Are schools really saving money through efficiency?

What is the most effective way of saving significant sums through efficiencies made within the school?

Last month a simple four question research programme within schools revealed a way through which most schools can make considerable savings on their postage bills.

There was nothing particularly dramatic about the find – it simply involved abandoning the use of franking machines and stamps with the schools instead opening accounts with Royal Mail and paying a postage bill at the end of the month.

Not only does the system avoid all the costs of franking machines (including the hidden costs inherent in most of the contracts), but it also attracts a significantly lower cost of postage than using stamps. Royal Mail makes no charge for the service.

Of course, moving across from postage stamps or franking machines to a Royal Mail account isn’t going to save tens of thousands of pounds – but in a sense that is the point of school efficiency programmes.

Yes, on occasion some schools will find really big savings by rearranging timetables, changing the supplier of school meals, etc. But much of the time the huge savings that can be made come from a collection of smaller, simple changes.

This is not to suggest that schools are inefficient per se but rather shows that the focus on smaller individual issues will always reveal opportunities for the more effective use of time and lower costs. As such the move to RM invoicing is a perfect example.

Which is where the School of Educational Administration and Management comes in. Founded in 2005 with support from the government and the University of Northampton, the SEAM has worked with thousands of schools to establish which processes work in saving schools money. The postage account system is just one of many.

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 the vital processes which these schools use to ensure that objections to change are overcome and that changes, once implemented, are maintained and developed.

As such the report explores not only areas in which savings can be made but also the way in which the whole issue of changing well-established processes and habits can be handled in a school.

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

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When the student needs help to get a better uinderstanding of basic maths

Helping dyscalculic pupils and students move towards an enhanced understanding of basic maths

One of the central issues that research into dyscalculia has thrown up in recent years is the fact that the key to helping dyscalculic individuals overcome their disability is through working with them in a multi-sensory way. In other words if they can manipulate the calculations they undertake physically, they come to understand the calculations much more rapidly.

Thus a dyscalculic child who doesn’t understand the essence of fractions can be helped by approaching the topic via the cutting up of sheets of paper in many different ways and seeing how these fractions of the original combine, both physically and mathematically.

The same is true for the four basic functions and, of course, for percentages. Physical manipulation of the numbers and parts of numbers is, once again, the key to overcoming dyscalculia. Over the years the Dyscalculia Centre has produced a significant number of resources to help teachers of dyscalculic pupils and students on their journey to numeric literacy.

But it is clear that there are many students who do not need to engage in the full course of multi-sensory maths, but simply need guiding through the elements of maths that remain hard for them to grasp. For these students and their teachers we have produced Dyscalculia Practice Activities. The activities, all of which are practical and which can be conducted in a small group at school (or copied for parents to use with their children at home), cover the whole range of maths from the essence of number to fractions, shapes and decimals.

The book contains 90 sets of activities, with each set containing around ten or more individual tasks for the student or pupil to undertake with the teacher. The intention is that you locate the areas of difficulty that the child has and then focus on the activities relating to these until the pupil or student is confident in the topic.

Dyscalculia Practice Activities is available as a printed copiable volume or as a CD which can be put on the school’s learning platform for use other staff.

Dyscalculia Practice Activities by Tony Attwood
Publisher’s reference: T1782emn
ISBN: 978 1 86083 820 0
Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/dyscalculia/T1782.pdf

Prices

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Let’s forget the technology

What are the most effective methods of teaching and learning in the classroom?

There is a fundamental difference between the technology used in teaching (the whiteboard, the ipad, etc, etc) and the actual method of teaching.

And yet, over recent years, much of the focus has been on the technology – perhaps because many companies selling the equipment that emerges from the technology have invested huge sums in advertising their products.

Meanwhile the issues surrounding the actual method of teaching and the methods of learning that students employ have remained largely untouched.

To put this another way, it is possible to deliver a lecture to a class using your voice on its own or your voice plus a diagram drawn on a chalkboard, displays on an interactive whiteboard, a whoe video, or anything else.

But whatever technical additions are used, it is still a lecture.

Which is fine as long as the lecture is the best method of teaching the particular subject that you have in mind. If it isn’t then the lesson will still be limited by the fact that it is a lecture.

Now of course, very, very few teachers ever deliver a lecture in class these days because we all know that lectures are fairly ineffective ways of teaching. But that still raises the question: what are the most effective ways of teaching?

And as we ask that question, what implication does this have for the various methods of learning that the students then adopt?

These are the questions posed and answered by the volume “Methods of Teaching”. The book has articles which can be shared with teaching colleagues, policy statements on methods of teaching, a review of methods of learning, and 22 articles on methods of learning that can, over time, be provided to students to help them organise their own learning.

There are also eight active learning assignments for the students, plus a series of articles on memory which will explore the ways in which teaching and learning can be organised in such a way that the topics and issues under consideration will be retained in the memory for years to come.

The third edition of “Methods of Teaching” is probably the most powerful book on teaching and learning available today. It is available both as a photocopy master and on CD (so that it can be put on the school’s learning platform, or printed out from the disk).

Cat No: 978 1 86083 830 9 Order code: T1784emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/education/T1784.pdf

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Ease your analysis of physical performance workload

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Careers for KS3/4 – from Year 9 Options to Post-16 Opportunities

One of the great problems that teachers find when looking at new resources is the issue of quality. The advert might say that they are great, but the reality can occasionally be a little different.

For this reason I’d like to tell you about the careers lesson plans, worksheets and form time activities for Key Stage 3 and 4 from Teaching Resources UK.

Of course, we are going to say that ours are great too.

There are almost 100 resources available from our careers section (with many more across citizenship, enterprise, PSHE and work-related learning too). They include worksheets, activities, teacher guidance and PowerPoint presentations. In short, everything you need to teach careers from year 9 options through to post-16 opportunities!

And, because the lessons are ready made and available to download in an instant, you could be saving hundreds of hours of planning and preparing by becoming a member.

Now, back to the original issue of quality, our lessons have been written by subject experts and ASTs who have many years experience in this subject. But we don’t stop there – if you want to see a little more before deciding to subscribe, you can join our free membership service. This will give you access to a selection of lesson plans that you can download straight away and judge the quality for yourself. You will also receive regular emails with the latest careers news as well as lesson ideas.

To find out more join now at www.teaching-resources-uk.com/Join

A live theatrical experience that provides sensory entertainment to the full range of SEN.

WMCT is one of the longest established touring theatre companies in the UK, performing our fully interactive plays and pantomimes to primary and special needs schools throughout the whole of the British Isles since 1973!

The duration of each performance is manageable for pupils with SEN. All our shows incorporate music, high comedy, movement, lighting, set and costume, with a script using language at a level appropriate for pupils with SEN and those working at P levels.

Our actors are confident and experienced in working with and performing to a wide range of pupils with SEN, including opportunities for managed audience participation.

Approximately 30% of our performances are in special needs schools, including SLD, MLD, PMLD, COMPLEX NEEDS, ASC, BESD, VI and HI.

Our current production for the summer and Autumn terms 2014 is our exciting new show “The Firebird” a wonderful interactive story based on a famous Russian legend.

We would like to offer you a preferential rate for one of our last few remaining performances.

Please see below a small selection of some of the outstanding reviews from special need schools who saw our most recent production. I very much look forward to speaking with you soon.

Kind regards

Jill Coffman
West Midlands Children’s Theatre, touring since 1973

‘Book the best, copied by all the rest`

TEL: 01902 335533/336622

WEBSITE: www.wmct.co.uk

EMAIL: jill@wmct.co.uk / jillwmct@gmail.com 

“Thank you so much for the fantastic performance. We felt you incorporated a lot of educational ideas such as spelling, counting – engaging all age ranges and abilities. We feel your performance was imaginative and amusing storytelling – a pleasure to watch!” Stone Hill School, Doncaster.

“Fabulous show! It was totally engaging and appropriate for special needs pupils and the ones who were involved in the acting loved it. It was visually exciting and audience participation was great. We would love to have you back!” Icknield School, Andover, Hants

How to teach the new syllabus

What is the most effective way of teaching how instructions are stored in a computer, Boolean logic, number systems, etc, etc?

It is a simple fact that teaching Boolean logic and its uses in circuits and programming is not the easiest task at KS3 and KS4.

Especially when at the same time one is teaching how numbers can be represented in binary and binary operations.

Or, come to that, how hardware and software components make up computer systems and how they communicate, and how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system.

However, there a solution, for now there is the TOM Simulator.

The unique thing about the simulator is that it gives students hands-on experience of all these things within a computer that they can control and see the logic of, while avoiding the complexity of a real hardware system.

TOM is a transparent computer so students can see what’s in the memory and in the various registers, thereby making these concepts easy to teach.

