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GCSE Puzzler: Biology

By and large GCSE students like puzzles, and as such offering puzzles which are related to the syllabus can stimulate and motivate students who might be less stimulated by traditional test formats.

Better still, if the puzzles cover much of the course, they can be used throughout the two years of GCSE study.

It is with these thoughts in mind that the GCSE Puzzler: Biology was produced. It contains some fifty puzzles divided into seven groups: cell biology, classification, human biology, human diseases, plant biology, variation, inheritance and evolution, and finally environment.

As the puzzles all come in copiable format (meaning they can be photocopied or put on the school learning platform) and can be used over and over again. A complete set of answers is provided separately.

As a result this book complements the more traditional tests, as well as providing a varied approach to in-course revision for GCSE students.

GCSE Puzzler: Biology covers all the main areas of GCSE biology up to the standard of A* grade level. There is also a medical emphasis within some of the tests, and it will thus be of particular benefit to those who wish to pursue a career in medicine or other health-related professions.

There are sample pages available at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/biology/T1749.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1749EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 793 7

Prices

  • Photocopiable report in a book, £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
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You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1749EMN

What is the most powerful learning and developmental tool that everyone can use?

The answer to the question posed above is both simple and deceptive!

In fact the answer is “self-evaluation”. People who are able to evaluate their own work and their own performance can become more highly motivated and more highly engaged in their own learning than anyone else.

But self-evaluation is not common sense. It is possible to evaluate and mislead oneself at the same time. Instead of development and improvement being a result of the evaluation, self-deception leads to a lack of motivation and development.

This issue is of supreme importance as Ofsted now looks at how schools use self-evaluation to develop and improve.

The reason is that Ofsted recognises that the “quality of the self-evaluation is an indicator of calibre of the school’s leaders and managers and the school’s capacity to improve.”

In other words, Ofsted puts great store by the way the leadership of a school uses self-evaluation and review to improve teaching, because such self-evaluation, when used properly, really can work. In the simplest of terms it provides a benchmark as to how much schools are improving.

One way of developing self-evaluation in your school while showing Ofsted that you are on top of this issue is to use the specially prepared Classwatch video which has led some commentators to suggest that they have learned more in 30 minutes about their teaching than in the previous decade.

The Classwatch video reveals how and why teachers are using Classwatch in their schools for self-evaluation and the sharing of best practice.

With the Classwatch video system colleagues can observe a lesson remotely, and all teachers have an opportunity for self-evaluation. The lesson can then be reviewed and discussed with the teacher so that great lessons can be shared with other teachers in your school

You can watch a short video on our website to see testimonials from the teachers who are already using Classwatch – and hear what they say about their experiences.

Additionally you can click the link below to see why Classwatch is now in 330 classrooms (and rising) around the UK.

There is also an information sheet and a brochure with full details of how the Classwatch video system could work in your school. Please click here to arrange for a copy to be sent to you or to arrange a free demo at your school and at your convenience.

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Andrew Jenkins

The Bullying Intervention Toolkit

Provides a range of effective bullying intervention strategies.

No one intervention for bullying works best in all circumstances. Effective intervention occurs when facilitators have a range of strategies, with the accompanying knowledge and skills to know when – and when not – to use them. These include Brief Interventions, Peer mediation, Coaching students, Method of shared concern, Peer support Group Method, No Blame classroom conference method

With this book you learn:

How and why people Bully
Different solution focused strategies to deal with different situations and where each is most effective
How to encourage individuals to make pro-social choices
How to avoid labelling and aim to educate and heal, rather than punish.
How to create a healthy School culture

The resource includes:

■ 60 page book
■ 4 scripts-A4 size on CD

The Bullying Intervention Toolkit Ref: 305H £45.00

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Oxbridge offers on the up at College

Girls from The Cheltenham Ladies’ College have received a wonderful set of Oxbridge offers for 2013.

A total of 29 Upper Sixth are holding offers of places at Oxford and Cambridge – an increase on last year’s impressive tally of 26 and the highest number in recent history.

Pupils wishing to study Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages and Law are among those whose applications were successful.

Further, two girls made it through the extremely competitive process to be offered places on the History of Art and Architecture courses at Cambridge, courses for which there are only 23 and 44 places per year respectively.

One student, who will read English, has also secured a Choral Award at Trinity College, Oxford.

College girls also gained a notable year-on-year increase in the number of successful applications to Medicine courses at Oxford and Cambridge; four girls have been offered places to study the subject next year.

College Head of Professional Guidance Jo Wintle said: “We are delighted by both the number of offers and the range of subjects represented, which reflect the intellectual diversity of our students as well as their hard work and dedication. While it is too early to report on the outcomes of all UK universities, this year’s applicants have already proved themselves to be highly successful; they are a credit to College and to their teachers.”

All indications point to a strong set of US offers this year too, with three students gaining places via early admissions programmes to Columbia, Boston University and NYU.

Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Condition (including Asperger’s Syndrome)

A One Day Course
Accredited at level 2 by the Open College Network

Are you complying with recent requirements? (Autism Act 2009)
Do you have evidence of training at a recognised level?

 This course is for anyone working with children and young people with Autism during the course of their work but has had no formal training. All those successfully completing the day will receive one credit at OpenCollege Network level 2

 2013 Dates and Venues Nationwide (Please click here for info)

Or let us come to you! Fantastic Savings for In House training for up to 20 people

Successful candidates will have proved that they:

• Recognise the main characteristics of behaviours of people with Autism

• Understand the Triad of Impairment

• Compare different individuals with Autistic Spectrum Condition in order to appreciate the range of the Spectrum

• Appreciate the particular differences of using and understanding language with people with Autistic Spectrum Condition

• Understand the need to back up spoken language visually, to help people understand

• Appreciate the importance of routine and predictability in the lives of people with Autistic Spectrum Condition

• Understand the complexity of social interaction

• Appreciate the sensory differences of people with Autistic Spectrum Condition

Course timings 9.30 – 3.30

PLACES LIMITED TO 20

Cost of one day course: London Venues £250 (ex vat) All other venues £225 (ex vat)

This cost is inclusive of Accreditation fee, certification, supporting notes, lunch and refreshments

All our courses can also be delivered ‘In House’ to a group of up to 20 staff. If you have a number of staff to train this can work out to be more effective. Please call or email for further details

Concept Training is one of the country’s leading providers of VALUE FOR MONEY training programmes for anyone living or working with people of all ages who have Special Needs.

We have dates and venues throughout the UK and Ireland or we can deliver any of our programmes “In House

Within our wide range of training courses we have a number of OCN Accredited courses and if the course you are interested in isn’t accredited we are more than happy to write bespoke programmes and put them through the accreditation process if appropriate.

Please click here to see a list of our full range of courses. These courses are available as In House programmes and can be tailored to suit specific needs/age groups.

For further information, or to book a place

Telephone 01524 832-828 or mailto:info@concept-training.co.uk

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“I attended the training ‘An Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Condition including Asperger’s Syndrome’ on 23.03.11 and just wanted to leave some feedback.

I found the course really interesting, the content was very thought provoking and engaging. Sally Slater made the material discussed very accessible to all and made me look at ASD from another perspective. Sally is a great speaker and I feel is a credit to your team!”

Thank you

Kerry Hoye Speech and Language Therapy Assistant, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

I just wanted to express my great thanks to Sally Slater for the course she ran on Wed 23rd March, ‘An introduction to the autistic spectrum condition’, which I attended.

It was a breath of fresh air compared to many county led courses I have been on recently. Informative, humorous with first hand experiences and ideas which can be realistic in a class of Reception aged children.

Thank you for such a positive day – there were many ideas that are so relevant to good practise for any classroom that have slipped into the ether of my memory. Hopefully they will reappear in the near future to the benefit of staff and children alike in my setting

Again, many thanks

Jenny Loney, Cambridgeshire

 

 

 

How can assembly songs provide a positive and hugely creative experience for young children?

SEALSONGS is a collection of assembly songs which aims to get children engaged through the experience of making and creating music. The lyrics were written with considerable input from Year 4 and 5 pupils, so speak from children to children, and the musical backing tracks were professionally recorded.

But the resource goes further and offers teachers detailed advice on writing new lyrics, leading singing and other ways that SEALSONGS may be used in the classroom. Thus it enables teachers to give young children the positive experience of working with others in creating new songs within the SEAL framework. There is also guidance for non-specialists in how to teach songs.

The SEAL themes are:

Song 1: New beginnings
Song 2: Getting on and falling out
Song 3: Say no to bullying
Song 4: Going for goals!
Song 5: Good to be me
Song 6: Relationships
Song 7: Changes

Two further general songs – one about writing songs and one providing a Rhyme Game – are also included in the pack.

