Free tool to assess your careers provision

The tool is based on the latest statutory careers and inspiration in schools guidance from DfE and the latest Ofsted recommendations.

As schools wait for the new Minister for Education to get a handle on her role we thought now was a good time to talk about careers. One of the most controversial decisions made by Michael Gove was the removal of Careers Education, a change that has had an impact on many students.

Earlier this year a new guidance paper was issued by the government and from last September Ofsted began looking more closely at the provision in place when inspecting schools. We hope to see more of this in the coming year.

For schools looking to evaluate their provision we have created a free and simple checklist for you to use to assess if you are meeting the latest in Careers Guidance duty. The checklist will provide you with an overview of what is working and what could be improved. This may be particularly useful if you are new to the role or looking to build a case study for careers education in the coming year.

Furthermore if you complete the checklist and return it to us we will provide you with a set of recommendations that may help enhance your provision. These recommendations won’t just be about InspireEducation services but will include free services and support that you can access from a huge range of providers.

If you would like to receive a checklist and work with InspireEducation to build a plan of action for 2014/15, please email me via

Kind Regards,

Laura-Jane Rawlings
Youth Employment UK CIC

Your 4 biggest ICT questions answered

Okay, the main question is no longer “can I teach programming to primary school children?”

With the new computing curriculum on the horizon, the question is now “how will I teach it to them?”

The subscribers to the online journal e-Learning Update’s asked exactly the same question.

In fact they had four main areas of concern, so we’ve created a unique and exclusive set of tutorial videos, answering the queries that teachers like you have about ICT:

  1. How do I implement the new computing curriculum?
  2. How can I make more of mobile devices in my classroom?
  3. What technology can I use to improve formative assessment?
  4. Got any ideas for how I can use multimedia to stimulate learning?

We had planned to simply publish each of the tutorial videos in the upcoming issues of the journal with exclusive, subscriber-only access.

But we realise that it’s not just our subscribers who have these concerns – in fact these questions are being asked in Primary schools across the whole of the UK.

That’s why we’ve decided to give all schools access to the first tutorial, absolutely free.

Because ICT isn’t a thing, it’s a way of thinking…

Click the link here to join year 6 teacher, ICT Subject Leader and creator of, Chris Thomas, as he shows that teaching the new computer curriculum isn’t about complicated jargon like ‘algorithm’ and ‘simulating physical systems’.

Instead, it’s about helping children to think logically, systematically and build patience to work at problems till they’ve solved them.

Plus, it helps that there’s a bit of playing with LEGO and creating cool Scratch programmes too!

Click here for the video

The two ways of raising grades

There are two different ways of raising grades at GCSE and A level which work well together. But not every school uses both.

The most obvious way to raise the grades of students taking exams is what we all strive to do: raise the quality of teaching and learning.

So dominant is this approach that the notion of there being an alternative is often not considered. After all, what else is there to do?

The answer, which perfectly complements the first approach, is managing stress and increasing motivation. This is essential because the level of stress that students experience seriously affects their ability to learn and their motivation to succeed.

However, the problem is that managing stress and fostering self-motivation is not something most of us are trained to do and we may feel that the time and resources to try are limited.

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

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

Our solution comes in the form of eight worksheets in a ready-made booklet – ‘Greatest Strength Workbook for Students’. It comes with a free teacher’s guide and is available as an instant download. The teacher’s guide and a sample can be downloaded for free to get you started. The full license is currently only £29.99.

When you start to see the benefits of this kind of personal development, setting aside a small amount of time to complete a specifically designed task becomes easy.

The full details are available at:

If you have any questions then please email: or call 07811 356 283

I look forward to hearing from you.

Clare Martin

Amazing Brain Posters

Which organ of the body do we all use most?

The one organ of the body that we ask pupils and students to use more than any other is the brain – and yet in many ways it is the part of their bodies that they least understand.

Most young people have no clear idea how to feed the brain to make it work more effectively or how to enhance their ability to learn. Likewise, if they get angry they tend not to see that as something they can control, but rather put all the blame on outside events.

We have produced four brain posters which will help pupils and students to understand their brain, how to enhance their learning and help them begin to modify their own behaviour.