But, of course, that is only the start, for the mechanisms of interrupts, memory mapped output, stacks, recursion are all visible, not just something that happens out of sight on a chip.

Thus the TOM Simulator takes us from an abstract concept presented on paper or whiteboard into a unique transparent computer. It also allows the whole class to write programs on the very first day whilst developing an understanding of how a modern computer works.

The TOM program also includes a number of components each designed to teach the fundamentals of computing via simple interactions. This enables students to interact with information on the screen and to gain a clear understanding of precisely how a computer achieves its task.

There’s more information on our TOM program on our website at http://www.keylinkcomputers.co.uk/tomsimulator.html.

Alternately for more information call us on 01926 850909 or email us at sales@keylinkcomputers.co.uk.

How can we help students make better decisions?

We all make decisions all the time. And then, having made them, we defend them – no matter how awful they were.

No matter how bad that decision looks in retrospect, it takes a very confident and self-possessed individual to say, “yes I got that one wrong.”

Instead the blame is put elsewhere. It was “not my fault”. It “couldn’t be helped”. “Events conspired against me.” We blame the environment, the individuals around us, and society, but rarely do we blame ourselves and the decisions we took.

Yet the fact is that it is quite possible to improve our reaction to the society in which we live, and through that our decision making – if only we can practice.

Which is why the copiable volume, “Life Games” exists.

The volume contains 50 different decision-based games that can be played in the classroom with anything from eight to 40 players from Key Stage 3 to the sixth form.

Each game is presented in the form of a single page of copiable teaching notes – normally with a separate set of student notes also provided. Each also focuses on a theme, ranging from the working of the media to lifestyle balances, from government decisions and consequences to healthy eating, from stress to addiction.

In short, there are enough activities in this volume to provide more than a year’s worth of citizenship and PSHE education, taught and explored in a way that the students will find refreshing, engaging and meaningful.

Life Games is available as a photocopiable book or on CD Rom, and individual activities 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.

An extract from Life Games, ISBN 978 1 86083 718 0, order code T1730EMN, is available at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/pshe/T1730.pdf

Prices

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When ordering the book please quote the reference T1730EMN.

 

Revision questions that will really get your students thinking

A new selection of around 200 questions on microeconomics which force students to think, consider and then think again.

Microeconomics Assessment Tests for AS, A2, and IB provides an invaluable resource for busy teachers of AS, A2, IB and even first year university students of economics.

Here, there are 13 sets of explained true/ false questions which are designed to secure and strengthen an excellent understanding of key principles in economics. In doing so, many of the questions asked have been set with a clear aim of stretching and challenging students to deliver A and A* grades in their final examinations. A further objective is also to develop the skills needed to tackle multiple choice question papers set by the AQA and Edexcel examining boards. This is achieved by prompting students to interrogate every word in the question. Many of these questions turn on a single phrase or word.

Model answers are provided, which allows students to mark their own papers, if required, again making best use of teachers’ time. They also provide students with a permanent feedback record, which will prove invaluable during their final examination preparation period.

Each of the test papers covers an area of the syllabus which may be set on a weekly basis as a topic test. They can also be used very effectively as a researched homework activity.

However, these materials will work equally well as a revision tool in the second term by helping keep students’ knowledge of micro-economics fresh once the teacher has moved on to macro-economics. This will be particularly important to many teachers now that January modular exams at A level have ended. Indeed, teachers will notice that some questions contain a synoptic element for precisely this reason.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/economics/T1824

ISBN: 978 1 86083 871 2; Order code: T1824emn

The volume is available as…

  • 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.

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Year 12 & 13 Revision Workshops

Exam season is now upon us! It can be a stressful, tiring and occasionally (alright, a lot) frustrating time of year for students and staff.

Our Advanced Study Skills workshop is designed for Year 12 & 13 students. It shows them how to learn, how to revise and how to prepare for exams by focusing on:

Independent Learning and Time Management
Memory Techniques
Understand and Condensing
A – Maps
Revision and Exam Preparation
Stress Management
Motivation – You can do this!

We also can create bespoke workshop that are tailored uniquely to your students’ needs.

Before the Easter break is the best time to hold such a workshop as this gives students plenty of time to apply the strategies to their revision!

We do get incredibly busy in March so don’t miss out contact me today on 01903 872849 or email carrie@learningperformance.com

I look forward to hearing from you!

Carrie Starbuck
Managing Director

Taking away the stress of booking an overseas school trip

Organising a school trip can be a little stressful, but now there is a way around the problem.

The thought of having to put together another overseas school trip for students can be a less than thrilling prospect, what with all those time-consuming arrangements to sort out, in particularly organising the booking of the coach, the ferry crossings, the coach again, and possibly train journeys in between.

But now there is an alternative – one which reduces the travelling time and avoids these numerous inter-connecting parts of the journey.

And that is to fly to your chosen destination.

You may be surprised to find that the cost of the flights can be less expensive than travel by conventional methods as bulk buying by the school can push down airline prices.

And this is where GTC Travel Group can help. One of our travel advisors will process everything from your initial enquiry through to the production of tickets, making this a smooth and stress free transaction.

Our reservation technology enables us to give you the most up-to-date travel options, all the time. We book and issue our own tickets enabling us to keep full control of your booking and ensure that your journey meets your needs.

What’s more, as we are ABTA and ATOL holders you can be assured that you and your students are fully protected (as recommended by the Health and Safety Executive for schools) should the airline fail.

Because we have so many locations to and from which we can fly, the best way to explore the possibilities is to either call one of our specialist group reservation advisors on 020 8429 2900 or email us at groups@gtctravelgroup.com with the details of your requirements.

You can also go to our website for more information. 

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Expedition Mapping for Schools

A massive amount of hard work and dedication goes into school expeditions generally and into achieving a DofE award in particular. Everybody in the team needs to know that they can rely completely on all their equipment.

The OS map is just one small, but nevertheless crucial, part of this. Plastic-coated mapping has not been around that long, relatively speaking, but nobody these days would think of sending a student out with anything less. Unluckily, the fact that the map now appears to be ‘indestructible’ means that it is often treated with rather less respect than it actually deserves.

This is why, ten or more years ago, we at Outstanding Map Distributors came up with the Outstanding All-Weather Map. With our own in-house wide format encapsulation facilities, we decided it was time to create our own brand using plastic which would be tough enough to resist everything our own teenaged children could throw at it. The result was the OAWM – an OS map coated in tough polyester which would withstand being used as a groundsheet and a group umbrella and still come up smiling. We packed it in a useful transparent sleeve printed with compass and scale rules and sent it out with smiles on our faces….

The next problem was to make sure that the maps didn’t get lost…..

Here again we realised we could help by fixing a sticker to the cover of the map before it went through the encapsulation machine. The text can be anything you want: the School’s name, logo and contact details or the student’s name and telephone number are both very popular. You send us the stickers and we do the rest. If you print the stickers yourselves we won’t even charge you!

In short, OAWM is a great choice for your School’s mapping needs. Phone or email us today for more details.

Outstanding Map Distributors Ltd. Trevarrick Mill, Trevarrick Road, St Austell., Cornwall, PL25 5JN
email: sales@outstandingmd.co.uk Tel: 01726 69442 Fax: 01726 69455

Lectures – Gobi Desert

I hope the talks featured below – some are new – will be of interest to your students. I was the first foreigner to enter the Gobi Desert of Lop for over 45 years. The desert encompasses the former Chinese nuclear test area. I went to research the elusive wild double-humped camel of which there are less than 1000 in the world. Not only did our expeditions result in establishing a 125,000 square kilometre nature reserve, we also found hidden treasures including mummified bodies on a section of the Silk Road abandoned 1,600 years ago when the River Tarim changed course. In 2008 the wild camel was recognised as a New and Separate species.

My journeys in the Gobi are undertaken using domestic Bactrian camels. I have also crossed the Sahara with dromedary camels and circumambulated Lake Turkana in Kenya with camels (a first) and travelled seven times into the Chinese and Mongolia Gobi experiencing numerous adventures and hardship. National Geographic and the United Nations Environment Programme have sponsored three of my expeditions.

Lecture 1: Three wild camel surveys in the Gobi in China undertaken in 1999, 2005 and 2011. Dramatic encounters with illegal miners. 60 colour slides/PowerPoint – 50 minutes.

Lecture 2: The Mysteries of Lop Nur and its Silk Road. Features discovery of an ancient outpost and graveyard not previously found. 50 colour slides/PowerPoint – 50 minutes.

Lecture 3: Around Lake Turkana (Rudolph) in Kenya with camels. At one point held up by bandits. Swam camels across the Omo River. 50 colour slides/PowerPoint – 50 minutes.

