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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Group Exercise Ideas for Storytelling Week

Humans love stories. Even when we sleep, we create stories in our dreams. Stories influence almost everything we do – what we buy, what we do, and even what we eat. There’s a story to the potato that left the field and ended up on your fork, and nowadays, the plastic packaging will tell you all about it. Stories are everywhere. Children need to be well-versed in storytelling and oral tradition, for both now and in their future lives. The ability to interpret stories will help them make both important and mundane decisions, and even help them in their future careers –...

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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...

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NAO STEM Report findings

A recent report by the National Audit Office (NAO) – Delivering STEM skills for the economy – has outlined a number of concerns with how STEM education funding and strategy is being conducted. Here are their major findings: A large sum of funding – £67m – allocated towards recruiting 2,500 new teachers and improving the skill set of 15,000 non-specialists is having a positive impact. However, the return to teaching pilot only managed to entice around 400 teachers back to the role, out of a target of 810. On the subject of female underrepresentation in STEM-based subjects, girls make up only a...

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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. Blue light blues Advice from Public Health England suggests that children’s screen time should be kept to a minimum. In actuality, the light emitted by modern screens and devices can be detrimental to...

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