2nd Annual Conference: Wellbeing and Achievement – Getting the Mix Right

Following our highly successful conference Journey to Outstanding in 2013, Hackney Learning Trust is delighted to be hosting our second conference Wellbeing and Achievement – Getting The Mix Right.This conference will be led by internationally renowned experts who will explore the definition of wellbeing in schools, the enrichment of the education environment to support learning, the link between health, wellbeing and achievement, and how you can implement strategies to ensure every child receives educational support to maximise life chances. More>>

By attending you will:
Explore the definition of wellbeing in school
Learn effective strategies on how to improve the wellbeing of students in order to support achievement
Hear practical ideas on how to build confidence and resilience in the classroom for both teachers and pupils
Discover ways to strengthen the ethos of wellbeing across the school community
Find out ways to improve the wellbeing of your staff

Our keynote speakers Professor Sir Michael Marmot and Professor Stephen Scott will be available to answer your specific questions. You will also have the opportunity to attend two practical workshops of your choice covering topics such as Pupil Premium, SEAL, SRE and many more.

Click here to download the full agenda and conference programme.

Click here to read speaker biographies.

Book before 24 October and receive a 20% early bird discount.
Pay only £100 + VAT.

Please use promotion code E241014 when booking.

Please forward this email to any colleagues you feel may benefit from attending this conference. We hope to see you in November.

Hackney Learning Trust

Starting and ending the lesson

There’s not much doubt that if the start and end of a lesson can be particularly enjoyable or exciting for the students, then the memory of the lesson itself that they hold will be more positive.

And that, of course, raises the enthusiasm with which the lesson is approached next time around.

With this in mind science teacher Rosamund Rogers produced a series of science crosswords and short-answer tasks focussing on GCSE science topics.

The subject matter ranges from scientific instruments and lab equipment through to the electromagnetic spectrum, via food chains, classifying vertebrates, gases, gears and light.

Some of the pages cover mixed topics as in the inevitable odd one out, the famous scientists and names given to studies of certain subjects. But most are set firmly in one area of work (‘Parts of the Human Body’, ‘Motion of an object’, ‘The Planets’ etc).

The collection includes more such activities than you are likely to need each year and can be set as homework, revision studies, or (if you are so minded) co-operative learning in the class. It is available as a photocopiable book – and thus just one copy is needed, and can be used repeatedly within the school.

Sample pages from Science Crosswords and Short Answer Tasks are available at www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/science/T1684.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1684EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 770 8


  • Photocopiable book: £19.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £19.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the book and the CD: £26.94 plus £3.95 delivery

Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1684EMN

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Demonstrate progress at KS3 with Doddle

With a new curriculum in place, and with the removal of level descriptors, KS3 teaching and assessment is in a state of transition – and Doddle can help your teachers adapt.

New for this academic year, we’ve produced hundreds of brand-new KS3 progress tests for English and Maths, and we’re currently developing similar tests for Science, MFL and ICT & Computing.

Fully in line with the new KS3 curricula, our granular progress tests give you highly targeted assessment data on individual skills.

The results from these quizzes automatically appear in our new progress reporting system, showing you where students are making progress – and giving you the ideal system for demonstrating progress to students, parents and inspectors.

Learn more about our new progress resources here.

To talk through the new progress tests and reporting system in person, book an in-school visit from a Doddle Educational Consultant.


40 lessons with warm ups for drama for years 7 to 9

What is the most effective way of getting each year 7-9 student to be relaxed and join in?

The dual aim of helping the students feel relaxed and making them willing to join in is at the heart of key stage 3 practical drama activities.

And this includes helping them to overcome any self-consciousness they may have and encouraging every student, particularly those who had limited exposure to drama in primary school, to be part of the exploration.

Successful lessons should leave all the students feeling both relaxed and supported – and more aware of who they are and what they could be.

This is exactly the aim of Drama Depot which provides forty lessons for years 7 to 9, complete with warm ups and preparatory activities.

