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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prices

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

You can purchase the book…

When ordering the book please quote the reference T1833EMN.

How to get A* in Spanish?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So here’s the deal…..

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

But wait, that’s not all…….

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

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

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

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

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

Reduce stress – Raise grades

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

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

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

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

Our solution comes in the form of eight worksheets in a ready-made booklet – ‘Greatest Strength Workbook for Students’. It comes with a free teacher’s guide and is available as an instant download. The teacher’s guide and a sample can be downloaded for free to get you started. The full license to print for use with your whole school is only £49.99.

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

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

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

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

Clare Martin

Newset Training

Presenting Research in Art and Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prices

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

You can purchase the book…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With thanks

The Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tel: 0117 940 6409

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

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

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

£3.50 paper printed £5.00 encapsulated

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

Text enquiries to 07500 557393

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

PLEASE QUOTE HHSALE ON ALL ORDERS

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Chart 1 6 EVA volleyball charts £6.00 paper £12.00 encapsulated
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MTV1 12 motivational charts £12.50 paper £25.00 encapsulated
       
Chart 20 10 squash charts £6.00 paper £12.00 encapsulated
       

NB. Prices do not include postage and packing

The complete online touch-typing training service for schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Huge discount on snacks for the Tuck Shop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can purchase the report…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prices

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

Prices include VAT.

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

Getting to Know your A2 Cultural Topics

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

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

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

Getting to Know…

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

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

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

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

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


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

You can order (For FREE POSTAGE please reference WR78 when placing your order)

  • By phone: 0117 950 3199
  • By post: ZigZag Education, Unit 3, Greenway Business Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol, BS10 5PY
  • By fax: 0117 959 1695
  • By email: MFL-WR78@zigzageducation.co.uk

Details of all MFL resources are given at: zzed.uk/WR78-MFL

IGCSE English Cambridge Technical Skills

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

Sentences

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

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

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

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

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

You can order the IGCSE English Cambridge Technical Skills CD-ROM in any of these ways:

  • On our website
  • By phone on 0117 940 6409
  • By fax on 0117 940 6408
  • By email (quoting a school order number) to info@classroom-resources.co.uk
  • By post to: Classroom Resources, PO Box 1489, Bristol, BS99 3QJ

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

Tel: 0117 940 6409

Cross Curricular Art

Cross curricular teaching creates an exciting learning environment in which to engage pupils. The Art Department is ideally placed for this as art is a diverse subject, allowing teachers easily to make connections across subjects and to be as creative as they wish in their delivery.

This KS3 book contains over 40 project sheets and links art to seven different subject areas. Within the Art, RE and Citizenship section, for example, there are projects which encourage pupils to consider what makes a good citizen, faiths and communities, the architecture of Gaudi and other design ideas. Project sheets can be printed out onto A3 paper for pupils to use as required.

By using skill and knowledge acquired in other subjects and building upon them within the art environment pupils have enormous scope to express themselves through the use of a variety of materials.

Cross Curricular Art is available as a black and white copiable book with an accompanying CD. Project sheets can be printed out onto A3 paper for pupils to use as required.

ISBN: 978 1 86083 799 9
Price: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery.

You can order in four different ways. In each case please quote our reference T1765emn. Sample pages and a contents list can be viewed prior to ordering on http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/art/SamplesT1765.pdf

Music really does bring people together

Showcasing the achievements of your school through the achievements of your pupils

Organising school events that are open to members of the local community not only creates a sense of community cohesion but also provides the opportunity to showcase the achievements of the school through the achievements of your pupils.

However, an increasing number of schools are also finding great benefit in attending events away from the local area to showcase the school’s achievements to a much broader audience and thus raise the profile of the school at a national level.

One of the largest events to offer schools this opportunity is Voice in a Million where children from all schools across the UK are invited to sing in a choir of thousands at the SSE Arena Wembley.

Better still, entry to the event is free – the only costs are for the rehearsal materials and the t-shirts worn by all participants in the event.

It’s an experience that colleagues, pupils and parents will remember forever. To add to its attraction the event supports a stupendously important cause as Voice in a Million is dedicated to raising awareness for adoption and fostering around the world.

There are no auditions and no requirement for your pupils to have a particular singing talent or ability although, if you wish, you can put forward your more talented singers to attend auditions for the opportunity to perform as a soloist.

Voice in a Million provides everything you need for rehearsal, including backing tracks and lyrics, and a workshop can be held in your school during which the repertoire is run through with your choir.

To find out how your school can take part in Voice in a Million, please visit www.voiceinamillion.com/schools-area/. For event details and to see video clips from previous shows and events, please click here.

Alternatively, if you would like to discuss your school’s possible involvement in the next Voice in a Million on either the 2nd or 3rd of March 2016, please do call us on 07872 591409 or 01932 859667 or email me at jo.garofalo@voiceinamillion.com.

I’ll be very pleased to hear from you.

Jo Garofalo

How best to help EAL pupils and students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prices

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

Prices include VAT.

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

Classrooms that inspire learning

Is this the most beautiful classroom in the country?

In modern schools the classroom is an arena for many activities and thus needs to meet many and varied criteria.

Clearly they need to be flexible in layout so that they can be readily re-arranged for the array of lessons that the National curriculum demands.

They need to have decent acoustics and be accessible to all. They also need to be warm in winter, cool in summer, and able to withstand whatever extremes of weather climate change throws at them.

And perhaps as important as everything else, they need to be eco-friendly and bathed in natural light.

In short, if they can both look wonderful and meet the needs of today’s teaching requirements, they will of themselves inspire teaching and learning among all KS1 and KS2 students.

Such classrooms draw the students in so that they actually want to be here, and they offer the teachers the chance to create the lessons they want in an environment they love to be in.

So what does such a fantastic classroom look like?

There are many possible answers – and here is just one of ours…

 

This picture comes from an on-line portfolio of some of the school buildings we’ve constructed during the last couple of years.

It is one of many new school buildings that have been prepared by The Learning Escape, all the way from planning permission to handover. And because of the way we work, they have invariably been built for much less than a traditional building would cost.