Lecture 4: Across the Sahara. Travels on a camel 1450 miles during 100 days from Lake Chad (Nigeria) to Tripoli (Libya) during Gadaffi’s last days. 50 colour slides/PowerPoint – 50 minutes.

Lecture 5: Last Man In – scenes from a vanished Northern Nigeria illustrating my time as the last District Officer in remote Cameroons. Gives background to the emergence of Boko Haram. 50 Black and white photos/Powerpoint – 50 minutes.

For more details of each lecture please go to johnhare.org.uk and click on LECTURES. Also see www.wildcamels.com. Fee £250 plus travel expenses. I have spoken to over 100 schools and colleges.

Best wishes,

John Hare FRGS
Founder, Wild Camel Protection Foundation – Registered Charity Number 1068706

School Farm. Benenden, Kent TN17 4EU Telephone 01580 241132

Life Patron of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation: Dr Jane Goodall D.B.E.

Patrons: The Marchioness of Bute, The Countess of Chichester, Lady Grant, Professor Yuan Guoying, Peter Hall, Jane McMorland Hunter of Hafton, Gerald Kidd, Lulu Lytle, Colin McIntosh, Professor David Munro, The Dowager Duchess of Reading.

Presenting Research in Art and Design GCSE

One of the problems with asking GCSE students to work on a case study is that it can well be the first time they have ever had to do this. Thus they are not only coming to terms with art as a subject, but also the issue of presenting research.

Diffiuclties can arise as students are called on to present work due to lack of confidence and a lack of the necessary skills for the successful completion of work.

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

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

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Helping students to focus and to motivate themselves for GCSE exams

Free video explains how many students improve their grades by using stress reduction techniques before and during exams

It is fair to say that to do well in any aspect of life, at any age, we all need to be focussed on our goals and motivated to achieve these goals.

For some students that motivation is always there and comes from within. But for most students, focus and motivation are attributes that need to be encouraged and nurtured.

And that means that we need to help our students to focus on the grade they might get and motivate them to take that grade up.

Nowhere is this more true than with GCSE exams. Many students approach GCSE exams with a feeling that they are something they just have to do, rather than with a determination to do better than expected. And this is what we need to change.

Which is why we have created “GCSE Champion”.

Students need to focus on success and to understand what success is and how they can achieve it.

They need to believe that they can achieve success and through this understand how they can motivate themselves to achieve more, and more.

As a result they can set higher goals, goals that are still realistic but which help them to push forward.

This in turn shows them how to manage themselves and their work, how to learn, how to revise, how to cope with the stress of coursework and exams, and how to become successful in exams.

To see more about we help students to get into the mindset of studying, we have produced, and made available free of charge, “Exam Ready (The Final Push 2014)”.

For a copy just email us at admin@fixupseminars.co.uk and quote FX-HAM11VIDEO.

And that’s not all. We are currently offering £100 off our half and full day workshops. To activate, please email us at admin@fixupseminars.co.uk using code FX-HAM11.

You can learn more about our unique approach to improving grades through improving the motivation of students via our website.

Alternatively please do call us on 08445 610 410 for more information.

A way of helping your students know how important history is?

You can raise the profile of history in your school with these 3 sets of pdf posters.

100 Events That Made Britain: 100 inspiring and informative posters that cover British history from 6100BC to our times.

Focus on History: 58 posters with thought provoking quotes from famous people about turning points in history. For example: ‘When I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.’ Abraham Lincoln.

History Matters: 35 posters raising key issues about the nature of history itself.

The sets are available separately or there’s a special offer giving you all 3 sets for under £50. The offer includes a Powerpoint of each set too. You can see all the posters here and download one FREE http://www.carelpress.co.uk/hh_history/index.html

Regards
Ann Batey
Office Manager
Carel Press
(01228 538928)
www.carelpress.co.uk

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The Oil Rig Platform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are more details at…

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

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

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

Enthuse and engage pupils to learn about STEM careers with the STEM Careers Board Resource

This resource is designed for teachers to use in the class for groups of pupils to learn about team engagement between the different STEM fields.

Each group works together as a team, develop their strategic thinking, identify suitable STEM careers that will solve their problem and then work through a series of constraints that appear to hinder their task delivery.

They must think, collaborate and decide together as a team before they present their ideas to the other groups in their class. It is suited to both Science Key Stages 3 and 4 with cross-curricular links to Maths, English, ICT, PE and PSHEE.

There are very few resources that allow pupils to understand STEM careers in a fun way and this latest product from Elementals has been tested by STEM Leader Ros Walker and her pupils.

Comments from pupils include:

“I enjoyed the game and I thought it was great. I learned more about different jobs that I hadn’t heard of before. This game will help you learn in a fun way”

“I would play this game again and again because each time you play it’s different but fun at the same time.”

Teacher and Learning Support Assistant observation comments include:

“A fantastic learning resource. Kept the children focused and on task for the whole lesson. A resource that is usable in a variety of lessons and for a wide spectrum of abilities. The game is very well designed and innovative” Learning Support Assistant

“A really excellent resource which engaged and motivated the students. A new way of allocating responsibility without the kids noticing. Cross – curricular activities which helped with language and numeracy – and it worked for both key stage 3 and 4″ Teacher

For more details follow this link: http://www.elementalpublishing.co.uk/hhm/stem-careers-board-resource

Just one week left to apply for extra sport funding

Sport England are offering primary schools up to £30,000 to spend on creating sports spaces.
But you must apply now.

Priority in this round of additional sports funding is being given to primary schools which currently have little or no outside space which can be used for P.E. or sports sessions.

But, of course, simply having no usable space is not enough.

In order to be considered for this funding you must show that your school has a commitment to PE and sport and the capacity for improvement. For example, you may have a concrete playground that could be turned into a multi-sport area.

All applications must be received by Monday 24th March, and Notts Sport is able to help you with the technicalities so that you can get your application in.

This won’t in any way commit you to working with Notts Sports on the project, should you be awarded the money, but obviously we do hope that when the money arrives you will consider continuing with us.

Notts Sport’s multi-use games areas are designed for schools with limited budgets or limited space to deliver a full-size synthetic pitch.

As such they are an excellent alternative to asphalt or tarmac pitches for school playgrounds and offer great performance compliant for a wide variety of sports and informal games.

These surfaces are highly resistant to vandalism and built to endure heavy daily use with minimal maintenance.

You can find more information on the Sport England Primary Spaces project and also an application form at www.sportengland.org/primaryspaces

Please do download the application form now, and then call us on 01455 883730 if there is anything in the application that you would like to have clarified.

Duncan Bennett

Bursaries available for Cambridge courses in 2014

Dear Head of CPD 

Master of Studies (MSt) degrees

We wrote to you back in January to tell you about some new part-time Master’s degrees at Cambridge University. 

We’re delighted to announce that we’re now able to offer bursaries for the MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching and the MSt in History in 2014. 

For each MSt, eight James Stuart Bursaries of £1,250 per annum will be offered to those applicants who most closely match the criteria. 

The deadline for bursary applications is midday on 22 April 2014, and the closing date for course applications is now 1 May 2014. 

Visit www.ice.cam.ac.uk/cambridge-msts to find out more about the bursaries and how to apply. 

Weekend courses at Madingley Hall

In addition to MSts, we also offer weekend courses throughout the year in a variety of academic disciplines. Courses are taught by leading University specialists in the beautiful setting of Madingley Hall, a 16th-century country house near Cambridge. 

Cambridge University Press is offering bursaries of £100 to state-funded teachers to study on weekend courses at Madingley Hall. Teachers may apply for one bursary per academic year, and early application is recommended as funds are limited. 

Here is a selection of the courses taking place in the coming months: 

Charles Darwin: history and legacy (21–23 March) 

Shakespeare’s ambiguous comedies: love, language and laughter in As You Like It and Twelfth Night (4–6 April) 

Liberty, equality and anarchy: themes in contemporary political philosophy (25–27 April) 

The geological history of Britain (25–27 April) 

Exploring nanomaterials (2–4 May) 

Oliver Cromwell (2–4 May) 

Microcredit: a saviour, a curse, or a temporary palliative? (16–18 May) 

The Vietnam War: a 50-year perspective (16–18 May) 

The little things that run the world: the secret lives of insects (30 May – 1 June) 

Behind the scenes of history: the ordinary women who helped shape our world (6–8 June) 

Twentieth-century British artists (6–8 June) 

Education, education, education: the successes and failures of British schooling (4–6 July) 

Jazz improvisation (1–3 August) 

The course fee for non-residents starts from £240 – or just £140 with a bursary award – including lunch, dinner and all lectures. The fee for residents starts from £350 – or £250 with a bursary award – including bed and breakfast at Madingley Hall in addition to the above. 

