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: http://newset-training.com/students.html

If you have any questions then please email: clare@newset-training.com or call 07811 356 283

I look forward to hearing from you.

Clare Martin

From pronouns to syntactical parallelism: the complete grammar for AS Language and Literature students

From the student who enters year 12 with very little formal grammatical knowledge to the student at the end of AS or A2 in English Language or English Language and Literature who needs a top up, everyone has a need for support with grammar at one time or another.

Of course, there are many such volumes around – but the complex detailed tomes can be daunting and difficult for many students.

What they often need is a volume that covers the basics and is there so that they can look up (or be directed to) any specific point that is seen to be causing a problem.

And so this is what we have aimed to provide here.

When the issue of the “noun phrase” comes up, and the student needs to understand how they are different from nouns and what they look like, there’s a page answering that exact point.

The same goes for the apostrophe. There’s the possession apostrophe, not to be confused with the elliptical apostrophe and the inevitable question, “Where’s the apostrophe?”

Or to focus on another area we next have the issue of modal verbs.

But that is nothing compared with adverbs which can (fairly obviously) modify verbs. However they can also modify adjectives – which can seem slightly odd to some students who recognise that the adjective has been used to modify the noun in the first place.

In fact, when we come to think of adverbs, we can see what an extraordinarily complicated grammar we are talking about.

Which is why we’ve published this book to cover the fundamentals of grammar for AS students.

“An AS Language and Literature Grammar Booklet” is published as a photocopiable volume or on CD Rom, and individual sections can thus be readily copied and distributed to students as required. The copies can also be shared with colleagues or given to supply teachers, without any fear of the original book being misplaced.

You can see a full list of the topics and some sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/english/T1831.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1831EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 896 5

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: T1831EMN

From “It ate it” to “What goes up..?”

From pronouns to syntactical parallelism: the complete grammar for AS Language and Literature students

From the student who enters year 12 with very little formal grammatical knowledge to the student at the end of AS or A2 in English Language or English Language and Literature who needs a top up, everyone has a need for support with grammar at one time or another.

Of course, there are many such volumes around – but the complex detailed tomes can be daunting and difficult for many students.

What they often need is a volume that covers the basics and is there so that they can look up (or be directed to) any specific point that is seen to be causing a problem.

And so this is what we have aimed to provide here.

When the issue of the “noun phrase” comes up, and the student needs to understand how they are different from nouns and what they look like, there’s a page answering that exact point.

The same goes for the apostrophe. There’s the possession apostrophe, not to be confused with the elliptical apostrophe and the inevitable question, “Where’s the apostrophe?”

Or to focus on another area we next have the issue of modal verbs.

But that is nothing compared with adverbs which can (fairly obviously) modify verbs. However they can also modify adjectives – which can seem slightly odd to some students who recognise that the adjective has been used to modify the noun in the first place.

In fact, when we come to think of adverbs, we can see what an extraordinarily complicated grammar we are talking about.

Which is why we’ve published this book to cover the fundamentals of grammar for AS students.

“An AS Language and Literature Grammar Booklet” is published as a photocopiable volume or on CD Rom, and individual sections can thus be readily copied and distributed to students as required. The copies can also be shared with colleagues or given to supply teachers, without any fear of the original book being misplaced.

You can see a full list of the topics and some sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/english/T1831.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1831EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 896 5

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: T1831EMN

Education outside the classroom: an adventure in creativity, inventiveness, discovery and imaginative thinking

Imagine this. Your colleagues show their pupils a map of Africa, focussing on the eastern coast and Madagascar. Plus some pictures of lemurs.

They are told that the distance between the coast and the island is 250 miles. And told that 50 million years ago lemurs moved from the mainland to the island.

The question is, how?

It’s a fairly long swim. Actually it is a very long swim. And continental shift didn’t oblige – there was no land bridge between Madagascar and the mainland at the time.

Which leaves… rafts. (Imagine the giggles in the class if someone suggests that lemurs used rafts – and yet…)

For a long time the raft idea was dismissed not just because lemurs are not your everyday carpenters, but because the currents in the Indian Ocean would push rafts back to the mainland. Except… up to 34 million years ago the currents flowed the opposite way.

The fact is, trying to unravel this riddle is what science, and indeed all creative thinking, is about.

The trick in this puzzle is not to think of lemur rafts as modern day rafts but see them within the context of the landscape. Tropical storms would rip up trees, tear down vegetation, and leave the resultant mess floating on the shore.

