Your trial of a portable outdoor PA system, perfect for School Sports Days & Summer Fayres

Have you got an outdoor event coming up this summer? Will everyone hear everything that is being said?

With an easy to use SoundRanger portable PA system – everyone across the school field, children, parents, helpers and staff will hear everything easily and clearly.

Your special event will take on a really professional atmosphere as everyone will hear all of your results, information and announcements.

Built-in rechargeable batteries give you all the power you need, without mains leads trailing across the playground or field.

When you are not speaking, you can play music from your phone, that’s easy too!

Karen from Aldershot said … “Sports Day with a megaphone days are GONE! It was used today for the PTA Summer Fayre …………… oh my wow, the difference is amazing!!’

But don’t take Karen’s word for it – try the system for yourself with no charge.

Simply tell us about your event and we will put together the best SoundRanger system for you and arrange for you to try it on a 30 day Free Trial.

Set up takes just 15 minutes and then you can use it straight away.  After your event, you can of course use the SoundRanger system in your school hall as well!

There is more information about the SoundRanger systems on our website here:  www.connevans.co.uk/catalogue/3215538/

To hear what Karen heard and arrange a free 30 day trial simply call or email and leave the rest to us!

The SoundRanger Compact 4 is so reliable and robust, it has been used by the British Army to play battlefield sound effects to their recruits on assault courses!

Please reply quickly as these systems are understandably very popular during the summer!

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best wishes

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

 

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

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

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s  now a  product called the “Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their  maths lessons.

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

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

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

     www.signposteducational.co.uk

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

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

PS.  You’ll also find details of  Casio and Logik calculators on the website.

Something to consider ahead of the new times tables test

What is perhaps the most important factor to consider when preparing lessons ahead of the new primary times tables test?

A child’s ability to transmit information from the short-term memory to the long-term memory depends largely on the format in which the information is received, making this perhaps the most important factor to consider when preparing lessons ahead of the new times tables test.

However, there is often a misconception that a single lesson cannot respond to the learning needs of all pupils simultaneously, which is why we have produced a number of free activity materials that you can use with your class in order to quash this misconception, including:

Ups and downs – an activity for learning 2x table

Mind the gap – an activity for learning 5x table

Either way – an activity for learning how to find factors

Count up and count down – an activity for learning 10x table

You can find more stimulating and imaginative activities like this in the volume: Fun Games and Activities for Teaching Times Tables, which has been especially designed to help you to prepare your pupils for the new times tables test.

Fun Games and Activities for Teaching Times Tables will ensure that your pupils are fluent in the times tables, not least so that they can rapidly and accurately recall and apply them at any given time.

You can order Fun Games and Activities for Teaching Times Tables on our website either in PDF for £12.99 or as a hardcopy book for £17.99. There is also the option to buy both the hardcopy and PDF together at a discounted price of £21.89.

For more information, please do visit www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/fun-games-and-activities-for-teaching-times-tables-746. Alternatively, you can contact us by phone on 01449 766629 or by email at orders@tradecounter.co.uk.


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

website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 768047

We would very much welcome your input on current practice in working with students on the autism spectrum.

We are endeavouring to understand more about how special needs teachers such as yourself teach the concept of money to students on the autism spectrum.

We have therefore produced a very short questionnaire (it will not take more than three minutes to complete) and we’d be very grateful if you could complete this and email it back to us.

In return, if you would like to see what other special needs teachers in the UK feel about teaching money to students on the autism spectrum, we will be pleased to send you the results of the questionnaire once all the replies are in.

In the meanwhile if you have any questions about this survey, or about the organisation behind it, please do email me at info@senpress.co.uk or phone 01582 833205

Link to questionnaire: http://schoolsco.polldaddy.com/s/money-autism-spectrum

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

Every now and again I get to chat with teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why many students don’t  bring a pen, pencil, ruler, etc to their lessons.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s now a product called the “Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their maths lessons.

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

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

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

     www.signposteducational.co.uk

You can order by email:  info@signposteducational.co.uk  

by phone tel: 020 7515 1797  or  fax:  020 7515 4420

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

“Since Tom started using Education Quizzes, he has really started to sparkle”

We have made Education Quizzes free for a whole year so that students like Tom can sparkle too

Despite all the revision tips, tricks and techniques, the best way to help your pupils to retain the knowledge that they have learned in their English lessons is by presenting them with the opportunity to use this knowledge on a regular basis.

However, since there is more than one topic area to cover in English, it can sometimes be a long period of time until a topic is revisited, by which time your pupils will have forgotten much of what they had previously learned.

Which is why we have produced an extensive library of English quizzes and made them free to use for a whole year, so that your students can test and revise their knowledge as frequently as they need and want to.

What’s more, Education Quizzes is ideal to set as homework tasks as it involves little to no PPA time – giving you more time to focus on planning and preparing future lessons and assessing the work of your students from lessons which have gone before.

To get a better idea of what Education Quizzes is all about, simply visit www.educationquizzes.com. And to sign your school up for Education Quizzes for free for a whole year, go to www.educationquizzes.com/schools-uk-registrations/.

If you have any queries, you can easily contact us by sending an email to admin@educationquizzes.com.

What is the single most important attribute that every 21st century citizen needs?

Of course it is hard to give an absolute answer to such a question, but if one were to search for the key attribute that every citizen of the 21st century needs, I think there would be a strong case for “imagination” to be nominated for the “most important attribute” award.

For, without imagination, how could our society survive?  Change happens ever more quickly bringing with it both opportunities and problems, and only those with a really strong ability to imagine possible solutions will be able to adapt and make the most of their lives.

Therefore the use of the imagination is at the heart of almost everything we teach at primary level.  A love of reading, for example, both fosters and is fostered by the imagination.

History relies on imagining the narratives of the past. Science requires imagining outcomes, and how to test for them. PSE is related to empathy, which is imagining yourself in another’s shoes – and so on.  Imagination is within everything.

The development of the imagination is closely tied to humanity’s development of storytelling. It was by sharing tales of their experiences that early human beings grew the abilities to plan and adapt – abilities which helped them survive changing climates.

But how can one enhance the imagination of young people?

A clue comes from a study by UCL’s Institute of Education, which found that children with a love of reading outperformed their peers in all subjects.

And this is why Snail Tales exists: to help schools like yours nurture a love of storytelling among the children you teach, developing their imaginations and thus making them more rounded human beings, which increases attainment in literacy, numeracy, and enhances a huge range of key skills.

To this end we run a series of training courses in schools, ranging from after school sessions to INSET days on storytelling in the classroom and work with individual year groups.  For more details please see our website, call 0203 287 6245 or visit our Contact Us page

A book: a free sample

When English literature books are offered at a very low price, you’ll want to see a free sample first.