JENNY MOSLEY (Founder of Quality Circle Time) said “SEALSONGS is a wonderful gift to any adult who wants to truly help their class or school embed SEAL as a way of ‘being’ with ourselves and others. We all know that song can lift you to a different spiritual dimension – David Stoll has given us the perfect package to help even the most music-shy amongst us to engage young people in the process of creating heart-warming songs as part of a creative team….. This is an excellent resource.”

HOWARD GOODALL (National Ambassador for Singing) said “These SEALSONGS have the authentic ring of children’s ideas and feelings in every line. This, for me, makes it a valuable and empowering set of musical tools….. with excellent supporting materials and explanations.”

The SEALSONGS book and CD are now available as a download for £10 plus VAT. This price includes a licence for full use of all the material within the school, including recording new versions of the songs. The complete package is split into different files so that schools may choose which elements they wish to record or print.

Sample music can be downloaded from www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/music/SEALSONGSSamples.zip and you can purchase the book and CD on-line with a credit card at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=739

 

What’s the most effective way to help an NQT, support teacher and other colleagues with behaviour management?

Some behaviour management books run to hundreds of pages, and if you are writing a thesis on the subject or running courses for other teachers they might be exactly what you need.

But sometimes there is a need to go back to the beginning – especially if you are looking to help NQTs, support staff or other colleagues who are having some difficulties in the classroom.

It’s for this reason we have produced Behaviour Management: or what do I do now?

The aim of the booklet is simple – to set out the basics in behaviour management in a short simple format, so that anyone interested can take the information and transform their work in the classroom immediately.

The focus is the simple question: “What do I do with young people who have anger and behaviour issues?” It is in fact a straightforward first information pack for staff who are looking to make progress in this own classroom environment.

The booklet covers such topics as “The Conflict Cycle”, aggressive signs and signals, ways of managing anger, the “solid relationship”, the “CALM” technique, body language etc etc.

Behaviour Management: What do I do now? is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can print out for colleagues as often as you want. You can also put it on your school learning platform so all staff can access the document – and indeed you can make it part of the induction documentation for new members of staff.

You can obtain Behaviour Management: What do I do Now? by going to http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=744

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

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

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

Free poster on Pythagoras’ Theorem

Welcome to 2013! We hope you enjoyed the break!

To kick off the new term, we’ve produced a free poster explaining Pythagoras’ Theorem.

Download the free poster from our Free Stuff page, where you’ll also find a lesson plan on upper and lower bounds, a presentation on data collection and an area formulae poster!

And if you’d like to see a bigger sample of what Boardworks Maths has to offer, you can also request a presentation of your choice!

Regards,

The Boardworks Maths team

Does this pupil have dyscalculia – and if so what should we do about it?

Assessing a student who appears to be poor at maths to see if the child is suffering from dyscalculia is useful as means of helping assign limited resources.

This assessment can be done through an educational psychologist, of course, although this can be rather expensive – and of itself it doesn’t actually provide any resources that can be used to help the student after the assessment.

The Dyscalculia Centre has been looking into this problem for some time, and we have now come up with an on-line test which is much lower cost than a visit to an educational psychologist.

What is more, having marked the test we then provide a comprehensive set of copiable materials relevant to that student. These resources can then be used in school by an assistant teacher or SENCO working with the student.

The on-line Dyscalculia Test covers the individual’s attitude towards mathematical concepts and issues, plus specific questions on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, shapes, percentages and time. It is intended for anyone aged over seven years, but obviously does imply that the individual would be expected to be able to answer some basic questions in each of these subject areas.

Testing costs £49.95 per pupil. This price includes taking the test, receiving a specific report in relation to the individual taking the test, and being provided with resources relevant to that individual which can be used to help them progress in maths.

To read more about the test please visit http://www.dyscalculia.me.uk/testing.html

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

The two ways to get a university place

For as long as any of us can remember, universities have demanded certain A level grades as the entry ticket to a course.

But in recent years a second requirement has been added, a requirement that has had less attention but which can in many cases have as much impact on the success or failure of an application as the student’s grades.

In fact each year we are seeing an increasing number of highly able and talented students failing to get to the university of their choice because their application does not make the most of their potential, their personality, their drive, and their ability to give something back to the university as well as be a good student.

Students now need to be well informed and focused in order to make the right choices and to give themselves the best possible chance of getting a place on the course and at the university that best suits their future aspirations.

They also need to know why they want to go to this university, to study this course, and they need to be aware that being at university is a two way process. The university gives the student opportunities – the student needs to show that he/she will seize those opportunities and give something back in return.

”How to Successfully Apply to University” seeks to clarify the process of applying for university and contains information and insights that will be useful for all students as they face the university application process. It outlines each step from the first thought to the completion of the application, and looks at all aspects of the process of selecting and applying for a university place.

The approach within the book includes carrying out research to find the best suited course/university, understanding the UCAS system, delivering the best possible personal statement, the actual application and the post-application process, funding, and student accommodation, etc.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/careers/T1779.pdf

ISBN: 978 1 86083 810 1; Order code: T1779emn

The volume is available as…

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

Prices include VAT.

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Understanding Dyscalculia: An Introduction for Schools

Dyscalculia is a specific learning difficulty – an unexpected inability to handle one or more aspects of maths as a result of a genetic malfunction.

It is related to, but separate from, dyslexia. About half the people who suffer from dyslexia also suffer from dyscalculia, but it should be noted that around a quarter of the dyslexia sufferers have the average ability in maths that would be expected for their age, while a quarter perform at an above average level in maths.

Understanding Dyscalculia: An Introduction for Schools examines the five main causes of dyscalculia and sets out the methods of working available which can help pupils overcome their dyscalculic problems.

Most importantly, the volume explains why pupils and students with dyscalculia rarely make much progress in remedial classes in which maths is taught in the same way as in mainstream classes, but at a slower rate.

As the book shows, dyscalculic students need a totally different approach if they are to progress in maths – using mutli-sensory teaching and learning. It also includes a sample policy document on dyscalculia.

The book also contains short sections which can be copied to give out to other members of staff in school, to worried parents, and to governors, so that everyone can share in the awareness of what dyscalculia is, and how it can be tackled.

“Dyscalculia in Schools” can also be placed on the school’s learning platform for ease of access.

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

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

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

Prices

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

You can purchase the book…

 

Teaching Art to KS3 and KS4

Teaching Art to KS3 / KS4 is a highly illustrated book of lesson ideas.

The bulk of the book covers a series of 10 skill based lessons for KS3 & 4, a series of projects involving working with industry and reports on making links with art schools.

Each lesson, project and report is highly illustrated with examples of students’ work as they have progressed through the projects which include drawing faces in a crowd, “Reading a picture” which helps students work out what’s going on in a picture and then looking around the picture to understand the artist’s intention.

There is a project on drawing a picture square by square, one on comic strips, the “Ripped Paper Portrait” which helps the understanding of tone through colour, and a further project on newspaper portraits which helps pupils think about the way colour is used.

The composition exercises allow your pupils to create their own composition from pieces of art from well known artists, while the Observational pastel drawing project looks at observation and composition.

Throughout these and the other projects within the download the students can see the work of those who have gone before them, without in any way having their imaginations restricted.

Teaching Art to KS3 and KS4 is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can print out for colleagues as often as you want. You can also put it on your school learning platform so all members of your department can access the document. YOu can view sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/authordownloadsamples/T1800samples.pdf

You can obtain Teaching Art to KS3 and KS4 by going to http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=76_121&products_id=771

The price is £10 plus VAT (the VAT can be reclaimed in most cases by the school). For teachers who buy the download there is a PowerPoint version that is available free on request from the publisher.

Teaching Art to KS3 and KS4 is published by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, or email sales@firstandbest.co.uk or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

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

First and Best in Education
Earlstrees Road
Corby
UK
NN17 4HH

Website: www.shop.firstandbest.co.uk
Email: sales@firstandbest.co.uk

 

How can you improve on a free service?

Imagine a company that goes into schools and removes unwanted IT equipment free of charge.

Now imagine a company that does more, such as data wiping and making sure the disposal is environmentally friendly.

And finally imagine a company that will pick up virtually everything unwanted in IT, from computers to telecoms, from monitors to cables.

First, to make it clear, PRM really does offer a free service. There are no charges.

Second, we treat everything in the most environmentally friendly way possible in keeping with school sustainable education programmes.

Third, all the data on the drives is wiped to the highest standards possible. In fact, on this issue we go further, for we clean out all the data from the drives, and then all the equipment is then recycled within the UK – all without any charge.

The only requirement we have is that you have at least 30 items for collection and that they are all gathered together in one easily accessible place for our driver to pick up.

We can take PC base units, CRT monitors, TFT monitors, servers, laptops, server racks, switches, telecom switches and printers. Indeed as long as you have 30 of these items we will take away other IT equipment at the same time, such as keyboards, cabling and telecoms.

