With music and scripts from the same team that created our highly acclaimed broadcast productions, these musicals guarantee a happy Summer term.

STRICTLY PANTO – hilarious, all-year-round production that combines four traditional tales with a Reality TV spoof. A production could involve the whole of KS2 – also perfect for a Y6 extravaganza!

MY SCHOOL MUSICAL – a real opportunity to take ownership, showcase your own leavers and divas and give them a rousing and emotional send-off!

Both musicals are packaged and ready to download from our exciting new website, where you can access brochures, script and song samples, photos, testimonials and much more.www.firesticksandsong.com Telephone 01803 813977 for hard copy or further informationSPECIAL OFFER – 5% discount with voucher code FS5 HH1RESOURCES £47.50

Performance Licences from £38

Do your table tennis bats last a full school year?

Do your table tennis bats last for a term? A month? A week? We have a solution that lasts much longer and we will even send you a free sample.

We understand the problem. It’s simply too tempting for the children to pick at the rubber that covers the wooden blade whilst waiting for their turn to play. Tempting it may be, but in no time at all, the bat is rendered useless and confined to the rubbish bin.

So, how do we solve the problem?

By switching from traditional table tennis bats to the Tacteo range of composite bats from Cornilleau.

But what about the playing performance I hear you ask?

Fear not. The Tacteo 30 table tennis bat from Cornilleau is the answer to the problem. The bats are shock resistant with a solid core and non-detachable covering. They are ergonomic, comfortable to use and the new Skin+ covering ensures a great playing performance. They are also weatherproof.

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At a special schools rate of £36 for a box of 6 and FREE delivery, they represent great value for money. And if you need to be further convinced then we would be happy to send you a sample free of charge.

As the market leader in table tennis, we also have the full range of Cornilleau table tennis equipment available.

To order your bats, to request a free sample, or for any further information, simply e-mail us at: nicola.waters@uktabletennis.co.uk

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French Revolution to Appeasement

Did you know that at the time of World War I such was the devotion of the military to the superiority of the cavalry that it was said that unless tanks ate hay and could s—t, then they would never catch on!

The Davenant Press supplies a number of very successful titles on Modern History. If you look at the website you will see The French Revolution & France 1815-1871.

There are also Notes on the Unification of Italy – described as outstanding by some teachers.

What about Notes on Tsarist Russia or Britain and Appeasement? Would these help you? I think so! Happy to send you sample pages. Please go to the website and register a request.

Of course there are also small paperbacks. The Versailles Peace Settlement by Tony Lentin has long been an Open University text and his book: Lloyd George and the Lost Peace: Versailles to Hitler is still available. Then there is the paperback The Achievements of Charles de Gaulle.

Many titles in the period are still being developed including some on American History.

Please visit www.davenantpress.co.uk

Berlin – the heart of film and publishing

From the Berlinale to the RBB Studios and the Axel Springer Publishing House, Berlin is in every regard a Media City. 

There is no doubt that for students of media studies Berlin is an obvious destination. The venues and locations it offers are both highly educational and thoroughly entertaining, and make for an excellent introduction to how the media works.

If you’re planning ahead to next February there is, of course, the Berlin International Film Festival (the Berlinale), the largest publicly attended film festival in the world. Of course, that may seem a while away but the Festival and the hotels get booked up very early.

Around 400 films are shown during the Berlinale, and the Berlinale Talent Campus, a week-long series of lectures and workshops for young filmmakers from around the globe, is held at the same time.

There is also Generation 14+ which shows short and feature-length films aimed at that age group.

But, of course, Berlin is not just the Berlinale, and throughout the year you can visit a whole host of media locations, including taking a behind-the-scenes tour of the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg Studios (RBB). Here students can visit TV and radio studios once used as a transmitting station by the Russians and which now create national programmes.

Tours offer a fascinating insight into the daily workings of the studios. Recent visits have included a tour of the filming of a popular German soap opera and a quiz show – but please note that for this venue under-16’s are not allowed.

The Berlin Film Museum is another must-see venue for media students, offering exhibitions on film-making in Germany from silent movies to modern times. This museum also has rooms full of famous props, costumes, set-designs and projection screens.

Babelsberg film studios is another prime attraction as they were formed before Hollywood and have been used to make everything from Marlene Dietrich films to Nazi propaganda. Students can see TV programmes being made and visit film sets, see a screening at the Action Cinema and tour one of the Filmpark exhibitions.

Away from the movies there is the Axel Springer Publishing House tour which takes students to the state-of-the-art newspaper printing press and the offices where over 12,000 media staff work and where students can learn about how such a vast news empire operates.

The Berlin Tower Viewing Platform makes an excellent break from the tours, as the 200 metre high tower allows students to look out over the city from the Reichstag to the Olympic Stadium.