Sometimes an offer of the key texts of English literature at an astoundingly low price can seem what you have been waiting for.

But then you might pause and think, “how can they be this low in price?”  You might wonder about the quality of the print, the size of the print, the quality of the binding, the book’s ability to withstand the slings and arrows of outrageous teenage use…

Which is why we offer all schools a free sample book.  No strings, no hidden postage cost.  A sample book delivered to you free, so you can see the quality of our publications.

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.

As for the price, that is just £1.50 each after discount with free delivery, and no minimum order as long as you order direct from us.  However this price offer only lasts until 31 May.  All orders received after that date have a slightly higher (but still very modest) price.

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.

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 available direct to schools at the special price of £1.50 that is available here, rising to £1.87 for orders received after 31 May.

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, we have a page with those details as well.

For a free sample of one of our classics, 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.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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What’s the best way of solving the problem of students who turn up for lessons or exams without a pen, pencil, ruler etc ?

When this happens it’s  frustrating, often disruptive and always time-wasting but is there a solution ?

Well, we think there is.  It’s called the “Student Essentials set,”   a low cost but effective solution to the problems caused by students who turn up for lessons or exams without the basic kit.
The “Student Essentials set” consists of three quality black ink pens, two full length HB pencils, a 15 cm ruler, metal sharpener and eraser, all packed in an “exam friendly”  clear  PVC wallet with a zip slider.  From just 85p each  (ex vat) the “Student Essentials set” is ideal to give or perhaps sell to your students so they’ll have what they need for almost all their lessons.

Find out more from Signpost Educational Ltd.,  on 020 7515 1797 or visit their website:

www.signposteducational.co.uk or contact them on:  info@signposteducational.co.uk

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

 

Free software, but at what cost?

There’s no doubt that money is, and should be, a key consideration when it comes to purchasing any new software for the school, especially whilst trying to find tangible value in your services as cost-saving becomes a key theme for Secondary Schools.

When software companies announce the launch of free modules, it can be easy to overlook many of the associated costs that aren’t always apparent; training, support, lack of integration, and increasingly, unintuitive software that takes more time than it saves and is eventually left unused.

Show My Homework was created by a former Assistant Headteacher who was on a mission to provide his own school with powerfully simple software that not only made an impact but delivered real value and cost benefits.

Unlike other systems available, Show My Homework comes with free training, a guided setup, support for the whole school, including students and parents, and your own dedicated Account Manager to help you achieve the goals you set out.

Focused on providing students with quality learning, we ensure that teachers have the tools needed to be able to spend more time where it matters, by creating, sharing or reusing colleagues’ homework in a click. This allows you to benefit from the very best homework set in the school, available across the school and accessible to TAs and NQTs, so you can get the same quality teaching whilst easing teacher workload.

And it doesn’t end there. This year alone we were named the Education Company of the Year independently from the Assignment Report, awarded Highly Commended for ICT Leadership & Management Solutions at the Bett Show, and Winners of the ERA Secondary ICT award.

I’d love to come to the school to show you our software, how we’re working with 1 in 3 UK Secondary schools, and how it could work for you too. It would give yourself and the rest of the SLT the chance to ask any questions in person too. If you’d like me to arrange this, please just enter your email address here and I’ll sort the rest. Alternatively please give me a call on 020 3794 9138.

Kind regards,

Luke Sherman
Community Manager

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A great way to teach the days of the months

Rob, from Easy Peasy Plays here, with something you may find really helpful for teaching children about the days of the months

30 Dyas has September free song

It’s a completely free set of 3 songs, to use in your school on most devices that can access the internet – just click here! Hope you enjoy using it!

Kind Wishes

Rob

For, and on behalf of, Easy Peasy Plays.
Easy Peasy Plays is a trading name of Popcorn School Ltd, a limited company registered in England and Wales under number 8534985 and whose registered offices are located at 20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU.

Amazon gift cards are on us!

Want an Amazon voucher on us? You got it!

Our fantastic summer plays are the perfect showcase for your childreneven if you’ve never put on a musical before!

One of our biggest sellers is Our Very Own Graduation – perfect for the end of the year! Told with simple actions and brief narration, and packed with enormously entertaining, super-simple songs, all our Early Years plays are guaranteed to be full of fun and easy to stage, so you’ve got nothing to lose!

And for a limited time, when you order any summer play we’ll send you a £10.00 Amazon voucher – woo-hoo! Just click here for full details, but don’t delay – time’s running out…

EASY PEASY PLAYS – That’s summer sorted!

 

Full terms and conditions apply. Click here for details.

For, and on behalf of, Easy Peasy Plays.
Easy Peasy Plays is a trading name of Popcorn School Ltd, a limited company registered in England and Wales under number 8534985 and whose registered offices are located at 20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU

Could your students make every step count for injured and disabled people?

Every Step Counts when you’re learning to walk again. If you’ve been injured whilst playing sport or in a road accident, rehabilitation care can be life changing; it means regaining independence. But if you’ve been injured and can’t access rehabilitation, then there’s a real danger that an injury can become a permanent disability.

Every single day Handicap International physiotherapists help hundreds of injured and disabled people back on to their feet. Our teams have delivered over 85,000 rehabilitation sessions to injured and disabled people affected by the war in Syria. In Nepal we provided 16,000 rehabilitation sessions in the weeks following the devastating earthquake of 2015. Nirmala, 9 (right) lost her leg in the earthquake; we fitted her with a prosthetic leg and our rehabilitation team have been supporting her ever since.

If you would like to see your students make every step count, order you fundraising pack here.

Every Step Counts

This summer term your students can step up to the challenge and change lives forever. From a ‘race for rehabilitation’ on sports day to an Every Step Counts sponsored walk; by getting active and raising funds your pupils will enable injured and disabled people around the world to regain their independence. Everyone can take part in an Every Step Counts walk and it’s a fun and meaningful way to show support for children who desperately need rehabilitation care. Why not walk to Nepal where Nirmala lives. It’s 4,500 miles, but say we call that 4,500 steps, well that’s not far at all. An impressive 25,000 steps and you’ve walked ‘around the world’.

If you would like to see your students make every step count for people in desperate need of rehabilitation care please order your fundraising pack here.

For more information call John at Handicap International on 0870 774 3737 or email
schools@hi-uk.org

Thank you for your support!

John

P.S. Do you have a colleague that might be interested in getting involved? Please forward this email to them.

John McGeachy
Supporter Engagement Officer
Handicap International UK
9 Rushworth Street, London SE1 0RB
Email: schools@hi-uk.org
Tel: 0870 774 3737
www.handicap-international.org.uk/challenge-yourself

About Handicap International
Co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Handicap International is an independent charity working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work tirelessly alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their basic needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. It is a UK registered charity (no. 1082565).