At the end of the process we issue you with free certification evidence so you can see that the correct procedures were complied with.

For more information please call our freephone number: 0800 840 9195 or fill in the form by clicking here www.prmgreentech.com/contact.htm

Free poster on hazard symbols

Welcome to 2013! We hope you enjoyed the break!

To kick off the new term, we’ve produced a free poster of hazard symbols.

Download the poster from our Free Stuff page, where you’ll also find A2 Biology resources and a lesson plan on succession, an activity on the Earth’s orbit and a poster on animal and plant cells!

And if you’d like to see a bigger sample of what Boardworks Science has to offer, you can also request a free presentation of your choice!

Regards,

The Boardworks Science team

Chronic Behaviour Problems DVD By Dave Stott

Reduce chronic behaviour problems before they develop further

Pupils with chronic behaviour problems view the classroom as their stage and each lesson as an opportunity to practise their disruptive skills. The ‘drip drip’ effect on both the pupil and the morale of the teacher can be immense. It interrupts the whole learning environment and, if not addressed, chronic behaviour problems can escalate into acute and severe problems.

With this DVD you learn powerful strategies to:

• Reduce incidents of chronic misbehaviour
• De-escalate, rather than escalate, the situation
• Encourage pupils to make good decisions about behaviour and return to ‘on-task’ behaviour

Section 1 outlines the difference between chronic and acute behaviour problems. You explore the effects of chronic issues, particularly on the teacher, in terms of self-esteem, professional competence, interruption to learning, anger and frustration.

Section 2 demonstrates practical examples of ‘off-task’ behaviour problems such as fidgeting and lack of attention (disruptive and non-disruptive), agitated
movement, bringing the wrong equipment, wearing the wrong uniform, calling
out, leaving the seat, interrupting the learning of others by chatting or
making physical contact, and refusal to comply with clear instructions.

You explore a hierarchy of responses involving:

• Physical proximity
• Proximity praise
• Secret signals
• Location change
• Work order change
• Rewards and consequences

Section 3 examines how to increase the level and effectiveness of your
responses if chronic behaviour still persists. You explore practical examples of one-to-one conferences, planning your approach, working in partnership with colleagues, parents and carers, benchmarking behaviour and monitoring progress.

Section 4 is a question and answer session with the studio audience, and
includes a final review of suggested strategies.

Total running time: 60 minutes.

Also included are handouts and useful discussion points as a pdf on the disc.

This DVD is also available as an intranet version which can be stored on your
server and allows easy access to everyone in the establishment.

Suitable for use in both primary and secondary schools and is priced at £50.00 + VAT.

  • Chronic Behaviour Problems DVD, Order code: 043HH

Please quote the order code when ordering:

Get 2013 off to a flying start

Happy New Year! What are your school’s New Year’s resolutions for 2013? Improve student engagement? Successfully integrate ICT into your curriculum? Ensure your students reach their full potential in numeracy and literacy or perhaps all of the above?

We’ve come up some tips to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions.

Enjoyment

Enjoyment is the key to meeting your goals! Our resources offer exciting rewards, making learning fun and helping to build confidence.

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Plan your path to success! With our adaptable courses you can differentiate between your pupils to meet individual needs.

Success

Celebrate achievement! Through automatic marking and instant awards you can track progress and intervene if pupils need more help, ensuring all your pupils experience success.

Why not start the New Year with a FREE trial and take advantage of our New Year’s resolution offer? Exclusive 7-month licences available for a limited time only.

To take up this offer:

Request a trial by emailing or clicking on the button below.

  1. Experience the benefits of our programs with your students.
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Effective differentiation, marking and feedback for ‘outstanding’ lessons

This one day course is packed with essential, practical content. In 3 lively sessions we look in detail at effective differentiation, marking and feedback in practice and give numerous techniques and strategies that you can apply on your return to school. Discover how to engage students, enrich their learning and save teachers’ time.

This day is interactive and energising. Topics include:

  • How to use Assessment for Learning strategies to aid differentiation
  • Lesson planning to maximise learning for all pupils
  • What Ofsted inspectors are looking for and how to meet the highest requirements
  • Marking and feedback as key components of effective AfL
  • Self-assessment, self-evaluation and peer assessment
  • Top tips on how to use marking to motivate
  • Managing the assessment workload
  • How to use questioning techniques more effectively

Effective differentiation, marking and feedback for ‘outstanding’ lessons is delivered by Karl Turner. Karl has 28 years of experience as classroom teacher, Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher. He continues to teach as well as delivering high quality courses and school-based INSET helping colleagues to develop outstanding teaching strategies. Karl has a proven track record of providing effective developmental leadership in support of sustained pupil, subject and school improvement.

“Great speaker. Perfect pace. Excellent.”
Rhian Davies, Gartree High School

“Very helpful, great ideas, straightforward, no-nonsense, lots of practical tips.”
David Brown, Ralph Thoresby School

“Absolutely fantastic. Really easy to listen to.”
Katy Paternoster, Hamford Primary School

Venues and dates:

Manchester: 18th January 2013

Stratford-upon-Avon: 21st June 2013

Leeds: 1st July 2013

Quote ‘New Year offer’ and Save £50 when you book by 11th January 2013

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Saint Paul’s Excursion to France

Pupils from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe were able to immerse themselves in many aspects of French culture from visiting the bustling Christmas markets in Amiens and historic Boulogne, to staying in a chateau and visiting Nausicaá, France’s world-class sea-life and marine environment centre.

Amiens proved to be the perfect place for the French and Art students to experience the authentic and magical atmosphere of a traditional Christmas market and soak up the art, culture and history of the French city.

Staged in the heart of the city, the “Winter Scents, Amiens Christmas Market” (les parfums d’hiver, le marché de noël d’Amiens) is the largest Christmas market in the north of France. The whole of Amiens city centre was immersed in the imaginary world of Jules Verne for the occasion, and the pupils were able to explore this world of dreams and festivities. There was a variety of festive music, tasty treats and lights and an open air ice rink, merry-go-rounds, singers and shows.

The visit to Nausicaá allowed pupils to experience and record images on sea life which they may use in the future projects on Matisse or Munch’s “The Scream”. The school feels that it is important that pupils are able to gather independent research first hand, as work produced from experience is far more personal and better informed.

Pupils also had an excellent opportunity to view street artists in Boulogne, including an outstanding ice sculptor and creative and dramatic street performers. A particularly useful focus in Boulogne and Amiens was that they were able to see people making and selling crafts based around skills they might learn in school.

 “The visit provided an excellent opportunity for the pupils to practice their French in a “real life” situation which is so very different from classroom learning,” explained Mrs Helen Farrar, Head of Modern Language at Saint Paul’s.  “It was great to see how their confidence grew as they were able to experience communicating in a foreign language! The students enjoyed the trip which was great fun and very friendly.”

Mrs Farrar added: “The pupils quickly got into the festive spirit. The Christmas markets were enchanting and were ideal for our pupils to experience the richness of French culture. The pupils gained valuable skills which can be used in their studies, they also gained a great deal of confidence through the whole trip and it was great to see pupils from all year groups helping and supporting each other.”

Miss Rebecca Coyle, Second in the Performing and Expressive Arts faculty at Saint Paul’s, who also went on the trip, commented: “This was an excellent trip, which proved to be hugely enjoyably and a very valuable support for the students’ work. The visit brought them into contact with many areas of inspiration for their art projects.”

“The Amiens Christmas markets had a warm and festive feel with plenty of choice to suit all tastes. It was a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to explore the old city and savour the atmosphere,” continued Miss Coyle.

Miss Coyle added: “It was an excellent opportunity for the pupils to experience art in a different way…rather than the obvious. Plus, in the New Year, the Year 10 Art students will be doing a sea life project… so they will have primary research from both the Blue Planet Aquarium and Nausicaa.”

 “We see educational visits and trips as very important for our pupils, they can stimulate and inspire, aid personal and social development and motivate learners of all abilities,” commented Mr Wiktor Daron, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “The trip to France will be one that they will remember for a very long time.”

New Year’s Resolutions for Saint Paul’s

It’s not only individuals who sign up for New Year resolutions, staff and pupils at Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe have also committed to the following:

 No “play” fighting as it can sometimes lead to the real thing

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Keep bad language out of Saint Paul’s

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Saying sorry is the starting point to solving lots of problems

 “The New Year offers an excellent opportunity to commit to some positive actions and thoughts which are realistic, worthwhile and beneficial,” explained Mr Wiktor Daron, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “As a school, we are always looking for ways which we can improve school life and the development of our pupils.”