Heating can be specified with a choice of electric, geothermal or air source heat pump/air conditioning. Each building is a bespoke design – a response to the local conditions, local needs and local specification.

Whether you need a classroom, staffroom, school hall or library, we take your needs and wishes and create a stunning and sustainable building that fits into your space and budget.

We also offer a leasing option which means that a permanent, architect-designed Learning Escape can actually cost less per month than hiring a temporary solution!

To see more of what we have built recently just click here.

To discuss any aspect of your project or to book a free survey, just call us on 0800 917 7726.

You can find more information and a number of case on our website.

The ultimate sports facility

What is the most cost effective way of developing the ultimate sports facility in your school?

Inviting members of the local sporting community to use the sports facilities in your school is an ideal way to create a greater sense of community cohesion.

Clearly the facilities need to respond to the practicalities of a whole array of sports and need to withstand constant use all year round, no matter what the weather may be.

And, as important as everything else, they need to be accessible for all ages and abilities and to offer pupils the opportunity to develop their sporting abilities above and beyond.

And, of course, there needs to be immediate finance available.

All Notts Sport sports facility installations aim to achieve exactly this: the ultimate sports facility, which can be financed for your school.

This is what England Rugby Union Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster, said about one of our latest installations…

“This covers all the bases for the school, and the community can use it as well in the evenings and weekends. I think it has transformed the school and I think it could be the key for the school and community linking together.”

This was made possible with the installation of a multi-use sports pitch using our 60mm 3G and NottsPad XC surfacing systems to meet FIFA and IRB standards.

Such surfaces can withstand constant use without affecting the quality of the facility and thus the sporting performance and safety of pupils.

To find out more about the various pitch surfacing systems designed and developed by Notts Sport, click here. And for more information about this installation, or to see other installations of its kind, please visit our blog.

We work closely with schools to make the installation of multi-use sport facilities an affordable option, providing advice on funding where it is needed.

There is further information on our website at http://nottssport.co.uk/, or if you would like to arrange a free review of your sports facilities, please call us on 01455 883 730 or email us at info@nottssport.com

Bridging The Gap Exercise

Safety v cost? A practical example that mathematicians, engineers and businesses face when trying to find a solution to a problem.

So that students can see just how important maths is in the world of work, we have put together a practical problem solving exercise called Bridging The Gap. It is designed to simulate the workings of a small team of engineers who are trying to find a solution to a problem by building a bridge between two points.

The students are divided into small teams and challenged to build the Bridge from newspaper and then work out how much it costs to build. It must be suspended 60cm above the ground and money is awarded for each completed piece. Beware though there are costs and time penalties apply.

Teams must forecast how much ‘profit’ they think they can make and then work out how much they actually make. Will your students design it so cheaply that it collapses or will they spend more money to make it strong and sturdy?

The exercise is suitable for both KS3 and KS4 students and runs over one lesson. Each team is given the student brief and finance sheet, a set of resources and a deadline. The winning team is the one who can build the longest bridge and accurately forecast their profit.

A great learning experience and good fun for everyone.

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

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

How much does this all cost? Only £25.00 and can be re-used over and over again!

There are more details at… http://c-l-e.co.uk/buy-teaching-resources-online/bridging-the-gap-exercise/

You can pay and download the exercise immediately direct from our website using PayPal or you may wish to pay with either a cheque or a purchase order number. Simply e-mail your purchase order number to us and we will send the exercise to you along with the invoice for payment within 24 hours.

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

Hello SPaG

What is the most effective way of covering the spelling, punctuation and grammar content of the new curriculum?

Sometimes it is helpful to start at the end: what do we wish to have achieved with our pupils by the time they leave primary school?
 
Young people with strong communication skills are better able to make the most of the remainder of their educational journey.
 
So our mission is to prepare clear and confident communicators ready for secondary education.
 
It was this thought that led our team here at Jolly Learning to work on an all-inclusive set of Grammar Handbooks that align with curriculum requirements; handbooks espousing a concise methodology of revising, extending, and consolidating key concepts of spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
 
We’ve found that this systematic approach ensures that all children can leave primary school as clear and confident communicators.
 
Teacher’s notes, lesson plans, photocopiable worksheets, activity sheets, and even spelling lists are included in this comprehensive set of handbooks that extend throughout the primary years.
 
Perhaps the best news of all is that you can judge for yourself. Take a full set of Grammar Handbooks (books 1-5) free of charge for 30 days.
 
To receive your free set, just email info@jollylearning.co.uk and we’ll send them to you.

Making memories

Imagine one single event that inspires and is remembered by your pupils and colleagues for years to come.

We know that in years to come children will retain only limited memories of their time at primary school.

But there will be some memories – and, of course, what we all want for the children we teach is for them to take away positive memories that will influence their lives for years to come.

Which is how we come to “pantomime,” one of those primary school events that many children remember for ever.

Pantomime lives on because it is constantly changing and evolving, and it can have a huge impact on children, an impact that says that the arts (and in particular professional live drama) can be enjoyable, amusing, informative, thought provoking and worth exploring.

I mention all this because we offer the opportunity for you over the Christmas period to invite into your school hall genuine West End actors who will act, sing, dance, and engage fully with the children.

And I am writing about Christmas in June because the logistics of sending actors from the West End to all corners of the country mean that some of our most popular dates are already sold out.

This year we are offering a choice of three Pantomime performances; Aladdin, Cinderella, and our new production, Jack & the Beanstalk.

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

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

You can find more details on our website.

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

Free quiz on literary heritage!

To help your students identify and discuss literary heritage, we’ve provided a free quiz!

This quiz includes match-up exercises, multiple-choice questions and animations to test your students’ knowledge of authors who have contributed to British literary heritage and encourage them think about how language and contexts have changed over time. Each question is followed by a formative recap slide to ensure your students are secure in their understanding.

Try out the free quiz on our Doddle English page!