Photos are © L. Veuve / Handicap International

Free speakers and resources from Compassion in World Farming

Many pupils are passionate about the welfare of animals though, if surveys are to be believed, many of them do not know how their bacon, eggs and milk are produced!

Food production is a growing topic of debate whether you are talking about the ethics of how we treat animals, how we produce healthy food and how we can feed a growing population.

At the same time, most of the major faiths teach kindness to animals and for some religions it is a major part of their belief system. This is a subject which can engage children, encourage debate and develop respect for the beliefs of others.

Finding time to discuss topics such as animal welfare and sustainable food production is doubly valuable – it gives pupils an important understanding of a range of ethical and environmental factors and it encourages great debates!

To help you to engage your pupils in such discussions, we provide a free speaker service and a pack of resources including a film and discussion activities, which can be adapted for pupils of different ages, abilities and levels of confidence.

To enquire about a speaker or to order a free resource pack, please email education@ciwf.org.uk. It will be very helpful if you put “RE mailshot” in the subject title.

To view or download the resources directly, including films, please go to our Religious Education webpage.

Yours faithfully

Phil Brooke
Education Manager
Compassion in World Farming

PS We’ve had some wonderful evaluations from teachers for our talks and resources:

“ I think the pack is super, very well organised and presented  … most impressed, both with the philosophical reaction sheets and with the world religions ones. The questionnaire (Personality Test) looks excellent, too.”

I like (the video Farm Animals & Us) because

its emphasis is on choices and how they affect animals
it shows how animals have intelligence
it uses humour – the school as a factory is brilliant
contrasts between intensive and traditional farming methods effectively made

(How Do Animals Matter – opinions, religious and secular)

Lots of useful questions and summaries
Should help students to sort their own views and promote an understanding of other perspectives

Links and contacts:

Email: education@ciwf.org.uk

Tel: 01483 521 965

Education website: ciwf.org.uk/education

Religious Education webpage: ciwf.org.uk/re

Speaker service: ciwf.org.uk/speakers

Mentoring Male – accredited mentoring work with boys and young men

An opportunity for staff/students:
Mentoring Male – accredited mentoring work with boys and young men

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The workshop costs £1295 for up to 10 staff or up to 15 students.

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

Liam Kernan

Mengage Ltd

01905 570180
liam@mengage.co.uk
www.mengage.co.uk

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

What is the best way to discover the very latest thinking on dyscalculia, dyslexia and ADHD in schools?

If you are thinking about  CPD to boost your SpLD support this term, do give  SpLD Central on June 29th some consideration. Hosted by Crossbow Education at Yarnfield Park in Staffordshire, this CPD accredited conference lines up some of the best speakers in three major areas of SpLD.

The focus in the morning will be on Dyscalculia, with two keynotes from Prof Steve Chinn, recognised by many as the leading expert on dyscalculia in schools. After lunch Fintan O’Regan will consider a range of systems and strategies to address successful learning, behaviour and socialisation outcomes for children on the ADHD spectrum; Rachel Ingham, Judy Capener, and Sue Francis will give you some insights into different aspects of literacy that are particularly relevant for dyslexic learners; Dominic Griffiths, senior lecturer at MMU, will talk about embedding reasonable adjustments at post-16, and SEN advisory team leader Beccie Hawes (Author of “Getting it Right for Dyslexic Learners”) will give you a roadmap for helping SpLD students navigate that difficult journey from Y6 to Y7. For an overview of the conference programme, click the following link or paste it into your browser: http://www.spldcentral.com/workshop-details.aspx

We have a reputation for Excellence at Crossbow (4 prestigious awards in the last five years – 3 national and one international), and our conference is no exception. We also have a reputation for providing good value, and at £139.95 + VAT for a day with speakers of this calibre it’s a lot less than you would pay Forum, or Capita, or other providers. And here’s the best bit: if you and your partner schools can put together a group booking, you get one free place for every three you book. The conference website is www.spldcentral.com – have a look now and make up your own mind. You can book online, and you can pay by card or we can invoice your school.

What do you get on the day?

  • Two keynotes in the morning (1 hr 10 mins each)
  • Two afternoon presentations (1 hr each) from a choice of six – each session is repeated after the break
  • An excellent 3-course sit-down lunch, coffee at registration, two refreshment breaks, and pastries
  • A marketplace of top specialist SpLD suppliers (not just Crossbow!) and plenty of time to spend looking at their resources: 1hr 20 mins at lunch, two 30 min refreshment breaks, plus time at registration.
  • A bound conference book to keep with all the handouts and room for your notes
  • Your CPD certificate.
  • Free transport to and from Stafford station, and plenty of parking if you come by car.

The date for your diary again: Thursday June 29th.
The venue (Google it – it’s super): Yarnfield Park Conference Centre, Stone, Staffordhire  ST15 0NL.

Email: bookings@spldcentral.com

Or if you want to speak to speak to someone ring 0845 269 7272 and ask for Bob or Ionë

The mission of SpLD Central is to give school leaders, SENCOs, SEND advisory teams and SpLD  professionals a memorable day of CPD that will really change lives. “It was the best CPD event I have ever been to and one of the highlights of my professional career” (2016 delegate).

Get a free travel first aid kit from Quick First Aid

From field trips to sports days, staff and pupils will be outside and active for the next couple of months. Make sure that your first aid kits and medical supplies are fully stocked and ready for the term ahead and take advantage of our free travel kit offer with every order over £75*.

Quick outdoor kit

If your order is over £125* we will pop in a box of chocolates too!

Our service includes FREE next day delivery on all orders placed before 3pm.

We’ve got some great deals on cold packs and plasters, cleansing wipes and sick bags so order online or call our friendly sales team on 01482 488488.

Bring on the sunshine!

Regards,

Emma

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Can this calculator take over from the Casio FX 83GT Plus …..?

The Casio FX 83GT+ is the UK’s best selling scientific calc…and deservedly so. It’s been setting the pace in many UK schools and is the first choice for GCSE exams for many students.

But now there is an alternative…… It’s the Logik LK 83XP which has almost all the features of the FX 83GT Plus (no verify or recurring decimal) and with one big advantage…… it’s dual power. This combination of battery and solar power prolongs battery life and gives extra reassurance when used in exams.

The LK 83XP has a THREE year guarantee* and is suitable for all exams where a calculator is allowed. Features include: 252 functions, “textbook (true) display,” check, correct and replay, stats. calculations, prime factorisation, hard plastic keys, slide on case etc.

It’s a calc which can see your students all the way from year 7 to GCSE and at a surprisingly modest price. (*excludes LCD damage)

Further details on: www.signposteducational.co.uk

or phone 020 7515 1797 or email: info@signposteducational.co.uk

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

Instant Downloadable Resources

www.msl-online.net

What is the quickest way to download learning support resources at reduced prices?

