Children love children

Children love playing with toys of all types –
but play people are always a favourite

It is quite natural that children will want to play with play people. After all, their life experience thus far has been of adults telling them what to do. With play people they can, for once, be in charge.

Which is why we developed our Gold Award winning Play People sets.

These consist of 36 flexible but durable play people that slot easily together. They improve fine motor skills and teach copying specific shapes.

Indeed play people help to improve all manipulative skills and can be used to extend basic counting and pattern matching, as well as being useful in imaginative play and storytelling. They can even be used with water play as well.

Given this range of uses and benefits it is not surprising that our Play People became the Gold Winner of the Practical Pre-School Awards this year.

The testers who gave the award commented that, “The children loved the play people. They are strong, durable and easy to clean, and provide many different learning experiences for the children.

“They were great for planned activities on counting and pattern marking but also fun for child-led play. What an excellent resource ideal for an early years setting. They are great value for money too. “

Each play person is 7cm tall and they come in four bright colours, supplied in a storage jar. Each set of 36 play people costs just £19 and is suitable for ages two to five.

Guarantee

If you’re not completely happy with your order we offer a no quibble, money back guarantee.

Delivery

Most UK orders over £35 benefit from a free delivery service. For orders under £35 there is a £2.99 delivery charge.

For Northern Ireland, the Isles of Scilly, the Scottish Highlands, Isle of Wight and the Isle of Man it’s £7 delivery. If you are lucky enough to be living in the Channel Islands the delivery charge is £12.45 irrespective of the size of the order.

You can order in any of these ways:

  • On our website
  • By email to info@ss-services.co.uk
  • By phone on 01789 765323
  • By fax to 01789 765469
  • By post to S & S Services, Units 4-8 Tything Road, Arden Forest Industrial Estate, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 6EP

What’s in their hands?

What object do Art students most like to carry around on a daily basis?

The answer to this question is simple. Students most like to carry around something that reflects their individuality and their personality.

Students like to be seen carrying something that reflects the image they have of themselves. The clear folder enables the student to ensure that what is revealed is a reflection of their own world-view, be it their own work, a band, an environmental picture, or a piece of classic design that had grabbed their attention.

And this is why they love Seawhite Polyholdalls.

The Seawhite Polyholdall is the most effective vehicle for carrying and storing coursework, and as well as being a hit with students it ensures that work is kept crisp and presentable right to the end of the year.

The rigid body of the folder helps to protect the work inside and means it is easy to keep it looking smart and presentable to the end of the course.

From the strong ergonomic handle to the thick 1000 gauge polythene body, the Polyholdall is made in the UK with all British materials; this is the exception when comparing with other products that are available to you.

Such a widely used product is bound to invite copies, but those that have appeared are made with generic components in China and lack the Polyholdall’s attention to detail, from the thickness of the weld to the quality of materials used.

As designers appreciate, by specifying each detail of a product and controlling all elements of the manufacturing process we can produce a better product.

Importantly, you will actually pay less for the genuine product by dealing direct.

We’re so confident in the Polyholdall that we’ll guarantee it for the length of any student’s course; we’re also sure that it will be popular with your students and will help to foster a positive, organised approach to the subject. Available in sizes A4-A1.

You can order the Polyholdalls in the following ways:

  • On our website
  • By calling us on 01403 711633
  • By emailing us at orders@seawhite.co.uk
  • By post to Seawhite of Brighton Ltd, Avalon Court, Star Road Trading Estate, Partridge Green, West Sussex, RH13 8RY

Does your school’s website meet statutory requirements?

The DfE requires all schools to publish key information online. Inspectors too, in the newly-revised Ofsted School Inspection Handbook (September 2014), are charged with the duty to use all available evidence to develop an initial picture of the school’s academic performance.

At Raise Education, we are able to review your school’s website for: a) statutory content; b) good practice, the sort that can reduce traffic to the office; and c) spelling, grammar and layout. It is often the latter that can cause embarrassment since, although parents aren’t always aware what statutory content needs to be published on the website, they certainly know a spelling mistake or two.

Once the website has been reviewed by an experienced school leader we present the findings in an action plan, succinctly highlighting the steps to be taken to ensure your school’s website is brought in line to meet requirements. Even schools who consider their websites are in good order are always surprised to learn of the basic mistakes and omissions we find. The report acts as a simple health check of your own website as well as ensuring that the website does its job of being the school prospectus.

It costs just £195 for schools and £235 for secondary schools and colleges.

To see an example of a school website report please click here SAMPLE WEB REPORT.

To place an order, simply reply with ‘order review’ in the subject box and confirm your school’s website address in the email. Current report turnaround time is November through to December. We know that some of you require a quicker turnaround time for the report so, where we can, we aim to accommodate this. Please let us know your deadline date so we can adjust ours. Should you have any other queries then please get in touch by email or telephone 0843 362 4834.

Best wishes,

Sam

Contact details

Email: sam@raiseeducation.co.uk

Website: www.raiseeducation.co.uk

Tel: 0843 362 4834

Shakespeare adapted for GCSE exam performance

Shakespeare Re-loaded presents eight of the most accessible Shakespeare plots in language that captures the rhythmic energy of the original plays through its energetic dialogue and witty modern references.

