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Reduced Cost Teacher Planners

I wondered if you’ve ordered your Teacher Planners for 2017/18 yet?

With budget cuts a challenge for most schools at the moment I thought you’d be interested to know about our range of Budget Teacher Planners.

Starting at only £4.95, our planners come in B5 or A4 and include the following:

  • Durable twin loop wire binding
  • Double sided fold out dated year planner
  • Undated diary pages printed in black
  • 6 period day layout
  • Attendance & assessment registers

For more detail and a tailored quote simply let me know your requirements and I’ll be in touch right away.

Alternatively, you can contact me on 0113 231 0995, I’d be delighted to help.

Olaf Surtees
Education Planning Consultant
PENSTRIPE
Tel: +44 (0)113 231 0995
www.penstripe.co.uk

Cut your teachers’ workload with Doddle

Teachers spend too much of their time coordinating homework and assessment systems, completing administrative tasks, and marking work that doesn’t need detailed feedback. It’s little wonder that over 40% of teachers plan to leave the profession in the next five years.

We’ve designed Doddle to help teachers dedicate more time to the things that matter.

Our new homework features give your teachers one system for assigning and tracking homework, assessing student progress, and reporting to parents, SLT and inspectors.

Self-marking, formative homework tasks and assessments cut down on marking time while providing detailed, meaningful data across 18 subjects. What’s more, our parent features allow schools to communicate more effectively with parents, and engage them in their children’s progress.

To find out more about Doddle’s single system for teaching, homework and assessment, book an in-school visit.

Have we got enough exam desks?”

What can you do if you suddenly find that you need more exam desks with only a few days to go before the exams  start?

     How can you obtain exam desks at short notice?

Central Educational Supplies Ltd have been supplying folding, cantilever and “zimmer” style desks from 2001, with prices from  £ 13.95  ex vat,  as well as transporters for folding desks. They can usually supply exam desks within a couple of days although it’s always easier if you give them a few days notice!

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

You can see the range of exam desks by visiting their website:

www.centraleducational.co.uk

You can contact them on  tel:  020 7515 1797    Fax:  020 7515 4420

email: info@centraleducational.co.uk 

PS.  Sometimes it’s helpful  to have an extra supply of chairs available so that lessons aren’t disrupted while exams are taking place.  Folding chairs are particularly useful as they can be moved easily and stored in confined spaces.  Once again, details  on  their website.

If you’d like more information about any of their products please call Martin Evans on 020-7515-1797 who will be pleased to help and provide more information if required.

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

 

“A problem shared is a problem halved”…

 …but how exactly does this relate to your school’s minibus?

The school minibus poses something of a problem: for your Finance Manager in respect of cashflow forecasting and bureaucracy and for the person in charge of keeping it operational in respect of organising its MOTs, services and repairs.

Fortunately, we have a solution to cut the problems associated with the school’s minibus by half. The answer is to share the minibus with another school in the same cluster, trust or council as you are – resulting in half the costs, half the work, and half the problems.

Better still, if you lease a minibus with Benchmark Leasing, there is the added benefit of improved cashflow (as you pay a set fee each month – no more, no less) and it often works out to be much cheaper than buying a minibus outright (especially if one considers the re-sale value), or indeed hiring a coach each time.

Furthermore, a full maintenance programme is included, so no matter the outcome of the vehicle’s services and MOTs, the cost of repairs won’t affect the lease price.

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

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

Summer Schools 2017

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

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

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

Highlights of Summer 2017:

The Medicine Summer School comprises a series of two-day events with specialist sessions on cardiology, paediatrics, oncology, emergency medicine and many other topics – enabling students to attend a wide-ranging introduction or select the sessions most relevant to their interests.

The Law Summer School in three distinct five-day Parts to allow time for more cases, more analysis and more debate on some of the most intriguing legal questions. Students can choose to focus on Criminal Law, Civil Law or International Law, or to attend all three Parts for a comprehensive overview of this fascinating subject.

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

For students interested in the Social Sciences or Humanities, we have Summer Schools in Economics, International Relations, Politics and History, while Arts enthusiasts should take a look at the English Literature, Classical Civilisations or Art History Summer Schools (all for students aged 15-18).

For science students, our popular Physics Summer School has been expanded to include options open to students currently in their GCSE years.

Practical Details:

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

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

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

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

Your Leavers’ Yearbooks

It’s not too late to order! 

If you’re thinking about Yearbooks for your 2017 Leavers and haven’t yet ordered, don’t worry, BabyShark can produce your books within two weeks and from as little as £3 each!

Why order from BabyShark? Check out the article “Yearbooks – 5 Good Reasons” in our blog for more information. Or request your free yearbook sample right away by emailing: hello@babyshark.co.uk

We’ll even include a free personalised notebook with every sample request received before 18 May.

So if you’re still looking for a yearbook supplier remember there’s still time to get in touch with BabyShark for a fast turnaround and the UK’s lowest prices. Lets get started….

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Andrew Baker

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01924 849926

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Freeing up your time (and your school’s money)

Giving you more time to spend on providing children with an education

There are some tasks which are best done by companies who specialise in that field, not because you or your colleagues can’t do these tasks, but because the time is takes to do these tasks could be better spent on what you are employed for: providing children with an education.

One of these tasks is that of organising the school minibus’ services and MOTs. Which is why, when you lease a minibus with Benchmark Leasing, this is something that we will undertake for you – and, in most cases, the cost of repairs (if applicable) won’t affect the lease price.

Furthermore, if you lease a minibus with Benchmark Leasing there is the added benefit of improved cashflow (as you pay a set fee each month), and it often works out cheaper than buying a minibus outright (especially when one considers the re-sale value).

To explore leasing further, please do visit our website. Or if you would prefer to discuss it with someone, please do call 01753 859944 or email minibus@benchmarkleasing.co.uk.

A secret, fun, and effective maths teacher at every meal?

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This is what Times Table Plates provide at a one off cost of less than £2 per item.

There is much interaction between the children, even those with no previous interest in their tables, and instant recall is  very strong both in the classroom afterwards and for the rest of their lives.

Why not look at the website www.timestableplates.co.uk  and email or phone  to ask questions or request a sample.

With best regards

Bob Norfolk
Times Table Plates

01273 960950
rnorfolk@hotmail.com

Achieve Your School’s Target Attendance

Regular attendance and participation in school is an important factor for educational success. Students who are regular non-attenders are at risk of alienation from education that can lead to decreased options in future life.

With the statutory requirement to report attendance figures comes the additional need to look at why pupils aren’t attending. It’s important to get to the centre of why a child refuses to attend and to put support in place through educational strategies.

EDVirtual is an innovative online learning resource that can help your academy achieve its target attendance.

Our platform can be accessed from any location that your establishment deems suitable for learning, allowing you to support learners that have difficulty attending classes within a mainstream provision.“The results have been incredible. Two of our students have recently informed us that they want return to mainstream education!

With a virtual classroom, we’re able to ensure our students receive classwork and homework regularly, and we can monitor their progress and give them the support they need, so that when the time comes, the transition back into the classroom goes smoothly.”

Ash Kahn – Assistant Headteacher, Sheffield Inclusion Centre

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We currently work in partnership with academies all across the UK, helping them to:

claim attendance for their students whether on-site, off-site or in inclusion

engage and motivate students through personalised learning pathways suited to their individual abilities and needs

use our virtual classroom to effectively communicate with off-site learners to maintain constant contact and ensure they are getting the support that they need

track and monitor pupils’ attendance and progress to produce reports for Ofsted inspections

provide a safe and secure alternative provision for your students, allowing them to learn, progress and attain in an environment that is suited to their specific needs

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By using our virtual classroom your school can stream lessons live for both student and teacher viewing, enabling the teacher to effectively communicate and educate the students while they are unable to attend school.

There are over 10,000 interactive quizzes and puzzles incorporated into our lessons, creating a more interesting and engaging environment to combat persistent absences caused by boredom.

Our qualified support staff and tutors offer live online support for all students whether they are on-site or off-site. Our tutors help students through their pathways taking into account their current learning ability. The work students have completed will also be marked by our tutors.

For more information about EDLounge, a two week free trial and a live online demonstration of the functionality of the online learning platform, contact us on 01909 568 338 or by email at mailto:contactus@edlounge.com?subject=Attend17.

Kind regards,

Sam Warnes
Creator of EDLounge
T: 01909 568 338
F: 01909 568 350
E: contactus@edlounge.com
W: www.edlounge.com

“Every Classroom in the World should have one of these!” says Faye, a Class Teacher from London – Jan 2017

What is Faye referring to? A Classroom SoundField system from Connevans.