Visit www.ice.cam.ac.uk/weekends to find out more about weekend courses and apply online. 

Contact us

Please contact me at enquiries@ice.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions, or if you would prefer not to receive emails from us in future. 

Best regards 

Paul Ireland
Communications and Marketing Manager
Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge, CB23 8AQ 

Tel: +44 (0)1223 746262
Email: enquiries@ice.cam.ac.uk 

We are part of the University of Cambridge and provide part-time and short courses for adults.

 

 

More revenue for your School, from what you already have

Hiring out your existing Sports Facilities gets overlooked as a viable means for generating extra revenue. The most common deterrents from exploring this avenue, are concerns of “Will it be worth the extra management?” and “How would we promote it?” But now, with PitchWise free online system, your school has a cost-free solution to getting the most out of your football pitch(es). In fact, the recent austerity measures have lead the way to embracing this exact type of innovation as reported by The Department For Education, and encourages all schools to continue “looking beyond simply cutting costs.”

PitchWise have purpose built an easy-to-use platform for pitch management and sales that is relevant whether you have one pitch or many pitches, and even for those that are open to hire only a few hours a week. Adopting an “as-and-when” ethos by allowing you total control over the times for hire, is sure to maximise your takings. Automated reporting and tools will also greatly reduce your administration. Below are the testimonials from other Schools

“Exactly what we needed to find customers. Our pitches were going unused outside PE and school hours”  [Kevin, Facilities Manager]

“Because it’s free, we could invest the profits raised from our single grass pitch into improving other areas of the School.” [W.Warren, Principal]

“I sign in once-a-day. The bookings and money come in like clockwork” [Ajay, Grounds Staff]

For more details please email info@pitchwise.co.uk, call 07811129108 or visit our website

How do you create wonder and inspire the next generation of Science and Maths students?

Throughout the centuries magicians have captivated audiences with mysterious and impossible acts that defy the laws of nature. Scientists and mathematicians also know that the world is full of wonder; spending their lives trying to explore and explain it. 

Science Magic Shows aims to inspire audiences with entertaining and educational science & maths shows. The curriculum linked shows bring both gasps of amazement and memorable science teaching. The presenter Dr Matt Pritchard is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle and world class creative communicator who loves to inspire children in their studies and create a sense of wonder. 

“The pupils were inspired and the teachers got lots of new ideas”
King
Edward VI Five Ways School 

Bookings are now being taken for the 2013/14 academic year. Grab a slot now before the diary gets filled up. 

Secondary Schools
Show highlights for KS3+ are: 

  • “Could it be magic?” containing lots of sneaky science that has to be figured out to understand
    the illusions.
  • “Superhero Science” featuring lots of animals, smart materials and technology that have
    superpowers.
  • “Magical Maths” that challenges the audience to figure out the sneaky shapes, patterns, codes
    and numbers behind the magic.
  • “From Facebook Friends to Postman Pat” an illustrated talk on the power and maths behind networks. 

Visit the website www.sciencemagicshows.co.uk or email hello@sciencemagicshows.co.uk now if you’d like to find out more information or book a show for 2013/14.

Bursaries available for Cambridge courses in 2014

Dear English Teacher

MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching

We wrote to you back in January to invite you to consider applying for the Master of Studies (MSt) in Advanced Subject Teaching.

We’re now delighted to tell you that a new bursary fund has been made available to teachers applying to study the MSt in 2014.

Eight James Stuart Bursaries of £1,250 per annum will be offered to those applicants who most closely match the criteria. The bursaries are designed for English and History teachers wishing to research an under-taught and/or under-researched subject area in order to improve teaching and learning in their school or college.

The deadline for bursary applications is midday on 22 April 2014, and the closing date for course applications is now 1 May 2014.

Visit www.ice.cam.ac.uk/mst-ast to find out more about the bursaries and apply online.

Weekend courses at Madingley Hall

In addition to the MSt, we also offer weekend courses throughout the year in literature and creative writing. Courses are taught by leading University specialists in the beautiful setting of Madingley Hall, a 16th-century country house near Cambridge.

Cambridge University Press is offering bursaries of £100 to state-funded teachers to study on weekend courses at Madingley Hall. You may apply for one bursary per academic year, and early application is recommended as funds are limited.

Each weekend starts with dinner on Friday evening and ends with lunch on Sunday. You can choose to stay at the Hall for the duration of your course, or attend as a non-resident.

Here is a selection of the literature courses taking place in the coming months:

  • Literature and Romantic music (21–23 March)
  • Comedy on the 20th-century stage (21–23 March)
  • Writing for children (4–6 April)
  • Shakespeare’s ambiguous comedies: love, language and laughter in As You Like It and Twelfth Night (4–6 April)
  • Writing far from home: colonial short stories of Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling (2–4 May)
  • Poetry masterclass: a quiet mastery (5–8 May)
  • The poetry of T S Eliot (30 May – 1 June)
  • Write that play! (30 May – 1 June)
  • The haunted mansion (27–29 June)
  • Strange meetings: words, music and the First World War (27–29 June)
  • The comedy of Aristophanes (27–29 June)
  • Book collectors and book collecting: the British tradition with some Cambridge examples (4–6 July)

The course fee for non-residents starts from £240 – or just £140 with a bursary award – including lunch, dinner and all lectures. The fee for residents starts from £350 – or just £250 with a bursary award – including bed and breakfast at Madingley Hall in addition to the above.

Visit www.ice.cam.ac.uk/weekends to find out more about weekend courses and apply online.

Contact us

Please contact me at enquiries@ice.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions, or if you would prefer not to receive emails from us in future.

Best regards

Paul Ireland
Communications and Marketing Manager
Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge, CB23 8AQ

Tel: +44 (0)1223 746262
Email: enquiries@ice.cam.ac.uk

We are part of the University of Cambridge and provide part-time and short courses for adults.

Weekend music courses at Cambridge in 2014

Would you like to develop your subject knowledge with an intensive weekend course at one of the world’s top universities?

Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education offers weekend courses throughout the year in music appreciation and practical music-making.

Courses are taught by leading musicologists and musicians in the beautiful setting of Madingley Hall, a 16th-century country house near Cambridge.

Each weekend starts with dinner on Friday evening and ends with lunch on Sunday. You can choose to stay at the Hall for the duration of your course, or attend as a non-resident.

Weekend music courses in 2014

The following music courses are taking place in 2014:

  • Literature and Romantic music (21–23 March)
  • Music at the court of Frederick the Great (4–6 April)
  • The operas of Benjamin Britten (16–18 May)
  • Double reed players’ weekend (30 May – 1 June)
  • Strange meetings: words, music and the First World War (27–29 June)
  • The Rake’s Progress: Hogarth, Hockney, de Valois and Stravinsky (4–6 July)
  • Music and culture in Elizabethan England (25–27 July)
  • The concept of the hero in the operas of Richard Wagner (25–27 July)
  • Jazz improvisation (1–3 August)
  • Wagner’s Parsifal and the quest for the holy grail (12–14 September)
  • Music impressionism: from dawn to dusk (5–7 December)

Bursaries and fees

This year, we are offering bursaries of £100 to state-funded teachers, courtesy of Cambridge University Press. Early application is recommended as funds are limited. You may apply for one bursary per academic year.

The course fee for non-residents starts from £240 – or just £140 with a bursary award – including lunch, dinner and all lectures. The fee for residents starts from £350 – or just £250 with a bursary award – including bed and breakfast at Madingley Hall in addition to the above.

Book your place

Visit www.ice.cam.ac.uk/music-courses to find out more about the above courses and to apply online.

Contact us

Please contact me at enquiries@ice.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions, or if you would prefer not to receive emails from us in future.

Best regards

Paul Ireland
Communications and Marketing Manager
Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge, CB23 8AQ

Tel: +44 (0)1223 746262
Email: enquiries@ice.cam.ac.uk

We are part of the University of Cambridge and provide part-time and short courses for adults.

What is the most effective way of ensuring your school stays clean, safe and within budget?

One of the problems faced by many managers tasked with organising the cleaning of a school is the issue of overdosing. Not only is it costly but it can be dangerous and actually counterproductive, – too much of a chemical can make the cleaning worse not better.

Whilst most managers are aware of the costs and budgets of the regular daily clean (every little counts) this may be less relevant to cleaner who is actually decanting the product.

With this in mind Blu have developed the ideal solution in Control. Not only does it ensure that the correct dosage of just 10ml is dispensed each time it is also extremely cost effective costing just under 10p per 750ml trigger bottle refill or 5 litre bucket refill!