Doddle English contains a variety of interactive resources to get the whole class fully engaged with topics. To find out how you can use them as whole class activities, or set them as homework, book a free in-school visit with one of our Educational Consultants.

Alice
Doddle

Cover Teacher who thinks pathetic fallacy is an embarrassing condition?

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

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

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

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

Activities range from a study of an advert for the Stakes R Us shop (specialising as it does in anti-vampire technology) to a speech modelling persuasive/argumentative language expounding the reasons why sport should be banned in school.

Each article is followed by a wide range of questions, an extension task through which (for example) the students create a speech in support of sport, and a homework (in the case of Stakes R Us, writing the tale of a student who discovers his/her headteacher is a vampire).

The volume covers not only advertising, as in the first example cited above, but also texts in the form of playscripts, a diary, lonely hearts, science fiction, letters, memos, alternative story beginnings, confidential reports, obituaries, references etc etc.

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

The Absent English Teacher Worksheets collection is available from Hamilton House priced at £30.00 plus £2.95 delivery.

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

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

Bridging The Gap Exercise

Safety v cost? A practical example that mathematicians, engineers and businesses face when trying to find a solution to a problem.

So that students can see just how important maths is in the world of work, we have put together a practical problem solving exercise called Bridging The Gap. It is designed to simulate the workings of a small team of engineers who are trying to find a solution to a problem by building a bridge between two points.

The students are divided into small teams and challenged to build the Bridge from newspaper and then work out how much it costs to build. It must be suspended 60cm above the ground and money is awarded for each completed piece. Beware though there are costs and time penalties apply.

Teams must forecast how much ‘profit’ they think they can make and then work out how much they actually make. Will your students design it so cheaply that it collapses or will they spend more money to make it strong and sturdy?

The exercise is suitable for both KS3 and KS4 students and runs over one lesson. Each team is given the student brief and finance sheet, a set of resources and a deadline. The winning team is the one who can build the longest bridge and accurately forecast their profit.

A great learning experience and good fun for everyone.

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

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

How much does this all cost? Only £25.00 and can be re-used over and over again!

There are more details at… http://c-l-e.co.uk/buy-teaching-resources-online/bridging-the-gap-exercise/

You can pay and download the exercise immediately direct from our website using PayPal or you may wish to pay with either a cheque or a purchase order number. Simply e-mail your purchase order number to us and we will send the exercise to you along with the invoice for payment within 24 hours.

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

Interactive Chemistry Curriculum Software

An Interactive CHEMISTRY Software Free Trial Offer, At An Unmissable Price. No School Should Miss Out On This.
It Is Simply Unbelievable!

This offer for ALL 14 titles is packed with hundreds of stunning curriculum 3D animations describing difficult to understand concepts for CHEMISTRY, text, voice-overs, quiz zones, drag and drops, multiple choice quizzes and more.

Includes a full school site PC and network licence, nothing more to pay EVER! Free 14-day trial , so if you don’t like it you can just send it back. All 14 of these individual great titles are included in the pack for just £100 for everything:

Classifying Materials; Patterns Of Behaviour; Crude Oil – Organic Chemistry; The Earth’s Structure; Extraction & Uses Of Metals; The Periodic Table – An Introduction; The Periodic Table – Atomic Structure & Physical Properties; The Periodic Table- Bonding & Chemical Properties; Rates Of Reaction; Reversible Reactions; Smart Materials & Nanotechnology; Structure & Bonding; Quantitative Chemistry; The Mole & Stoichiometry

Until the end of term only it’s just £100 for all 14 of these software titles in one pack!

Now isn’t that truly staggering value for money for all these titles from the UK’s leading curriculum software supplier? Let’s beat the cuts!

To order your free trial please click here

 

Do you use Outlook or Office 365 for your staff?

What is the simplest way of ensuring that everyone in the school always knows exactly what is happening, when and where?

The answer is to configure your staff’s electronic calendars to reflect the way you organise your years, weeks and days – even if you have two-week timetables, different patterns of sessions on different days, and unusual working weeks.

Get all the events you want your staff to be aware of into their own calendars. Even if they sync to an iPhone, iPad or Android they will still have the information. Do this at the whole school level and for different departments and teams.

Import their timetable data from SIMS, TimeTabler or other systems and put it in their calendars. You can even use this as the basis for standardised lesson planning across the school or department.

Use templates to implement standard formats for lesson plans, meeting agendas and anything else that might go in the body or notes section of an appointment.

Academic Calendar is an add-in for Microsoft Outlook that makes it work the way schools, colleges and academies need. It can do all the above and more.

Academic Calendar can distribute appointments to staff running Outlook or, if necessary, make appointments directly into Exchange or Office 365.

One person sets the data up – the rest get the benefit.

Academic Calendar was created by an experienced ex secondary head and is in continuous development in response to school needs.

To find out more and to download the software to try it, go to http://www.academiccalendar.co.uk/acal-email-landing-page/

Best regards

Mike Vaughan Edwards
Greenhill Software

Life after levels: equipping you for the future of assessment

Life after levels: equipping you for the future of assessment

To support you through the removal of levels in September, Doddle have provided a whole-school solution that gives you a consistent assessment framework across the curriculum.

One of the key features of our simple and flexible system is the ability to personalise your assessment criteria. We have broken down the KS3 curriculum into key skills which you can add to and edit, so that you can align Doddle assessment with your schemes of work.

You can use your own assessments, together with hundreds of self-marking Doddle tests, to build a comprehensive picture of student progress.

Read more about Doddle’s assessment system, and the detailed reports that it creates, on our
website: www.doddlelearn.co.uk/progress

For a free demonstration of the features that enable you to consistently track progress and how this could fit your school’s needs, book a free in-school visit with one of our Educational Consultants.

Alice
Doddle

Boardworks Ltd are the creators of Doddle, an online resource bringing together over 16,000 teaching, homework and revision materials across 18 subjects at KS3–KS4.

Comprising all Boardworks teaching presentations, thousands of formative self-marking homework quizzes, and our new progress reporting system, Doddle is designed to assist schools in consistently raising achievement.

