Staff who have used the Index materials have found them useful as:

  • a tool for self evaluation
  • a means of engaging the whole school community
  • a resource for meeting the requirements of the Equality Act and the new Ofsted Framework.

Order now to take advantage of the November offer:

To order your copy, please email the following information to admin@csie.org.uk

Priority order code HHIfIEY Index for inclusion: developing play, learning and participation in early years and childcare
Number of copies required:
Your Name:
Contact telephone no:
Email address:
School Name:
School Address :

Invoice Address:

(if different from above)

Purchase order no:

(if applicable)

CSIE price: £28.00 + £5.50 p&p for up to 2 copies
Total cost:

 

Exceptional Primary School Assembly Resources

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AssemblyBox

Outstanding assemblies that pupils love and remember

Over 300 fully scripted assemblies available now with new assemblies added monthly saving you time and effort in the mornings.

AssemblyBox provides schools with a fast, easy and high-quality solution that delivers assemblies throughout the school year. We are a subscription-based service for schools, providing access to an exciting online portfolio of assemblies.

Our assemblies are available in the following categories: A-Z of Social and Emotional Stories, SEAL, Black History, Community and Citizenship, Famous People, Foundation Stage, World Religions, Saint Days, International Days and Around the World.

Order your package today at www.assemblybox.co.uk

Email: enquiries@assemblybox.co.uk 
Postal address:
Inspired Education Ltd, 20-22 Wenlock Road, London,N1 7GU

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CCLI

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

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

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AssembliesOnline.com

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

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

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First and Best in Education

Sealsongs – the Tower Hamlets primary school song book – a collection of assembly songs which aims to get children engaged through the experience of making and creating music. Its lyrics were written with considerable input from Year 4 and 5 pupils, so speak from children to children, and the musical backing tracks were professionally recorded.

Email: sales@firstandbest.co.uk
Telephone:
01536 399007
Postal address:
Hamilton House Mailings Ltd, Earlstrees Ct, Earlstrees Rd, Corby, Northants, NN17 4HH

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Brilliant Publications

Brilliant Assembly Resources – Brilliant Publications publishes a small, but growing, range of books to support primary school assemblies. Titles range from song books and inspirational stories to read aloud during assemblies, through to easy-to-use scripts for class-led assemblies, linked to key curriculum areas.

Email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 1449 766629
Postal address:
Brilliant Publications, c/o Trade Counter Distribution, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND, UK

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Snail Tales

Storytelling for Schools – with the Institute of Education observing that a love of reading improves results across the curriculum, and an EU-funded study revealing that 25% more facts are retained from stories than rote learning, it’s easy to see how storytelling can benefit your school.

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What is the most effective way of attuning your younger pupils’ ears to the French language?

Earworms, stuck-song syndrome, sticky music, and cognitive itch are all terms used to describe when a song gets stuck in your head – and, although defined, it can’t quite be explained.

So how can you use this scientific mystery to your advantage so your pupils will pick up their French language learning more readily as they advance through the curriculum?

The answer is with Petites Étoiles – a comprehensive resource which uses rhymes and songs to introduce your Reception to Year 2 pupils to French language learning. So when they start to learn French more formally, they will have already internalised how it sounds.

Petites Étoiles provides lesson plans, activities, and ideas based on 18 popular topics (toys, food, animals, celebrations…), with each unit focusing on a rhyme or a song to aid the pronunciation of words and to make learning more memorable.

The accompanying disc also contains video clips, as well as a huge bank of reproducible resources, IWB games, and much more. The practical activities are play-oriented and range from role-playing and miming to phonics games and mask-making.

Furthermore, Petites Étoiles has a clear and easy-to-use layout and provides a huge amount of practical support for teachers which means that it can be used by both French specialist teachers and teachers with limited knowledge of the French language.

You can order Petites Étoiles in a variety of ways, including:

  • 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

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

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

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AssembliesOnline.com

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

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

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Teaching Resources Support

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

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

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School Speakers

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

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

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Caswell’s Strings

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

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

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

What are the three steps to identifying dysgraphia?

Step one: Compare your student’s handwriting with other students’ handwriting of the same age

Step two: Identify what is making his or her handwriting appear to be of poor quality:

Does his or her handwriting contain oversized letters and punctuation?
Are there inconsistencies in the size of consecutive letter?
Are letters and words written at
an inconsistent angle?
Is
his or her handwriting spaced inconsistently?
Are letters and words written in the wrong order?
Does
his or her handwriting contain more spelling mistakes than you would expect?
Does he or she often cross out his or her work and rewrite it?

Step three: Identify why the handwriting is of poor quality – What causes dysgraphia? A student with dysgraphia will often have problems with his or her language processing, fine motor skills, memory recall, pen/pencil grip, handwriting posture and/or visual spacing.

Dysgraphia Help offer an online dysgraphia test for pupils over 8 years old for £32 which can act as a preliminary diagnosis. The test consists of 50 questions and after completion of the test and submitting a handwriting sample you will receive a report within 72 hours.

You can find more information about Dysgraphia Help’s Online Dysgraphia Test at www.dysgraphiahelp.co.uk/testing-for-dysgraphia/.

Students love poetry and song.

Dear Head of English,

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

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

Here are some comments from Secondary schools after Jim’s visit.

Poet Jim MacCool’s visits to All Saints
On Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th November, Years 7 and 8 were given the opportunity to attend an interactive poetry workshop led by performance poet Jim MacCool. Rhythm was a key focal point of the session with Jim accompanying his verse with a variety of instruments and props. After initial shyness, the students (and staff) were soon clapping, singing and on their feet joining in. It was a thoroughly entertaining event!

St. Paul ’s High School, Bessbrook
A packed house cheered and applauded Mr MacCool after each verse and Celtic song. Pupils volunteered to go up on stage and dance to Jim’s Irish Drum. Jim sang, recited poetry and played the Irish Drum as he recounted stories inspired by Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
Roisin Patton, Drama teacher at the school, said of the performances, ‘Pupils were enthusiastic and involved throughout Jim’s performances. It was definitely worthwhile that he came along. Y9 Pupils, in particular, enjoyed ‘The Boxer’s Tale’ as well as the short question and answer session they had with Jim after that final performance’.

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

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

www.octoberisnationalpoetrymonth.co.uk

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

Performance Poetry Society
Tigh a Bhaird
7 Harepit Close
Croydon
CR2 6PN

Tel. 0208 688 6951
performancepoetry@yahoo.com

October is National Poetry Month
We operate throughout the year.

www.octoberisnationalpoetrymonth.co.uk

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