The assumption throughout is that everyone taking part has little previous dramatic knowledge. Indeed it is also possible for teachers with limited or no experience of drama to be able to use these lessons should the need arise.

Thus drama becomes a totally practical subject. Texts are occasionally used within the book to enhance the nature of the work, but they are never fundamental to each lesson.

It is also assumed that the average drama lesson lasts between 40 – 60 minutes (although the lessons can be adjusted for longer or shorter sessions).

Beyond that the idea is that the lessons should not have an overtly academic basis. They provide a chance for the students to expand their knowledge of what drama means and will make students always want to come back for more.

The students can work in pairs, in threes and occasionally in larger groups in order to ensure that the whole class is occupied all the time.

The forty lessons should provide more than enough material to last a whole school year – or the lessons can be spread over three years and interspersed with other materials.

Cat No: 978 1 86083 836 1 Order code: T1816emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/drama/T1816.pdf

  • Photocopiable book: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Book and the CD: £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
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In this year when we are remembering the First World War and helping children to understand the meaning of the war memorials that stand in our villages, towns and cities, Seven Arches Publishing (the Stockport based children’s publisher) is holding a special event at Stockport Art Gallery on Sunday 30th November.

The beautiful memorial statue in the gallery will be a perfect backdrop to children reciting ‘Beyond the Morning Sun’ , with each verse delivered by a different child from schools across the borough. This is a poem by the local author Paul Morris which we are publishing in a small illustrated book form this autumn. The poem uses the words of a child who learns (as so many family members did in past conflicts) that Dad, returning from active service in Afghanistan, is a different man to the one who went away. The publication and the event we are holding are in support of Combat Stress, the veterans’ mental health charity.

If you are interested in learning more about this event or would like your school to take part (and there are different ways you can do this), send an email to:

Jane.schaffer@sevenarchespublishing.co.uk and we will send you full details of the event and how your school could be involved.

Tidy Art Room = Happy Teachers

Keep your Class Room tidy this year with our range of Paint Drying Racks. Perfect to organise any art space, we have Floor Standing, Mobile, Table Top and Wall Mounted Racks, perfect for large and small areas, where space is limited.
To view our Drying Rack range please CLICK HERE Plus, receive a FREE Set of “6 Mini Non-Spill Paint Pots” with every Drying Rack order

Simply add product code HAMIL to your basket to receive this offer.

We also offer FREE DELIVERY on all orders within the UK mainland, and deliver the next day on any orders received before 1pm!

(All Local Authority Education Schools and Nurseries are eligible for a 30 day free credit account, purchase orders can be faxed to 01132 525698, or emailed to sales@alphabeteducation.co.uk)

www.alphabeteducation.co.uk Call- 01132 704483 and quote HAMIL

How best to teach; how best to learn

When it comes to teaching not all methods are equally effective. The same is true of learning. But which methods are best?

Recently the focus in terms of methods of teaching has been on the technology used to deliver the lesson.

And yet there is a huge amount of evidence to suggest that it is not the technology that makes one method of teaching better than another.

Rather, it is the method of teaching itself. Technology can make a difference, but it is not the prime difference.

What’s more, while a change in the method of teaching used to teach any specific subject or topic can have a benefit – that benefit won’t be maximised unless the students also get some help in understanding the best methods of learning that they ought to be using.

To put this another way, it is possible to deliver a lecture to a class using your voice on its own or your voice plus a diagram drawn on a chalkboard, displays on a whiteboard, a video, or anything else.

But the fact remains that whatever technical additions are used it is still a lecture.

Which is fine as long as the lecture is the best method of teaching the subject that you have in mind. If it isn’t, then the effectiveness of the lesson will still be dependent on the effectiveness of the lecture as a method of teaching.

Now, of course, most of the time we don’t lecture in class because we all know that lectures are fairly ineffective ways of teaching. But that still raises the question: what are the most effective ways of teaching?

And as we ask that question, we also have to ask, what implication does this have for the various methods of learning that the students then adopt?