Each play provides excellent opportunities for students to show a range of the skills examiners are looking for: ensemble work; mutli-role; choreographed movement; communication of tension and humour; and direct address to the audience.

All eight plays can be performed with a flexible number of actors conforming to the Edexcel GCSE specification.

They are sufficiently flexible for a cast of six or more actors, making them adaptable for GCSE exam performances or more able students at KS3 where a larger cast might be desired. Written in a storytelling style they lend themselves to physical theatre but there are roles for character actors and comic actors as well.

There are no stage directions. These are embedded in the text as in the style of Shakespeare’s original plays.

Within the volume are…

  • Bottom’s Dream
  • Hamlet
  • Macbeth
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Othello
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Tempest
  • Twelfth Night

Shakespeare Re-loaded is supplied in copiable form so that everyone participating can immediately have their own copy of the script.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/drama/T1819.pdf

ISBN: 978 1 86083 864 0; Order code: T1819emn

The volume is available as…

  • 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 or CD…

Over half the children in Britain never get to see a pantomime

Over half the children in Britain never get
to see a pantomime

That assertion – that over half the children in Britain never see a live performance of a pantomime – is quite shocking in one sense. The panto used to be a central part of British culture, something peculiarly British which everyone watched at one time or another.

Now it seems times have moved on and a more bland, less risqué Disney-style of Christmas entertainment has become the norm.

So should we worry? Does it matter if a cultural tradition that had its origins in the 17th century now dies out?

My own view is that it does – not just because the panto is part of our culture, but also because a pantomime is a perfect vehicle for a production which is not just a performance, but also a learning experience in relation to a significant element in our cultural history.

If we are going down this route, one of the most obvious places to start is with Dick Whittington which as a story has the benefit of being based on a real person, although not necessarily a real cat.

Thus we have a historical plot and the possibility of examining everything that is inherent within the panto. The tradition, the staging, the scenery, the props, the lighting, the use of the provided music against new songs, or new lyrics, dance, movement, acting… all can then become topics for study.

Of course, each topic is an option – clearly it is possible to present Dick Whittington as a pantomime with the normal rehearsals and production to the parents and no further explanation. Or you can take one or more of the issues inherent within the panto and look more deeply at that.

This then is the way that we have approached the publication of Dick Ottington and his famous cat Tommy, by David Stoll and Michael Hinton.

The package includes:

  • a Director’s Script, with detailed page-by-page production notes
  • a Pupils’ Script
  • a Vocal Score containing thirteen new songs with piano accompaniment, as well as an overture and incidental music
  • a complete set of high-quality fully orchestrated backing tracks and sound effects.

The Director’s Script also has an extensive introduction to pantomime itself as a topic for study, including the traditions and conventions of this type of theatre.

There are also helpful notes on all aspects of putting on a school production from casting, organising rehearsals, writing new lyrics, making props and sound effects through to involving the audience. The material, therefore, can be used for a term’s study as well as forming the basis of the end of term production.

David Stoll is a well-known composer and songwriter who has also worked extensively with primary school teachers and pupils on creative projects. His SEALSONGS are favourite assembly material, and his book on how to teach composing at KS2 is acknowledged for its helpful notes and suggestions. To go to his website please click here.

Michael Hinton is a teacher, writer and musician with many years’ experience of writing educational materials for schools abroad and in the UK. He works as Music Director with amateur dramatic societies and children’s theatre groups, helping them to stage musicals and pantomimes, and is the composer of hundreds of educational songs.

There are sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/authordownloadsamples/Dick Ottington samples.rar

Dick Ottington and his famous cat Tommy is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can share with colleagues as often as you want. You can also put it on your school learning platform so all staff can access it.

You can obtain Dick Ottington and his famous cat Tommy by going to http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=804

The price for the full package is £24.95 plus VAT (the VAT can be reclaimed in most cases by the school).

Dick Ottington and his famous cat Tommy is published by Novello & Co Ltd and distributed by First and Best, 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

Most students who get decent jobs have this

What is the attribute possessed by most of the students who get the best jobs? (And how can they get it?)

There’s been anecdotal evidence for many years that the students who get the best jobs either on leaving school or on leaving further or higher education have something in common.

Issues such as a decent level of numeracy and literacy have been mentioned, as well as good communication skills and an ability to present themselves well at interview and so on.

But in fact it turns out there is something else. Something that employers value more than all these attributes. Something which is so fundamental to the company’s needs that many employers now say, “if you don’t have it, don’t even bother to apply”.

Final confirmation of the importance placed on this skill by employers came earlier this year in a survey among British firms conducted by Microsoft.

This survey found that one third of the employers questioned said that they would not even consider hiring anyone who could not touch type.

A further 43% said that good typing skills in the workplace are crucial – suggesting that only the most stunning applicants would get a job without touch typing – and even then they would be expected successfully to compete a crash course in typing before being confirmed in the job.

The reason for this absolute demand on having touch typing skills is not hard to see, for the average office-based employee with touch typing skills spends three hours a day typing.