The subconscious learner

How by understanding the subconscious mind of learners it is possible to increase the rate at which they progress – without them knowing

By the age of six it is thought that 95% of the time it is our subconscious mind that perceives, interprets and manipulates our environment and encounters.

In other words, the conscious mind is only involved in five percent of the activity in which children are engaged. Indeed, for some children it can be even less!

Given that it is the subconscious that is taking in so much information, it is therefore possible to imagine a situation in which we create environments which provide children with a wealth of information outside of lessons.

In short we are considering the subconscious learning they are engaged in when they are in the playground, eating their lunch or indeed doing anything else.

One simple example of making use of the child’s constant subconscious activity is through Active Learning Place Mats which sit under the child’s plate while eating but then become an educational activity full of activities and information suitable for KS1 and KS2.

Better still, because the place mats can be wiped clean using a dry cloth, they can be used again and again. And not only at lunchtime but also during wet playtimes.

Each of the Active Learning Place Mats comes as a set of six, and the pack also includes six dry-wipe pens for when they wish to exercise conscious learning.

There are four different sets of six mats plus pens available, each focussing on a different topic; Letter Fun, Key Words, Times Tables and Animal Kingdom.

The Letter Fun series has been designed to speed up an automatic response to letter recognition, alphabetical order and rhyming patterns and to develop visual and listening skills.

Topics and activities in the series include letter sequencing (mat 1), dot-to-dots (mat 2), rhyming pairs (mat 3), beginning sounds (mat 4), ending sounds (mat 5), complete the words and match the words exercises (mat 6).

The Animal Kingdom series includes themes such as pets and insects (mat 1), fish and the countryside (mat 2), birds and arctic animals (mat 3), endangered and woodland animals (mat 4), reptiles and safari animals (mat 5), and nocturnal animals and horses (mat 6).

The Times Tables series includes questions on all the times tables up to 10 experienced through both multiplication and division questions. The Key Words series of mats use word searches within shapes to stretch the children’s awareness of letter combinations.

There are more details and illustrations on our website.

You can order the Active Learning Place Mats in any of these ways:

  • On our website
  • By phone on 01536 399017
  • By fax to 01536 399012
  • By email to msl@schools.co.uk
  • By post to Multi-Sensory Learning, Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby, NN17 4HH

Does your school or college have classroom chairs with a warranty which lasts until 2025?

One obvious advantage of such a TEN year warranty is that you’ll have no maintenance or replacement costs for a decade or more.

This could mean significant financial savings compared with alternative products.

But that’s not all……….

The Postura Plus range of chairs has been designed not only to be incredibly durable but also to encourage good posture for your students, as well as being easy to stack and move from room to room.

Postura Plus chairs are used successfully in thousands of UK schools, often just as a trial in one classroom and then being “rolled out” throughout the school as funds allow.

Postura Plus chairs are available in a range of 15 attractive colours. The TEN year warranty (and its associated benefits) means that these chairs are likely to be one of the best investments that a school or college could ever make.

Further information about Postura Plus chairs including very competitive pricing and how to obtain a sample for evaluation, may be obtained from Central Educational Supplies Ltd., PO Box 999, London E14 6SH
Tel: 020 7515 1797 or email: signpost@talk21.com. Details are also available on their website: http://centraleducational.co.uk/

PS. Even during the busy summer term buying season these chairs can often be supplied at short notice.

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

I’d like an argument please

How can we help Sixth Form students understand the concept of the meaningful argument?

A man walks into an office and says, “I’d like to have an argument, please.”

If you are familiar with Monty Python you’ll know that the man is Michael Palin and he spends the new few minutes debating with John Cleese the difference between a true argument and “mere” contradiction.

Of course, the sketch never approaches the debate about the difference between these two concepts – and indeed why should it? It is just a comedy sketch, although a sketch so popular that, although first broadcast in 1972, it was performed by the original actors to much acclaim in their farewell performance 42 years later.

But while the difference between argument and contradiction was never resolved by Messers Palin and Cleese, it is a vital one for A Level students to grasp.

And grasping the difference is still only the start.

For even when the student starts to get to grips with the difference between such concepts as “claims” and “arguments”, there still remain such puzzling issues as explanations, assumptions, counter-claims, evidence, examples, deduction, induction, generalisation…

However the fact is that where students do understand the nature of debate and proof they tend not only to get better A level grades but they also become better prepared for university and/or employment.

In short, for many students it is a grasp of critical thinking which takes them from a B to an A, which delivers a far more impressive UCAS application, and which enables them to be much more persuasive in interviews and presentations.

It is for these reasons that the volume “Critical Thinking” has been written.

But “Critical Thinking” is about far more than just dismantling and evaluating other people’s arguments. For it is also involved in the production of the student’s own explanations and arguments.

Through examples and activities the volume encourages students to develop their considered point of view in essays, reports, debates, etc, and helps them be prepared to stand back and assess their own reasoning.

Critical Thinking is available as a printed copiable volume or as a CD which can be put on the school’s learning platform for use by students and staff.

You can see some sample pages at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/english/T1821.pdf

Publisher’s reference:T1821EMN; ISBN: 978 1 86083 861 3

Prices:

  • Photocopiable report in a book: £29.95
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95
  • Both the book and the CD: £36.94

Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1821EMN

Pantomimes – an up to date concept that dates back to the Middle Ages?

It is thought by many that future technology will revolutionise the way children learn, enabling them to achieve a greater level of engagement in their education.

Yet we’ve found that a concept dating back to the Middle Ages can be totally effective in engaging pupils and holding their attention. And famously Walt Disney found the same thing.

Traditional pantomime stories are a great way to spark children’s interest and engagement in stories and tales, which is the first step to inspiring a life-long enjoyment of reading.

And the reason why I am writing about Christmas in June is because our pantomime productions become heavily booked fairly early on. Our casts travel from school to school around the country, and consequently the schools that book first get the best choice of availability.

This year we are offering a choice of three Pantomime performances: Aladdin, Cinderella, and our new production, Jack & the Beanstalk all performed by West End actors who act, sing, dance, and engage fully with the children.