These are the questions posed and answered by “Methods of Teaching”. The book has articles which can be shared with teaching colleagues, policy statements on methods of teaching, a review of methods of learning, and 22 articles on methods of learning that can, over time, be provided to students to help them organise their own learning.

There are also eight active learning assignments for the students plus a series of articles on memory which will explain how teaching and learning can be organised in such a way that the topics and issues under consideration will be retained in the memory for years to come.

The latest edition of “Methods of Teaching” is probably the most powerful book on teaching and learning available today. It is available both as a photocopy master and on CD (so that it can be put on the school’s learning platform or printed out from the disk).

Cat No: 978 1 86083 830 9 Order code: T1784emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/education/T1784.pdf

  • Photocopiable book, £29.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £29.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the book and the CD £36.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report…

Free presentation on newspaper articles!

Explore linguistic features of articles with our headline-grabbing free presentation on newspapers!

Suitable for use at KS4, this presentation includes:

  • Authentic articles from broadsheet and tabloid newspapers;
  • Analysis of the use of linguistic, grammatical and presentational features;
  • Examples of model answers that students can critique.

Try out the presentation on our Doddle English page!

Doddle English includes model answers, and guidance for long-form analysis of texts, to help your students develop essay-writing skills.

To see our comprehensive teaching, homework and assessment resources for English Language and Literature, book an in-school demonstration.


Develop basic numeracy skills

Ten Town

Ten Town’s memorable characters are designed to help children develop strong basic numeracy skills as well as improving their number recognition and formation. In particular, Ten Town reduces “number reversal” – a common problem faced by early years practicioners – by giving children a reason why the numbers face the way they do.

Ten Town was the Overall Winner for Music and Multimedia at the Practical Pre-School Awards 2013, and the scheme combines exciting online activities with a range of physical resources as well as printable support material.

Ten Town is aligned to the EYFS framework and also offers many cross curricular opportunities in the three Prime and four Specific Areas of Learning, with every activity linked to an ELG.

Ten Town has recently been expanded to cover numbers up to 20 and now incorporates all of the main reception year maths topics to ensure that the scheme is a vaulable resource right through the early years.

12 months subscription to Ten Town starts at just £80 for 30 children and includes a free set of flash cards and 2.5m wall frieze (worth £25).

Exclusive Offer – Use code HH15 and also receive a free Sing-along CD – worth £12!

Visit www.tentown.co.uk for details

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Jamie Oliver versus Delia Smith (for GCSE WJEC English Spoken Language)

GCSE WJEC English Language: Spoken Language 2015 Controlled Assessment

‘Pukka’ versus ‘very nice’. ‘Whack it in and you’re laughin’ versus ‘place it in the oven’. Getting students to look at Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith is just one way of exploring how spoken language is adapted for different listeners and to meet one of WJEC’s Spoken Language 2015 Controlled Assessment requirements.

The new resource from ZigZag Education gives you 14 fully-supported and photocopiable lessons, with activities, to help you prepare for the WJEC Spoken Language 2015 Controlled Assessment. It explores television chefs Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith, the Ellen DeGeneres chat show, at home family dynamics, the X Factor, the difference between written and spoken language, key terminology, body language, facial expressions and much more.

Independent reviewers and experienced English teachers are saying it is “thorough and well planned. The activities that it provides are clearly structured and slowly build students confidence and understanding of features of spoken language.” “Everything is ready to use and easy to follow which is exactly what staff want. Online resources have already been found and checked which again saves staff time.”

It has been written specifically for the WJEC Spoken Language 2015 Controlled Assessment and as such progresses clearly towards being assessment ready using WJEC objectives and fun topics.

For more information and to pre-order, visit the website: http://zzed.co.uk/WH53

Available as a photocopy master with site licence (£54) also available as a printable PDF file (£54+30%+vat) and an editable Word file (£54+50%+vat).

Please reference WH53 when placing your order to receive free postage & packaging.

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

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