Furthermore, Control is easy to use, has a secure top meaning no spillage and is colour coded meaning health and safety is maximised through visual recognition, irrespective of the language skills of the user, a training video is provided for just this purpose.

You can see a video of Control in use by clicking here

If you would like to receive a free sample please e-mail sales@blu-hygiene.co.uk with your name, school name and postal address, there is not an infinite supply of free samples so please apply early.

Case Studies are also available by request.

For more information please call 0844 335 1996 and quote code CO114

www.blu-hygiene.co.uk

Blu: Callywhite Lane, Dronfield, Sheffield, S18 2XR

That one extra step on Open Day

The extra factor that can be missed when preparing an open day for new and prospective parents

The school looks spick and span. The displays have been updated. The school will perform in the hall…

All that is left to do is to advertise to new parents and those who might well send their children to your school for the start of the new school year.

Of course, many parents will attend because they already know which school their child will be attending next year. But for many others the question is still being asked: which schools shall we look round; which open days shall we attend?

And, when faced with this question, what such parents generally do is phone up for a copy of the school’s prospectus.

This is fine if your prospectus fully represents the excitement and warmth that your open day will generate. But if the prospectus is itself a few years old and does not reflect exactly what the school is like now, you might well feel that it is not an adequate representation of what the school has become.

Such a situation is more common than one might think, and in such circumstances many schools often call us in to work with schools that have a tight deadline to create a new prospectus which can be launched in conjunction with the open day.

In such circumstances we can remedy the situation very quickly, supplying all professional photography, direction, design of the prospectus and print for a special delivery in time for the chosen day.

From there we can take the prospectus to the next level and create an online prospectus, and also launch a new website.

From design for print through to multimedia and the web – all project managed, created, designed and delivered in a very short space of time.

If you would like to hear more about a school that has used our service to achieve these ends and see the results we achieved with them, please do call us on 01902 784 800.

Alternatively, there is more information on the services we provide at www.inco-education.co.uk/services.php

The Afterlife

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

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

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

The afterlife is one of the components of OCR’s syllabus G582. The book is also highly relevant to students who study other syllabi and who need to examine issues such as resurrection and reincarnation.

The Afterlife was written by Francis Beswick.

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

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

Prices

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

Prices include VAT.

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

 

 

Succeed in English posters for EAL

A stimulating set of monthly pdf posters for English as an Additional Language.

A vital visual support to help students remember. 

Visual resources are more effective than textbooks and worksheets because they are memorable and punchy. 

Covers: Grammar, verbs, expressions, vocabulary, register, common mistakes

Only £24.95 for a year’s subscription – 4 new posters a month. Print as many copies as you like. For whiteboards too.

Subscribers can suggest topics for new posters.

http://www.carelpress.co.uk/HH_EAL/

Ann Batey
Office Manager
Carel Press
(01228 538928)
www.carelpress.co.uk

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Attractive resource for Romantic Poetry featuring Benjamin Zephaniah

A POWERFUL TOOL FOR BUILDING AWARENESS AND
KNOWLEDGE OF ROMANTIC POETRY

With the poetry of the Romantics scheduled for inclusion in the GCSE English syllabus from 2014, now is the time to order your school’s copy of the 6-CD boxed set ‘All About the Younger Romantics’ by songwriter and Romantics specialist John Webster and featuring Romantics admirer Benjamin Zephaniah and the indie folk/soft rock group Brindaband.

The CDs – which anthologise key Romantics lyrics in song form and provide biographical, social and political context – have been well received by the educational press, with the Times Educational Supplement, the School Librarian journal and the National Association for the Teaching of English in Schools approving different CDs in the set; they offer the chance for students to familiarise themselves with a selection of poems by Keats, Shelley and Byron and through the commentaries on them at the Lyrics and Commentaries and Education/Discovery pages at the supporting website to think about textual analysis and the broader meanings of the works.

In the latter context Shelley’s ‘Adonais’ is linked with Wilfred Owen’s commentary on the poem from his position as an officer in the trenches in WW1, the recent scholarly thinking on the relationship of Keats’s poem ‘To Autumn’ to the Peterloo Massacre is considered, and Byron’s involvement in the Greek War of Independence is held up as an thought-provoking example of a poet’s involvement in the political arena of his day.

The six CDs in the boxed set are:

(Focusing on biography and poetry):

- ‘The Shelley Story’ with narrative by Benjamin Zephaniah and with 24 Shelley poems anthologised in song

- ‘Lord Byron and the Greek War’ also narrated by Benjamin Zephaniah and with eight Byron poems anthologised, plus two recreated dialogues drawn from primary sources.

- ‘John Keats’s sublime single’ with two settings of Keats lyrics and a spoken word biography of the poet. (Music albums focusing on the poets’ work):

- ‘Percy Bysshe Shelley: Rock Star’; A music album featuring Shelley lyrics with some additions to the songs found on The Shelley Story

- ‘Courageous Heart: seven Byronic songs’. Final versions of the songs from ‘Lord Byron and the Greek War’.

- ‘The First Fab Four’. A 45-minute 14 track compilation providing an accessible anthology in song of the poets’ work (also featuring lyrics by their associate Leigh Hunt)

Useful both for private study and with classroom and other uses suggested online, go to http://www.thefirstfabfour.co.uk/boxed_set.html for more information

False Friends – Protect your students against these linguistic con artists

Translation is tricky, requiring strong language skills and creativity. Students traditionally struggle with this part of the A Level exams and can easily come unstuck when they encounter those classic fraudsters: false friends. Amusing as the results can be, students often lose marks for errors like the following:

  • French: ‘The boy fell over and blessed himself’
  • Spanish: ‘My father carries a carpet to work every day’
  • German: ‘The President came to the balcony and winked at the crowd’

In the examples above, something has obviously gone awry. Things get more complicated when the differences between the two words are more subtle. For students used to looking for similarities to their native language, false friends can seem like a purposeful trick, designed to catch them out.

ZigZag Education’s range of False Friends – Translation Supplement workbooks for French, Spanish and German provides students with valuable practice at recognising common examples of these linguistic con artists.

False Friends – Translation Supplements
Stop your students wasting valuable translation marks on ‘false friends’ with these workbooks, targeting the 100 most common ‘false friends’ at A Level. Each workbook contains a reference section with full definitions in both languages, sentences to translate from both English > Target Language and Target Language > English, and learning activities to reinforce vocabulary.

  • Perfect games as starters and worksheets for homework
  • Full answers
  • Vocab also presented in a cut-outable card format for games / learning exercises

‘A brilliant idea for students to practise relevant and useful vocabulary’
J Ermina, MFL Teacher, Reviewer of Falsche Freunde

‘Very good, user friendly and suits our students. Nice and clear and easy to use’
L Gomez, Head of Spanish and ZigZag Customer

‘This is one of the best resources that I have seen… A versatile resource which would be ideal with helping A Level students to improve their comprehension and translation skills in a detailed way… It is bound to enhance all of the skills of the learner and it points out many details which could easily be overlooked because one does often assume that cognates always work well. It is helpful to be given the warnings. The translation exercises are excellent practice for A level papers and I would make great use of them in my personal tutoring.’
B Dawson, French Tutor, Independent Reviewer of Faux Amis

See for yourself – view full inspection copies right now at http://zzed.co.uk/false-friends

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

The False Friends Translation Supplements are available as photocopy masters with site licence (£24–34). Also available in:

  1. Easy-printing PDF files (add 30%+VAT), or
  2. PDF with editable Word files (add 50%+VAT).

Preview and order now at http://zzed.co.uk/false-friends

ZigZag Education, Unit 3, Greenway Business Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol BS10 5PY
t: 0117 950 3199 | f: 0117 959 1695 | MFLWE75@zigzageducation.co.uk

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Free poster: Vietnam War overview

As the lead up to exams begins, we know you’ll be looking for useful resources to help your KS4 students make the most of the revision time they have available.

We’ve published a poster on the key events of the Vietnam War which is free to download from our website.

Taking the form of a timeline, the poster details the significant events stretching from the origins of the war in the 1940s right up until its resolution in 1973 – making it ideal as a reminder of the order in which these events occurred.

Download the poster from our history free stuff page!

Regards,

The Boardworks History Team

P.S. If you’d like to learn more about Boardworks, you can explore some of our History presentations by ordering a free sample.

Who was the real Cleopatra?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prices

  • Photocopiable book: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Book plus CD £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
    Prices include VAT.

    You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1826EMN

     

     

‘It gives students an edge…’

René Cochlin guides students through every crisis, scandal, issue and Act of 2013. If it’s relevant to the A Level Government and Politics exams, it’s covered! From party policy and coalition government to resignations and reshuffles, all the exam-relevant events are covered chronologically, with more detailed sections on key events.