Of course, this is not all that Berlin offers, and many school parties also opt to take in an evening visit to an IMAX cinema, a meal at the Hard Rock Café, a visit to Check Point Charlie, etc. The choice is, of course, yours.

StudyTrips will work with you to create the itinerary you want, and you can see a typical school media studies visit to Berlin by clicking here.

Alternatively for more information call us on 0845 026 4661 or email us at info@studytrips.co.uk

In the meanwhile….

How can we dedicate more time to teaching our under-performing pupils when our time is required elsewhere?

The results of the Workload Challenge Survey confirmed to the DfE what they must have already known – too much time is spent marking, providing feedback, and tracking pupil progress.

But there is already one solution that is being widely implemented and which does have the desired effect of providing feedback and tracking information without taking up teacher time.

It is an online assessment and feedback tool from Alfiecloud, which provides progress tracking in a way that has proven to be particularly beneficial for teachers of year 6 pupils, enabling them to dedicate more of their time to teaching under-performing pupils in the countdown to their SATS.

The pupils take the ready-prepared on-screen tests (chosen by the teacher), and the Alfiecloud tool subsequently marks the tests automatically, identifying and providing feedback on each pupil’s strengths and weaknesses.

This is achieved through a number of marking and assessment strategies, such as gap analysis, ‘next steps’ marking and intervention marking.

Our online library delivers 8000+ questions and tests, including primary national past papers, formative testing, diagnostic testing, baseline testing, topic testing, progress tests, and summative testing.

What’s more, the option to create custom tests enables teachers to pinpoint the exact learning areas with which individuals and/or whole classes are struggling and as a result can confidently prepare tailored SATS revision lessons and work.

You can find more information on our website by clicking here.

If you have any enquiries or questions please do call us on 08456 171 500 or email us at info@alfiesoft.com

There are a number of testimonials on our website from teachers who use the software regularly – below is one from a teacher from Hurley Primary School.

“Alfie has helped me as a teacher, not having to mark thirty tests but being able to spend more time on what the test is telling me.”

What’s it like being a writer?

A unique study trip that helps students to understand
what it means to be a writer

There is nowhere better to start the journey towards understanding the world of the writer than with the absolute master. Which means a visit to the Globe Theatre.

We start with a backstage theatre tour.

KS3 students can attend a one hour workshop based on any Shakespeare play of your choice, helping them to develop an understanding of Shakespeare’s characters and stories and to engage with the text as a script for performance.

Meanwhile KS4 students are offered a practical introduction to the performance conditions at the Globe, exploring how this shapes playing style and language. The workshop makes connections between time and literary traditions, and explores language as a key to engaging with character and structure.

Next on the agenda is a short trip across the river and back to the present day to BBC Broadcasting House to see how BBC news reports are put together.

Students will see the brand new multimedia broadcasting centre plus a camera’s eye view into the studios broadcasting to the nation. Plus they’ll have a chance to see the state of the art newsroom where they can try their hand at reading the news!

Students will also learn how BBC Radio Drama is made and be able to have a go at making their very own radio play complete with music and sound effects. Other options (depending on availability) include visits to the theatres where ‘The One Show’ and various radio shows are recorded.

Then we move across to Warner Studios where your students can visit the sets of the most successful film series in history: Harry Potter. Here they can witness the extraordinary artistry, technology and talent of the film-makers. Plus there’s an option to go behind the scenes for a scriptwriting workshop.

Alternatively you might wish to take in the excellent British Library English Literature and Language workshops where gallery spaces are used to develop creative thinking, visual and verbal literacy, and research skills through a series of options including…

  • Research Matters, a cross-curricular, creative workshop which introduces students to the concept of research.
  • Ways of Reading which uses original manuscripts on display to explore the processes of writing, re-drafting and editing.
  • Exploring English which offers students the opportunity to develop skills in language analysis and interpretation.

A sample visit can be found on our website but do remember that tours can be arranged to suit your student’s specific needs and your specific interests.

To discuss your tour preferences you can call us on 0845 026 4661 or email us at info@studytrips.co.uk

Why do Young People Respond so Well to Wilderness Experiences?

Key Elements. As a teacher you will know how important it is to give them an experience that fires their enthusiasm, takes them close to nature and out of their familiar surroundings, challenges them with new activities and provides them with a variety of focussed learning experiences.

Finding somewhere inspiring and accessible that provides you with plenty of choices and the right level of challenge will give you the potential to create exciting opportunities for your group. So where to go?

Dartmoor is the greatest Southern Wilderness, 365 square miles of National Park packed with adventure opportunities, historic interest and unique scenery, with a huge area of moorland and rivers to explore. The South Coast and 3 major cities are also within reach. The weather is milder and kinder than more northern National Parks.