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

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

You can find more details on our website.

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

Guaranteed to engage and challenge your students…

Are you looking for a Business Studies resource that will engage and challenge your students and cover key areas of the curriculum?

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

√ understand financial terminology and how markets function

√ visualise the interaction of supply and demand in a dynamic context

√ see external influences on prices in a real-world situation

√ analyse and interpret business and financial news

We offer two simulations designed for classroom use – Dealing Room and Finance Lab – and there are Pro versions of each that allow you to customise the game settings. We will give you the Pro versions for free if you place an order before Friday 3rd July.

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

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

Regards,
Liam

Liam Barnes, Global Investor
Office: 01225 484 721
Mobile: 07880 527 872
www.globalinvsims.com

The more we inform, the more they support

What is the most effective way of encouraging parents to support their child’s reading at home?

One of the great problems with parents is that they remember their own primary school days and become confused when they see their children being taught to read in a different way.

Of course, many parents will recognise that education develops all the time and will readily support current methods, but some may feel slightly unsure about them.

Indeed the phrase, “It wasn’t like this in my day,” probably originates from a lack of awareness in which schooling changes.

In order to bring parents up to speed with contemporary literacy work in schools, Jolly Learning has produced a free Parent/Teacher Guide and an accompanying presentation on CD.

This guide is offered free to schools that want to hand out information to parents at parent evenings or as part of a pack of information supplied at the start of term. The guide deals with how parents can support their child’s learning at home while the presentation CD is used by teachers at the parents evening.

You can see a copy of the document (available in several languages) here and you can, of course, print copies and hand them out yourself.

Alternatively, just email me and I’ll arrange to send you as many printed copies as you think you will need.

If you would like to order copies of the Parent/Teacher Guide or to receive further information about our literacy programme please email info@jollylearning.co.uk and let me know:

a) your school name and postal address, and the email address of the person who will be overseeing the handing out of the leaflets,

b) and how many copies you wish to have.

If you have any questions please call us on 020 8501 0405.

There is more information on www.jollylearning.co.uk.

Chris Jolly

Jolly Phonics provides a comprehensive 6-year literacy programme, embedding phonics, grammar, spelling and punctuation teaching throughout, which more than meets the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum.

The Virtual Physics Laboratory

How to give your students a wider experience of Physics experiments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What is the most effective way of teaching the NEW National Curriculum for literacy?

We have discovered what is probably the easiest and most enjoyable way for both your teachers AND your pupils to engage in covering this vitally important area of learning.

Ziptales – new to the UK, are a proven literacy e-learning resource for Primary Schools, linking directly to the UK Curricula English.

Try Ziptales for 30 days, with your entire school!

No commitments, no obligations. Just see if we may be a good fit for your school.

Then, if you decide that Ziptales is right for you, the first 50 schools to subscribe to this special offer pay only £1 per pupil for UNLIMTIED access until September 2016!

This is based on a whole school licence, so whether you only have 20 pupils or 500, we are providing you with this special low rate!

Call Ziptales on 02030 953 262 or go to www.ziptales.co.uk/tryfree.php to find out more right now.

The subconscious learner

How by understanding the subconscious mind of learners it is possible to increase the rate at which they progress – without them knowing

By the age of six it is thought that 95% of the time it is our subconscious mind that perceives, interprets and manipulates our environment and encounters.

In other words, the conscious mind is only involved in five percent of the activity in which children are engaged. Indeed, for some children it can be even less!

Given that it is the subconscious that is taking in so much information, it is therefore possible to imagine a situation in which we create environments which provide children with a wealth of information outside of lessons.

In short we are considering the subconscious learning they are engaged in when they are in the playground, eating their lunch or indeed doing anything else.

One simple example of making use of the child’s constant subconscious activity is through Active Learning Place Mats which sit under the child’s plate while eating but then become an educational activity full of activities and information suitable for KS1 and KS2.

Better still, because the place mats can be wiped clean using a dry cloth, they can be used again and again. And not only at lunchtime but also during wet playtimes.

Each of the Active Learning Place Mats comes as a set of six, and the pack also includes six dry-wipe pens for when they wish to exercise conscious learning.

There are four different sets of six mats plus pens available, each focussing on a different topic; Letter Fun, Key Words, Times Tables and Animal Kingdom.

The Letter Fun series has been designed to speed up an automatic response to letter recognition, alphabetical order and rhyming patterns and to develop visual and listening skills.

Topics and activities in the series include letter sequencing (mat 1), dot-to-dots (mat 2), rhyming pairs (mat 3), beginning sounds (mat 4), ending sounds (mat 5), complete the words and match the words exercises (mat 6).

The Animal Kingdom series includes themes such as pets and insects (mat 1), fish and the countryside (mat 2), birds and arctic animals (mat 3), endangered and woodland animals (mat 4), reptiles and safari animals (mat 5), and nocturnal animals and horses (mat 6).

The Times Tables series includes questions on all the times tables up to 10 experienced through both multiplication and division questions. The Key Words series of mats use word searches within shapes to stretch the children’s awareness of letter combinations.

There are more details and illustrations on our website.

You can order the Active Learning Place Mats in any of these ways:

  • On our website
  • By phone on 01536 399017
  • By fax to 01536 399012
  • By email to msl@schools.co.uk
  • By post to Multi-Sensory Learning, Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby, NN17 4HH

WOW! 40% Discount…We Rock, You Roll!

Amazing 40% Discount to Celebrate
International Sushi Day!

Don’t miss out! This is a fantastic opportunity to try a very simple sushi workshop in your school.

Normally £81 we are offering your school a kit for just £48.60 including equipment, ingredients and resources:

  • Re-usable equipment for a class of thirty pupils.
  • All dry store ingredients for thirty pupils to make sushi – stock will last into next term if you wish to take advantage of this offer you can order now for the next school year.
  • All online resources to enable you to run your own very simple sushi workshop.
  • Leaflet with full project guidelines and lesson plans.
  • Telephone and e-mail support and advice.
  • Everything you need delivered direct to your door.