These were the rafts of the lemurs. Which leaves just one question – what on earth made the lemurs get on board? They don’t eat fish after all. Maybe they just wanted to play. Maybe they wanted to explore. Maybe a storm had destroyed their habitat. Maybe they just went by mistake.

This is one of the most amazing stories which will stimulate the thinking processes of every child. And to enable this to happen we are presenting the film “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar”.

It is a 40 minute documentary starring Dr. Patricia C. Wright, whose lifework involves saving the lemurs, and the acclaimed actor Morgan Freeman – the star of Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, and The Shawshank Redemption

This IMAX presentation is suitable for the 7 to 11 age group in English, Science, Maths, D&T and Geography and is being shown at special educational screenings in Glasgow and London

Our special wallcharts can be downloaded at www.thefilmspace.org/islandoflemurs.

And you can see part of the film here

I do hope you can arrange to take some of the children in your school to see this extraordinary and beautiful film.

About THE FILM SPACE

THE FILM SPACE recognises the key role that teachers play in introducing children and young people to a wide variety of moving images; both as an art form, and as a way of exploring other curriculum areas.

THE FILM SPACE seeks to encourage and build an understanding and appreciation of moving images, in all forms, amongst children and young people in full-time education.

Why buy furniture?

The exterior of your school: does it have an impact on students and visitors?

Here’s an interesting question: “What is the first thing that a parent sees when visiting the school for the first time?”

The answer is, of course, the school grounds and the outside of the buildings. The entrance path, the drive, the car park (if you have one), the paintwork, and indeed any outside furniture that can be seen.

It is that outside environment which creates the first impression. And first impressions are rather hard to shake.

The problem is that although this is all fairly obvious, it is also very easy to forget. We see the school each day. It is familiar. So familiar, in fact, that we can very easily stop noticing what it looks like.

Unfortunately, when that happens, the way people react to the school changes too.

We know, of course, that the areas around the school entrance that look a little tired have no impact on the level of dedication and drive of our colleagues. But for the occasional visitor, and indeed for the students, older furniture can deliver a very different message.

However, when people see smart outdoor seating and the like, there will be a feeling that this is an environment that caters for everyone and cares about everyone.

And like the rest of us, teenagers occasionally like to sit down and read, play a game or simply have a chat with friends. And when they do so, they deserve comfortable, modern, outdoor furniture.

So if we can take a step back and look at what’s around us, and see it not as it is, but as it might be with just a few additions, then we can see what an impact it could have on the behaviour of those who experience that environment.

This is why we produce so many different outdoor seats that are specifically designed for secondary schools – for if the school has a unique outdoor environment with new outdoor furniture it really does make a statement.

You can see a wide range of outdoor seating for schools on our website, or if you would like to talk about what might be suitable for your school, please do call 01280 701093.

Michael Barnes

World War 1 – free poster

How are you commemorating World War I?

Why not make an impact and save time with this extensive and attractive set of 34 print-your-own pdf posters marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

The posters cover a wide range of topics such as: The trigger for war; Christmas truces; Casualties; Shell shock; Gas; Conscientious objectors; Soldiers from the Empire; Women at work and in war.

You can download a free poster about the Christmas truces, and see the complete set here http://www.carelpress.co.uk/hh_history/

The posters will make a fantastic and informative display.

Regards
Ann Batey
Office Manager
Carel Press
(01228 538928)
www.carelpress.co.uk
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How to engage students in Maths?

Dr Alan Stokers MindMaths series is a comprehensive photocopiable resource of classroom materials for developing problem-solving skills with able students aged 9-14. The resource is very versatile and both primary and secondary schools have found the resource complements their scheme of work and curriculum.

This is a useful resource for departments…….a great type of investigational work’ –
N Macleod Mathematical association and teacher Lomond school.

The CD-ROM contains 10 units containing hundreds of tried & tested activities in worksheet format with comprehensive teaching notes and advice on preparation, planning, plenaries & extension work from well-known education advisor and author Dr. Alan Stoker.

Units include:

1: Number logic
2: Rules
3: Combinations
4: Sequences

We are pleased to be able to offer this resource at the new price of just £79. Once purchased this resource (over 400 pages) may be used throughout the school.

View sample pages and order now at www.tempopublishing.co.uk
Alternatively ring me on 07564 291815. Purchase orders can also been emailed to sales@tempopublishing.co.uk or sent to:

24 St. Andrews Road, Bexhill-on-sea, East Sussex TN40 2BQ

Thank you for your time, and please do take a look at the resource.

Jason
Tempo Publishing

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

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