Amazing surroundings. Groups training in Outdoor Pursuits, for Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Ten Tors, Prince’s Trust, ’Field Studies, Personal Development, Geology, Archaeology, Art, History, Animal Welfare, Public Services, and Child Care have all found benefit from these amazing surroundings.

Right on the edge of open moorland and 15 mins from A38 Dartmoor Expedition Centre is ideally placed to get you going on your adventures. Its 300yrs old barns provide a robust setting with simple comforts. Dormitory accommodation and communal cooking help young people learn social skills: teamwork, resourcefulness, self reliance and tolerance. It’s an unusual setting, and out of their comfort zone.

Support from specialist professionals. Some of you have own outdoor expertise while others may need support from specialist professionals. We work closely with local Outdoor Pursuits experts who can provide or supplement your activities.

A Base. Whatever your level of experience you need a base where you can get your team under cover, set them to work together, sort out equipment, safely leave stuff while you are out in the field and somewhere to come back to where you can cook, eat and get warm and dry when needed. The Dartmoor Expedition Centre is just the place. It is geared up to provide an ideal base to launch you for your days on the hills.

Getting the most out of your time here. We have over 40 years of experience supporting teachers, youth leaders and young people to get the most out of their time on Dartmoor. Mountaineer and explorer, John Earle has spent his life introducing youngsters to wilderness and he has written guide books for Dartmoor. He and his wife Pauline also make excellent Spag Bol and can cater for you if needed.

We have hosted generations of young people from Westminster to Clifton, Canvey Island to Kent, France, Germany and Holland here at the Dartmoor Expedition Centre. It’s worked well for them, some groups returning over 20 times.

It could work for you too. www.dartmoorbase.co.uk. Tel. 01364 621249 quoting code HH15

What’s the most effective way to help colleagues with behaviour management?

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

First and Best in Education
Earlstrees Road
NN17 4HH

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

I act therefore I am

How can drama students most readily understand what it is like to be a professional actor?

What is it like to work in the theatre? How do actors and directors turn a play’s text into an event that will entertain, enthral and excite an audience?

These are fundamental questions, and there is no better way to answer them than to get first-hand experience by attending a West End drama workshop, led by a professional cast member in a professional West End rehearsal venue.

Sessions are tailor-made to your students’ abilities, age and genre preferences, and can be adapted to cover musical theatre, dance, improvisation, stage combat, Shakespeare, Greek theatre and much more. In fact, tell us what you want, and we’ll design the workshop around your ideas.

Very popular among school groups is our session that focuses on a show of your choice! Your students will learn a section of the show then see how the professionals do it in the show itself!

Additionally, as part of your visit you can get inside tips in Q&A sessions with a West End performer.

You cannot leave London without seeing a Top West End show, taking a backstage tour of one of the Capital’s iconic theatres, having a pre-show group meal in fun-filled Planet Hollywood, and discovering the magic of London from above with a flight in the London Eye!

Budding film actors and film-makers will also want a trip to the Warner Studios to see the ‘Making of Harry Potter’.

As you can imagine, each trip is individually crafted to meet your needs. Please contact me for more information:

Phone: 0845 026 4661

Email: ABarnett@studytrips.co.uk

Alternatively complete the details on this web page and we’ll come back to you with more information.

I look forward to helping to give your students an unforgettable drama experience!

Kind regards,

Adelle Barnett, General Manager

Easter with a difference for would be medics

How can aspiring medical students achieve everything that their university of choice demands of them this Easter half term?

Students striving for a career in medicine, midwifery, nursing or dentistry know that to secure a place at their desired university they must plan their route to their career from GCSEs onwards.

But because of the pressures that the study of medicine brings, this chosen path can result in some students missing out on valuable life experiences.

And it is such experiences that universities very much like to see on applications and employers like to see on CVs – in addition to above-average grades, of course.

So how can aspiring medical students prioritise their study of healthcare whilst at the same time gaining valuable life experiences?

One solution is to take advantage of the overseas work experience that Gap Medics is offering this Easter half term for students aged 16-25.

This work experience is tailor-made to the healthcare career to which each student aspires – whether it be in medicine, midwifery, nursing or dentistry.

The students will be assigned a mentor who will guide them through their time in the hospital whilst they shadow the professionals who will explain each case to them in detail. And our team of staff will be on hand 24/7 to support them every step of the way.

Our week long Easter specials to Croatia and Poland run on the following dates:

  • 29th March – 4th April 2015
  • 5th April – 11th April 2015
  • 12th April – 18th April 2015

Places on our Easter special courses tend to get booked up fast so it is worth suggesting to the students that they do make up their minds fairly quickly if they wish to take up one of these experiences.

If they are interested they can visit our website, speak to one of our friendly student placement advisors on 0191 603 1111 or email us at info@gapmedics.com.

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