Why is everyone talking about this project?

  • Amazing value for a project that is really different and inspiring
  • Fun and interactive workshop that is very simple but produces spectacular results.
  • No kitchen required – can be made in any classroom or school hall
  • Helps combat obesity by supporting nutrition and healthy eating
  • Boosts confidence
  • Sushi provides a perfect platform for discussing all major food groups
  • Provides basic food technology skills
  • Explores different cultures and new flavours
  • No raw fish – sushi means seasoned rice

Sushi is the fastest growing food sector in the UK so why not equip the next generation with the skills they will need to be able to prepare their own sushi at home.

Why not enter our exciting competition too for a chance to win a prize for your school – visit

www.makesushiinschool.com REF CODE: HOUSE40 use at online checkout

Mastering the UKCAT

As you’ll be aware, students applying to Medical and Dental Schools in the UK must first pass the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT).

Drawing on The Medic Portal’s proven track record, Mastering the UKCAT takes students, step by step, through the proven techniques that have helped thousands achieve top UKCAT scores.

Our expert authors deconstruct all question types before highlighting core strategies, common pitfalls, and top tips – as well as the tactics examiners use to trip you up. This book covers all parts of the UKCAT, including verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning, decision analysis, and situational judgment.

  • Uses The Medic Portal’s proven strategies for succeeding in the UKCAT
  • Provides repeatable methodology for every question type
  • Systematically takes candidates through worked examples
  • Explores the common traps so you can avoid them on the day of the exam
  • Offers bite-size chunks of information with its accessible design

Published June 2015, CRC Press, 216 Pages, 45 B/W Illustrations, ISBN 9781482259667, £14.99

To order your copy please see https://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781482259667

Why many teachers risk developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSD).

An article in SEN Magazine has reported on the results of a survey by the British Osteopathic Association which says that those in the teaching profession are at a particularly high risk of developing back, neck and shoulder problems.

They cite two reasons for this:

1) Teachers, especially nursery staff, spend “prolonged periods of kneeling, bending and stooping” to support children in their learning.

2) Stress has been known to contribute to MSD, which is something that teachers experience on a regular basis with workload demands, large class sizes and scarce resources (to name just a few).

So what can be done to treat the symptoms of MSD?

WebMD suggests a number of ways to prevent/treat the symptoms of MSD, including: exercise that includes muscle strengthening and stretching; physical or occupational therapy; acupuncture or acupressure; relaxation/biofeedback techniques; and therapeutic massage.

To read more about MSD at WebMD, visit: http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/musculoskeletal-pain

And to read the full SEN Magazine article, visit: http://www.senmagazine.co.uk/news/sennews/sennews/are-teachers-backs-under-strain

Understanding what dyscalculia is can allow schools to help sufferers improve their maths and obtain reasonable results in their examinations

Educational specialists believe that dyscalculia, struggling with numbers, is a specific learning difficulty – an unexpected inability to handle one or more aspects of maths. It has for many years been overshadowed by dyslexia, and yet the inability to handle basic mathematical issues can be just as big a problem for those who suffer from it, as is dyslexia.

Although some children with dyslexia also have great difficulties learning maths, this is not always the case. Research suggests that around 25% of dyslexic children are actually above average in their ability at maths. This suggests that there are different factors at work in dyscalculia from those causing or exacerbating cases of dyslexia.

Understanding Dyscalculia: An Introduction for Schools examines the five main causes of dyscalculia and sets out the methods of working available which can help pupils overcome their dyscalculic problems. The book contains short sections which can be photocopied to give out to other members of staff in school, to worried parents, and to governors, so that everyone can share in the awareness of what dyscalculia is, and how it can be tackled.

Above all the book shows that once we understand and accept the causes of dyscalculia we can adopt appropriate methods of teaching to overcome the problem. Research suggests that most children who gain appropriate help in school can overcome their dyscalculic difficulties and achieve an acceptable grade in secondary school examinations, thus allowing entry into further and higher education.

The book, which is available in copiable form so that it can be shared with colleagues throughout the school, is published by the Dyscalculia Centre, a leading provider of teaching materials for dyscalculic individuals. The Centre also publishes a range of books for special needs teachers working with dyscalculics, and provides on-line testing facilities for pupils and students who are thought to be dyscalculic.

There is a sample chapter available on-line at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/dyscalculia/T1628.pdf

Cat No: 978 1 86083 614 5;  Publisher reference no: T1628emn

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…

Free Boardworks presentation on strong verbs!

To help your GCSE students recap their knowledge of German grammar before their exams, we’ve provided a free presentation on strong verbs.

Taken from our German Grammar Toolkit, this presentation covers the main change pattern of strong verbs and introduces some key examples. It also features a fill-the-gap activity and an interactive table showing 6 key strong verbs in different tenses.

To download the presentation, visit our MFL free stuff page.

Regards,

The Boardworks team

P.S. Don’t teach German? We also have French and Spanish revision resources available on our free stuff page!

Do you teach a full spelling programme?

The complete experience of learning to spell has many components; some are broad, whilst others are carefully focused on detail.

An essential component of learning to spell is real writing – writing for many purposes and for different audiences. It is through writing that knowledge of spelling is both developed and put to use. In writing the learner crafts, drafts and edits, referring as needed to word-bank, dictionary or spell-checker. This broad area of spelling experience is essential.

Just as essential is attention to all the fine details of words. This is where StarSpell fits in. It contributes to the detailed, close study of the mechanisms of spelling.

This study has two strands:

  1. Direct teaching of what to learn, and ways in which to learn it; and
  2. Generous and varied practice to consolidate that learning.

StarSpell is a resource that supports both strands.

StarSpell 3.1 is newly-released and is available now. This new version of StarSpell supports and extends the statutory requirements for English Spelling of the National Curriculum in England 2014, with the addition of new word lists and hundreds of new words, contextual sentences and images. StarSpell also has a phonics section which supports the English Letters and Sounds programme. The screen layout is ideal for the Interactive Whiteboard as well as PCs. With graded Spelling lists, printable worksheets and topic lists for exam preparation, StarSpell is suitable for all ages, and great for dyslexics and SEN.