  • ‘Excellent to keep students up to date with current affairs and link them with the syllabus… easy to access from the highest to lowest ability… It helps stir up debate and links very closely with the specification… It is so up to date, easy to use… Good value for money, it gives students an edge… bringing them up to date with current affairs.’ (Clare Green, Politics Subject Leader & Customer)
  • ‘Much detail on recent events… I particularly like the line down the side that explains relevance to exams.’ (Gemma Chaplin, Politics Lecturer & Customer)

The photocopiable resource consists of:

  1. The chronology can be a handy summary for busy teachers, or fresh revision for students – bring them up to speed with current examples to use in their exam answers.
  2. Plus, the best Think Tank articles of the year interspersed. Student-friendly, and exam-focused, with exam-style & discussion questions.

Available for both AS UK and A2 USA Politics.

  • All the relevant events of the year, with exam significance made clear.
  • Margin references to specification topics show how each event is relevant to the exam.
  • Questions link events to exam topics – students read about the examples, then apply them.

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

The 2013 Politics Round-Ups are available as a photocopy masters with site licence (£29). Also available in:

  1. Easy-printing PDF files (add 30%+VAT), or
  2. PDF with editable Word files (add 50%+VAT).

Preview and order now at http://zzed.co.uk/WE43

ZigZag Education, Unit 3, Greenway Business Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol BS10 5PY
t: 0117 950 3199 | f: 0117 959 1695 | WE43@zigzageducation.co.uk

Give your promotional code WE43 to get free postage!

Outdoor Solutions before the end of the financial year

We tend to think of the school as being a fixed entity with
established buildings, and designated teaching areas. But…

Teaching and learning can and does happen anywhere; in the classroom, the hall, the playground… Indeed the only thing that ever limits the use of any space is our ability to imagine the possibilities.

So if you have a playground, and it is raining, or there is strong direct sunlight, or it is very windy, the area’s use as a teaching and learning environment might be thought to be restricted.

But if you were to put up a canopy, you could, for a very modest sum, give yourself an extended classroom, an al fresco dining area, an adventure play area…

This is the route down which numerous schools have recently gone, in developing ever more varied use of their facilities. And there really is no limit to the ways in which an area could be used.

True, there’s no telling what the British weather is going to do next, but the fact that canopies can be used in so many ways, means that there are virtually no days at all in the school year when such a facility cannot be used in some way or other.

There are over 150 different designs of canopies available. Some of course are designed for very specific purposes, such as the bicycle shed, but many others do have multiple uses.

Which is why before we do anything else, we always offer to come to your school, without cost and without any obligation, to see the site and discuss the ways in which a canopy could be added to your existing buildings.

To get an idea of the huge range of options available we’ve collected together photographs of over 30 different installations that we’ve undertaken recently. They are on

http://www.cambridgestylecanopies.co.uk/canopies.php – just click on any photograph that looks interesting and you will see it enlarged.

We’ve also got a separate page for cycle shelters http://www.cambridgestylecanopies.co.uk/cycle-shelters.php

If you’d like to discuss how a canopy could be used in your school, or have us come to look at your site and advise on the options, please either

Phone: 01353 699009
Email: cambridgestyle@aol.com
Or write to: Cambridge Style Canopies, 62 Main Street, Pymoor, Ely, Cambs CB6 2DY

Making lunchtime a learning time

Occupying children with an educational activity
while they are having sandwiches or school lunch

Active Learning Place Mats sit under the child’s plate while eating but then become an educational activity full of activities and information suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 children.

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.

Four different sets of six mats plus pens are available, each focussing on a different topic.

Looking first at the “Letter Fun” series, the first mat has alphabet sequencing activities based on a picture of a peacock on one side and a further sequencing game based on The Tree on the reverse.

Continuing with the Letter Fun series there are two dot-to-dots to complete on place mat two, while mat three has rhyming pairs on each side. Mat four comes with beginning sounds, mat five deals with ending sounds and mat six has complete the words and match the words exercises.

Set two relates to the Animal Kingdom and includes 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, while the Key Words series of mats uses 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 01604 505000
  • By fax to 01604 505001
  • By email to info@msl-online.net
  • By post to Multi-Sensory Learning, Highgate House, Creaton, Northants, NN6 8NN 

FREE DICTIONARIES FOR YOUR STUDENTS…….. IS IT REALLY TRUE?

Well yes, it really is true!

With 384 pages and a clear, easy to read typeface, the “New Choice” dictionary is an excellent choice for your KS 3, 4 and GCSE students. It’s the normal paperback size (196 x 128 mm) and costs only £1.99 (cover price £5.99).

So where do the free copies come in?

Simple. Just order 100 or more copies and you’ll get 50% extra free of charge. eg. Order 200 and you’ll get another 100 copies free. Order 600 copies and get an extra 300 completely free. There’s no limit to the quantity you can order and you’ll always get 50% extra free with orders of 100 or more copies.

What’s more, you can get the same deal with the “New Choice” thesaurus which is also £1.99. In fact you can combine your orders and free copies to include both dictionaries and thesauri.

You can order direct from Signpost Educational Ltd and contact them via signpost@talk21.com or phone 020 7515 4420 or fax 020 7515 4420.

Their website is: www.signposteducational.co.uk

 

Methods of Teaching Maths to Pupils with Dyscalculia

Research in recent years has shown that children with dyscalculia can be taught maths if certain specific points in their understanding of maths are addressed. If this approach can be followed by the adoption of particular methods of teaching by the teacher and methods of learning by the pupils, then these children can readily reach the average standard of the class.

What’s more the techniques that are known to work well with dyscalculic pupils also work well with pupils who have an average ability at maths.

The book outlines a series of individual methods of teaching maths, which is followed by a series of methods of learning which will benefit all pupils, irrespective of their levels of mathematical achievement. It also contains information on enhancing pupil memory and pupil ability to handle sequences. The methods can be adapted and used with all age groups. The approaches can be used by special needs teachers in small group or individual sessions, and can also be used within full class lessons.

Methods of Teaching Maths to Pupils with Dyscalculia also contains information for parents as well as information on how homework can be structured to the maximum benefit of dyscalculic pupils.

Methods of Teaching Maths to Pupils with Dyscalculia: ISBN: 978 1 86083 688 6; Order code: T1630emn

Sample pages can be found on http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/dyscalculia/T1630.pdf

The volume is available as:

  • A photocopiable book, price £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery inclusive of VAT.
  • On CD, price £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery inclusive of VAT.
  • Both book and CD at special price of £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery inclusive of VAT.

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What is the simplest way of making the overseas trip more about the country being visited than the journey?

Consider the school trip to an overseas destination. 

  • Hours on the coach
  • Hours on the ferry
  • Hours on the coach 

A few days away and then… 

  • Hours on the coach
  • Hours on the ferry
  • Hours on the coach 

Which is why some students tend to remember more about the travel than they do about the purpose of the trip. 

Thus anything that cuts down travel time, and indeed anything that adds to travel comfort, is a really good idea. 

It puts the emphasis fairly and squarely back on the purpose of the visit, by reducing the hassle of the journey and increasing the time spent in the desired destination. 

The solution of course is to fly – a solution which in the past few years has become ever cheaper as airlines seek to utilise their fleets more comprehensively outside of the peak demand period of the school holidays. 

This is the area in which we specialise – finding flights that will offer you great convenience at a low cost. 

What’s more, at GTC Travel Group one person will process everything from the initial enquiry through to the production of tickets, making this a singularly smooth and stress free transaction. 

Indeed given that it is normally possible to fly from an airport near to the school to an airport close to the final destination, such arrangements can add up to three more days spent in the desired destination. 

In short, our reservation technology enables us to give you the most up-to-date travel options, all the time. We book and issue our own tickets enabling us to keep full control of your booking and ensure your journey meets your needs. 

Furthermore, as we are ABTA and ATOL holders you can be assured that you and your students are fully protected (as recommended by the Health and Safety Executive for schools) should the airline fail. 

Because we have so many locations to and from which we can fly, the best way to explore the possibilities is either to call one of our specialist group reservation advisors on 020 8429 2900 or email us at groups@gtctravelgroup.com with the details of your requirements. 

You can also go to our website for more information. 

Either way we’ll come back to you with our suggestions and prices. You’ll be surprised how much time can be saved and how low group air fares can be. 

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5 tips for challenging your gifted students when studying Lord of the Flies

How to challenge your gifted and talented students when studying Lord of the Flies as part of their GCSE in English Literature:

Use all levels of Blooms Taxonomy when setting activities and questions, particularly the top levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

  1. Give your students control over their own learning by setting a variety of activities they could complete when studying the key aspects of the novel, so they choose what’s appropriate for them.
  2. Explore the similarities and differences between the novel and its characters and other texts, such as Heart of Darkness and Paradise Lost.
  3. Prompt specificity in exam answers and show how it can be achieved through A* examples for your exam board.
  4. Get creative with activities which reinforce and aid exploration of the text, such as drama activities, art, creative writing and media.