Simply visit our dyslexia friendly online store selling printable downloads of specialist reading, writing and spelling resources, suitable for ages 8 – 80.

MSL has specialised in supplying structured, multi-sensory materials for learning support since 1994 and many schools, colleges, learning support centres, teachers, parents and dyslexic adults have come to us through recommendation.

Handwriting Rescue materials

Structured Literacy resources

Dyslexia Games and Association Cards

Sample pages and FREE Placement & Progress Tests to assist in the selection of suitable resources are all easy to access at our new and exciting online store of printable downloads for learning support.

Secure purchases can be made using Card, PayPal and BACS.  Download links for Card and PayPal payments will be sent to the nominated email address instantly and BACS payments within 12 working hours (usually much quicker).

Please note that all rights are reserved for MSL Downloadable Resources and no part of the publications and resources may be shared or circulated without the prior permission of Multi-Sensory Learning.  The licence for MSL Downloadable Resources is limited to the purchasing individual and/or educational establishment only.

What’s the best way of solving the problem of students who turn up for lessons or exams without a pen, pencil, ruler .. ?

It’s not easy to ensure that every student comes to school or college properly equipped for lessons or exams.

But NOW there’s a simple, effective and low cost way of solving the problem: The “STUDENT ESSENTIALS” set

Consisting of, three quality black ink pens, two  full length HB pencils, a 15 cm ruler, metal sharpener, eraser, all contained in a clear “exam friendly” PVC wallet with a zip slider.

From just 85p each ex vat it’s a simple and effective way of improving productivity and helping students succeed in their lessons and exams.

More details can be found at: www.signposteducational.co.uk

or you can contact them on: Tel: 020 7515 1797    Fax: 020 7515 4420   email: info@signposteducational.co.uk

Signpost Educational Ltd   PO Box 999   London  E14 6SH

Orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

Your Sample Teacher Planner..

I wanted to follow up my recent email and see if you’d like to receive a sample of our Budget Teacher Planners?

Available in B5 or A4 our planners 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.

Simply let me know where to send a sample and I will get one straight out to you.

Alternatively, for a tailored quote let me know your requirements and I will send you over a proposal.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards

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

Debate Chamber Summer Schools for students aged 11-14

These Debate Chamber Summer Schools are for intellectually ambitious 11-14-year-old students who want to push back the boundaries of their knowledge, or who are curious about the ways in which their knowledge can be applied to the real world to help shape the future. Our hope is that students will leave our Summer Schools feeling inspired to pursue their passions, empowered to make well-informed career decisions, and optimistic about the meaningful contribution they can make to this world.

Led by a team of expert tutors, our courses focus on developing intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and the desire to explore academic material in a more sophisticated way than is often available at school. Classes will be discussion-based, creating a comfortable environment for students to share ideas amongst their peers and to progress from their existing knowledge toward more challenging material. Working in small groups over several days means there is plenty of space for each voice to be heard, as well as the opportunity for students to get to know their tutor and benefit from their specialist knowledge.

Young Doctors

The Young Doctors Summer School offers a fun and interactive insight into the world of medicine, allowing students the opportunity to explore some of the theoretical and applied skills required to be a doctor. Over the course of two days, an expert team of medical tutors will teach students how to identify a patient’s primary symptoms, order appropriate tests, draw conclusions and present their findings. The Summer School is split into two parts, each covering a different area of medical practice – students can attend whichever part best suits their interests.

‘Really enjoyable! The tutors were really insightful and great at helping and answering questions. The practical activities were really good fun and allowed you to trial some of the techniques you had learnt. I would strongly recommend the course.’

Young Lawyers

The Young Lawyers Summer School offers an exciting and challenging introduction to the legal profession and is aimed at students who wish to take their first steps towards a legal career. Over the course of four days, students will work alongside a team of expert tutors who will facilitate the debate of numerous case studies from criminal, family, contract and human rights law. On the final day, dressed in wigs and gown, students will participate in a lively mock crown court trial in which they will question their witnesses to build a case in front of the jury.

 ‘The Young Lawyers course was amazing! I made friends very quickly and enjoyed learning about law. I learnt loads and have now learnt different types of law in detail I didn’t know. I enjoyed it very much.’

Young Thinkers

The two-day Young Thinkers Summer School offers bright students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills and participate in lively debates covering a range of philosophical questions: What is truth? How do we gain knowledge of the world? Are we free? What is right and wrong? The seminar style of this Summer School ensures a collaborative and inclusive academic environment.

‘This course, while mind-bending in the extreme, was very enjoyable and in fact one of the most enjoyable things I’ve done all holiday.’

Young Writers

The Young Writers Summer School is aimed at students who enjoy the creative challenge of writing stories and wish to share their passion and enthusiasm with like-minded peers.  Over the course of four days, students will explore a range of prose, poetry and reportage through games, activities and structured exercises. Our team of expert tutors are keen to share their enthusiasm and expertise for story-telling and provide students with a range of creative skills for future projects.

‘If you want a chance to learn more writing techniques and get inspiration for your stories, you will love this fun, friendly Summer School.’

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.

Take part in Fred Theatre’s schools’ survey today and win an Amazon voucher

Will you spare a few minutes to help us help you?

Fred Theatre’s annual schools’ survey is now online, and we’d welcome your participation. Your answers will assist in planning our future offer to schools.

The survey takes no more than five minutes to complete, and the results will aid us in understanding your needs better.

As a small thank you, we’re giving away four Amazon vouchers worth £15 each. Recipients will be selected at random from those completing the survey, and we’ll be in touch with the winners in June.

To take part, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LQ3Z3ZD

The survey is online until Friday 12 May, so click and take part today.

If you’d like to contact Fred Theatre about any aspect of the survey, or our upcoming plans for schools’ productions, please email us at: admin@fred-theatre.co.uk

Thank you.

How IT skills help autistic students

Why is it that some autistic students respond so well to learning IT skills – and how can we use this to help them?

For many years Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre has been studying the established link between parents working in hi-tech, scientific and mathematical industries and an increased incidence of children on the autism spectrum.

As a result of this research more and more IT companies in the UK and beyond have actively begun recruiting an autistic workforce for its highly technical and concentration skills.

Of course, while such a life may only be relevant to some autistic students, many autism experts agree with Professor Grandin at Colorado State University, herself autistic, who believes that without “the gifts of autism” there would probably be no Nasa or IT industry.

The fact is that very many autistic students can benefit from being able to work in an IT environment. As Richard Mills, director of Research Autism, said, “The computer age totally changes the world of autism.”

Indeed researchers at Nottingham University and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have found that people with autism value the increased control over their interactions that is afforded by the filter of a computer screen.

In short, they can observe interactions, choose when to be sociable, and make contact with other people who have autism.