Will you agree with Faye? There is a simple and free way to hear what Faye heard and find out for yourself.  You can have a free Classroom SoundField trial in your school, a trial which gives you and your colleagues the opportunity to try the equipment for a few weeks and have the same experience as Faye!

You will find that all the children become engaged immediately, the teacher will never have to raise or strain their voice, everyone (even the children with poorer hearing and attention) will hear perfectly, and the tendency of some children to make noise in the classroom will be less.

Simply tell us a convenient time to visit, and we will bring the SoundField system to you and show the relevant teacher how to use it. Set up in the classroom takes just 15 minutes and then you can use it straight away.

There is more information about our most popular SoundField system, the Swift Digital, on our website here: www.connevans.co.uk/product/3109896/

The Swift Digital SoundField system is designed specifically for UK teachers, but is so popular & simple to use, it is used by teachers in Classrooms across the world.

To hear what Faye heard and arrange a free three-week trial simply call or email and leave the rest to us!

As a special trial offer there is a 10% discount on the Swift Digital if you keep it after the trial, you only pay the invoice if you decide to keep the SoundField equipment.

If you would like us to have a look at your school hall or offer free advice regarding simple equipment to help ensure the school is complying with the Equalities Act for visitors who are hard of hearing, we will be pleased to help.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Phil Boswell
Director

As of 2016 we are very proud to be … by Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Manufacturer and Supplier of Audio Equipment  https://www.royalwarrant.org/directory?query=connevans

 

Have we got enough exam desks?”

What can you do if you suddenly find that you need more exam desks with only a few days to go before the exams  start?

     How can you obtain exam desks at short notice?

Central Educational Supplies Ltd have been supplying folding, cantilever and “zimmer” style desks from 2001, with prices from  £ 13.95  ex vat,  as well as transporters for folding desks. They can usually supply exam desks within a couple of days although it’s always easier if you give them a few days notice!

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

You can see the range of exam desks by visiting their website:

www.centraleducational.co.uk

You can contact them on  tel:  020 7515 1797    Fax:  020 7515 4420

email: info@centraleducational.co.uk 

PS.  Sometimes it’s helpful  to have an extra supply of chairs available so that lessons aren’t disrupted while exams are taking place.  Folding chairs are particularly useful as they can be moved easily and stored in confined spaces.  Once again, details  on  their website.

If you’d like more information about any of their products please call Martin Evans on 020-7515-1797 who will be pleased to help and provide more information if required.

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

 

FREE Visual Stress/Meares-Irlen Syndrome NHS prescription glasses

Read123 Opticians are providing FREE tinted prescription glasses on the NHS for Visual Stress otherwise known as Meares-Irlen Syndrome to all pupils aged between 7-18.

You can screen all your pupils using the free 30 day trial of our screening app (ipad based).

Pupils that are subsequently diagnosed with Visual Stress can be provided with FREE NHS glasses by us using their NHS voucher. This is a MASSIVE saving of over £250.00 for parents.

We also stock the latest Honeycomb technology lenses which are clear lenses for Visual Stress. This means colour vision is not affected, as well as avoiding the need for tinted lenses. These cost just £20.00 with an NHS voucher.

We are fully qualified UK Opticians and members of The General Optical Council.

You can take the free trial of our screening app here https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/read123-visual-stress-app/id1125574297?l=pl&ls=1&mt=8. Simply contact us on 0800 6890292 or support@read123.co.uk if you require more information.

More information on different packages can be found on our website at www.read123.co.uk

What is the single most effective way to engage boys in education and maintain their interest?

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

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

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

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

The Boy Problem: Raising boys’ achievement – what can schools do? is delivered in three hours and costs £895. For more information or to discuss a booking, you can contact Liam by email at liam@mengage.co.uk or by phone on 07788725318.

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

Enquiry code: 4m – Please quote this code when contacting us.

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Imagine the key texts of English literature from just £1.50 each with free delivery, and no minimum order!

From Jane Austen to the Brontës, from Dickens to Conan Doyle, from DH Lawrence to William Shakespeare, Wordsworth Editions has over 450 titles in print, covering over 230 works of classic literature, and over 50 popular children’s books.

And not only does each volume naturally have the full text, but with all of our classics there is also a set of exclusive introductions and notes.

We are also adding new titles to our range regularly – with the most well-known works of HG Wells being the most recent to be included on our list.

The normal price of the key texts is £1.99 which is reduced by 25% and free post and packing when you order direct from us.

To get an overview of the sort of titles we can offer please do visit our website.  However if you would like to see a list of around 50 of the most popular titles which are available direct to schools at the special price of £1.50 that is available here.

Then if you want to see the full list of our titles in print along with a ready to use order form, should you need it, then we have a page with those details as well.

And here’s one final offer of a free book.  Just in case the notion of books at £1.50 each with free delivery seems just too good to be true, we’d like to assure you of the quality of our publications.

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

I look forward to hearing from you.

A dangerous mix of inflation and depreciation

Due to a dangerous mix of inflation and depreciation, leasing (as opposed to purchasing) is a growing trend

Leasing (as opposed to purchasing) is a growing trend across the board, from housing, equipment, and technology, all the way to school minibuses.

Why? Due to a dangerous mix of inflation and depreciation (with the exception of housing, of course, but the single factor of inflation is a reason in itself not to purchase as many people simply can’t afford it).

For now, however, I would just like to focus on the growing trend to lease a school minibus because Benchmark Leasing has devised a number of minibus leasing packages specifically designed for schools as purchasing a minibus simply isn’t an option for many schools.

Indeed, it is an arrangement which makes it possible for schools to fund the minibus through a small payment each month, which has the added benefit of improved budgeting and cash flow.

But this is not all. Since schools know how much the minibus will cost each month they do sometimes ask the PTA to make a contribution each month – which is often very much welcomed since it means that the parents making the contribution to the minibus know that it is their children who are benefitting, rather than the children in future years.

Furthermore, with Benchmark Leasing the vehicle’s MOTs, repairs* and services are included in the arrangement, and the costs are conveniently built into the lease price. And, as the minibuses that Benchmark lease to schools are always brand new, the lenght of time during which the minibus is out of action due to repairs is significantly reduced.

To explore leasing further, please do visit our website. Or if you would prefer to discuss it with someone, please do call 01753 859944 or email minibus@benchmarkleasing.co.uk.

Drive not included

What are the legal requirements for operating a school minibus?

A school minibus can be not only expensive but also hugely time-consuming for the person responsible for ensuring that it is fully operational at all times, which is why a growing number of schools are signing up to a minibus leasing contract with Benchmark.

Indeed, leasing a school minibus from Benchmark not only makes financial sense but also means that we assume responsibility for keeping the vehicle properly maintained and roadworthy.

The leasing arrangement makes it possible for schools to fund the minibus through a small payment each month, and, where trips are paid for by contributions from parents and the PTA, it is possible to allocate a part of those payments towards the cost of the minibus – thereby reducing the amount of money the school has to find each month.

And your colleagues will no longer have to spend time ensuring that the school minibus is fully operational at all times as the team at Benchmark will organise for the vehicle to be MOT’d, serviced and repaired* – all of which is included in the lease price.

Unfortunately, however, there is something that we can’t provide and that is the driver. But this is not to say that we can’t help out.

You can find a number of documents covering the legal requirements for operating a school minibus at http://learningoutside.info/index.php/operating-a-minibus-legal-stuff and http://www.minibusleasing.co.uk/specs-options-pricing.php.

At these links you will find:

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

Overcoming Mental Health and Behaviour

In order to help their pupils succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy. There are a variety of things that schools can do, for all their pupils and for those with particular problems, to offer that support in an effective way.”

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Dear Colleague,

Mental health and Behaviour are both intertwined with one another and as such; schools, academies, pupil referral units and any educational establishment should work to ensure that the students that are dealing with mental health issues get the support that they need without being misinterpreted as “the naughty kids” that end up with disciplinary measures.

We have worked with the Rodillian Academy Trust for several years and with the trusts ‘Positive Discipline’ model students learn in an environment that helps to identify and support students with mental health. This model includes aspects such as a resilience curriculum…

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The document “Mental health and behaviour in schools – Departmental advice for school staff explains that “Poor mental health undermines educational attainment… disproportionately large numbers of pupils with conduct and emotional disorders fall behind in their overall educational attainment, missing school and/or being excluded.”

