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Paper Vs Digital – A Possible Solution?

After a few weeks away from the topic, we’re back to our paper vs planner investigation (part 1 here, part 2 here). We’ve had a look at the headlines that pit digital and paper against each other, and we’ve looked in depth at the mechanics of learning on paper versus learning using a screen. As well as being a better option for children to develop memory recall skills, physical note taking is arguably the more ‘healthy’ option, with studies showing that prolonged exposure to the blue light of mobile devices can be detrimental to general well-being.

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We’re Education Resource Awards 2018 Finalists

We’re excited to announce that our Customised Exercise Book product is a finalist for two categories of the 2018 Education Resources Awards!

We’ve scooped a finalist position for the Secondary Resource or Equipment – Non-ICT and General Classroom Resource categories, and we’ll be up against some stiff competition when the winners are announced on the 16th of March.

In 2006, we entered our fledgling customised planner business in the ERA, and were pleasantly surprised to win an award. Hopefully we can repeat that success with this year’s entry!

You can find out more about our customised exercise books here.

Grief: A Layer Of Mental Health We Should Be Talking About

Does anyone know how to talk to a child about grief and loss? It’s a sincere question, because I certainly don’t have the answer. I can only use my own experience to inform my past-self which perhaps isn’t as helpful as I like to imagine. One thing I wish I had known as a child experiencing grief was that talking about it doesn’t have to be awkward, and it’s not something that an adult will consider to be an inappropriate topic. The amount of resources out there is heartening; I hope that other people find them useful and supportive.

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Easing Parental Anxiety: Enter The Primary Prospectus

It’s something that most parents will only experience a few times, at most, during their life. Teachers witness it from a different perspective several times a year, however. The first day of primary school for a child moving up from nursery or pre-school can be a worrying time for children and parents alike. Parents will have already asked themselves a hundred questions, Will they be ok without me? What if they need an adult? What if they get scared? Is this school good enough? Did I choose the right school? Every child will experience primary school differently, and so it makes sense that the same would go for their parents meaning not all of them will feel reassured by the same thing.

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Paper vs Digital: The Unspoken Mechanics Of Paper

This is the second part of our content series on Paper vs Digital. You can read the introduction here.

Before moving or adopting a digital planning solution for your school, it’s important to consider the impact this may have on your students. Even if you’ve already migrated to a digital planner, digital planners work best when paired with a paper planner, and there’s a wealth of evidence to support this.

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Pupil Premium Strategies #5 – Peer Tutoring

This is the fifth in a series of blogs giving an overview of research-proven strategies that schools can adopt when budgeting their pupil premium – and how we can help. Previously, we discussed Parental Engagement

In this strategy, students themselves work to support each other in learning. A common example is an older pupil supporting a younger one with a particular subject area in which the former excels. Peer tutoring is backed up by extensive research and anecdotal evidence; it involves students themselves taking ownership of their learning experience by supporting their fellow students’ learning outcomes. Across both primary and secondary schools, peer tutoring programmes have been found to be mostly positive, and so far research has found that students from a disadvantaged background are the most likely to benefit from this approach.

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SPC Investigation: Paper Vs Digital – Why Not Both?

This is the first in an ongoing series of blogs and reports that will examine the use of paper planners in schools in a world that is increasingly driven by digital.

It’s been happening for a fair few years now; the digital world integrating into our everyday lives to the point we can do even the most mundane of things with a computer or mobile device. Do the food shopping. Book an appointment with the doctor. Shop for insurance. Look at a photo album.

It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that the digital world has also made its way into the education system, supporting students, teachers, and parents. If you do an online search for ‘paper vs digital’ you get almost 23 million results. That’s a lot of debate. Searching ‘paper vs digital planners’ brings that down to just under 3 million results, but that’s still several million more sources than most people would prefer to have to read through to make an informed decision.

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