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Growth Mindset Quotes for Every Week of the Year

However you may feel about it, there’s no denying that the growth mindset produces results. It’s impossible to swing a proverbial cat in education nowadays without bumping into the growth mindset and associated pedagogies (something that we’ve previously covered in this article). So why not our classrooms, too? To commemorate the launch of our new 96-page diary section, we’ve created a series of completely free growth mindset posters to download. Print them out, stick them around the classroom, and inspire young and inquisitive minds to push harder and achieve their true potential. You can download your free poster gift here. If you’re just...

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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. The current generation of children...

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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...

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Pupil Premium Strategies #4 – Parental Engagement

This is the fourth 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 Collaborative Learning.  Parental engagement, perhaps not surprisingly, has been found to be most effective when it is implemented in early education and deeper involvement is often easier to achieve with parents of very young children. Research shows that parental involvement is most successful when it is implemented based on existing evidence. As with metacognition and collaborative learning, it is considered one of the lower cost strategies that has a decent level of...

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Pupil Premium Strategies #3 – Approaching Collaborative Learning

This is the third 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 Using Feedback.  Often introduced at a primary school level to develop the skills related to collective learning, collaborative strategies involve encouraging participants to focus on how their own contributions shape the work of the group. More colloquially called group learning or group work, it's a low-cost strategy that can be flexible and adaptive. Tasks require pupils to support each other in learning, and the fact they are in the...

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World Values Day 2017 – What Matters To Your School?

What are your values? How about the values of your school? Do you think students at your school would be able to explain the school's values to an outsider? If you found it difficult to answer all three, then you're not alone; we tend to just assume our values are part of us and are reflected in our day-to-day lives. That's true to an extent of course, but reaffirming what matters is never a bad thing....

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Product Spotlight: Exercise Books

Earlier this year, we launched a new product to sit among our flagship range of customised items for students and teachers; exercise books. The humble exercise book has been a classroom workhorse for as long as any of us can remember, and we've all used them. From the satisfaction of opening a fresh exercise book at the start of the school year to the moment you fill in the last page, it's a nostalgic memory that has stood the test of time....

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The Mercurial State of Computing Education

Back in the day, I elected to study Computing (then called ICT) at AS-Level. Bright-eyed and expectant, I rolled up to my Sixth Form on the first day of term, ready to learn about programming, website design, and the mysteries of binary machine code. I had already learned to touch-type from my frantic late-night chatting sessions on MSN Messenger (an Instant Messenger application popular in the 2000s), so I felt like I had a good grounding in the subject....

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