We at EDLounge have worked with over 50 schools, PRU’s and Academies to find ways to impact on behaviour and attainment by providing an educational support system for students with mental health issues that are school refusers and/or are on an exclusion. We are now able to provide a secure platform that allows students that are being educated off site to;

  • work through a pathway of learning catered to their academic needs;
  • work through pathways of learning designed around resilience and behaviour repair work;
  • but ultimately the system allows for a connection to your establishment.

By providing a student a live streamed video feed to a; teacher, support worker, mentor, outreach worker and/or safeguarding officer. These members of your team can work with the students directly, encouraging meaningful intervention, leading to a positive and successful reintegration back into mainstream education.

Find out more

To learn more about how EDLounge can impact student attainment and attendance by addressing behavioural and mental health issues, please contact on 01909 568 338 or email me at sam@edlounge.com with the subject “MentalHealth17”.

Kind Regards,
Sam Warnes

T: 01909 568 338
F: 01909 568 350

E: sam@edlounge.com

W: www.edlounge.com

You are responsible.

The fact is that not all students have access to mainstream education. This can be for a range of reasons, students that have been removed due to behaviour or students that have barriers due to health reasons or special educational needs. As educators we are responsible for making sure that the students who can’t access the mainstream classroom, for any reason, still access curriculum relevant education.

EDLounge has developed two systems; EDClass, designed alongside a multi academy trust, and EDVirtual, designed alongside a large pupil referral unit. By using these systems, both educational establishments have seen a vast improvement in their attendance figures.

EDClass is a remote learning platform that allows your students the opportunity to work through a unique pathway designed to suit their educational needs with online supervision from our tutors. Students are able to work through curriculum relevant work from our bank of 7,500+ lessons. There is also a comprehensive suite of lessons for behaviour repair work.

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The EDVirtual system is an online virtual classroom where your staff can support, teach and/or deliver their own content or take from the learning resources available on the system. The virtual classroom allows face-to-face communication via webcam and headset. This method has proven successful in the reintegration of long term absent students back into mainstream education.

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Our goal is to ensure that all students that are users of EDClass and EDVirtual gain a valuable and meaningful education. We will also hope to have more and more students reintegrated back into mainstream education or as close to as we possibly can.

If you would like a free demonstration or trial please give us a call on 01909 568 338 or email us at contactus@edlounge.com.

Kind Regards
Sam Warnes
Creator of EDLounge

T: 01909 568 338
F: 01909 568 350

E: contactus@edlounge.com

W: www.edlounge.com

Maximum Engagement is Vital

Which workshop is best for your transitioning students, for your ambitious students and for those in need of additional motivation?

If you wanted to see a fantastic adventure movie, you wouldn’t buy a ticket to see ‘La La Land’ at the cinema this week – even though it is supposed to be excellent.  Similarly, you wouldn’t book a spa weekend if you wanted some high adrenalin action over the Easter break.

Booking a workshop to motivate a particular group of students or to hit a specific target is no different.  One glove really does not fit all.  You need specialist options designed for the distinct purpose.

To maximise the achievement of every student, you need to ensure they are fully engaged and motivated to a high enough level that they actually want to learn.

It is precisely why Thinkers in Education has devised a wealth of far-reaching STEM and skill development workshops over the past decade with movie-like scenarios and game-like structures.  Students cannot help but be drawn in by the experience and find themselves benefitting massively.

And, with a huge 20% discount on any of the Double Session workshops hosted in May and June 2017, you could include two vastly different groups of learners in two separate sessions within the same day – in an extremely cost effective way.

Our Double Session workshops are perfect motivational experiences for science week, activities week, transition days and induction programmes – and options are available for pupils in year 5 through to year 13.

To take advantage of this offer you simply need to register you interest before April 7th and quote the code HHDS17.  If you go on to book a Double Session workshop in May or June, we will automatically do so at the discounted rate.

For more information you can call us on 01603 520866 or email us at info@thinkersineducation.co.uk

We will be delighted to discuss your requirements and advise you which of the workshops will best meet your particular purpose.

Alternatively, you can go online and view the options yourself:  Click here.  You will see the range of activities and scenarios available.  You can even try our incredibly easy to use ‘How to select an event’ guide from the drop down menu if you want a good overview.

We endeavour to make the whole experience, from discussion to delivery, as easy and useful as possible.  The Double Session workshops are an ideal place to start exploring the specialist options available.

Matt Hackett

It’s tough being a teen

What does it mean to an autistic student to be a teen?

The word “teen” originally meant (in the 17th century) injury, harm, suffering or grief.  Later it came to mean irritation, annoyance, anger or rage.

By the 18th century it came to have the current meaning of being the period of life between being 13 and 19 – a handy mix of the end of each number (fifteen etc) and the perceived behaviour of young people of that age range.

It was not until the 1920s that the word “teenager” was added to the lexicon, but the combination of meanings remained – being between 13 and 19, and expressing undue amounts of irriTation, annoyance, anger, etc.

The teens can of course be difficult years for many school students, but for those who suffer from autism spectrum disorder the period can be especially troubling as information and advice for teenagers generally doesn’t cater for those who view the world in a wholly different way.

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

The Teen Issues Value Pack consists of six story books, each exploring a different teen issue, with relevance to the ASDAN award programmes ‘Transition Challenge’ and ‘Towards Independence’.   Also included is a CD-ROM providing digital versions of the above titles, which are ideal for interactive whiteboard presentations and for students who would also benefit from listening to the text.

It is possible to edit and save the text to make your own differentiated texts, and there is also an extensive range of activity worksheets and interactive activities that encourage reading comprehension, including page-by-page notes for all the stories and assessment resources (feedback sheets and student record sheets).

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

You can see more details and sample pages from the readers, and details for ordering individual items as well as the full pack on our “Teen Issues” web page.

For further information, please email info@senpress.co.uk or call 01582 833205.

Janie Nicholas

What is the single most effective way of utilising pupil premium funding?

 

There is of course one fundamental issue that affects every other aspect of student’s education: their level of literacy.

The problem is that once a student starts to slip behind it can be difficult to tailor instruction towards individuals within a group.  What each student needs is help and support in his/her specific areas of difficulty.

At this point a highly accurate and rapid system of placing students according to their current literacy ability is required which precisely notes the progress they are making.

Every school needs this analysis, without it taking up more of that most precious resource: time.

One particularly effective solution to this problem is to implement an auto-placement approach which analyses individual ability level and reveals exactly what each student needs to be focussing on in order to ensure literacy progress is achieved.

Then, if the student can have one-to-one tuition in a way that is utterly engaging and responsive to her or his immediate literacy needs and within the school’s budget, the issue is resolved.

All of this can be done using Lexia Strategies Reading Skills software.  The analysis, the comparisons with other students, the progress, the remedial work – each and every element of the anecdotal work is tracked and provided by Strategies.

If you would like to read the case studies involving UK schools which are already using the system please click here. You will then also find on the right of the page the route to having access to the full program for 30 days without any payment or commitment.

If you want to know more about the program, we have all the information you’ll need available here. Alternatively, if you would like to talk first, call 0191 482 1939, or email info@lexiauk.co.uk.

Rob Kay

LexiaUK Software Consultant

Looking to save on your Teacher Planners?

Well, I think I can help.

Our range of Budget Teacher Planners are designed to meet the changing demands of our customers and budget constraints many schools are up against.

Starting at only £4.95 our Budget Teacher Planners come in B5 or A4 and include the following;

  • Durable twin loop wire binding
  • Double sided fold out dated year planner
  • Undated diary pages printed in black
  • 6 period day layout
  • Attendance & assessment registers

If you’d like to receive more detail and a tailored quote for your 2017/18 planners simply let me know your requirements and I’ll be in touch right away.

Alternatively, you can contact me on 0113 231 0995, I’d be delighted to help.

Kind Regards

 

 

Olaf Surtees
Education Planning Consultant
PENSTRIPE
tel: +44 (0)113 231 0995
www.penstripe.co.uk

What is the single most effective way to reduce your school’s expenditure on staff absence cover?

The answer is simple: by providing staff with extensive health and wellbeing advice and services your school can prevent many staff absences due to sickness and thus reduce your school’s overall expenditure on staff absence cover.

Which is why Schools UK has put together a generous Wellbeing Package for schools.

The Wellbeing Package consists of eye tests and replacement glasses, 24 hour GP helpline, diagnostic scans, critical incident support, booklets for staff a Wellbeing App download, extensive Employees Assistance Programme, and cash back on therapies (physiotherapy/ acupuncture/ reflexology).