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The 13th Christopher Tower Poetry competition from Christ Church, University of Oxford

All 16-18 year olds are invited to enter (closing date 1 March 2013) for this year’s competition with its theme of ‘The Details’, judged by Bernard O’Donoghue, Carrie Etter and Peter McDonald.

First prize £3,000; second prize £1,000; third prize £500 and commended entries £250. Winning schools receive £150.

Winning poems from previous years are on the website and the longlisted poems from the last two years plus a list of winning schools.

Over 100 book reviews are published online and forthcoming poetry readings and other events.

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What is the best way to handle the ADHD pupil?

No matter how controversial ADHD may become at times, one thing is certain – everyone would like to help the ADHD pupil so that he/she can partake more fully of school activities without disrupting the work of others.

Similarly there cannot be a parent who has an ADHD child who does not wish, at least part of the time, that their child could just settle down and work or even just watch TV, quietly. Just like “normal” children.

It is in response to these feeling of both parents and teachers that Helping ADHD pupils and students through school has been written.

It is a volume that explains succinctly what the latest research on ADHD reveals, and then sets out in great detail exactly how ADHD pupils can be helped and supported in their day to day activities within the school.

There is no assumption in this volume that the ADHD youngster is going to be given a drug treatment to help control the effect of ADHD. The effects of ADHD drugs such as Ritalin are explained, but the materials and plans given here will work with those who have don’t have any medication, those who have it, but are not affected by it all day, and with those who are constantly medicated while at school.

A fundamental view of the book is that the best approach for any ADHD child is one in which the parents and school can work together with a common purpose to help the young person – and with this in mind there is a substantial section of material at the end of the book that can be copied and passed on to parents.

This parental section contains both explanations and practical approaches to dealing with the ADHD child at home.

Of course, we all recognise that not every ADHD child’s parents will be able to work in the organised and controlled manner that will help ADHD pupils, and therefore we work within the school-based sections, from the basis that although parental support is ideal, it doesn’t always happen.

What is essential is that everyone who deals with an ADHD young person understands what ADHD is, how to distinguish it from other forms of excessive behaviour and how to work positively with these young people for their benefit, without disturbing the rest of the school.

The book looks at individual behaviour, plus issues such as rewards, punishments, handling special days when behaviour may be exacerbated, overcoming impulsiveness, homework, where ADHD people can succeed and do well, ADHD and responsibility, and sport, the arts and other activities.

Helping ADHD pupils and students through school by Tony Attwood is available as a photocopiable book or on CD Rom which can itself be copied or loaded onto the school’s learning platform or intranet.

ISBN: 978 1 86083 855 2 Order code: T1789emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/attentiondeficit/T1789.pdf

  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
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Changing the way students think

It has become commonplace to point out that the students in class today will spend their working lives undertaking tasks that do not yet exist using technology that has not yet been imagined.

But meanwhile they need to pass exams – and so our exam-focussed secondary curriculum continues.

And it is clear that, no matter what subject is to be studied, the ability to respond to any question with rational argument and the ability to see through false arguments is fundamental.

“Critical Thinking” by Roy van den Brink-Budgen looks at arguments and analyses what arguments are, which types of argument are valid, and which not.

It analyses, in a manner that every sixth former can fully grasp, the way in which arguments are structured and the assumptions that are made in putting forward arguments. Evidence and the truth, facts and judgements all come under the microscope, followed by an analysis of the limits of persuasiveness.

But Critical Thinking is more than just dismantling and evaluating other people’s arguments. It is also involved in the production of the student’s own arguments. It encourages students to develop their arguments in essays, reports, debates, etc, and helps them be prepared to stand back and assess their own reasoning.

Working through this book students will grasp that point, they will look at arguments afresh and understand the way in which arguments can be erected and dismantled.

In short this is a book that is essential in the classroom; it will change the way students think, change the way they study, and change the way in which they approach their exams.

The volume can be bought as a photocopiable book or on CD Rom.

You can see some sample pages at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/english/T1792.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1792EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 875 0

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Cross Curricular Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s the most effective way to help an NQT, support teacher and other colleagues with behaviour management?

Some behaviour management books run to hundreds of pages, and if you are writing a thesis on the subject or running courses for other teachers they might be exactly what you need.

But sometimes there is a need to go back to the beginning – especially if you are looking to help NQTs, support staff or other colleagues who are having some difficulties in the classroom.

It’s for this reason we have produced Behaviour Management: or what do I do now?

The aim of the booklet is simple – to set out the basics in behaviour management in a short simple format, so that anyone interested can take the information and transform their work in the classroom immediately.

The focus is the simple question: “What do I do with young people who have anger and behaviour issues?” It is in fact a straightforward first information pack for staff who are looking to make progress in this own classroom environment.

The booklet covers such topics as “The Conflict Cycle”, aggressive signs and signals, ways of managing anger, the “solid relationship”, the “CALM” technique, body language etc etc.

Behaviour Management: What do I do now? is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can print out for colleagues as often as you want. You can also put it on your school learning platform so all staff can access the document – and indeed you can make it part of the induction documentation for new members of staff.

You can obtain Behaviour Management: What do I do Now? by going to http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=744

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

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

The full range of First and Best books can be seen at www.shop.firstandbest.co.uk
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From The Sex Pistols to Lady Gaga

This resource provides a structured foundation to studying popular music and considers the changing strategies employed by the industry to attract fans.

Employing three very different case studies from different periods, it guides students through consideration of cultural, industrial and technological issues.

From punk band the Sex Pistols the resource moves on to the TV talent show created group Girls’ Aloud, ending with pop phenomenon Lady Gaga.

The presentation moves through distinct ages of media change and provides discussion points of a variety of media issues such as representation, institution and audience.

This resource contains 104 PowerPoints on a CD. Once purchased the CD can be freely copied and networked throughout the school.

To see sample pages please email sales@classroom-resources.co.uk quoting the order code 5330.

The price is £49.99 + VAT and you can order the WJEC A2 Media – MS4 Pop Music Presentation CD in any of these ways:

  • On our website
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  • By fax on 0117 940 6408
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  • By post to: Classroom Resources, PO Box 1489, Bristol, BS99 3QJ

A 3d Immersive simulation of a training school for crime scene officers

For most students such information they have about crime scenes before taking the BTEC Science Unit 13 comes from detective dramas on TV.

Which presents a problem. For although some of the depictions of crime scenes and crime solving on TV are accurate (at least up to a point), virtually all such programmes focus as much on the quirky (or even dysfunctional) personalities of the police officers and/or private detective as they do on the crime scene.

But in Crime Scene Investigation School the balance is reversed. The personal difficulties of the investigating officers are set aside and instead all focus is on the Crime Scene itself.

We start in the Training Room where there is a body lying in a pool of blood.

Having seen this, the students have to gather the evidence around them, without in any way contaminating the crime scene. And it is not as easy as it sounds.

Instructions are given aurally and written (on in-game plasma TVs) and take the students around the Store Room, the Locker Room, the Scene of the Crime, and the Crime Lab.

The students use the equipment on hand to examine fibres found at the scene and the DNA ‘fingerprints’ from a blood sample. A computer with a scanner within the program can be used to identify the owners of fingerprints:

Once the evidence is gathered and processed the student can forward the findings to the Crown Prosecution Service office where a further goal involving the use of gas chromatography can be attempted by students who have the completed the initial tasks successfully.

You can see the game in much more detail at www.keylinkcomputers.co.uk/. You then need to click on CSI School for BTEC Science in the left hand panel or click on the main picture.

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

12 days of Christmas giveaway

If you could ask for one gift from Santa this year, what would it be? We think that many busy teachers would choose the gift of Time. Christmas is a hectic time in schools and it can be challenging to juggle professional and personal commitments at this time of year.

Sign up for a FREE trial with Teaching Resources UK and you can save hundreds of planning hours, while delivering thought-provoking lessons with instantly downloadable lesson plans, activities, worksheets and more!

We guarantee to save you time but as an extra gift this Christmas, we are giving away twelve memberships to Teaching Resources UK in our ‘12 Days of Christmas Competition’. Not only that, everyone who signs up for a FREE trial will receive a selection box as a gift from us.

Competition details

• Sign up for a FREE trial between Monday 3rd and Friday 14th December

• The twelfth person to sign up for a trial on each day will win a 12 month membership to Teaching Resources UK worth £299.99

• Every person who signs up for a trial between Monday 3rd and Friday 14th December will receive a festive selection box

Twelve reasons to join today…

1. Hundreds of teaching resources for key stages 3 and 4 to give you more planning time

2. Instantly downloadable activities available when you need them available for the whole school

3. Comprehensive, engaging and topical assembly plans

4. Tried and tested lesson plans, covering hundreds of topics

5. Interactive media, including videos, for student engagement

6. Devised by advanced skills teachers and industry experts

7. Easy to use teachers’ website makes it simple to find what you need quickly

8. Professionally presented resources for slick delivery of lessons

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10. Reviewed and updated resources added every term

11. Unlimited access to over 300 hours of high quality teaching resources

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Enter the ’12 Days of Christmas Competition’ today and win a 12 month membership. Sign up for your FREE trial here and you will automatically entered into the draw.