To find out more, or to order StarSpell, please click here.

You can purchase and install StarSpell for your school online. There is no need to pay up-front; an invoice and installation link will be sent to you in e-mail when your order is approved.

For further reading, the StarSpell Guide to Spelling aims to demystify how spelling is learned. It shows smart ways to help learners, both using StarSpell and with activities away from the computer, and includes 29 sample classroom sessions. You can read it here.

Turn your Year 7 students into Young Philosophers!

Turn your Year 7 students into Young Philosophers!

Get them to ‘do’ philosophy – learn how to think clearly, how to sort the good arguments from the bad and how to debate respectfully. The benefits of this are clear to anyone who has studied philosophy (declaration of interest: that includes me!): clear thinking, improved logic and respect for the views of others.

This view is backed up by research: East Renfrewshire Psychological Services in 2006 found that underachieving 11-year-olds exposed to philosophical discussion significantly increased scores in areas including problem solving and decision-making. Another report from Dundee University in 2007 suggested an average rise in IQ levels of 6.5 points in students who had been exposed to philosophy at a young age.

The Young Philosopher Course is a complete programme with lesson plans, teacher’s notes (ideal if you haven’t studied philosophy), PowerPoints and a photocopiable A5 student workbook giving them a record of what they’ve done. Students will learn that philosophy is not a purely theoretical subject for academic discussion but a lively and intriguing activity.

So, improve your students with this enrichment course, which could be timetabled using PSHE, tutorial or RE time, put on as a lunchtime or after-school Philosophy Club, or as a programme for the Gifted and Talented!

Teachers who have used the resource are impressed:

  • ‘A great resource that brings Philosophy alive to KS3 pupils! Often Philosophy can be perceived as a high academic pursuit and this resource allows for younger pupils to experience and begin dealing with key philosophical issues in an engaging and motivating manner… I particularly liked the breakdown of various tasks into smaller more manageable tasks which KS3 pupils will be able to engage… It would develop thinking skills and strategy as well as other key RE skills, e.g. dealing with fundamental questions and other people’s viewpoints as well as your own.’ – C Gibbs, Teacher of RE & Independent Reviewer

See for yourself – view full inspection copies of both 12-lesson volumes at http://zzed.co.uk/WP66

Plus! From the same author – Awakenings: a spirituality course for KS3
pupils, targeting Ofsted requirements for Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural (SMSC) Development! See
http://zzed.co.uk/WP66-awake for details.

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


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t: 0117 950 3199 | f: 0117 959 1695 | PhilosophyWP66@zigzageducation.co.uk

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Reduce stress – Raise grades

Mental resilience for the year ahead. Develop your students’ motivation, engagement and attainment.
Mental resilience and well-being are concepts that are gaining recognition within schools because of the growing evidence that happier individuals perform better both academically and socially (Seligman, 1991; Lyubomirsky, King & Diener, 2005).

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

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

Our solution comes in the form of eight worksheets in a ready-made booklet – ‘Greatest Strength Workbook for Students’. It comes with a free teacher’s guide and is available as an instant download. The teacher’s guide and a sample can be downloaded for free to get you started. The full license to print for use with your whole school is only £49.99.

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

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

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

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

Clare Martin

Newset Training

Training courses from Edify

Edify Training was founded in 2006 with the aim of providing highest quality training to the health & social care sector, and more recently has built upon the success of this by launching its Education Division to focus on the training needs of Nurseries, Schools, and Further Education organisations.

At the heart of the business is a desire to be dramatically different from other providers who work in this sector. Our clients tell us that we are succeeding in this objective and we strive to increase the difference by constantly reviewing and updating our delivery methods. Training courses are highly interactive with delegate activities throughout. Distinctive, memorable enjoyable. Our delegates may use different words when providing feedback but the message from them is clear: Edify Training stand out as different, and better for it.

Courses available:
First Aid & Medical Courses
ES0101 First Aid At Work
ES0102.1 Emergency First Aid at Work
ES0103.1 Basic First Aid
ES0104 Paediatric First Aid
ES0105 Medication Awareness
ES0114 Automated External Defibrillator
ES0121 Anaphylaxis Awareness
ES0122 First Aid for Schools

Health & Protection Courses
ES0201 Health & Safety
ES0203 Manual Handling of Objects
ES0202.8 Paediatric Moving & Handling
ES0204 Food Safety
ES0205 Infection Control
ES0206 Basic Fire Awareness
ES0206.1 Fire Marshal
ES0208 Safeguarding Children
ES0209 Workplace Risk Assessment
ES0214 Challenging Behaviour
ES0217 C.O.S.H.H.
ES0218 Nutrition & Healthy Eating
ES0224 Working Safely at Height

Condition Specific Courses
ES0303 Epilepsy Awareness
ES0304 Learning Disability Awareness
ES0306 Autism & Aspergers Awareness

Development & Wellbeing Courses
ES0402 Stress Management
ES0405 Time Management
ES0406 Equality & Cultural Diversity

You can book online at www.edifytraining.co.uk
call 01622 766078 or e-mail info@edify-consultancy.co.uk to discuss your requirements with one of our training consultants.

Tough protective aprons for teenagers

Tough, simple, hard-wearing
protective aprons for teenagers

The School Protective Aprons protect student clothing against spilled items. They are tough but comfortable with an elasticated waistband. Over 100,000 have been supplied to schools since we launched the range.The aprons are available in heavy-duty cotton drill, in navy or white, and can be supplied with or without pockets.

Sample apron: If you have not previously seen one of the School Protective Aprons you can order a sample for £5.99 including delivery and VAT. Payment must accompany the order for a single sample. You can place the order by phone, fax or post.

Bulk order prices: Bulk orders can be invoiced – please see details below.

