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Encouraging Students to Volunteer

The 15th of April is International Microvolunteering Day 2018, and it provides a great opportunity for students to get involved. The initiative offers volunteers 'bite-sized, on-demand, no-commitment actions that benefit a worthy cause', which can range from playing free video games to contribute to scientific research, 5-minute volunteering opportunities, and even volunteering from your smartphone. Small, easily digestible chunks of volunteering, or microvolunteering as it has come to be known, are a great way to hit students with the altruism bug and inspire them to take on richer volunteering experiences in their local community. But how do you get them to take...

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How to Help Students Get the Most from Holiday Revision

How much Easter revision is too much for a secondary school student? How about seven hours a day? With the advent of the Easter holidays, revision – and how much each student actually does – has once again become a hot topic. A press release published on the Independent Schools Council website argues the case for seven hours of Easter revision per day for GCSE and A-Level students. Advice like this will always be polarising. Some have condemned it as a draconian stance, whereas others have praised it as sage advice. While we may not agree on how much time students should dedicate to...

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Sparking Trends In The Classroom With Google Trends

I spend a decent amount of time each week researching content for both our website and blog, as well as to stay on top of what's happening in education and this week has been no different. After browsing the usual sites and Twitter accounts, I found myself back at an old favourite; Google Trends. A couple of 'oo, that's interesting!' exclamations and a few "huh" noises later, I've managed to lose the best part of an hour clicking through different topics and metrics, fascinated by the sheer level of data. I was feeling inspired, but still had no topic to...

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Award-Winning Customised Exercise Books

  We’re thrilled to announce that our Customised Exercise Book product has won the well-established Education Resources Award 2018 for best general classroom resource, beating out Staedtler, Helix Maped, and Scanning Pens! Now in their 19th year, these awards are widely recognised as a sign of excellence in the education resources industry. The awards highlight and reward the quality and diversity of educational products, resources, services, and people, as well as the best educational establishments and the most dedicated members of the teaching profession. We last won an ERA award in 2006, in the Supplier of the Year 1m-3m turnover category, and are...

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What’s Happening This Week

British Science Week We’re halfway through British Science Week, a 10-day celebration of STEM subjects. It’s easy to get your students involved. There’s a variety of downloadable activity packs for all ages based around this year’s theme – exploration and discovery. You can check them out here. There’s also a poster competition for kids around the theme of exploration and discovery– the perfect form-time task! You can find more information here. Shakespeare Week Primary teachers rejoice! Shakespeare week have published hundreds of free cross-curricular resources for primary-aged children. Last year, we published our list of popular Shakespearean phrases. You can access that resource here....

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An Educator’s Guide to Protecting Children Online

What effect has growing up in the information age had on our students? As the digital and physical worlds collide, it’s the lives of the youngest members of our society that have been most affected. They have grown up with access to an infinitely expanding reserve of information and entertainment. It’s easy to see how the lines between the digital and real worlds can blur. However, societal change is natural; if children are sufficiently protected and guided in their use of new technologies, the digital world doesn’t have to be viewed in a negative light. As educators, one of the most important things...

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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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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....

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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. Heads Together...

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