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AS Geography Student Workbook: Unit 1 World at Risk

This workbook aims to provide students with a revision aid for the ‘World at Risk’ element of Unit 1: Global Challenges paper for Edexcel A-level.

The first part of the workbook provides students with focused questions closely linked to the specification content to test their knowledge.

Section 2 allows students to practise the application of this knowledge against past exam questions.

The final section allows students to compare their answers not only against the mark scheme but also against an exam answer.

The volume is only available as a download – not as a printed book.

There are sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/authordownloadsamples/T1797samples.pdf

AS Geography Student Workbook: Unit 1 World at Risk is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can print out for colleagues as often as you want. You can also put it on your school learning platform so all staff can access the document – and indeed you can make it part of the induction documentation for new members of staff.

You can obtain AS Geography Student Workbook: Unit 1 World at Risk by going to http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=76_112&products_id=768

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

AS Geography Student Workbook: Unit 1 World at Risk is published by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, or email sales@firstandbest.co.uk or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

For other Geography revision guides that can be bought as download from First and Best please go to http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/index.php?cPath=76_112
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What’s the simplest way to ensure that all form time sessions are exciting, informative, educational and engaging?

Creating a new form time activity each week is not necessarily difficult, but it can take time, and it is occasionally the case that form time is not used as fully as it might be..

Of course there are many form time programmes that have been produced commercially – but with these it is not always clear what one will get if making a purchase.

Which is why we offer all our form time activities on a free trial basis. What’s more, if you ask for a trial, you get to choose which lessons you see – not the ones we have chosen for you.

We’ve created a series of KS3 and KS4 form time plans that can be used throughout the year. Each includes a PDF overview and a PowerPoint presentation.

Topics currently include…

Active careers (2 activities)
Alcohol (12 activities)
Credit crunch (6 activities)
Critical consumers (4 activities)
Democracy (7 activities)
Diversity (3 activities)
Economic ideas (7 activities)
Enterprise (5 activities)
Enterprise and the community (3 activities)
Enterprise skills (3 activities)
Gap year introduction (4 activities)
Gap year volunteering (2 activities)
Human rights (7 activities)
The media (6 activities)
Options in year 9 (7 activities)
Prejudice (4 activities)
Revision (4 activities)
SkillsActive professional skills resources (6 activities)
The stock exchange (4 activities)
Preparing for work (5 activities)
Thinking about work (3 activities)

If you would like to have the resources for a completely free 14 day trial, with no obligation to buy, please visit http://www.teaching-resources-uk.com/2012 And if you would like unlimited access to all our resources for the whole school we are now offering this at £299.99 (annual subscription).

Teaching children about Scotland: the books to help you help them

‘The Curriculum for Excellence encourages teachers to use their professional expertise and creativity to show how subjects can be linked, just as they are in life and work.’ (The Scottish Government)

National Museum Scotland’s Scottie books present a seriously fun way of teaching 7-10 year olds about Scotland and give them an engaging learning experience. The series provides links between different areas of the curriculum – social sciences, sciences, languages and religious and moral education  – and brings the past to life to inform the present.

Scotties are exciting, full-colour 48pp-information books containing a wealth of interesting facts, stimulating activities, illustrations and photographs, plus lists of places of interest and selected websites. Many of the photographs are of objects held in National Museums Scotland or other collections.

Unless otherwise stated, each title includes an 8pp black/white section of activities photocopiable for classroom use.

Titles available: The Clans (Gordon Jarvie) / The Covenanters (Claire Watts) / Greyfriars Bobby: A Tale of Victorian Edinburgh (Frances & Gordon Jarvie)/ Flight in Scotland (Frances & Gordon Jarvie) / The Jacobites (for 10-12s, activities section not photocopiable Antony Kamm) / Mary, Queen of Scots (Elizabeth Douglas) / Robert Burns in Time and Place (Frances & Gordon Jarvie) / The Romans in Scotland (Frances Jarvie) / Scotland’s Vikings  (Gordon & Frances Jarvie) / Scottish Kings and Queens (Elizabeth Douglas) / Scottish Rocks and Fossils (Alan & Moira McKirdy) / Supernatural Scotland (Eileen Dunlop)

Titles coming soon / in the pipeline: There Shall Be a Scottish Parliament (February 2013 Frances & Gordon Jarvie) Scottish Explorers (February 2013 Antony Kamm) / Pirate Tales from Scotland (tbc Antony Kamm / Scottish Environments (tbc Alan & Moira McKirdy)

If you have any suggestions for subjects we might cover please let us know: publishing@nms.ac.uk

Series editors: Gordon and Frances Jarvie have many years’ experience of primary school teaching and lecturing. Between them they are also the authors of seven titles in the series.

Reviews:

Robert Burns in Time and Place: ‘This book is entertaining because there’s super quizzes in the book to keep you busy.’ P4 school pupil

Greyfriars Bobby: ‘This is a useful resource for those who like to know the story behind the story, and for studying local history.’ School Librarian

The Jacobites: The text is intelligent and clear, with a huge amount of information fitted into a few words. … I cannot recommend it too highly’ History Teaching Review

Mary Queen of Scots: ‘ … an excellent book, the extras are fun for children with good pictures.’ P4 school pupil

The Covenanters: ‘This concise and interesting publication, yet another useful publication by National Museums Scotland in their Scottie range, is a most excellent place to start to gain an overview of the Covenanter movement.’ History Teaching Review

See the books online at: www.nms.ac.uk/books

Prices and how to buy

All Scottie titles retail at £5.99. They are available from your educational supplier, from our online shop as above, or direct from the publisher. If you order 5+ books  direct a 20% discount (plus p/p) will apply.

NMS Enterprises Limited – Publishing, National Museums Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF    0131 247 4026     publishing@nms.ac.uk

Is it possible for stories from 400 years ago to offer parallels with the lives of teenagers today?

The answer is undoubtedly yes.

Take, for example, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – between them they offer extraordinary insights into the issues that that have been faced across time.

Unfortunately the language used in these masterpieces of literature are often a barrier when it comes to using the plays with pupils as part of our reference to the universality of the problems and issues that people face.

Overcome this problem and we have the perfect teaching resource through which the for-better-or-for-worse decisions that everyone has to face. Students can then explore the various courses of action that both they and characters can take.

In short the students watch the characters’ mistakes and learn from them, without having to interpret the language that Shakespeare used in writing the plays.

Working with Will is a scheme of work for PSHE teachers where the topics on the KS3 and KS4 curricula are explored.

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

The 179 page volume contains three schemes of work – each of which can stand alone – with a series of lesson plans that can be used sequentially or can be dipped in and out of in any order. It also comes with a free CD containing the text of the book plus PowerPoints to use with the lessons.

The author offers workshops on Working with Will – please click here for more information.

Cat No: 978 1 86083 890 3
Order code: T1796emn – please quote with order.
Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/pshe/T1796.pdf

Price: Photocopiable report in a ring binder plus CD, £29.95 plus £3.95 delivery

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CSIE training in spring 2013 Outstanding outcomes for all


CSIE training in spring 2013
Outstanding outcomes for all      

–      Birmingham 7th March 2013

–      Leeds 14th March 2013

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Outstanding outcomes for all       

About the workshop:

Are all pupils at your school fully aware of different forms of bullying, including prejudice-based bullying, and actively try to prevent it from occurring? Does every member of your school community feel safe at school and would they confidently say so if asked? Ofsted’s report “No place for bullying” (June 2012) suggests that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and disabled pupils bear the brunt of bullying in schools. Do all staff at your school feel well-equipped to tackle homophobic and disablist bullying? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no’, this workshop is for you.

 

This workshop aims to do more than simply help schools fulfil their statutory duties or do well in an Ofsted inspection. It is a practical, “hands on” workshop designed to be engaging and constructive. It will: provide key information on the Equality Act 2010 and its implications for schools; support participants to explore everyday life in school through the lens of equality; and enable participants to: a) present to parents, staff, governors or inspectors a clear rationale for development; and b) work collaboratively to improve the experience of members of their school community at risk of marginalisation or discrimination.

Who should attend:

  • teachers
  • headteachers
  • inclusion managers
  • other senior leadership staff
  • learning supporters
  • governors
  • other people interested in doing more than paying lip service to equality in schools

Aims

This workshop aims to:

  • provide an overview of the Equality Act and its implications for schools;
  • explore lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and disability equality;
  • help improve the experience of LGBT and disabled members of the school community.