If, however, there is a case where the wellbeing package isn’t enough to prevent a staff absence due to sickness, we also offer Staff Absence Insurance which will enable you to claim back the huge costs of supply cover.

And not only does Staff Absence Insurance cover the costs of absences due to sickness, but it will also cover the costs of absences due to stress, paternity, adoption leave, jury service, and compassionate leave, among just a few.

The Wellbeing Package and Staff Absence Insurance are just two of five things that your staff are covered for under our 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance.

With 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance you will also get:

  • Occupational Health – occupational health reports, face to face consultations, nurses visit, counselling services, pre-employment screening and a full referral service (at no additional charge).
  • Maternity Cover – our Standard Cover will provide up to £3,500 per claim; however we’ve also created a freestanding policy that allows you to select the level of coverage that you need from zero to over £15,000.
  • And HR & Employment – unlimited telephone and email support, advice for HR and Employment Law issues, attendance at hearings and appeals where dismissal is a possibility, regular updates on changes to the law, free places for the Head and SBM at our Education and Employment Law seminars, the equivalent of one days’ attendance on site each year from an HR specialists or employment lawyer.

Simply fill in this form to get an Instant Quote and join the 800+ UK schools that already have 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance. And if you quote the code SCHOOLS10, you will be eligible for a 10% discount.

Alternatively, please do call us on 0113 2161144 or email sales@schoolsuk.com.

Academic Summer Schools 2017

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

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

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

Highlights of Summer 2017:

The Summer Law School for 15-18s, in three distinct five-day Parts to allow time for more cases, more analysis and more debate on some of the most intriguing legal questions. Students can choose to focus on Criminal Law, Civil Law or International Law, or to attend all three Parts for a comprehensive introduction to legal study.

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

The Philosophy Summer School for students aged 15-18 offers five days of challenging material, covering a range of philosophical topics including meta and applied ethics, political philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics and logic. A great introduction to philosophy as a subject, as well as an opportunity to develop an all round academic skillset which will benefit students in any discipline. This course is complemented by the Critical and Cultural Theory Summer School which explores the ‘continental’ approach to philosophy.

The Medicine Summer School for students aged 15-18 comprises a series of two-day events with specialist sessions on cardiology, paediatrics, oncology, emergency medicine and many other topics – enabling students to attend a wide-ranging introduction or select the sessions most relevant to their interests.

Our Physics Summer School is now in two separate five-day events, with Part One being relatively maths-light and open to all students from 15 upwards, and Part Two more mathematically focused, and reserved for students who will have completed AS Level (or equivalent) Maths by Summer 2017.

For those who will have completed AS Maths, we also offer the Mathematics Summer School, five-days of intensive and challenging material, which will really give participants the opportunity to stretch and develop their mathematical skills.

For those interested in the Humanities and Social Sciences, we have Summer Schools in Economics, International Relations, History, Politics, and Classical Civilisations.

Practical Details:

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

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

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

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

Create an Effective and High Performing Learning Environment

Research has shown that having the right classroom furniture has a positive effect on both children’s health and their classroom development. For teachers it improves classroom management, increases productive learning time and interaction with pupils.

Our team of specialist buyers and experienced teachers has sourced quality, affordable, durable and easily maintained classroom furniture that is flexible to accommodate different teaching and learning styles.

Whether you need to furnish an entire classroom or simply require individual pieces of equipment; Early Years Resources has an excellent selection to choose from. Our range includes:

  • Classroom Tables and Chairs – ergonomically designed tables and chairs for children that allows movement and encourages good posture.
  • Storage Solutions – Tray storage, shelving and cupboards.
  • Book Storage – enhance your library setting with our selection of bookcases and bookshelves.

We have over 6000 exciting and innovative products, to view our range of products visit our website or view our digital catalogue.

Ordering from us is easy, simply email sales@earlyyearsresources.co.uk with the items needed, quantities required and your delivery address. We will then provide with a quote including shipping costs.

Great reasons to shop with us

  • Delivery worldwide
  • Quick and helpful quotation service
  • 25 years of supplying educational resources to schools worldwide
  • Over 6000 resources including Outdoor, Furniture and Art and Craft equipment
  • Resources selected by our team of experienced teachers and specialist buyers

For any other information, feel free to contact us on (+44) 0161 865 3355 or email sales@earlyyearsresources.co.uk.

What do you think are the most important issues in health and well-being?

What schools and teachers think is important to us

youcansay is a service for gathering and acting on young peoples’ views and experiences. We ensure that when there are new issues affecting young people, they are included in our well-being and health surveys.

Knowing what schools and teachers think are the most relevant topics is important to us. If you are able to help, please answer this two minute survey. If you provide an email address we will be able to send you a summary report when the survey closes.

To do the survey now click here

English Literature Summer School – Part 1 (650AD to 1790AD)

The English Literature Summer School – Part 1 will cover literature dating from 650AD to 1790AD, including Middle English, Medieval Literature, Chaucer, The Renaissance, Shakespeare, Restoration Literature and the Rise of the Novel. In addition we will also be covering Historicist and Feminist critical approaches as part of this Summer School.

This course offers the opportunity for an in-depth and illuminating exploration of the major movements in the development of English Literature. Tackling canonical authors including Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton, students will develop the skills to read them both within their historical context and in dialogue with other writers and genres, such as the Medieval courtly poem and Renaissance travel writing. The course should foster a broad understanding of Medieval, Early Modern and eighteenth-century literary movements and familiarise students with their range of distinctive genres, styles and concerns.

Covering a wide range of writing forms including narrative and religious poetry, drama, Renaissance prose, and the invention of the novel form, we will combine close and critical reading with short lectures, group work and editing projects, in order to understand how the texts we encounter were put together. We will approach literature not only in book form, but also in its older oral incarnations, in manuscript, and crucially in performance. Drama should be understood in relation to its production on the stage, and an integral part of this is the trip to a Shakespeare play at the Globe Theatre. For 2017 this will be Twelfth Night.

As well as tackling the exciting developments in the English language through Old and Middle English, we will focus on major ideas that stimulated the literary imagination through several periods including religion, empire, and gender relations. Literary theory will play an important role in examining the production of ideas over time, and in this Summer School we apply the insights of Feminist and Historicist criticism in order to open up new perspectives on the texts that we read or encounter in performance.

Literature of past periods can sometimes seem remote from our own as we grapple with Anglo-Saxon anonymous authorship, or why fiction was such a shocking concept in the early eighteenth century. This Summer School invites students to read literature pre-1790 with historical awareness, critical acuity and an enhanced understanding of the ways in which it has shaped cultural relations, in the past and in the present. As such, the course will be particularly useful to students considering undergraduate study of English, but it is suitable for all those with a passion for literature, and complementary to A-level and Pre-U courses with an emphasis on understanding different periods of literature.

You can view a full schedule for the course, details of tutors and lots more feedback from last year on our website – www.debatechamber.com.

Part 1 of the course will take place on the 24th-28th July 2017. Students may also be interested in Part 2 of the Summer School on the 31st July – 4th Aug which covers literature from 1790 to the present day, with a focus on postcolonial and deconstructivist schools of theory, or Part 3, taking place 7th-11th Aug, which covers exclusively contemporary prose, poetry and drama, with a focus on psychoanalytic theory and theories of the canon.

Please note that students can attend all Parts of the Summer School, or just one or two, depending on their literary interests. Although the courses complement one another, they can also be treated as stand alone events and there is no requirement to have attended Part 1 in order to register for other Parts.

Practical Details:

The English Literature Summer School – Part 1 will take place on the 24th-28th July 2017.

The cost of booking any single Part of the English Literature Summer School £475, the cost of any two Parts is £850, and the cost for all three Parts of the Summer School is £1200. The Summer School will be held at a University of London, Bloomsbury campus (please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required).

There will be a limited number of bursary spaces available for those who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

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

What more can you do to attract new teachers to fill the job vacancies at your school?

With the current climate of employment in the education sector it’s vital that you can offer an attractive job package to applicants – not least to ensure that they (if given the choice) would choose to work for your school as opposed to a neighbouring school.

Which is why an increasing number of schools are choosing to get 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance Cover as it offers a generous Wellbeing Package for school staff. And if you quote the code SCHOOLS10, you will be eligible for a 10% discount.

With the Wellbeing Package you will be able to offer your existing staff and future staff: eye tests and replacement glasses, extensive Employees Assistance Programme, cash back on therapies (physiotherapy/acupuncture/reflexology), 24 hour GP helpline, diagnostic scans, critical incident support, booklets for staff and a Wellbeing App download.