Presenting information visually in the precise and predictable computer format suits the autistic mind, says Baron Cohen, and can provide “a tool or platform for developing further skills”.   And, of course, it is a tool that helps them to take control of their adult lives.

It is to help students on the autism spectrum benefit in their move towards adulthood that SEN Press has developed a series of Value Packs which include whiteboard resources, worksheets, readers and a CD Rom of our ebooks.

Each pack is based on a theme of key benefit to autistic pupils such as Work Experience, Making Sense of Money, Relationships, etc.  As a result the students gain two benefits – the growth in their own confidence and ability that can arise as a result of working with IT, while at the same time benefiting from the subject being studied.

Full details of all our Value Pack on Teen Issues Work Experience and Making Sense of Moneycan be found by clicking the link to our website.

Alternatively if you require further information please call 01582 833205  or email info@senpress.co.uk

Gapforce School Expeditions

Please may I introduce our company to you as a possible provider for your future Overseas Expeditions and Trips.

To give you a little background, we have 28 years’ experience running Educational Travel Programs throughout Central & South America, Africa and Asia. Our principal difference lies with our highly trained UK Expedition Leaders who can create unique and exciting itineraries from 7 – 28 days, based on your specific needs and budget.

We work with a number of leading UK and International Schools and I would be delighted to provide sample itineraries and references for the work we have done recently if you are interested.

Destinations currently popular with our school clients are:

  • Costa Rica
  • Galapagos
  • Tanzania
  • North India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Borneo
  • Vietnam

Whether you are planning an overseas trip for the first time, wanting to compare quotes with your current provider, or simply after fresh ideas then I would be delighted to hear from you.

To receive a free sample quote please complete our short quote request form here.

Alternatively, if you would like to arrange an initial discussion to learn more about our trips then feel free to call me on 0207 384 3028 or email me back directly.

Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.

James Catterall
Schools Manager, Gapforce

Enclosed outdoor classrooms can provide a solution for more space in schools

Schools are always faced with quite a few problems to overcome but one of the most pertinent dilemmas they are currently faced with is how they can get more space. This is usually because they are having to accommodate more pupils, they are having temporary building work undertaken at the school or they just need somewhere outside of the main school hubbub for more personal one to one pupil tuition.

Or a school could be looking for new office space, a new library or IT suite, nurture room, outdoor classroom learning facility, art studio, science lab, multi-sensory room, community room, before and after school club building etc. The list can go on and on.

But if a school is already bursting at the seams and has already used up every square inch of available space and assuming there is not the budget or capital funds available for extensions, what are they to do?

We believe that we may have the solution. The Hideout House Company has a range of school classroom buildings which are all below 30m2 (in this case there is no need to apply for building regs) and which are built on a modular panel system so that they can easily be adapted to a school’s specific needs and specification. And they are designed with aesthetics in mind so that they are actually quite nice to look at in a school setting!

Manufactured out of cedar, these buildings have an in-built longevity as cedar is a premium, high quality timber which once sited, requires very little ongoing maintenance and typically lasts a lot longer than traditionally used wood such as softwood pine. Available in octagonal, square and rectangular shapes  other options include for insulation, double glazing, bi-fold doors to the front elevation and an attractive atrium roof to allow in lots of natural daylight from above. A school can also choose between carpet, decking or laminate flooring.

Unlike their open-sided gazebo style outdoor classroom counterpart, they can be used all year round as they are totally enclosed.

And because they are built on site, there is usually no problem with poor access issues which can be the case in a lot of schools and which sometimes hinders the pre-fab classroom system (in this case a crane is usually required to winch the unit into position which can be both disruptive and expensive).

Installation times typically range from 3 days to a week so there is hardly any long term lasting disruption to the school’s working day and with prices starting at £10K ex VAT for these enclosed outdoor classrooms, they are also financially extremely viable.

In certain cases, they may also fall under Permitted Development Rights so planning permission may not be required but it is always prudent to contact the local planning authority first before any work is undertaken.

For more information, please contact the Hideout House Company on 01865 858982 or visit www.hideouthouse.com

What’s better than Facebook

The answer is, of course, a real book!

A book that gives school and college leavers a snapshot of their final year and can be cherished for many years to come, if Facebook and Whatsapp go the way of MySpace and Friends Reunited…

The final year at school or college is always pivotal in everyone’s life. Why not make a record of it that lasts and lasts with fantastic quality yearbooks from Babyshark from only £3 each?

Unlike many online retailers that you can’t talk to, we are the online yearbook company that actually wants to talk to you. We can even arrange free Yearbook Design Workshops, so get in touch now!

Click here or email hello@babyshark.co.uk to request a free sample.

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Kind Regards

Andrew Baker

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Director

01924 849926

Unit 12
Emley Moor Business Park
Leys Lane
Emley
Huddersfield
HD8 9QY

Registered in England No. 6913248

7 good reasons why a yearbook can’t be replaced by Social Media… Click here to find out!

To find out more about how easy it is to create yearbooks…
Visit our website:   BabyShark.co.uk 

 

Consolidate school software costs now for 2017/18

With further budget cuts announced and increasing pressure on School Bursars and Business Managers to make ends meet whilst maintaining the quality of teaching within the school, it’s no surprise the stress that many are now under.

Show My Homework was created with the vision that affordable, high impact software should be available to all Secondary Schools by a former Assistant Headteacher who oversaw homework and technology in two Secondary Schools.

For the price of a paper planner, you can get:
Online Homework Management (setting & submitting)
Powerful Reporting for Parents’ Evening, Ofsted, usage and quality control
A school-wide Homework Calendar
Online Timetables for easy organisation
Resource-Sharing
in seconds for staff
Online Storage for all of your teachers’ files and school policy documents
All results stored in an Online Gradebook
Mobile Apps
for anytime access
Full Support, Training and a Dedicated Account Manager included

In 2017, we’ve already been recognised independently from the Assignment Report as The Education Company of the Year, by the Bett Awards as Highly Commended for ICT Leadership & Management Solutions, and by the ERA as winners of Secondary Resource including ICT.

I’d love to show you how we can help you make savings not cuts, as we have for the 1500 schools we’re already working with in the UK, by coming to the school and showing yourself and SLT how the software works, as well as providing you with a bespoke licence based on your school size and affiliations.

If you’d like me to get in touch, please just enter your email address here and I’ll get back to you, or give me a call on 020 3794 9138.

Kind regards,

Dan Nixon
Sales Manager

What is the best way to discover the very latest thinking on dyscalculia, dyslexia and ADHD in schools?

If you are thinking about  CPD to boost your SpLD support this term, do give  SpLD Central on June 29th some consideration. Hosted by Crossbow Education at Yarnfield Park in Staffordshire, this CPD accredited conference lines up some of the best speakers in three major areas of SpLD.