Objectives

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • recognise how the Equality Act protects LGBT and disabled people;
  • be aware of the different ways in which disability is understood;
  • develop confidence and language for speaking about LGBT and disability equality;
  • identify stereotypes and prejudices facing LGBT and disabled people in schools;
  • describe barriers to learning and participation for LGBT and disabled people in their own school;
  • work collaboratively to improve the experience of LGBT and disabled members, or potential members, of their school community;
  • present to parents, staff, governors or inspectors a clear rationale for change;
  • recognise how LGBT and disability equality are evaluated by Ofsted inspectors.

 


Outstanding outcomes for all

       Cost

       £45 +vat
(total – £54)

        

       Dates and Venues

       Birmingham

       Thursday 7 March 2013, 1:30 – 4:00 pm
Carrs Lane Church Centre, Carrs Lane
Birmingham B4 7SX

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       Thursday 14 March 2013, 1:30 am– 4:00 pm
Quaker Meeting House, 188 Wood Lane
Leeds LS2 9DX

        

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Feedback from autumn CSIE workshops:

“Well presented and thought provoking”

“Knowledgeable credible facilitators”

“Valued time for reflection – thinking in a ‘safe’ environment”

“Presenter was excellent – very informative and enthusiastic”

The very best science and maths entertainment for schools

Science teachers know how difficult it can be to plan their activities for National Science and Engineering Week in March.

It can be a struggle to find a good quality in-school presentation. Sometimes the science is good, but the presentation lets it down. Or the presenter is engaging, but the science is a bit thin. And with so many providers available online, it’s impossible to tell who the genuine professionals are.

SciEnts is a new ‘one-stop shop’ for schools looking to book an entertaining science or maths show. It features only experienced, engaging presenters offering professional levels of service who will be happy to appear at your school or science week event. There are 20 to choose from, covering various STEM subjects and performance skills:  from musicians and magicians to actors and stuntspeople.

An in-school science or maths show supports busy teachers by offering amazing curriculum-linked shows for their students. The site features only experienced, engaging presenters offering professional levels of service. They are all willing to travel UK-wide and all come with an enhanced CRB and adequate public liability insurance. The site allows teachers quickly to select from primary and secondary and also gives guidance for teachers about booking and making their STEM engagement day run well.

Ameoba to Zebra, Ian Dunne, Simon Watt, Visualise and David Hall use the power of theatre to tell a story of science which charms and engages audiences of any age or ability. Former science teachers-turned-Circus performers, James Soper and Dr Ken dazzle their audiences with a combination of physics and high-energy circus skills.

If maths is more your cup of tea, we have several performers with specifically maths-oriented shows. Rob Eastaway can show you mind-reading tricks based on maths from his numerous books, Colin Wright demonstrates the maths of juggling, Matt Pritchard uses his maths magician skills and Bubblz the Maths Clown introduces maths to younger audiences.

The secrets of our universe can be explained through the musical performances of Doctor Lewney through rock guitar, or modern day rap with Jon Chase, or through a magical atmosphere of a darkened dome. Or if you fancy an explosion of science through adventure and stunts try Huw James, Fran Scott, Matthew Tosh or one-man-zoo, Mike Leahy.

Last but not least, the ‘science made simple’ team, Becky Holmes and David Price bring their unique blend of enthusiasm to igniting your pupils’ natural curiosity for science through busking and storytelling in the classroom.

Bringing a real scientist, engineer or mathematician into the classroom provides a direct link of personal experience between science and maths in the classroom and the world outside. If you want to genuinely engage children or adults with profound and practical science and maths for a reasonable price, you simply can’t beat a professional science show. All our performers are flexible and experienced enough to ensure your event goes smoothly and successfully, even if you’ve never hosted one before.

SciEnts offers only the very best performers via a single, easy-to-use web page: www.SciEnts.co.uk

 

How to ensure teenagers stay alert and secure online

For many young people, parents and teachers exist primarily to stop them doing what they want to do.

According to this view, parents and teachers are out of touch with modern reality, full of “don’t” messages because they don’t actually understand what is going on.

So unless we can demonstrate knowledge of the facts and show young people that we understand the issues they face, little progress can be made.

One issue that is rarely out of the news is that of cyberspace and the dangers that exist online. Sadly, much of what goes on in cyberspace is unregulated. While regulations may control what happens in the US and EU, there is often little control over what is done in many other parts of the world.

And quite often it is hard to tell whether messages are legitimate or not.

So we need to remind young people that, as in all walks of life, there are malicious people dwelling in cyberspace, whose aim is to cause damage and destruction just for the hell of it, procuring young people for sex, and conning the unwary out of money.

The resource Personal Safety in Cyberspace examines these issues and answers all the questions students and pupils might have.

It highlights the dangers that lurk within a computer, tablet, PDA, laptop or mobile phone.

It also identifies ways to protect users from destructive cyber-villains and it includes sections on malware (such as viruses, Trojans and worms), spam email, cyber-bullying (bullying by email and text), phishing, spyware, email hoaxes, website hacking and financial scams.

This resource is available as a hard copy or an ebook and free sample pages are available on our website.

You can order Personal Safety in Cyberspace in any of these ways:

Running a Business is a doddle. Isn’t it?

In the 1980’s Polly Peck and Ratners were widely used as case studies on how a perfect business should be run, clearly as time has progressed this perhaps was not true.

In the 90’s and Noughties there were lots of highly successful businesses that started on a shoestring with just an idea and went on to make millions (think Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook). With top TV programmes like Young Apprentice business is now really cool.

In order that children can gain practical experience of how a business works we have put together a series of exercises called The Smoothie Enterprise Challenge. This is an exciting and engaging business simulation where pupils get the opportunity to run their own small business. Their task is to create, design, advertise and sell a new Smoothie.

The children work in small teams and take on the management roles in the business. They agree a name for their Smoothie, design a logo and company strapline, conduct some very tasty market research, cost out their products and then design all the marketing materials. Each team then delivers a presentation to a panel of ‘supermarket buyers’ who will invest in their favourite brand. Working to tight deadlines gives the activity a ‘real’ business flavour.

The ‘Smoothie Enterprise Challenge’ is suitable for Upper KS1 and KS2.

The learning outcomes are: to understand and experience some of the key tasks in running a business, to develop and apply key skills on a ‘real’ business project, to enhance english, maths and art work, to develop social skills and have fun whilst working as part of a team.

This resource contains clear teacher guidance notes that explain how to run the exercises, a pre-event lesson plan so children will understand the vocabulary used, 6 exercises all with colourful student worksheets and a resources checklist which covers each exercise.

There are more details at…

http://c-l-e.co.uk/buy-teaching-resources-online/the-smoothie-enterprise-challenge/

You can pay and download the exercise direct from our website using our secure Paypal system. Or you may wish to pay with either a cheque or a purchase order number. Simply e-mail your purchase order number to julie@c-l-e.co.uk and we will e-mail the exercise to you along with the invoice for payment.

Nationally Acclaimed “Hands On” Stage Lighting Workshops Special offer this term and spring term

This nationally acclaimed “hands on” stage lighting workshop led by Professional Lighting Designer John Watson. This is a workshop that will definitely inspire and help your students get to grips with stage lighting and improve their grades as well.      

With the use of a massive 2.5metre  tall model stage built up by the students, they will have “hands on “  and explore real Flood lights, Fresnels, Profile spots, gobos, and  new LED lighting,  create fire and water effects. With flown scenery and  “west end sets” this is a workshop your students will never forget!

Don’t take my word for it, here are some reviews by drama teachers of the workshops.

“John’s workshop was the reverse of peeling away at onion layers, he literally built the “layers” of a theatre in front of our eyes and then using totally interactive techniques showed us the “hows and whys” of lighting.  This was learning that was digestible, kinesthetic, revelatory and fun!” Thank you again for a fantastic day today.(16th Nov 12)..I felt it was pitched really well for our students.  I will certainly recommend you on to colleagues. Ms Nancy  McClean   Head of Drama  The Royal Grammar School, Guildford 16th Nov 12

SPECIAL OFFER  £199 to schools this term and Spring term

For In-school workshop fees. 1st workshop has to be 3 hours, normally £250,  now  offer price £199

 (for up to 40 students.)     If you want a 2nd workshop if on the same day 2 hours @ £150

Travel cost will be charged, no vat on workshop fee. 

Relevant for: GCSE , A & AS level Theatre studies and GNVQ, Btech,

 Plus   “get into technical theatre” taster event for younger students, and your technical teams.        

 

John was short-listed for the Innovative Workshop of the Year award (2003) and now several years on it’s even more exciting!  

 

          Book now email: john.l.watson@live.co.uk or call John on the number below.  