5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance also covers:

  • Staff Absence – Stress Cover, Paternity Cover, Adoption Leave Cover, Jury Service, Compassionate Leave, Stranded Cover, Carer Cover…
  • Occupational Health – occupational health reports, face to face consultations, nurses visit, counselling services, pre-employment screening and a full referral service (at no additional charge).
  • Maternity Cover – our Standard Cover will provide up to £3,500 per claim however we’ve also created a freestanding policy that allows you to select the level of coverage that you need from zero to over £15,000.
  • And HR & Employment – unlimited telephone and email support, advice for HR and Employment Law issues, attendance at hearings and appeals where dismissal is a possibility, regular updates on changes to the law, free places for the Head and SBM at our Education and Employment Law seminars, the equivalent of one days’ attendance on site each year from an HR specialists or employment lawyer.

Simply fill in this form to get an Instant Staff Absence Quote and join the 800+ UK schools that already have 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance Cover. Alternatively, please do call us on 0113 2161144 or email sales@schoolsuk.com.

A focus on health and well-being

youcansay is a service provided by ReSURV for gathering and acting on pupils’ views.

Some of the information that comes out of our surveys can be surprising – or even shocking, which was our reaction when over a third of students in one school told us they regularly had nothing to eat before the first lesson.  These pupils who skipped breakfast were also more likely to voice concerns about feeling poorly, feeling angry, losing control,anxieties about home life, and fear of not fitting in.

What value would you put on information like this? Our service, which is fully supported and includes detailed reports analysing your results, is immediately available. It is affordable, costing as little as £550 for an entire secondary school.

To see more information on surveys which could be used in your school please click here

If you would like to talk about the questionnaires, their benefits and how they work, please call us on 0118 978 1078, you can also contact us by emailing service@youcansay.co.uk

Adam Dotchin

English, Maths and Science through Game Based Learning

Dear Colleague,

With technology becoming an important part of pupils lives, game based learning – the integration of gaming into learning – has never been more popular in schools.

Our aim at EDArcade is to promote and support pupils’ education through fun and engaging game based learning.

Game based learning encourages active engagement from pupils through interactive learning and instant gratification.  EDArcade features 85 educational games, with more in development, each featuring a range of puzzles and questions that have been designed based on criteria from the National Curriculum.

We cover a range of core and non-core subjects, including, but not limited to: Maths, English, Science and Internet Safety.

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We can help your establishment in promoting and supporting learning through our platform by enabling:

  • Instant tracking of pupils’ answers, understanding and progress, allowing you to easily identify their strengths and weaknesses and plan lessons accordingly.
  • Customisable multiple choice questions, giving you the ability to quiz individuals on specific topics, match our content with your lesson plans, or edit a game’s difficulty levels based on pupils’ needs.
  • Social elements to encourage interaction between pupils and creating an incentive for learning to beat the class’s high score.

For more information about how EDArcade can help pupils through game based learning, please contact us on 01909 776 915 or by email at mail@edarcade.com with the subject “EDArcade17”.

Kind regards,

Sam Warnes
Creator of EDLounge
T: 01909 568 338
F: 01909 568 350

E: contactus@edlounge.com

W: www.edlounge.com

Nurture the Ambitious and More Able

How to host Spectacular Saturday and Holiday Workshops, for able and ambitious students, at no cost to the school

As a school, you aim to provide the best learning opportunities for all students.  As a parent you want to give your children the best start in life.

This is why Spectacular Saturday and Holiday Workshops have proved to be so highly valued by schools and families throughout the UK.  They allow schools to host leading STEM workshops at no cost to the school, without affecting the timetable or adding to teacher workloads.

They allow participants to experience activities that are typically unavailable until they reach higher education and develop essential skills that give them an advantage in education and beyond.

With three exceptional workshops to choose from, all developing different skills and offering different hands-on practical activities, you can easily provide for your most ambitious and more able students.  And the parents will appreciate the additional support the school makes for their children.

Every workshop has been recommended by every host school for over a decade.  So, whether you choose ‘Dead on Time’ the ultra-realistic CSI workshop for critical thinkers, ‘Target Mars’ an adrenalin filled space adventure for creative thinkers or ‘Bunkered’ an exciting survival story – we make it easy for you but incredibly effective.

Quite simply, you choose a day on which you can host the event and we send you the literature to distribute to parents to book a place.  They pay for their child to attend, as they would for a school trip, or the school can choose to subsidise the cost using Pupil Premium funding.  It costs just £25 per pupil per day.

Once you have more than 20 pupils enrolled, we will confirm the event and run the entire day on the date of your choice.

The presentation team, all with full DBS checks, will simply need access to a hall or large room in which the workshop takes place from 8:30 to 15:45.  They will greet parents, supervise students from arrival to departure and deliver an unrivalled STEM experience.

Participants will each receive a certificate of achievement detailing the skills developed.  There are also prizes for members of the winning team and medals for the champions of the day.

For details of the Spectacular Saturday Workshops click here.  For details of 2-5 day Holiday Schools click here.

For further information, please call us on 01603 520866 or email events@thinkersineducation.co.uk

Discover Doddle with a free meeting!

Book a free visit today with one of our experienced Education Consultants!

This thirty-minute meeting will show you exactly how Doddle Science can transform teaching, homework, and assessment within your department.

Doddle’s interactive presentations, activities, and worksheets have been fully updated for the 2016 GCSE specifications and are exam board-specific. They also include maths for science and Working Scientifically resources to support you in meeting the new requirements.

Self-marking quizzes report automatically to your online markbook, allowing you to take a purely diagnostic approach to your lesson planning and delivery. This enables meaningful analysis of results at an individual, class, and departmental level, and aids tracking of key groups, such as Pupil Premium students.

Our Education Consultants look forward to discussing your school’s needs at a time and date to suit you.
www.doddlelearn.co.uk/bookavisit

Philippa
Doddle

Improve your students’ outcomes

The School Improvement Conference

Wednesday 26th April 2017

“We run our schools differently. Students want to attend them, teachers want to work in them and other schools want to learn from them.”

We have one School Improvement Conference left this year on April 26th 2017.  Our first two events this year have proven very successful with colleagues attending from across the country stating:

“Absolutely outstanding – most useful experience of my career to date”

“Excellent day with lots of discussion, good honesty”

“A thoroughly engaging, thought provoking day.  All presenters and presentations were excellent and at times inspiring”

“Great day, some superb ideas that can be implemented.”

Come and join us to see how our innovative resilience curriculum, behaviour policies, coaching model and approach to leadership have transformed schools in a short period of time. Three of our schools now sit in the top 10 for similar schools nationally.

For more information, please take a look at our brochure and booking form by following the links below. We look forward to working with you.

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Helping students who slip behind

What factor is responsible, more than any other, for students slipping behind in literacy?

It is a fundamental fact of teaching literacy that each student progresses at his/her own unique rate.  Each student has his/her own personality.  Each has different levels of paying attention. Every student is different.

In order to resolve these various problems it is very helpful – indeed one could say essential – to have a highly accurate and rapid system of placing students according to their current literacy ability, while precisely noting the progress they are making.

Unfortunately, this creates a second problem because analysing exactly where a pupil is in terms of developing literacy skills is even more time-consuming.

The way around all this is to implement an auto-placement approach which allocates each individual’s ability level and reveals exactly what each student needs to be focussing on.

Then, if the student can have one-to-one tuition in a way that is utterly engaging and responsive to his or her immediate literacy needs and within the school’s budget, the issue is resolved.

All of this can all be done using Lexia Strategies Reading Skills software.  The analysis, the comparisons with other students, the progress, the remedial work – all of this is tracked and provided by Strategies.

If you want to read the case studies involving UK schools which are already using the system please click here. You will then also find on the right of the page the route to having access to the full program for 30 days without any payment or commitment.

If you want to know more about the program, then again we have all the information you’ll need available here. Alternatively, if you would like to talk first, call 0191 482 1939, or email info@lexiauk.co.uk.

Rob Kay

LexiaUK Software Consultant

Managing time effectively in revision season

As exam season approaches, the biggest challenge for teachers and students is effective time management. How do teachers help their students to revise wisely, and focus on topics and techniques that will have the biggest impact?

Doddle provides solutions to give teachers everything they need:

Engaging revision resources

Doddle includes a wide range of targeted, engaging revision resources, from tutorials and presentations, to quizzes and videos.