Given that a two-finger typist normally takes three times as long to type anything, that means that these applicants would (if given the job) take all day to do their typing. Thus they don’t even get an interview.

It is to deal with this problem that we have introduced “Type-Net for Schools” which allows schools to enrol as many students (and staff if they wish) onto the proven Typequick course, at a cost that can be as low as 20p per student per year.

What’s more, Type-Net for Schools comes with its own Learning Management System which is used to enrol pupils and track their progress, carry out automatic updates, and for technical support.

There is also more information here – you can use this page to send in any enquiry about the course, see a list of schools that have joined Type-Net already, or learn more about the service through the links on the right of that page.

Alternatively you can call us on 01480 861867.

Most students who get decent jobs have this

What is the attribute possessed by most of the students who get the best jobs? (And how can they get it?)

There’s been anecdotal evidence for many years that the students who get the best jobs either on leaving school or on leaving further or higher education have something in common.

Issues such as a decent level of numeracy and literacy have been mentioned, as well as good communication skills and an ability to present themselves well at interview and so on.

But in fact it turns out there is something else. Something that employers value more than all these attributes. Something which is so fundamental to the company’s needs that many employers now say, “if you don’t have it, don’t even bother to apply”.

Final confirmation of the importance placed on this skill by employers came earlier this year in a survey among British firms conducted by Microsoft.

This survey found that one third of the employers questioned said that they would not even consider hiring anyone who could not touch type.

A further 43% said that good typing skills in the workplace are crucial – suggesting that only the most stunning applicants would get a job without touch typing – and even then they would be expected successfully to compete a crash course in typing before being confirmed in the job.

The reason for this absolute demand on having touch typing skills is not hard to see, for the average office-based employee with touch typing skills spends three hours a day typing.

Given that a two-finger typist normally takes three times as long to type anything, that means that these applicants would (if given the job) take all day to do their typing. Thus they don’t even get an interview.

It is to deal with this problem that we have introduced “Type-Net for Schools” which allows schools to enrol as many students (and staff if they wish) onto the proven Typequick course, at a cost that can be as low as 20p per student per year.

What’s more, Type-Net for Schools comes with its own Learning Management System which is used to enrol pupils and track their progress, carry out automatic updates, and for technical support.

There is also more information here – you can use this page to send in any enquiry about the course, see a list of schools that have joined Type-Net already, or learn more about the service through the links on the right of that page.

Alternatively you can call us on 01480 861867.

Free Boardworks presentation on glacial landforms

  • What landforms are created by glacial erosion?
  • How do we explain the formation of a corrie?

Explore these questions with your KS4 students by downloading our free geography resources!

This 8-slide presentation features a highly visual animation on the formation of a corrie and an interactive activity asking students to label the parts of a corrie.

Finally, students can use our drag and drop activity to revise the process of corrie formation and place what they have learnt in context by looking at real examples and photos.

Download the resources by visiting our geography free stuff page.

Regards,

The Boardworks team

P.S. Would you be interested in ordering a free KS4 presentation on coastal processes and landforms? Visit our website to get hold of one!

Getting a book published

What is the most effective way of having my educational book published?

Twenty years ago the answer was simple: authors would just send their ideas for a book to a few publishers, and then wait to see if any of the books were published.

Digitalisation changed all that. Today fewer and fewer publishers are taking on new authors, and it can be a fruitless task to send out an idea to all the relevant publishers listed in a trade directory.

But there are still some publishing companies that are looking for books from writers. These tend to be specialist publishers, working with a specific audience in one specific field, and they tend to be publishers that are embracing the new media as well as publishing in printed form.

First and Best is one such publishing company, and we are indeed seeking authors who can produce volumes that will be purchased by teachers in secondary schools.

The books we publish often move across various media – they can be sold as printed copies, on CD with permission for the schools to put them on their learning platforms, and as downloads. But the one thing that all our books have in common is that they are copiable under licence by the school.

You can see exactly what we currently publish by going to www.shop.firstandbest.co.uk and look at the category headings down the left of the screen. From there you’ll be able to read some details about any of the books that are of interest. However I must stress that although we have some books for primary schools listed there, we are not currently looking to expand that range.

Our books are advertised through direct marketing – which means that we write to teachers who might be interested, telling them of the items on sale. We also advertise on www.ukeducationnews.co.uk and other websites of a similar type. Our authors receive a royalty of 10% on the price of each sale.

If you have a book that is ready to be published or if you have an idea for a book, we’d like to hear from you. Just email Anne@firstandbest.co.uk with the following information:

  • The proposed title of the book
  • The target audience (eg GCSE history teachers, senior managers, administrators…)
  • A contents list and outline of the book’s coverage
  • A short extract from the body of the book (ie not the introduction).

I’m sorry to say that it is very hard indeed for us to make a judgement about a book just by hearing about it on the phone, so if you have any questions please do email me at the above address. If you prefer you can submit your proposal by post, but please note we can’t return any materials unless you provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

You can write to me at Anne Cockburn, First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH

I look forward to hearing from you.

Anne Cockburn

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