The focus in the morning will be on Dyscalculia, with two keynotes from Prof Steve Chinn, recognised by many as the leading expert on dyscalculia in schools. After lunch Fintan O’Regan will consider a range of systems and strategies to address successful learning, behaviour and socialisation outcomes for children on the ADHD spectrum; Rachel Ingham, Judy Capener, and Sue Francis will give you some insights into different aspects of literacy that are particularly relevant for dyslexic learners; Dominic Griffiths, senior lecturer at MMU, will talk about embedding reasonable adjustments at post-16, and SEN advisory team leader Beccie Hawes (Author of “Getting it Right for Dyslexic Learners”) will give you a roadmap for helping SpLD students navigate that difficult journey from Y6 to Y7. For an overview of the conference programme, click the following link or paste it into your browser: http://www.spldcentral.com/workshop-details.aspx

We have a reputation for Excellence at Crossbow (4 prestigious awards in the last five years – 3 national and one international), and our conference is no exception. We also have a reputation for providing good value, and at £139.95 + VAT for a day with speakers of this calibre it’s a lot less than you would pay Forum, or Capita, or other providers. And here’s the best bit: if you and your partner schools can put together a group booking, you get one free place for every three you book. The conference website is www.spldcentral.com – have a look now and make up your own mind. You can book online, and you can pay by card or we can invoice your school.

What do you get on the day?

  • Two keynotes in the morning (1 hr 10 mins each)
  • Two afternoon presentations (1 hr each) from a choice of six – each session is repeated after the break
  • An excellent 3-course sit-down lunch, coffee at registration, two refreshment breaks, and pastries
  • A marketplace of top specialist SpLD suppliers (not just Crossbow!) and plenty of time (1 hr 20 mins) to spend looking at their resources
  • A bound conference book to keep with all the handouts and room for your notes
  • Your CPD certificate.
  • Free transport to and from Stafford station, and plenty of parking if you come by car.

The date for your diary again: Thursday June 29th.
The venue (Google it – it’s super): Yarnfield Park Conference Centre, Stone, Staffordhire  ST15 0NL.

Email: bookings@spldcentral.com

Or if you want to speak to speak to someone ring 0845 269 7272 and ask for Bob or Ionë

The mission of SpLD Central is to give school leaders, SENCOs, SEND advisory teams and SpLD  professionals a memorable day of CPD that will really change lives. “One of the highlights of my professional career” (2016 delegate).

Was King Aethelstan the first king of England, or has the National Curriculum got it wrong?

And come to that, does it really matter?

Certainly accuracy in history  matters in the sense that it is important that 1000 years ago England became united under one ruler: the start of the long journey ultimately to the United Kingdom and what we now call “British Values”.

But when the National Curriculum speaks at KS2 of “King Aethelstan, the first king of England” one might start to ask: is this really right?

Aethelstan ruled the whole of Britain for a brief period, but usage of the name “England” wouldn’t appear for another 100 years – and, before then, the land would again be split up amongst several Saxon/Viking kings.

Not only that, but Aethelstan wasn’t the first king to rule the entirety of the land now called England either – that accolade goes to the Saxon King Egbert, Aethelstan’s great-great-grandfather.

So when the National Curriculum is being a little less than fulsome with the story, one is forced to ask, do the exact details of the story matter?

When working with children, the answer is generally yes, because most of us find that children care a lot more about details and issues when they encounter them through engaging in stories – and the foundation of England is indeed an engaging story.

So it is generally a good idea to get the stories right – such as with the creation of a unified England in 1017.  What’s more, where it is quite possibly a story that the child’s parents don’t know, then the power of the story will be ever greater. For children love nothing more than educating their parents!

This is why we have developed a programme that sensitively highlights the issues of today by exploring them in the context of the very beginning of England, 1,000 years ago.

Storytellers from Snail Tales are travelling the country sharing the legends of the Anglo-Viking period, from Alfred’s burnt cakes to Knut’s wet feet – tales which reveal how England was forged by the great Anglo-Saxon and Viking leaders.

The storytellers will also run workshops on life in Anglo-Viking England to help your children understand how Knut united the various tribes that made up the country.

We’ll also supply an activities pack to help you run a birthday party marking England’s 1,000th, including: recommended music; Who Made England? book from The History Press; a special commemorative coin from the Royal Mint; and a special discount on tickets to your nearest performance of our theatre tour celebrating Knut, The First King of England in a Dress.

If you would like one of our storytellers to come to your school to engage in the activities above, please do click here to find out more.  Alternatively you can email us at stories@snailtales.org or phone us at 020 328 76245.

Two of the best dual power calculators for KS 3, 4 and GCSE maths exams ……

The Casio FX 85GT+ and the Logik LK 83XP are excellent choices for your GCSE maths students.  They both benefit from battery power with solar power back-up  to provide extra reassurance for your students  in exams. Both calcs have a “natural display” function which enables students to enter expressions and data as shown in textbooks.

The LK 83XP has similar features to the FX 85GT+ but without the “verify” and “recurring decimal” functions. Both calcs have a three year warranty and are available at short notice from Signpost Educational Ltd.,

In addition,  with orders for 100 or more of either  calc  (or a combination of both) you have the option of obtaining the popular “Trident geometry set”   for  just 95p (ex vat) instead of the usual price of £ 1.39 (ex vat) or more.

For more details & prices please see:

    www.signposteducational.co.uk    

 or email to: info@signposteducational.co.uk    or phone: 020 7515 1797

Signpost Educational Ltd  PO Box 999  London E14 6SH

Stimulating the intellect

What is the most effective way of enhancing children’s intellectual development without cost?

There is no doubt that children who are encouraged to use their imaginations develop intellectually at a faster rate than those who simply receive information alone.

Our imaginations allow us to hypothesize, to hold the concept of number, to solve problems without actually doing them, and to think what might be alongside what actually is.

Indeed children whose imaginations are stretched tend to achieve far more intellectually than might otherwise be expected.

For example, when children listen to a story, ​they can become enthralled not just by the words but by what their imaginations do to the story.  The imagination provides extra details to make their own personal vision of story.​

From listening to stories a lot it is but a tiny step to reading stories and so the process continues. The child’s intelligence is enhanced as the child becomes more able to engage in the world around them.

Which only leaves one question: how can we develop this skill?

The answer turns out to be quite simple and it doesn’t have to cost the school anything.

It involves a two-part activity in which children learn to tell stories to each other in small groups, and which then also encourages parents to take part in the activity at home.

We have set out the whole project in a free report explaining how the project can work, step by step, without any need to spend anything on equipment or other resources.

For a free copy of the report, “Enhancing reading, problem solving and writing through storytelling at school and at home” please email stories@snailtales.org. If you could write “Enhancing reading report” in the subject line that would be helpful.