Accessible to students

As an online platform, students can access Doddle resources anywhere, anytime – and can browse through relevant resources as independent revision.

Detailed reporting and assessment

Our groundbreaking progress reporting system gives your heads of department detailed reporting on the individual skills that students find challenging, on an individual, class and cohort basis. What’s more, flightpaths within the Doddle system gives a clear picture of where students should be aiming, from Year 7 through to GCSE.

To see what Doddle can do to improve revision in your school, speak to a Doddle Educational Consultant today.

Joe
Doddle

£300 worth of complimentary books and career resources for your school

We are contacting you regarding our free books for schools offer: http://www.BooksForEducation.co.uk.

How2Become Ltd, an award-winning careers and educational specialist, is currently working in partnership with over 100 schools, colleges and universities across the UK, including the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Kent, to provide free books and online testing of your choice for students and pupils looking to get a career.

To help your students get a job when they leave education, we are offering to send you £300 worth of FREE career resource books and free access to our online testing suites from the website How2Become.com.

Claim my free books >

There is no catch – over 100 schools have already taken up our offer – simply select £300 worth of books and we will send them to you (we even cover the postage costs); we are simply trying to grow the awareness of our books amongst students and teachers.

To take up this free offer, or to find out more, simply contact our education coordinator, Gemma Butler, at: g.butler.how2become@gmail.com

Full details of all our resources can be found at http://www.BooksForEducation.co.uk.

Kind regards,

Joshua Brown     Joshua Brown 
Operations Director
How2Become Ltd

www.how2become.com

Glass of wine and a free sneak preview

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   How can you get the most from a school visit?

Teachers are well aware of the benefits of taking children on a school trip – the opportunities for inspiring, experiential learning have a positive impact both during the visit and back in the classroom. However, with ever-present concerns about OFSTED and meeting targets, how can teachers get the most out of a school visit?

Top Trip Tips

  • Speak to the education team to let them know how the trip fits in with what is being covered in the classroom, so they can adapt the session to best suit your needs.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to visit the site before your trip. As well as being able to complete your risk assessment forms this also gives you the chance to become more familiar with the site and even identify some possible teaching points to focus on.
  • If you can’t go on many trips, consider visiting a site where you would be able to cover a range of different topics or skills all on the same day.

At Chatsworth we can help you achieve all of these tips in one go, by inviting you to attend one of our free Teachers’ Preview Evenings. With so much on offer here, from the historic house and beautiful 105 acres of garden to our hands-on farmyard and adventure playground and our engaging outdoor education sessions, chatting to our friendly and knowledgeable education team at one of these events is the best way to get the most out of your visit.

Join us at our next Preview Evening on Thursday 23rd March 2017 for a glass of wine after work and a chance to have a sneak peek at the new Gucci-sponsored House Style exhibition ahead of season opening.

For more information about the event or to book your free place, check out our website at http://www.chatsworth.org/education/what’s-on/teachers’-preview-evenings or email our education team on education@chatsworth.org.

Rachel Parkin

Education Coordinator
Chatsworth

What do your students worry about, above everything else?

What is the single most effective way of ensuring that your students are getting the most out of their assemblies, PSHE and Sex Education?

Sometimes it is difficult to know exactly what your students are thinking, experiencing and worrying about, making it just as difficult to know which topics to pay more time and attention to in assemblies, PSHE and Sex Education.

Which is precisely why ReSURV has developed youcansay surveys.

youcansay surveys, which are taken anonymously by your students, enable you to gather valuable information which will ensure that your students are getting the most out of their lessons involving health and well-being.

From the surveys you can find out, for example, how many of your students have drunk alcohol, taken drugs, experienced domestic violence, taken part in cyberbullying, or how many of your students eat breakfast every day before school.

What’s more, youcansay is flexible; surveys can be used off-the-shelf or tailored using our extensive library of topics and questions. And if there is a particular, perhaps less generic, area of concern, custom questions can be readily added to the survey.

Once the survey results are in, you will be able to see what the main issues are for your students and be able to design relevant PHSE lessons, sex education classes or assemblies to influence health and well-being in line with their needs. Please click here to find more information about youcansay surveys.

Alternatively, if you would like to talk about youcansay surveys, including their benefits and how they work, please do call us on 0118 978 1078 or contact us by email at service@youcansay.co.uk.

Adam Dotchin

Debate Chamber Summer Schools

Debate Chamber is excited to announce a series of academic summer schools aimed at aspirational 15-18-year-old students of Science and Mathematics. These programmes have been designed to challenge and inspire intellectually curious students and introduce them to modern ideas in Physics, Medicine and Mathematics.

Each course will offer a fun and stimulating educational experience in which students will be encouraged to develop their conceptual understanding and applied problem-solving skills. Each day will consist of a combination of lectures, practical activities, group discussions, team challenges and problem-sets with an emphasis on the real-world applications of the theoretical ideas.

All Debate Chamber tutors have completed, or are in the process of completing, postgraduate study in their respective field and are therefore perfectly placed to engage and inspire, as well as tailor sessions to cater for the interests and ability of each individual student. Small class sizes ensure an inclusive, university-style seminar experience in which students feel comfortable asking questions to each other, as well as their tutors.

Physics Summer Schools

The Physics Summer School will introduce students to some of the major themes of 20th and 21st Century Physics. The summer school is split into two parts, with each part comprising a structured 5-day programme. Part 1 focuses on Classical Mechanics and Astrophysics with an emphasis on modern applications of Newtonian Mechanics and is relevant to both GCSE and A-Level students. Part 2 focuses on Quantum Mechanics and Relativity with an emphasis on the mathematical and conceptual foundations of these ideas, and requires that students have completed AS Mathematics (or equivalent) at the time of completing the course.

This was by far the most informative, productive and enjoyable week of my summer holiday. It was an incredibly well balanced and finely tuned course, which not only expanded my knowledge of physics, but my skills in applying it to unfamiliar problems. Chilled atmosphere, tutors approachable and engaging; couldn’t recommend this course more for aspiring physicists.’

Medicine Summer School

The Medicine Summer School offers a fun and interactive insight into the world of medicine allowing students the opportunity to develop the theoretical and applied skills required to be a doctor. Students will work in small groups alongside medical students to gain experience in identifying a patient’s primary symptoms, ordering tests, drawing conclusions and presenting their findings. The Summer School is split into five 2-day programmes, each covering a different area of medical practice – student can attend whichever Parts best suit their interests.

‘I completely recommend this course! Whether you are totally convinced Medicine is for you, or if you just want a taster to see if it’s right, this course is perfect. The tutors are passionate and highly knowledgeable, and teach a great course covering a wide range of topics. Absolutely ten out of ten on all aspects – go and do it!’

Mathematics Summer School

The Mathematics Summer School is a five-day programme that will introduce students to contemporary ideas in Pure and Applied Mathematics, with an emphasis on developing problem-solving skills. The morning sessions will be used to introduce a range of theoretical ideas including Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Calculus, Proofs, Algorithms and Infinities. The application of these ideas will be explored in the afternoon sessions through a variety of problem-sets, group activities and discussions.  Please note that students attending this course must have completed AS Mathematics.

‘Attending the Maths Summer School allowed me to explore a variety of mathematical concepts not covered at school. I was given an opportunity to learn about multivariable calculus and differential equations from a physics graduate, predicate logic and Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem from a philosophy graduate, and linear algebra from a mathematics graduate. All of my tutors were very eloquent and clear, and I’ve learnt new branches of mathematics to give myself a slight head-start going into university.’

Bursaries

Debate Chamber is committed to ensuring that financial circumstances do not prevent any student from attending our events. Students are able to apply for bursaries covering up to 100% of the course fee through our website.

How can my students attend?

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

You can find full details of schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors at http://www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/. There is a limited amount of bursary funding available for students who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

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

FREE resource to connect learning to life

Help your pupils understand the exciting applications of Maths, English and Science in life after school 

We’ve all heard it: “What’s the point of learning algebra? We’re never going to use it when we leave school.” When young people fail to see the purpose of education they become disengaged with their learning.

So we’re delighted to launch a new and improved version of Panjango – our world of experiential learning which gives learning context and purpose by demonstrating the many exciting applications of Maths, English and Science in the world of work. Panjango also helps young people develop the skills they need to fulfil their potential, such as teamworking, communication, creativity, and confidence – all while enabling them to learn more about future career paths.