All of these tips and the extract below have been applied to the ZigZag Education Lord of the Flies Gifted and Talented Pack for GCSE. To preview and order, go to http://zzed.co.uk/WE21

Available as a photocopy master with site licence (£74): also available as a printable PDF file (£74+30%+vat) and an editable Word file (£74+50%+vat).

Please reference WE21 when placing your order to receive free postage & packaging.

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How often will your students change jobs?

What is the most effective way of preparing your students for the world of work?

The average person stays in each permanent job he/she gets for four years. If we include the temporary and part time jobs that a person might take during a time of recession (of the type we have been experiencing), then the average person will stay in each job for an average of two years.

This is a staggering turn around in the job market when compared with the past, and is due to three factors:

  1. The ease with which employers can remove employees in the first year of employment.
  2. The years of recession which has caused many employers to take on staff on short-term and zero hours contracts.
  3. A growth in the, “I don’t have to put up with this”. attitude from some young people who expect work to be, well, more like a social event than work, and who sometimes also lack the ability to handle the basic courtesies that employers who have been in the job for 30 years will demand and expect.

Whether our society will now return to the previous norm of four years per job is hard to say. But even if we do, there is still the fact that the average employee will change jobs 12 or more times during a career.

So, getting used to the experience of moving into a new work environment is no bad thing – and the sooner young people have that experience the better.

The trouble is that good work experiences for students need organising from the start to the finish, and many is the employer who complains that the work experience students they had were simply not prepared for work.

This is where “The Work Experience Manual” comes in, smoothing out the bumps that can occur as the school, the student and the workplace begin to interact.

The volume, which is supplied in copiable format, includes information on finding placements, liaising with the company in a way that the company finds suitable, student notes which allow those going on placements to be properly prepared, a record book showing the placement’s activities, and a wide range of actions and activities that should be considered after the work experience is over.

Overall the aim is to make the activity beneficial and enjoyable for the student and a positive experience for the school and employer. When this happens, everyone benefits.

The copyright licence allows the copying from either the book or the CD, so that all students can have pages relevant to their study at any time. It is also possible to place the CD on the school’s learning platform, so that students may access it at any time.

Order code T1822emn ISBN: 978 1 86083 866 8

Price:

  • £24.95 for the book or CD, plus £3.95 postage.
  • £31.94 for the book plus CD, plus £3.95 postage.

You can order in four different ways. In each case please quote our reference T1822emn. Sample pages and a contents list can be viewed prior to ordering on http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/careers/T1822.pdf

 

 

Overcoming the reluctance of some students to engage in independent study

Students who achieve higher grades often tend to be more self-directed and thus have the focus to spend time learning independently outside the classroom.

However, many students struggle in this area, and simply telling them to do a bit more studying outside schools hours doesn’t really help them at all.

So how can students be taught to take responsibility for their own learning?

The answer must lie in directing their learning to exactly the right area so that the student is never attempting to learn something without first having the basic pre-requisite knowledge.

If we then add elements of fun and competition to the self-directed learning, the students’ perspective of their work changes radically. They are encouraged by their success and become less likely to claim that the subject matter is boring.

These are the tenets upon which the SAM Learning approach has been built. What’s more, given that 60% of all work done on SAM Learning is completed outside school hours, it becomes clear that students with access to the system are indeed choosing to log in during their own free time.

Better still, a recent survey of 35,000 students who use SAM Learning revealed that 83% enjoy using the service.

You can read more about SAM Learning as a method of developing independent study at www.samlearning.com/independentlearning. Alternatively you can call us on 0845 130 4160 for more information.

Naturally we have checked with schools that are using the SAM Learning system to see what they think about the notion of independent learning.

Here are some comments that we received:

SAM Learning has helped transform our learning culture“.
Paul Hughes, Headmaster, St. Joseph’s School

You know straight away how you’ve done rather than waiting for the teacher to mark homework“.
Year 11 Student, Garibaldi College

SAM Learning gives them that element of independence“.
Stephanie Wood, Head of MFL, Stoke Park School

‘It gives students an edge…’

René Cochlin guides students through every crisis, scandal, issue and Act of 2013. If it’s relevant to the A Level Government and Politics exams, it’s covered! From party policy and coalition government to resignations and reshuffles, all the exam-relevant events are covered chronologically, with more detailed sections on key events.

  • ‘Excellent to keep students up to date with current affairs and link them with the syllabus… easy to access from the highest to lowest ability… It helps stir up debate and links very closely with the specification… It is so up to date, easy to use… Good value for money, it gives students an edge… bringing them up to date with current affairs.’ (Clare Green, Politics Subject Leader & Customer)
  • ‘Much detail on recent events… I particularly like the line down the side that explains relevance to exams.’ (Gemma Chaplin, Politics Lecturer & Customer)

The photocopiable resource consists of:

  1. The chronology can be a handy summary for busy teachers, or fresh revision for students – bring them up to speed with current examples to use in their exam answers.
  2. Plus, the best Think Tank articles of the year interspersed. Student-friendly, and exam-focused, with exam-style & discussion questions.

Available for both AS UK and A2 USA Politics.

  • All the relevant events of the year, with exam significance made clear.
  • Margin references to specification topics show how each event is relevant to the exam.
  • Questions link events to exam topics – students read about the examples, then apply them.

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

The 2013 Politics Round-Ups are available as a photocopy masters with site licence (£29). Also available in:

  1. Easy-printing PDF files (add 30%+VAT), or
  2. PDF with editable Word files (add 50%+VAT).

Preview and order now at http://zzed.co.uk/WE43

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FREE basic calcs or compasses for the maths department

FREE basic calcs or compasses for the maths department ….but is there a catch?

It’s always nice to get something for nothing … that’s what I’ve always believed, but sometimes there’s a catch.

This time, however, there is no catch. The deal is simple. Order a minimum of 50 Casio or LOGIK scientific calcs and you’ll receive one metal compass or one basic calc for every two calcs you order…. strictly while stocks last.

With exams not too far away it might be a good time to stock up on maths department resources. Choose from Casio, Sharp, Logik, Aurora and Texet calcs as shown on the website www.signposteducational.co.uk

There’s also a promotion on the Trident geometry sets which have proved popular with schools & colleges over many years.

Only 95p (300+) 99p (200+) £1.10 (100+) £1.15 (1-99)

Or you may prefer the “Value Maths Set” containing a metal compass and half pencil, two black ink ballpens, HB pencil, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, eraser and metal sharpener. Designed for use in the classroom as well as in exams, all components are packed in a convenient “exam friendly,” clear plastic zip up wallet.

Only £1.10 (200+) £1.15 (100+) £1.20 (1-99)

And if you really want to do your students a favour, you could provide them with the “Student Essentials” set which contains three quality ballpens (black ink), two HB pencils, metal sharpener, eraser, 15 cm ruler, all packed in an “exam friendly” clear plastic zip up wallet.

Only 75p (400+) 79p (200+) 82p (1-199)

Prices are ex vat. Please check our website for images of these products or for more details of other products. All offers are subject to availability.

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Training Young People in Anger Management SEMINAR

Date: Friday 28 March 2014
Venue: Shelter Training, Old Street, London EC1V 2PU
Trainer: Tracy Maylath (see below for profile)
Cost: £99 per delegate (no VAT charged)

This one day training event will give teachers and trainers an outline for delivering anger management sessions to young people.

Participants will develop an understanding of how anger is triggered and experienced by young people and use this understanding to feed into exercises and discussions for delivery in a group or one-to-one training context.

To book your place for just £99 click here

Course contains:

  • Context: definition, stereotypes of anger
  • Overview of non-assertive behaviours, their advantages and disadvantages
  • Defining and delivering training in assertiveness to young people
  • The ABC Model
  • Challenging thinking errors
  • Confusing fact and opinion: how it causes aggression
  • Training exercise to assist with bullying
  • Practical exercises and a template framework that can be used and adapted for training in various contexts.

Learning outcomes:

After this seminar, you will:

  • Define anger as it pertains to young people
  • Recognise triggers for anger specific to young people
  • Apply a model for how beliefs affect behaviour
  • Address and change thinking errors that lead to anger
  • Assist young people in becoming more assertive
  • Use at least 2 strategies for assisting young people in dealing with criticism and anger from others
  • Deliver a training session to assist young people in dealing with bullying.

Suitable for:

Advisers, teachers and trainers working in both the statutory and voluntary sector with young people who may have issues with anger management.