If you would like to know more about what we do, there are details on our website or you can call us on 020 328 76245.

Literacy and the summer

When children are most likely to slip back in terms of literacy – what can be done about it?

It is something that can often be observed: children who are already struggling somewhat in terms of literacy can slip back even further during the school holidays.

Unfortunately this “slippage” can have an even greater impact on some children when it occurs during the Easter break, as the arrival of better weather in the summer term can encourage more time to be spent outdoors, leaving less time for doing any literacy support work at home.

In such cases the best solution is one that is totally geared around each individual child’s specific needs; an approach which can be utilised both at home and at school.

Being an approach based totally around the child’s current literacy level, our solution means that the gaining of literacy changes from being a struggle into something that is enjoyable.  Enjoyable both because of the nature of the materials and because the progress can be witnessed by the child every day.

In study between March and summer 2016, at-risk pupils across nearly 3,000 schools made substantial progress using our approach. During this time, the percentage of pupils working two or more years below their expected level was reduced by almost half (54% to 28%).

To achieve such success, our approach starts with a highly accurate and rapid system of placing pupils according to their current literacy ability, and which precisely notes the progress they are making day to day.

This auto-placement approach analyses individual ability levels and reveals exactly what each pupil needs to be focussing on in order to ensure progress is achieved.

Then, if the pupil 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 Core5 from Lexia.  The analysis, the comparisons with other pupils, the progress, the remedial work – each and every element of a student’s learning journey is tracked and evaluated by Core5.

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.

Making sure it’s not Pantomonium this Christmas

A unique educational entertainment event direct to your school, completely hassle free.

Why book a pantomime play?

  • A perfect way to celebrate towards the end of the winter term
  • Brand new pantomime performances based on key educational themes.
  • Enhance your students learning and wellbeing with interactive pantomime performances that link to the curriculum.
  • Teacher resource pack full of classroom activities free with every show.

Entertainment & Education

By incorporating aspects from the curriculum (literacy to PSHE) in each magical story you get to treat your students and at the same time justify it within the school budget. Your pupils get to experience a one-of-a-kind pantomime that both entertains and educates.  (Exact curriculum links are available on request).

For all ages

The shows are fast paced, funny and visually exciting for all ages. Older years are kept involved by the adventures, tasks and plots, whilst the physical comedy and colourful characters and costumes appeal to the younger years. The educational elements in the shows cover both KS1 and KS2 topics.

A performance to suit you

The whole school will get involved as there is constant audience interaction and the pupils even get to take part in the performance.  We are happy to perform up to 3 performances a day for up to 240 pupils per show.

Informing, Involving, Inspiring.

Pantomimeplay.co.uk is part of Tip of the Iceberg Theatre Company who have been delivering award winning theatre in education for over 10 years.  We take great pride in creating productions of the highest quality whilst ensuring a memorable educational experience.

Take a look at our website here:

https://www.pantomimeplay.co.uk/shows

You will find a price guide on the teachers’ page along with further information.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for an exact quote. We look forward to hearing from you.

Lisa Schulberg (Creative Director)

Email tourbooker@tipoftheiceberg.biz or info@pantomimeplay.co.uk

Tel: 01707 527140 or 07519593711

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

Every now and again I get to chat with teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why many students don’t  bring a pen, pencil, ruler, etc to their lessons.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s now a product called the “Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their maths lessons.

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

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

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

     www.signposteducational.co.uk

You can order by email:  info@signposteducational.co.uk  

by phone tel: 020 7515 1797  or  fax:  020 7515 4420

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

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

Britain’s Best Story-Telling Show

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

Top Traditional Story-Teller Jim MacCool is on tour throughout this Summer Term. He’ll be performing in Primary Schools all over Britain.
Bards in the true sense, Celtic Yarn-Spinners enrich and entertain all ages with interactive stories, poems and songs.
If you’d like to have Jim MacCool and his Traditional Story-Telling Shows come to your school, please telephone me, Joy Atkins, on 020 8688 6951, or you may prefer to email:
The Stratford Festival of Salon Arts organises
The National Tour of Traditional Celtic Story-Tellers
running now till Friday 21st July 2017
http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.co.uk/
Dates of Interest
National Poetry Day Thurs. 28th Sept 2017
October is National Poetry Month
Joy Atkins
Stratford Festival of Salon Arts
15 Warwick Road Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YW
Tel. 0208 688 6951
celticyarnspinner@yahoo.co.uk
http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.co.uk

Improving pupils’ learning through gamification

The number of young people becoming involved in gaming is ever increasing. This is often concerning for educators, who see games as distracting pupils from their studies, when this is not necessarily the case.

Our aim at EDArcade is to promote and support pupils’ learning through fun and engaging games. Rather than trying to cut down pupils’ gaming hours, we instead harness its educational potential.

Our platform provides 85 educational games, each featuring a range of puzzles and questions that have been designed based on criteria from any National Curriculum. We cover a range of core and non-core subjects including English, maths, 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.

All of our games are available in additional languages on request

For more information about how EDArcade can help students through game based learning, please contact us on 01909 776 915 or by email at mail@edarcade.com.

Sam Warnes
Creator of EDArcade
T: 01909 568 338
F: 01909 568 350
E: mail@edarcade.com
W: www.edarcade.com

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

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.

Assessment ‘without levels’

Another review of Primary assessment? Maybe it’s time to devise your own system?

Last year, like most schools, you were probably feeling your way into the new curriculum and assessment without levels.

Now you probably have enough experience to set up an assessment system which will meet your school’s precise needs.

With support from our Primary Progress toolkit it’s perfectly possible. Here’s what you will probably need to do.

Adopt a manageable set of statements, which will help your teachers to know what their pupils need to know and be able to do.

Devise a set of grades, which define pupils’ steps on the way to mastering the curriculum.

Have a quick and easy way for teachers to record their assessments.

Agree Age Related expectations for each term.

Analyse which pupils are making expected progress and which need support to get them on track.

When Ofsted come won’t they be impressed when you show them how you are managing all this?

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

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

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

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

Roger Watson

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

When students are most likely to slip back in terms of literacy – what can be done about it?

It is something that can often be observed: pupils and students who are already struggling somewhat in terms of literacy can slip back even further during the school holidays.

Unfortunately this “slippage” can have an even greater impact on some students when it occurs during the Easter break, as the arrival of better weather in the summer term can encourage more time to be spent outdoors, leaving less time for doing any literacy support work at home.

In such cases the best solution is one that is totally geared around each individual student’s specific needs; an approach which can be utilised both at home and at school.

Being an approach based totally around the student’s current literacy level, our solution means that the gaining of literacy changes from being a struggle into something that is enjoyable.  Enjoyable both because of the nature of the materials and because the progress can be witnessed by the student every day.