Cream Aprons: price per apron (prices inc VAT)

No pocket With pocket
1 – 9 aprons: £5.86 £6.22

10 – 24 aprons: £5.28 £5.63

25 – 99 aprons: £4.69 £5.04
100+ aprons: £4.10 £4.45

Navy Aprons: price per apron

No pocket With pocket
1 – 9 aprons: £7.28 £7.60
10 – 24 aprons: £6.70 £7.05
25 – 99 aprons: £6.25 £6.58
100+ aprons: £5.99 £6.35

A standard delivery charge of £3.95 will be added to all orders, except for the single sample apron for £5.99 where the despatch price is included in the order.

You can place bulk orders in any of these ways

  • Phone 01536 399 011 with a credit card or school official order number
  • By fax on 01536 399 012
  • By post to Hamilton House Mailings plc, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH

An order form: can be printed out and posted. www.aprons.org.uk/order form.pdf

What is the best way of reducing foot flow to the school office?

It is an interesting fact of life that some schools do virtually no advertising while others spend considerable sums – and yet both get the same level of applicants.

It is also interesting that in some schools the school office is terribly overloaded with phone calls and email enquiries from parents and prospective parents while in others it is not.

And what is most interesting is that these two findings are not related to a school’s size, Ofsted report, or level of exam results. It is down to something quite different.

That something is, rather curiously, the state of the school’s website.

Three years on from the School Information Regulations it seems that around 40% of school websites don’t contain all the information they should. Which not only means that the school is in breach of the regulations (obviously) but also that parents are calling the school or waiting to speak to someone in the office in search of information which could easily be displayed on the school’s website. For example, how many of your parents say ‘my child has lost their permission slip?’ Placing a generic form on the school’s website for them to complete and return would help.

Nearly 90% of the school websites reviewed by Raise Education do not provide information which is commonly sought by parents, while 98% of them rather embarrassingly contain spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors – not really the best advertisement for the school.

Even more frustrating, 76% of school websites contain at least one link that does not work, while 73% contain information that is seriously out-of-date (such as a staff contact list for a previous year).

But what is perhaps most interesting is the fact that in 95% of cases where schools have a serious error on their website, the person who is in charge of the website asserted that everything was ok.

Which, by and large, is why Raise Education developed the Web Review Challenge. For we realised that where the person who updates the website is also the person who checks the website, then problems are likely to continue. As publishers of books and digital media will always say, “You can’t proofread your own work”.

So we’ve now created a service that checks every aspect of a school website, checking on statutory content, good practice, spelling, grammar, links, and the currency of the data. We then produce a detailed written report, not only specifying any errors or incompleteness we find, but also exactly noting exactly where they are and what the problem is.

Over 1000 schools have now used this service, and it has fast and firmly become embedded as the one review of the school website which means you can rest assured that your school website is fair on you. You can see what some have said about us by clicking on testimonials.’

Click on example report to give you an idea of what the report will look like.

Click on web report to find out further information for governors’ duties on ensuring key content is published.

If you’d like to have your website reviewed then reply with the words ‘Web Rev HH’ in the subject box and confirm your school’s website address. The fee is £235 for primary schools and £265 for secondary schools and colleges. However if all the statutory content is in place the cost is £117.50 for infant, junior and primary schools and £132.50 for secondary.

Our best wishes
Jazz from the Raise Education team

Contact details
Email: jazz@raiseeducation.co.uk
Website: www.raiseeducation.co.uk
Tel: 0843 362 4834

Calling all primary history teachers and subject co-ordinators! HA Primary Survey 2015:

Historical Association

Make your voice heard. Take part here and have your say.

A message from Jerome Freeman, Chair of the HA primary committee…

The HA is committed to representing teachers’ views – making your needs and concerns known to policy-makers, and demonstrating the impact of their decisions on you and your pupils. That’s why we need your help!

The HA primary history survey 2015 is now live and we are asking you to please spare a few minutes to fill in the survey.

Tell us how you are finding the new primary history curriculum. Are you happy with the new programmes of study and enjoying teaching some of the new history content contained within them? Or are you finding parts difficult to resource?

How are you assessing your children’s progress now that the level descriptions have disappeared?

Whatever you think we would really like to hear from you. Your views are vital in helping us provide effective support for primary schools from the content of our journal, Primary History, through to our CPD events and the HA website.

This is your chance to tell us what matters most – so that the HA can use its voice to support you.

Please take just a few minutes to fill it in to make sure our knowledge of history in primary schools is bang up to date and you can be entered for a prize draw to win £100 of M&S vouchers.

To participate in the survey, click here

Thank you.

FAO the Chair of Governors

What is the single most effective way of hugely reducing your school’s electricity bills this year, next year and every year?

There are of course several ways of cutting electricity bills, from the obvious turning off of lights that are not required, to switching from one supplier to another.

Both of these ideas are worthwhile, of course, but there is another approach which a growing number of schools are now using, and which can make a much, much bigger dent in your annual electricity bill.

Better still there are no set up costs, no special fees, nothing at all.

And even better, the resultant approach is one that will be utterly fascinating for everyone in the school and will be an excellent advertisement for the school for years to come. Indeed it is not unknown for parents to be very clearly influenced in sending their children to a school that uses this type of energy.

As you may have gathered from that last paragraph I am talking about solar energy. But before you move away because of traditional issues about installation costs etc, let me reassure you, there are no set up costs.

Absolutely none.

The solar panels are free, the maintenance is free, the savings directly reduce your mains electricity costs and you get low cost renewable energy, thus putting into practice the message of the need for renewable energy.

This approach to school energy uses government funding to incentivise the uptake of rooftop solar panels, and obviously is dependent on government policy. Project are currently viable with schools seeing great savings. But we can’t say how long the government will back new projects, especially after the General Election.

So we do suggest you take a look at this now, rather than at some time in the future, when the government funding of the scheme may have come to an end.

To find out more please call Ann on 07946 245 556 or email a.flaherty@engynious.com or better still visit our website and register to find out more at https://www.engynious.com/en/ukschools/schoolssolarprogramme/howtojoin/

There is no commitment to registering and you may find a great project for your school.

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