 

 “Superb! Outstanding presentation was highly appreciated by all our pupils and has inspired them and me to design lighting for our productions with more confidence and ambition.”  Dermot Murphy Head of Drama Testwood School Totton Southampton

This lighting workshop certainly had the wow factor! The best student based workshop I have ever had. Carol Evans Alder School Tameside

Booking  (call anytime)  01773 712130  mobile 07966 491 543 

 

EMAIL: john.l.watson@live.co.uk                    

Website: www.creativelightingdesign.co.uk

 

Inset days and technical advice, refurbishments, and training.

John Watson is a member of the Association of Lighting Designers

 

Creative Lighting Design Ltd 9 Market Place, Heanor, Derbyshire DE75 7AA

Free removal of your old and broken computer equipment before Christmas

Imagine a company that goes into schools and removes unwanted IT equipment free of charge.

Now imagine a company that does more, such as data wiping and making sure the disposal is environmentally friendly.

And finally imagine a company that will pick up virtually everything unwanted in IT, from computers to telecoms, from monitors to cables. And who will do it before Christmas if that is what you want.

And to make it clear:

First of all, PRM really does offer a free service. There are no charges.

Second, we treat everything in the most environmentally friendly way possible, in keeping with school sustainable education programmes.

Third, all the data on the drives is wiped to the highest standards possible. In fact, on this issue we go further, for we clean out all the data from the drives, and then all the equipment is then recycled within the UK – all without any charge.

The only requirement we have is that you have at least 30 items for collection and that they are all gathered together in one easily accessible place for our driver to pick up.

We can take PC base units, CRT monitors, TFT monitors, servers, laptops, server racks, switches, telecom switches and printers. Indeed as long as you have 30 of these items we will take away other IT equipment at the same time, such as keyboards, cabling and telecoms.

At the end of the process we issue you with free certification evidence so you can see that the correct procedures were complied with.

For more information please call our freephone number: 0800 840 9195 or fill in the form by clicking here www.prmgreentech.com/contact.htm And if you want us to collect before Christmas give us a ring – our last collection date is 21st December.

Geography Starters

Starter activities can be invaluable to you as a teacher. They help you to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Engage the pupils as soon as they enter the room, preventing instances of boredom that can lead to poor behaviour.
  • Set the tone for the rest of the lesson. The pupils have engaged in work right from the start.
  • Demonstrate your expectations of the pupils and set a routine. As soon as the pupils enter your classroom they will start work.
  • Recap the main ideas or key words from the previous lesson.
  • Pass on any general geography ideas or skills that you otherwise don’t get time to teach.
  • Get the pupils brains going and instil some motivation.
  • Challenge the pupils in a fun way that makes them look forward to the next one.
  • Challenge the pupils against one another in an enjoyable way.
  • Give yourself the chance to get ready anything you might need for the lesson, or take the register.

Geography Starters is a set of starter activities – crosswords, puzzles, wordsearches, etc – designed for pupils at KS3. It is provided in a photocopiable format so that sheets can be copied and given out to pupils as required – and obviously re-used as much as you wish. Answer sheets are provided.

You can see a full list of the topics and some sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/geography/T1717.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1717EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 722 7

Prices

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

Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1717EMN

 

HP 635 laptops at around half price, plus amazing offers on Toshiba and other HP machines and security products

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To receive the special discount for schools for any of the above products, all you need to do is quote
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Raising grades at A-Level and IB French

If there is one thing that can readily take a student up a grade it is vocabulary.

Which is why we have produced a resource pack which covers a wide range of French language exercises, which aim to reinforce and expand vocabulary.

The worksheets provide students with valuable language and reading practice. The resource also contain the necessary words and phrases that students need to speak and write confidently and with authenticity.

They can be used in class or as homework tasks. Model answers are also included for each page.

The vocabulary and language tasks can also be used by teachers as benchmark tests to monitor their students’ progress throughout the A-Level and IB French course.

A grand total of 19 different language points are covered, including:

  • Les définitions
  • Les synonymes
  • Les homonymes
  • Les antonymes
  • Les expressions idiomatiques avec les nombres
  • Les expressions idiomatiques avec les parties du corps
  • Les expressions idiomatiques avec les couleurs
  • Les erreurs courantes en français
  • Les faux-amis
  • Les niveaux de langue
  • Le langage de la rue
  • Les paronymes
  • Les homographes
  • Les prépositions
  • Les conjonctions de coordination
  • Les conjonctions de subordination
  • Les conjonctions de subordination suivies de l’infinitif
  • Les adverbes de temps
  • La différence entre nombre, numéro et chiffre

This resource contains 51 copiable pages which are available as PDF downloads or as a PDF or editable Word files on a CD. The price of £29.99 + VAT is the same for all formats.

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

To see sample pages please email sales@classroom-resources.co.uk quoting the order code 9223.

You can order the Essential French Language Practice for A-Level and International Baccalaureate French in any of these ways:

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

Available now: FREE Citizenship resources

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is the UK independent regulator of advertising across all media. We work to make sure that all UK advertising is legal, decent, honest and truthful.

We are pleased to announce the launch of Ad:Check – Understanding Advertising Regulation, a new resource for PSHE, Citizenship, Media Studies and English at KS3 & 4.

 

Ad:Check offers teachers a range of lessons and classroom activities that will enable students to engage with examples of real ads and explore some topical and controversial issues within the context of their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms as citizens of a diverse and democratic society.

The materials and activities have been developed using real life case studies which will allow teachers flexibility in their approach and provide them with resources that will:

  • Encourage active learning, rich in student talk, discussion and questioning.
  • Prompt students to develop skills of visual literacy, thinking critically, constructively and creatively in analysing and evaluating evidence.
  • Help students with presenting ideas in a variety of forms and justifying conclusions.
  • Enable students to solve problems and develop their analytical skills while being encouraged to think creatively about topical issues, through decision-making exercises.

Ad:Check can be viewed and downloaded now from the ASA website.

Please also join our mailing list to receive more information from us about Ad:Check and our wider schools engagement programme here

This resource is produced by the Advertising Standards Authority. If you have any enquiries, please contact Priscilla Owusu at schools@asa.org.uk.

 

What is the simplest way of showing Ofsted that you are ticking all the boxes?

In the past 18 months it has become increasingly clear that for Ofsted there is one box that, when ticked, impresses the inspectorate almost more than anything else.

It is almost as if, when you get that right, the inspectors expect everything else to be in place. Instead of walking the school looking for what’s wrong, they walk around expecting everything to be right.

So, you may ask, what is this magic issue that so changes the attitude of the inspectors as they tour the school?

Here’s the answer: the issue is homework.

Show the inspectors that students, their parents, your colleagues and SLTs all know what homework is set day by day, the deadlines for each homework, the details of each piece of work, who was late submitting, what the marks were, and a dozen other factors, and immediately there is the impression of organisation and attention to detail that Ofsted inspectors so love and admire.

If you can show all that within a couple of minutes you will start to see the inspectors’ faces nodding with approval as ticks are put in the boxes.

Then show that you have incorporated the provision for non-English speaking parents to be able to access translations of the homework, and you will see that look that says you are almost home and dry.

Finally, make the point that the students not only know what homework they have to do – they also know that everyone else knows.

That one really knocks them out, because it shows that in one stroke you have eliminated the old story that students used to give parents about no homework being set.

To achieve this solution all you need is “Show My Homework”. It is used by schools across the country, and you can sign up for a free trial on our website by clicking here.

Alternatively you can call us on 020 8133 4560 for more information.

P.S: Here’s a nice little extra, we’ve just been shortlisted as a finalist for the BETT Awards 2013 in the category of Innovation in ICT – www.bettawards.com/522212

Widgit symbols could be a life saver

Widgit Software is famous for its symbols which are used widely in schools, colleges and day centres. Now they are beginning to develop a set of resources for the Health Service too.

Jane is 19 and has learning disabilities so she sometimes finds it hard to put thoughts into words. She has a 24 hour package of care but goes on her own in a taxi to college, to day care or to visit her friends.

She has several different medical conditions and her family worry about how she would cope in an emergency. Would people understand her? Would she get the treatment she needs?

ICE cards are playing an increasingly important part in health care. ICE stands for In Case of Emergency and users fill in details of emergency contacts, medications and allergies.

Alex Jordan is a volunteer administration assistant for Care Division, a registered care provider which has offices in Hampshire and Dorset.  She knows Jane well. Alex has first hand experience of symbols. She did not speak until she was more than 5 years old and symbols and signing became her lifeline when communicating with others.

I still use symbols on a daily basis to make  visual reminders for myself and to let service users like Jane  know what is happening,’ she said. ‘They might want a visual timetable of activities or a copy of a care rota so they can see when particular members of staff will be on duty.’