We can also run this event for groups of six or more staff at a time and location to suit you. For more information regarding this option please call Amanda on 0344 515 1160 or email inhousetraining@shelter.org.uk

Trainer profile:

Tracy Maylath has been a trainer/facilitator since 1996 and a trainer for Shelter since 2002. She has delivered a wide variety of courses to clients ranging from people who are homeless, lone parents and young people, to managers and directors of large corporations.

Tracy has written programmes in management skills and personal development for both the public and private sector. She uses an array of innovative methods and techniques and engages clients with her humorous approach, passion and in-depth knowledge and experience of her topics.

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Our books are acclaimed for their inventiveness, beautiful design and authoritative texts, as well as the care taken over their production.

Please see below for a carefully selected list of titles that we hope will appeal to education professionals teaching art across the school levels.

An Artist’s Handbook: Materials and Techniques 

The Craft and Art of Clay: A Complete Potter’s Handbook 

Colour: A Workshop for Artists and Designers 

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Ensuring students enjoy revision

Is it possible to get 83% of students to enjoy
working unsupervised and raise GCSE
grades at the same time? 

By unsupervised work I mean such activities as homework, revision and independent learning. And I raise the point because where we can get students to enjoy such work, then the chances are that their levels of learning will increase. 

Sadly, however, the awareness that students who enjoy unsupervised work get better grades still leaves us with one problem. How on earth do we get students to enjoy unsupervised work? 

One of the very few approaches that works – indeed perhaps the only approach that works – involves fundamentally changing this view that students have of their work. 

When attitudes and approaches change, then so does the student’s behaviour, whether that relates to homework, course work, revision or any other part of the learning programme. 

And this is what SAM Learning does. It fundamentally changes each student’s view of school work. Indeed a recent survey of 35,000 students who use SAM Learning revealed that the vast majority enjoy using the service. 

And that figure is in addition to the key point that as the Fischer Family Trust research has shown, where it is in use, SAM Learning is instrumental in attaining better GCSE results and achieving year-on-year school improvement. 

So as a result of SAM Learning not only can you be sure that your students will enjoy using SAM Learning, you can also be certain that with their increased motivation students will work harder to meet both their own and the school’s targets. 

To find out how SAM Learning achieves these remarkable ends, and raises GCSE grades at the same time, please do take a look at our website

Alternatively, call us on 0845 130 4160. 

 

How to help students to remember vocabulary for the written exam?

With the gap of knowledge and analysis skills between GSCE music and A level music so large, how do you help students learn lots of new words and vocabulary quickly? One main way is to illustrate vocabulary with short extracts of the score.

This is one of the key strengths of our revised resources for Edexcel AS & A2 music, which have revision notes and practice questions for all the set works. Alongside tables that break down each set work into its stylistic characteristics such as tonality and texture, every set work has a separate vocabulary sheet and several snapshots of the score illustrating key terms.

In addition, practice questions and mark schemes are included along with checklists to help you plan all your work including coursework, for the year. All files are word documents which mean they can be edited to suit your student’s needs. Use them as ready-made teaching notes, or edit them and get students to fill in the blank boxes during the lesson.

Please note these resources are not for the listening exam.

I have been using these A-level resources for 3 or 4 years now and I would highly recommend them to any other busy music teacher. Their major strengths are that they are versatile and succinct. Just what my students and I need!’

Mike Skipper
Director of Music
Denstone College

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Engage students and present them with clear on location dialogue

DVD Resources for MFL

(click on the title links below for further details and preview clips)

French Language DVD Resources

Quatre Amis language students can’t wait to find out what happens next in this continuous 10-episode story filmed on location in Rouen! In ten short episodes viewers follow the daily life and relationships between four young friends and in the process are presented with everyday situational dialogue in an engaging way. All 10 episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (French) accompanied by a 96-page printed Teacher’s Guide including photocopiable transcripts, glossary, review questions and additional information.

Me Voilà! in six ten-minute episodes, Me Voilà! takes viewers on a tour through France, from Le Havre in the west to Strasbourg in the east, from Paris in the north to Toulouse in the south. Young native presenters invite us into their homes to meet their families, introduce us to their friends and show us where the area in which they live and aspects of their daily lives. All 6 episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (French) accompanied by a printed Teacher’s Guide including photocopiable transcripts, review questions and additional information.

À Table! filmed to lively music and including mishaps and blunders to entertain, this series of six short episodes follow teenagers in their kitchens making their favourite snacks. Each episode introduces the home region of the teenager and ends with the recipe for the snack. So, apart from practicing the foreign language in a with-it way, viewers also gets a certain cultural knowledge and tasty tips for easy-to-make snacks! All six episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (French) and are accompanied by a printed teacher’s guide, including photocopiable transcripts, glossary, review questions and additional information.

German Language DVD Resources

Neue Freundeusing a storyline format to captivate student’s interest, this soap opera style series follows the daily life and relationships between four teenagers, its objective is to present and introduce some everyday situations and to aid practice of elementary glossary and expressions. The series is produced on location in Germany and includes cultural and visual information from Berlin. All 10 episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (German) accompanied by a 108-page printed Teacher’s Guide, including photocopiable transcripts, glossary, review questions and additional information.

Jung in Europa an inspiring and stimulating series of 6 x 10-minute programmes presenting the daily lives of six young German-speaking people in Europe: Sandra from Hamburg; Björn from Vienna, Austria; Christiane from Berlin; Peter from Brixen, Italy; Nina from Luzern, Switzerland; Baris from Liechtenstein. All 6 episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (German) accompanied by a printed Teacher’s Guide including photocopiable transcripts, glossary, worksheet review questions and additional information.

Du bist was du isst!filmed to lively music and including mishaps and blunders to entertain, this series of six short episodes follow teenagers in their kitchens making their favourite snacks. Each episode introduces the home region of the teenager and ends with the recipe for the snack. So, apart from practicing the foreign language in a with-it way, viewers also gets a certain cultural knowledge and tasty tips for easy-to-make snacks! All six episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (German) and are accompanied by a printed teacher’s guide, including photocopiable transcripts, glossary, review questions and additional information.

Spanish Language DVD Resources

Mi querida familia get to know a modern family in downtown Madrid, the ever-growing capital of Spain! In Mi querida familia, a soap opera style series for students of Spanish as a foreign language, viewers get a taste of friendship, romance and jealousy. We also get to know Madrid and its friendly inhabitants in the city’s terraces and avenues and in its typical neighbourhood restaurants. We visit a football match, go shopping and much more. Experience Madrid just as it truly is!. All 10 episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (Spanish) accompanied by a 95-page printed Teacher’s Guide, including photocopiable transcripts, glossary, review questions and additional information.

¡La buena vida!a documentary styled Spanish language education series, presenting real life of Spanish people and families from different areas of Spain. The series shows authentic portraits of interesting people in different environments (big city, small town, village, coast, the mountains etc) in clear Spanish dialogue. Each 10-minute episode starts with an introduction about the area we are in and the young presenters featured have exciting interests, work, hobbies, families, friends etc, to maintain viewer interest. All 6 episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (Spanish) accompanied by a printed Teacher’s Guide including photocopiable transcripts, glossary, review questions and additional information.

¡Qué Rico! filmed to lively music and including mishaps and blunders to entertain, this series of six short episodes follow teenagers in their kitchens making their favourite snacks. Each episode introduces the home region of the teenager and ends with the recipe for the snack. So, apart from practicing the foreign language in a with-it way, viewers also gets a certain cultural knowledge and tasty tips for easy-to-make snacks! All six episodes are featured on one chaptered DVD with optional subtitles (Spanish) and are accompanied by a printed teacher’s guide, including photocopiable transcripts, glossary, review questions and additional information.

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Sharpen up your students Interview skills

The Interview
How To Make The Most Out Of It
A DVD resource for years 10, 11 and 12
Prepare your students for…

Work Experience placement
Part-time job
Full-time job
University application

Sharpen up your students’ presentation skills using these seven short films. Designed to encourage critical self-assessment to build students confidence for the full range of interviews they are likely to face.

Issues Covered

* Self-presentation
* Being prepared
* Questions to ask
* Rights at work
* Avoiding pitfalls
* Dealing with the unethical interviewer

All seven films come with linked briefings and background information for students and co-ordinators, printable off the DVD and provide a wealth of advice and suggestions for preparing students for interviews.

The students presented are drawn from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

“If in your job you have anything to do with preparing students for interviews, then buy this DVD.”

Teaching Citizenship

The DVD includes

7 Separate Films indexed for immediate access
20 Linked Briefing sheets with clear advice and tips

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Price £34.99 (exc. VAT) + £2.50 P&P postage is free if ordered online. 

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