They are all full-colour A3 size posters printed on high quality 150gsm paper. Each poster looks at a different area. The four titles are:

  • Look Inside Your Amazing Brain
  • Fuel for Your Amazing Brain
  • Learning with Your Amazing Brain
  • Anger Control Using Your Amazing Brain

The posters cost just £16.99 plus VAT and delivery for a set.

To order the set of these four useful posters go to


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This July Mediamerge have released a pack of four professionally filmed modern foreign language lessons that might be of interest to you.

These professionally filmed lessons allow you to:

  • See other teachers in action
  • Understand what Ofsted are looking for
  • Deliver staff training

Lesson packs include:

  • Professionally filmed and edited lessons
  • Filmed teacher introduction and reflective feedback
  • Lesson plans
  • Written feedback and judgement based on Ofsted criteria
  • Evaluation forms and question prompts to use in INSET sessions

In a recent survey, over 90% of schools said that they would recommend Mediamerge observation training resources to colleagues.

This month this pack can be purchased from just £179

Lessons in this pack are:

Year 7 French
Topic: Using à accurately
In this lesson students learn to be able to use à accurately. The context of the lesson is talking about places in town. The lesson is made up of listening, speaking and reading activities. Finally, students assess each other’s learning using flash cards.

Year 7 Spanish
Topic: Activities and percentages
In this lesson students learn to say how often they do an activity, understand sentences about free time and produce sentences of their own.

Year 9 French
Topic: Names for body parts
In this lesson students revise the verb ‘avoir’ and learn parts of the body in order to say if they hurt. Behaviour in this lower ability group is carefully managed by the teacher and all students are encouraged to participate and work together. Finally pupils complete a match up exercise of newly learnt vocabulary.

Year 10 Spanish
Topic: Talking about going on holiday
In this fast-paced lesson, students learn how to talk about going on holiday. This is the first lesson of a new unit of work. Vocabulary for questioning is being revisited using a combination of activities. Students will be able to say/write about where they normally go on holiday.

How to Order

Product information
MFL Observation Pack HH
DVD Version: £179 / Network Version: £279

Online: Order by requesting an invoice or credit card via our website

Fax/Email: Email or fax 01223 750706 with purchase orders

By post: Mediamerge Ltd, Orwell House, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0PP

Over the phone: Call us on 01223 750 705

If you have any questions please contact us.

Kind regards,

Andrej Dethlefsen
Mediamerge Limited

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Cambridge IGCSE English CD

This resource has been produced to support the delivery of the IGCSE English, key reading skills. It can also be used for revision purposes.

All the key reading areas are touched on from skimming and scanning to the use of sensory language. The intention is for the learner to be involved in independent learning and then to be able to apply and develop what they have learnt.

A wide range of strategies have been used to engage and motivate the learner including a selection of photos and images from around the world as background pictures to help maintain the interest in this subject.

Many of the activities require the learner to connect and apply the particular reading skill using the photos shown. For example ‘use sensory language to describe this scene’ and ‘describe the atmosphere as shown in each of these photos’.

Each slide clearly presents one aspect of the reading skills section. Answers are provided where required.

55 copiable masters – (£39.99 (£49.99 inc. VAT) – Order code H5338

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

To see sample pages please email quoting the order codes above.

You can order the Cambridge IGCSE English CD in any of these ways:

  • On our website through the web links above
  • By phone on 0117 940 6409
  • By fax on 0117 940 6408
  • By email (quoting a school order number) to
  • By post to: Classroom Resources, PO Box 1489, Bristol, BS99 3QJ

Engage your students with the keywords from GCSE AQA Science

The GCSE AQA Science course is full of exciting keywords for students to learn, from alloy through to zygote, but students can often skip over them without really understanding what they mean.

Focus your students on keywords and encourage active learning with engaging Keyword Activities for GCSE AQA Science. The keywords from the Science A, Additional Science and Separate Sciences specifications are covered by a variety of activities carefully designed to consolidate students’ learning.

Each topic is covered by 6–11 sets of keywords with definitions and clues. Four different activities for each set provide varied options for classroom learning, homework and revision, including crosswords (on paper and CD), match-up, fill in the gap and dominoes. The resources are differentiated, with higher-tier activities clearly marked, and complete solutions are included.

“The focus of this resource is ideal… I would love to use it in my teaching”
J Sumega, Science Teacher & Independent Reviewer

“A great resource… Pitched at the right level and well matched to the specification”
C Workman, Science Teacher & Independent Reviewer

View inspection copies of each resource right now at on the resource title, then Preview).