Alex is delighted with the Widgit ICE cards. ‘We find that some adults who have never encountered symbols before take to Widgit symbols straightaway because they are so simple and visual.  They help people like Jane communicate with others and make themselves understood. The Widgit ICE cards could, quite literally, be a  lifeline in an emergency.’

Widgit has the largest symbol supported vocabulary of all printed symbol systems and can be printed out in black and white or colour. Black and white symbols are clear and simple, ideal for some of our users who are easily distracted while colour can provide helpful clues for others.

Have a look at their health materials which include resources for diabetics and  information to help health professionals work with people with communication difficulties who have having routine procedures. 

http://www.widgit.com/about/settings/health-care.htm

From Pupil to Career Detective…

We have never lived through a time when young people were so disenfranchised.

Currently 1 in 4 young people cannot find work, and a greater number than ever report feeling powerless to influence their future. We therefore have a responsibility to prepare young people for life after school.

Our aim as educators should be to create a learning environment rich in context, value and purpose where young people learn for more than just future exams – focusing on competencies, not just content.

A careers and employability resource has been launched which uniquely helps young people in Years 7 and 8 develop key competencies whilst raising aspirations from an earlier age.

“Career Detectives is an innovative, fun and powerful tool that connects life and learning brilliantly!” Richard Gerver, Author & ‘Head Teacher of the Year’ 2005

Career Detectives, a holistic resource centred around a board game, provides stimulating information about 168 different careers across all sectors alongside a wide range of other games, exercises and starting points for lesson plans across every subject of the curriculum.

The activities can all be run in small groups or as whole classroom exercises making it ideal for breakfast or after school clubs, form time or more focused careers education work.

Career Detectives is a resource for the innovative and forward thinking educator. Yes, the resource helps schools evidence a number of Ofsted outcomes. Yes, it enhances the core curriculum and therefore aids attainment.

But even more, the use of Career Detectives is a significant step in secondary schools helping young people understand their purpose at school and the value they can offer their community and the wider world.

Career Detectives helps create a learning environment rich in context, value and purpose for all young people, not just those who are academically gifted.

Please click here for more information about Career Detectives which has recently been endorsed by Simon Hughes MP, Minister for Access to Education.

P.S. We’re so confident that you will find Career Detectives of dramatic benefit to your school that we offer a Money Back Guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with the resource.

Revolutionise your Listening Courses at School and at Home!

Listen Hear Ultimate CD-ROM package-on ALL your school computers!

500 years of music, scores, text and video-from Renaissance to Rock, Baroque to Blues

Listen Hear will boost your pupils Listening results and dramatically cut your preparation time!

Please go to www.softplanetgroup.com/listenhear for further info.

The package contains….

  • 1 master CD-ROM for your school server – available on all your school computers
  • 6 additional CD-ROMs for pupils Home study/preparation
  • Teachers CD-ROM with hundreds of multi –choice Questions and Answers– typical to GCSE, A level /SQA–to Print and Copy

Highly recommended by HUNDREDS of music teachers across the UK….

“I couldn’t do without it” Jean Macleod, PT Music, Aberdeen Grammar School

Very comprehensive, exceptionally well thought-out and highly entertaining’ Janet Dowsett LLCM, FLCM Senior Examiner for the London College of Music

‘…accessible, enjoyable and intelligent.’ Head of Music, Sheffield High School

The Whole package offer £149.00!! (offer price ends 31 Jan 2013) (prices subject to VAT & Delivery £10) PC & Mac (up to Lion) compatible

You can also send for a FREE demo copy – simply email us at hq@softplanetgroup.com

Call us on 01334 461244 or write/order to

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AQA GCSE Psychology (Unit One Modules 6-10)

As students face a subject that is totally new to them so they require information of different types presented in different ways.

For example, they need a course overview, and also need step-by-step guides. Equally they need a course reader, and individual PowerPoints plus tasks to undertake, and summary handouts.

In October we published Unit One Modules 1 – 5 and following the success of this, we are continuing with Modules 6-10.

This pack is intended to accompany such course textbooks as AQA Psychology, GCSE by Stanley, Boswell, Harris, Helliwell and McKenzie. Each PowerPoint within the pack follows the AQA specifications and is accompanied by teaching notes, ideas, tasks, hand-outs and activities.

Each module has a PowerPoint that covers the specifications in a progressive, informative way and the accompanying manual contains teaching notes for each slide.

The manual also contains a multitude of resources including: worksheets, workbooks, information sheets, multi-choice questions (with answers), practice examination questions and crossword puzzles (with answers).

This resource contains 203 copiable masters with 194 PowerPoint slides on a CD. The price is £79.99 + VAT.

You can purchase both GCSE Psychology – Modules 1-5 and GCSE Psychology – Modules 6-10 for the special price of £99.99 + VAT.

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

To see sample pages please email sales@classroom-resources.co.uk quoting the order code 19049.

You can order GCSE Psychology ‘A Complete Teaching Resource Modules 6-10 in any of these ways:

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

GCSE English Literature made easy with cost-efficient photocopiable teaching resources

Written by experienced English teachers and subject matter experts, these photocopiable resources will help any new or experienced GCSE English Literature teacher deliver lessons. The resources are suitable for A-C students and all have a strong emphasis on supporting:

  • The evaluation of how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings
  • The relation of texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts
  • The creation of creative, informed and relevant responses to the texts, using appropriate terminology and concepts

To order and to see our full range visit our website: http://zigzag.at/US60

GCSE English Literature Activity Packs – what do you get?

  1. Section-by-section and whole text activities covering themes, language, extracts and characters
  2. Activities that are fully matched to Assessment Objectives so that you can ensure full coverage for exams and controlled assessments
  3. Engaging and innovative tasks: fully differentiated to suit your class.

GCSE English Literature Study Guides – what do you get?

  1. Detailed notes on every chapter or main section of the novel to aid strong comprehension
  2. Questions & tasks interspersed throughout to support learning & effective revision
  3. Thorough examination guidance & practice

Texts covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Literary Heritage texts such as A Christmas Carol, Animal Farm, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
  • Different Culture texts such as Of Mice and Men, Anita and Me, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Modern novels such as About a Boy, Lord of the Flies, The Woman in Black
  • Shakespeare texts such as Julius Ceaser, Macbeth, Twelfth Night
  • Modern plays such as A View from the Bridge, An Inspector Calls, The History Boys

Our independent reviews and satisfied customers say:

“Cuts down on planning and resource development considerably. Saves so much time!” C Davies, Assistant Head of English and satisfied customer

“This is one of the best resources I’ve ever reviewed for ZigZag and I’m looking forward to using it with my own students. Thank you! The activity pack offers a real range of interesting and imaginative approaches to gaining a deep understanding of the text which never loses sight of assessment. Students will feel that they are making progress with the text; teachers will know that they are.” [Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Activity Pack] M Courtney-Holt, English Lecturer and Independent Reviewer

“Excellent. A thorough, interactive guide to the book which should be purchased by any school teaching this book. lead to thorough knowledge and understanding of the text. A lot of work gone into this. Thanks, that’s a big job done for me in preparing for next year.” R Lodge, HoD and Independent Reviewer

To see our full range and to preview all resources visit our website: http://zigzag.at/US60


ZigZag resources are available as a ‘photocopy master’ with one site licence (as priced) allowing you to pay once and photocopy as often as you need. Additional site licences are also available at a discounted price. For electronic versions of the resource, add an additional 30% for PDF or 50% for PDF and Word; order these to upload the resource onto your internal server for multiple uses.

You can order (please reference US60 when placing your order)

  • By phone: 0117 950 3199
  • By post: ZigZag Education, Unit 3, Greenway Business Centre, Doncaster Road,
    Bristol BS10 5PY
  • By fax: 0117 959 1695
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Does the transport affect the result?

Imagine your team travelling by minibus to a fixture and the minibus breaks down. Or maybe it makes the journey but it is extremely uncomfortable.

Neither approach is likely to make your team feel particularly well set for the match to come.

But you have a problem too. Minibuses are expensive, and you just don’t have the money in your fund, or indeed in any school fund, to buy a new minibus.

Which is why we have introduced the leasing of minibuses to schools rather than the buying of the bus.

Further, through this arrangement whereby we, as the company that leases out the minibus, are also in charge of maintenance resolves the particular problem of keeping the vehicle fully operational at all times.

Through leasing, a minibus is simply paid for month by month. Where some visits and trips are paid for through contributions from parents and the PTA, it is very possible that the minibus can be funded without taking anything from the school’s capital account.

In other cases the minibus can be funded through small monthly deductions from various departments’ income. Combined, if half a dozen departments agree to fund the bus, and the PTA agrees to put in a monthly amount as well, the funding problem is completely resolved.

Benchmark Leasing specialises in the supply and maintenance of school minibuses. If you are interested in the benefits of a minibus do call us on 01753 859944 or click here to see what we can offer.