In a study conducted between March and summer 2016, at-risk pupils and students across nearly 3,000 schools made substantial progress using our approach. During this time, the percentage of young people working two or more years below their expected level was reduced by almost half (54% to 28%).

To achieve such success, our approach starts with a highly accurate and rapid system of placing pupils and students according to their current literacy ability, and which precisely notes the progress they are making day to day.

This auto-placement approach analyses individual ability levels and reveals exactly what each student needs to be focussing on in order to ensure 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 Strategies from Lexia.  The analysis, the comparisons with other pupils and students, the progress, the remedial work – each and every element of a student’s learning journey is tracked and evaluated 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.

Is your school ready for the General Election on 8th June?

Lets vote on it front cover

Introduce your pupils to the ideas of democracy with these products from Gresham Books

Let’s Vote On It! book – written for KS2 Let’s Vote On It! is an introduction to democracy and the workings of Parliament explaining how citizens can influence decision making through the democratic process.

Democracy in Britain class poster – a bright and lively British Values poster for your classroom. The poster picks out the key elements of our British democracy.

Aiming High book – a critical thinking guide written for parents and teachers explaining how the techniques of critical thinking can help pupils learn to evaluate evidence and make up their own minds.

For more details visit our WEBSITE

A great start to learning their tables

Times Table Plates image

Give your little children a great start to learning their tables with these charming Plates, Bowls and Beakers.

The children get really involved with the characters and this generates a very strong interest within them to learn the tables, meaning they go off to their next school with a great head start.

Please look at our website www.timestableplates.co.uk  and email or telephone us to ask questions, or seek a sample.

With best regards

Bob Norfolk
Times Table Plates

01273 960950

rnorfolk@hotmail.com

Britain’s Best Story-Telling Show

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

Our Traditional Celtic Story-Teller will be visiting secondary schools throughout this Summer Term.
Bards in the true sense, Celtic Yarn-Spinners entertain and enrich all ages with interactive stories, poems and songs.
Jim MacCool’s Interactive Celtic Yarn-Spinning Show is tailored for Years 7 and 8 students. Jim can also offer a creative writing workshop for Year10.
Should you be interested in having Celtic Yarn-Spinner Jim MacCool 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.
The Stratford Festival of Salon Arts
organises
The National Tour of Traditional Celtic Story-Tellers
running
Now till Friday 21st July 2017
http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.co.uk/
Dates of Interest
National Poetry Day Thursday 28 Sept 2017
October is National Poetry Month
Joy Atkins
Stratford Festival of Salon Arts
15 Warwick Road Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YW
Tel. 0208 688 6951
celticyarnspinner@yahoo.co.uk 
http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.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.

Key Stage 2 Composing for Non-Specialists

KEY STAGE 2 COMPOSING is an exciting classroom resource for teachers delivering composition lessons in the primary school. This detailed and easy-to-understand book was written by a well-known composer who has researched and piloted new methods designed particularly for non-specialists. However, Music Co-Coordinators will also welcome the background information, practical advice and project ideas in the book.

A complete primary school composing resource

KEY STAGE 2 COMPOSING presents a creative course covering the entire KS2 composing curriculum in a way which is easy for non-specialist teachers to understand and use, and fun to deliver in the classroom. Detailed and timed lesson plans are complemented by thorough explanatory notes; no previous music knowledge is required. The book can form a complete year’s work, or be a resource for all the composing elements in KS2 music lessons.  It could also form the basis for an entire Key Stage 2 music syllabus.  It is based on the methods David Stoll developed when asked by the DfES to look into helping non-specialist teachers deliver composing lessons.

Suitable for music coordinators

The Introduction discusses music lessons and composing, and gives links to the primary school music curriculum.  This is followed by a term’s worth of timed and very comprehensive composing lessons, described in full detail with background notes.   There are then four projects which are likely to take a half-term each to complete, and six one-off short workshop projects for occasional lessons.  All necessary worksheets are included and copyable.

The book concludes with further guidance on inventing new projects, using rooms and equipment, giving performances, and answers to common questions from non-specialist music teachers.

The download price for KEY STAGE 2 COMPOSING is £17.40, including VAT.  This includes a licence for printing, copying and using the product in a non-commercial way within schools.

For more information, or to purchase the book as a download, please go to: https://www.davidstoll.co.uk/product/educational-key-stage-2-composing

How to make your school outdoor shelter and outdoor classroom eco-friendly

We are all aware nowadays of the urgent need to protect the environment and schools too must do their part to adopt techniques and environmental policies in order to help lead the transition to a low carbon economy.

The Eco Schools programme does a very good job of ensuring that this is taught and practiced in UK schools and by implementing more meaningful learning from outside the classroom experiences, this will lead to the development of more positive and inclusive attitudes to eco learning.

Students will not just be told about sustainable development, they will be able to actually participate in it and appreciate a learning space in which they can explore what a sustainable lifestyle means. Children can therefore be part of the environmental awareness process.

The Hideout House outdoor shelters for schools are designed to suit a whole host of applications but more importantly, they have been developed so that children can actually learn from the building itself and its features so that it therefore becomes both a functional and didactic product combined into one.  They embrace a lot of the key cornerstones of the Eco Schools fundamental principles – namely renewable energy, healthy living, re-cycling, bio-diversity and global citizenship.

Our outdoor shelters and outdoor classrooms have the following eco-friendly features:

  • Living sedum roof which attracts bio-diversity and which absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere (it is also a natural insulator so can help reduce energy costs)
  • A renewable energy system which includes a mini wind turbine, solar panel and energy monitoring board with datalogger and power sockets. The energy created from the sun and wind is stored into a battery (which is mounted onto the board) and by way of an inverter is then converted into usable electricity. Children can then tap into pure, green, CO2 free power
  • Special dynamo bike systems which, like above, also create renewable energy. The children have to pedal the bikes to create power which in turn can be used for a whole of creative educational applications
  • Water butt, roof guttering system and planters. The harvested rainwater is stored into a water butt which is then used to water and feed whatever is being grown in the planters. This encourages healthy living and eating
  • Mini lean to greenhouse and recycling bin centres
  • Bird boxes and nature observation panels
  • Manufactured from eco-friendly materials which can show a chain of sustainable supply

The Hideout House Company products are designed to be both fun and engaging too so that children will want to participate time and time again. If they can own the project and be part of it, they will want to learn more. Learning about environmental issues and embracing social responsibilities has to come as second nature to this generation of school children if we are to make any significant difference at all to help saving our planet. After all, there is no Planet B!

If you would like to know how we can help make your school’s outdoor classrooms and shelters more eco-friendly, then please contact us on 01865 858982 or email: info@hideouthouse.com

www.hideouthouse.com