Panjango, which is free to use, now features 120 occupations and more than 1500 contextualised challenges covering the KS2 and KS3 Maths, English and Science curriculum from Levels 3 to 7. Our new filtering system allows you to tailor your lessons and present the challenges most relevant to your class – and switch between Individual and Team modes for flexible delivery.

The resource has already received praise from some prominent people in the education world. For example, leading education author and Head Teacher of the Year, Dr Richard Gerver, said: “Panjango offers a powerful, immersive experience which helps young people understand why their learning is important and how it is used in practical settings in the world of work.”

Pupils who have been inspired to explore careers possibilities at an early stage in their education journey are typically more motivated and focused in their lessons. Panjango aims to inspire and excite young people about careers from an earlier age, helping them understand the purpose of school and become eager to engage in further careers activities as they progress through school.

To help give your learning context and purpose, register now for FREE at panjango.online.

Thank you for joining us on our journey to connect learning to life!

Jon & Joseph
Founders of Panjango

PS  Remember it’s National Careers Week 6th – 11th March!<

Managing time effectively in revision season

As exam season approaches, the biggest challenge for teachers and students is effective time management. How do teachers help their students to revise wisely, and focus on topics and techniques that will have the biggest impact?

Doddle provides solutions to give teachers everything they need:

Engaging revision resources

Doddle includes a wide range of targeted, engaging revision resources, from tutorials and presentations, to quizzes and videos.

Accessible to students

As an online platform, students can access Doddle resources anywhere, anytime – and can browse through relevant resources as independent revision.

Detailed reporting and assessment

Our groundbreaking progress reporting system gives your heads of department detailed reporting on the individual skills that students find challenging, on an individual, class and cohort basis. What’s more, flightpaths within the Doddle system gives a clear picture of where students should be aiming, from Year 7 through to GCSE.

To see what Doddle can do to improve revision in your school, speak to a Doddle Educational Consultant today.

Joe
Doddle

Why Change to an Interactive Touchscreen (ITS)?

 There comes a time with all technology when more modern equipment supersedes it. Years ago we used blackboards with chalk. Several generations later we were using Interactive whiteboards (IWB) with projectors. Believe it or not these have been in circulation in schools for around twenty years.  However time moves on and schools are now moving over to Interactive Touchscreens. These have all the benefits of IWBs plus many more:

  • Use up to 75% less power
  • Crystal clear viewing in any light conditions
  • Useable in any rooms and are not wall dependent
  • No shadows
  • No need for unsightly projector fittings

There are several brands of ITS on the market but only one is so confident of its product that it offers a SEVEN YEAR warranty. GeneeWorld  offer a guaranteed seven year warranty.

Genee is already a world renowned  brand in the education market as the leader in visualiser technology. They have used this knowledge of classroom technology and interactivity to design a board that can not only interact with legacy software, but has its own bespoke Spark software for giving you the very best results. To watch a 12 minute video of these products go to http://www.arkel.co.uk/genee.

Arkel Computer Services is a specialist Geneeworld partner and can offer you best prices for all Genee products. If you have a requirement for an ITS, visualiser or any other Genee product please call Arkel on 01858 432495 or contact sales@arkel.co.uk

Prices of Interactive Touch Screens start from: £1594

However, for your guidance we have listed the price of some of the more popular products below:

G-Touch Slim 55” Classic £1594
G-Touch Slim 55” De Luxe with built in Android £1657 (Special Offer Price)
G-Touch Slim 65” Classic £1928
Heavy Duty Wall Mount £45
H Frame and Wall Mount (for floor mounting) £150
Larger Screens are also available up to 86”

We also offer a full installation and fitting service in your area. Please call 01858 432495 for prices which will vary according to quantity and size of the boards.

Genee Visualisers from: £136

All prices are subject to delivery charges and VAT.

Arkel also offer all other forms of IT hardware and technical support. For a better idea of the scope of how we can help, go to: www.arkel.co.uk or call us on 01858 432495 or email sales@arkel.co.uk

Arkel Computer Services Ltd, 38 Granville St, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 9EX

Boost success in Group 3

iAchieve is helping thousands of learners to succeed in vocational subjects that count in Group 3 of the Performance Measures.

iAchieve is an exciting range of online vocational courses that come complete with learning materials, assessments, marking guidelines and lots of support for teachers and learners – all fully endorsed by NCFE, the Awarding Organisation.

Many of the schools we work with have decided to switch learners that are not succeeding in an academic subject on to one of these more suitable vocational options. Because iAchieve is so comprehensive, you can introduce the courses quickly, even if teachers haven’t delivered them before.

Our courses are practical, accessible and engaging and give learners a great opportunity to succeed in these subjects:

NCFE Level 2 V Cert Business and Enterprise

NCFE Level 2 V Cert Food and Cookery

NCFE Level 2 V Cert Health and Fitness

NCFE Level 2 V Cert Engineering Studies

“Our learners enjoy using the system and make quick progress” Jenny Gaylor, Deputy Principal Carshalton Boys School.

iAchieve is purchased as a licence that gives your school access to all of the courses for an unlimited number of learners. As a special introductory price we are offering a one year licence for £995 + VAT.

We would love to talk to you about how iAchieve could help learners and teachers in your school, so if you are interested in finding out more and seeing some sample materials, please simply reply to this email or call me on 07393 205082.

Best wishes

Amanda Madine
Head of Business Development

iachieve.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter @iAchieveUK

Help supporting your boys?

Boys don’t cry?
Supporting the emotional and mental health of boys and young men

Are you concerned about the mental and emotional health issues surrounding boys? This workshop might be what you are looking for – an experiential, hands-on approach to providing practical solutions for improving boys mental health. Mengage have run this course countrywide and keep building on the practical solutions after each session. Why not have them come share their experience with your school.

WORKSHOP. Boys don’t cry? –  Supporting the emotional and mental health of boys and young men

“Teachers should be given training in working more effectively with boys to support healthier mental and emotional development and the skills to manage health services.”

(The mental health and wellbeing of men and boys: Proceedings of the expert symposium held at Leeds Beckett University on November 6th 2014)

A 2014 conference held at Leeds Beckett University – a university hosting the Centre for Men’s Health, explored male mental health and wellbeing with an aim of informing participants about developments in mental health work with boys and men, and implications and suggestions for future policy and practice.  The expert symposium recognised a key mental health role for education and the delivery of PSHE work with boys:

Personal, Social and Health Education should be gender informed/gender sensitive, with greater access to externally supported services; ‘Schools are the ultimate upstream setting which will pay off later downstream’.

Whilst the transition into policy of gendered work is long overdue, recognition of the value of gender sensitive PHSE and that teachers should receive training to support their work with boys and young men is welcome.

Workshop. Boys don’t cry?

Given a limited number of organisations offering schools-based training on gender sensitive work with males, Mengage are pleased to offer a workshop, ‘Boys don’t cry? Supporting the emotional and mental health of boys and young men’. The workshop is aimed at teachers, teaching assistants and affiliated staff and considers:

  • Act like a boy: what research has to say about the emotional and mental health of boys and young men
  • Issues and concerns: bullying, sexuality, peer pressure, relationships, pornography, body-image, exclusion, pressure to succeed/exams…
  • Being practical: what can schools do to support and enhance the emotional and mental health of boys and young men? Action planning and implementation.

This three-hour informal workshop is based on research and proven practical work with boys and young men, providing staff with knowledge about a concern that not only affects school performance but can have an impact across the lifespan – and significantly, an opportunity for staff to consider practical solutions schools can implement to address this concern.

This workshop is delivered in three hours and costs £895. Whole staff can be accommodated, right down to 10 or 15 committed staff.

Contact liam@mengage.co.uk or 07788725318 to discuss a booking. Alternatively, go to our website www.mengage.co.uk to see what else we offer around raising boys’ achievement and accredited mentoring.

Achieve Your School’s Target Attendance

Regular attendance and participation in schooling is an important factor in educational success. Students who are regular non-attenders are at risk of alienation from education that can lead to decreased options for future learning.

With the statutory requirement to report attendance figures comes the additional need to look at why pupils aren’t attending. It’s important to get to the centre of why a child refuses to attend, and to put support in place through educational strategies.

‘The implementation of EDLounge to support students who are excluded from school has had a significant impact on an identified cohort of students. It provides them with a programme of study and behaviour repair work that is monitored daily by school staff and parents, ensuring that students are engaged in meaningful work throughout their exclusion.