As with all ZigZag resources, you can be confident of the highest standards. All resources go through a rigorous process of checking, proofreading and professional styling before reaching you. ZigZag resources are available as ‘copy masters’ or in editable format and come with a site licence, allowing you to pay once and copy as often as you need, or put on your server for multiple use.

The resources are available as:

  1. Black and white photocopy masters with site licences (from £29)
  2. PDF for easy printing in full colour (add 30%+VAT)
  3. PDF with editable Word files (add 50%+VAT)

Order now at

ZigZag Education, Unit 3, Greenway Business Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol BS10 5PY
t: 0117 950 3199 | f: 0117 959 1695 |

Give your promotional code WC15to get free postage!

Grammar – can it ever be fun?

Helping your students get to grips with the rules of grammar is essential – they are the backbone of the German language. How do you maintain student interest and avoid the age-old accusation of ‘boring’ grammar? Students need to feel that there is a point to what they are learning; these rules do not exist in a vacuum – they are a series of tools for communication, the framework which you hang your newly learnt vocabulary on. Mixing up the format of presentation adds a new layer of interest to grammar presentation. Meet them halfway on familiar ground and you will find students are more receptive and willing to engage:

Bridging the Gap Grammar Podcasts
Perfect for AS German and Gifted and Talented GCSE

‘Guaranteed to teach pupils important grammar in a modern way’
S Davidson, MFL teacher and independent reviewer

A series of engaging grammar podcasts targeting the topics which students struggle with in overcoming the gap between GCSE and AS Level. Concepts are explained in a straightforward and interesting way, ensuring students have the confidence to improve and expand on their grammar at AS Level.

  • Full transcripts allow students to go over what they have heard, and worksheets allow key practice for every topic. Answers included.
  • Topics covered: Present Tense, Perfect Tense, Nouns, Plurals, Dative, Accusative, Word Order, Adjectival Endings, Genitive, Prepositions
  • Independent study so students can go at their own pace

View full inspection copies and prices right now at

Bridging the Gap Grammar Podcastsis available as 2 audio CDs accompanied by a photocopy master with site licence (£69 +VAT). Also available in:

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

Preview and order now at

ZigZag Education, Unit 3, Greenway Business Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol BS10 5PY
t: 0117 950 3199 | f: 0117 959 1695 |

Give your promotional code WA10 to get free postage!

A new set of 110 Celebration posters for 2014-2015

A new set of 110 Celebration posters for 2014-2015

You can celebrate key events throughout the school year with this colourful set of 110 print-your-own pdf posters.

Raise awareness of national and international days.

Create great displays quickly.

Saves hours of time.

‘The Celebration posters have made a huge difference to my displays.’ Margaret S Brown

Find out more and download one free here

Ann Batey
Office Manager
Carel Press
(01228 538928)
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The best solution for your SRE?

Teaching SRE can be at times challenging even for the most experienced PSHE practitioner, students in year 8 will have different issues than those faced in year 10, and those in year 12 different still.

With this mind the charity Health Behaviour Group have developed Apause , a straightforward and engaging way for schools to implement an effective SRE curriculum.

The programme is enjoyable, welcomed by pupils, teachers, school managers, governors and parents.

It offers a wide range of materials to enable straightforward training and delivery by tutors or specialist teachers, safe in the classroom from hijacking by ‘testing’ pupils.

Priced at just £100 the ‘School Set’ bundle (co-ordinator file and laminated resources) provides materials for one class. Additional class packs can be supplied at just £60 each.

Endorsed by the PSHE Association, the DfE Teenage Pregnancy Unit and the Sex Education Forum.

Evaluated positively by the National Foundation for Educational Research, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, Public Health in Ireland and a US based International Review of programmes that work.

This resource Increases satisfaction with SRE, knowledge, healthy attitudes and beliefs and has the added benefit of decreasing early and unprotected intercourse.

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE? NO! All True and evidence based, please see for details of the full content of the pack and resources.

Ordering is simple – order on-line or email or call 01392 829450.

Furthermore, If you quote code HH1 on your order we will give you a 5% discount.

Health Behaviour Group, 2b Manaton Court, Manaton Close, Exeter, EX2 8PF.

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