This has meant that exclusions have become more of a deterrent and are now seen as more meaningful and robust by parents/carers. This has meant a reduction in the number of repeat exclusions which is, in turn, seeing a marked improvement in attendance…’

– EDLounge Case Study

EDLounge is an innovative online learning resource that can help your academy achieve its target attendance.

Our system is designed to motivate students who have mental health issues, are persistently absent, off-site and in alternative provision, allowing these pupils to raise their A-C attainment and gain vital qualifications.

We currently work in partnership with academies all across the UK, helping them to:

  • Claim attendance for their students
  • Reduce exclusions and persistent absences
  • Use EDVirtual’s mentor support system to engage school phobic students
  • Track and monitor pupils’ attendance and progress to produce printable reports – perfect for Ofsted inspections!
  • Motivate disengaged pupils by promoting learning

Read more

EDLounge becomes your alternative provision, allowing your pupils to learn, progress and attain in an environment that is suited to their specific needs.

We work in partnership with academies to ensure comprehensive levels of safeguarding, well-being, supervision for your pupils on or off-site.

Our unique approach makes EDLounge the perfect resource for students who are in inclusion or exclusion, alongside vocational and foundation learners, target groups, and students who are vulnerable, at risk, not attending classes, persistently absent, not doing homework, disengaged or demotivated.

More about the EDLounge platform

Originally created to educate students who were in inclusion or excluded from school entirely in maths, English and science, EDLounge has developed significantly since then, and now has four main aspects: EDLounge, EDClass, EDVirtual and EDSimple.

EDLounge offers students in all educational establishments a personalised learning pathway, in order to help improve their learning outcomes.

EDClass is a facility that enhances remote learning and includes live tutorial support.

EDVirtual is a virtual classroom that helps disengaged students attend lessons, gain qualifications and achieve academically.

EDSimple is an inclusive school management platform and learning environment that streamlines whole school practices.

All resources are safeguarded and supervised, and enable teachers to monitor and track students’ progress.

For more information about EDLounge, a two week free trial or a live online demo of the functionality of the online learning platform, contact us on 01909 568 338 or by email at mail@edlounge.com.

Assessment, intervention and progress made simple with Doddle

Book a free in-school meeting with one of our Education Consultants to see how your school could benefit from Doddle!

Our powerful online platform provides schools with:

  • Complete progress tracking,
  • Time-saving homework solutions,
  • Effective targeting and intervention,
  • Insightful reporting for all stakeholders,
  • Online parent communication.

You can also explore the 16,000 online resources in Doddle, including our interactive presentations, self-marking homework quizzes and new specification materials.

To see how Doddle can help you to improve tracking, intervention and outcomes in your school, book a free in-school visit.

Philippa
Doddle

A dramatic approach to teaching French

Make a drama out of teaching French in the primary classroom

It is imperative that a diverse range of teaching and learning methods are used in the primary classroom, not least because one child will have a very different preferred learning style to the next. Yet there are very few French teaching resources that respond to the needs of kinaesthetic learners, which is why we have produced Fun French Fairy Tale Plays.

These 10 specially written plays are adaptations of well-known stories; however each story is given a special twist to add humour. For example, Rapunzel lives at the top of the Eiffel Tower and Snow White loves to play sports, especially golf!

The plays provide an ideal way of motivating children aged 7–13 to learn French. Indeed, pupils will enjoy the challenge of learning a French script and will subsequently gain confidence through performing it to an audience of adults and/or their fellow pupils.

The plays use simple repetitive language and are easily adaptable. Each play has a specific language focus, making it easy to link the plays to topics that the pupils are studying.

The book contains reproducible scripts, English translations and suggestions for performing the plays, and the CD-Rom contains audio files of native French speakers performing the plays, as well as a pdf version of the book.

For more information about Fun French Fairy Tale Plays, visit: https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/fun-french-fairy-tale-plays-711.

You can order Fun French Fairy Tale Plays in a variety of ways, including:

  • by phone on 01449 766629
  • by fax on 01449 768047
  • or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

Britain’s Best Storytelling Show

National Storytelling Tour 2017

I want to tell you a story…

The Stratford Festival of Salon Arts
organises the
National Tour of Traditional Celtic Story-Tellers
running from
Mon. 30th Jan. until Good Friday 14th April 2017

http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.co.uk/

Our Primary Schools National Storytelling Tour runs from Monday 30th January through to Easter.

Bards in the true sense, Celtic Yarn-Spinners entertain and enrich all ages with interactive stories, poems and songs.

Should your school be interested in having our Celtic Yarn-Spinner come to visit, please telephone me, Joy Atkins, on 020 8688 6951, or you may prefer to email: celticyarnspinner@yahoo.co.uk  for more information.

Dates of Interest

National Storytelling Week runs from Mon. 30th Jan. to Sat. 6th Feb. 2017.
World Book Day is on Thurs. 2nd March 2017.
World Storytelling Week starts on Mon. 20th March 2017.

Joy Atkins
Stratford Festival of Salon Arts 
Tigh a Bhaird
15 Warwick Road

Stratford-upon-Avon

CV37 6YW
Tel. 0208 688 6951
celticyarnspinner@yahoo.co.uk

http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.co.uk/

Academic Summer Schools 2017 for students aged 11-14

>The Debate Chamber Summer Schools offer students the opportunity to find out more about some fascinating subjects, take the first steps towards some fascinating and rewarding career paths and options for further study, meet like-minded peers and get to grips with some serious intellectual challenges.

The material is designed to stretch academically able students, but a relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of discussion, debate, and opportunities for students to shape the direction of classes creates the perfect environment for getting to grips with new ideas. Working in small groups (usually around 14 students per group) over several days means a real chance to get to know tutors and fellow students and to explore the topics or questions that particularly interest each individual.

Highlights of Summer 2017:

The Young Lawyers Summer School – an opportunity for students aged 11-14 to learn more about the legal world, and to have a go at arguing a legal case for themselves. The four-day course will include seminars and activities looking at diverse areas of law, from family to contract law, as well as games, practical exercises, lively debates and a full mock crown court trial.

The Young Writers Summer School – taking in a wide range of forms across prose, poetry and journalism, we will develop individual and group compositions within a friendly and supportive environment. An intensive four days of enjoyable exploration, discussion, practice and feedback will leave participants with a strong grasp of creative techniques, plentiful stimulating examples, and a sense of direction and possibility for their future writing.

The Young Thinkers Summer School – a chance to discover and debate some of the really big questions posed by philosophers over the centuries. From ethics to metaphysics, this course offers two days of mind-expanding and argument-sharpening discussion, thought experiments and exercises. Particularly helpful in building confidence and encouraging students to structure their arguments in a logical and consistent form.

The Young Doctors Summer School – an introduction to the world of medicine for younger students. Each part of the Summer School is structured so that more academic sessions are interspersed with fun and enjoyable exercises which are designed to test and apply the theoretical knowledge gained. Students will take part in practical activities, like learning how to suture a wound, and in role-play and case study scenarios where they take the role of practitioners and consultants – diagnosing and recommending treatment options. There will also be experiments, group work and quizzes on each day

Practical Details:

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

You can find full details of schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors at http://www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/. There is a limited amount of bursary funding available for students who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

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

Why not experience learning in the Great Outdoors with Ford Castle Adventure?

The Northumberland countryside is the perfect setting for exploring. We offer a range of specialised activity sessions such as ‘Den Building’, ‘Photo Trails’, ‘Minibeast Hunts,’ ‘Search and Rescue’ and Falconry. These activities are the perfect foundation for exploring the local area, discovering natural materials, sharing awareness for the environment and its habitats, developing map reading skills and team work.

A real medieval castle, surrounded by vast grounds that encompass a range of challenging on-site activities, Ford Castle is also the perfect setting for educational local excursions; with options to try canoeing, crag climbing, or nature walks, visiting Bamburgh Beach or even spending a day in Edinburgh City and many more.

Ford Castle and the Great Outdoors are ready for you and your school to explore and enjoy! Bring your class closer to nature with March dates starting from as little as £119 + VAT per student.

All our prices are fully inclusive, covering: comfortable accommodation, three delicious meals a day, and plenty of stimulating on-site activities – with additional options of excursions and off-site activities available.

If you would like to find out more, or to request a call-back, then please email us at Holidays@ford-castle.co.uk. Alternatively, you can visit our website: www.ford-castle.co.uk for more information, reviews and useful downloads.

We look forward to hearing from you,

With kind regards,

Annette Best

Ford Castle Adventure Ltd.

Tel: 01388 741 354

Email: Holidays@ford-castle.co.uk

Website: www.ford-castle.co.uk