Every single day, in every school across the country, teachers and other staff are faced with a variety of unique and very specific issues which all require a solution. Meanwhile, how can the edtech providers who create solutions to these problems be sure that they’re developing something that is having a positive impact on schools? At MINTclass, our answer is this: Bring the two together!
Mathematics maestros Happy Numbers have launched Plus, an exciting outside-the-box supplement for the Maths curriculum. Every month, a free challenge is launched - each consisting of a set of age-appropriate problems. As students progress through each problem successfully, the difficulty increases. The challenges are designed to stretch students’ thinking and problem-solving skills.
On the back of our BETT Show success in January, we’re tremendously proud to be joining BETT Academies at this year’s Education Show. On the 16th and 17th March we'll be filming more Innovation Bursts videos, telling visitors about our popular speed dating events, and handing out free printed copies of the annual IMS Guide. If you’re attending, be sure to visit us at Stand D8.
At the latest British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and Publishers Association Conference, Nick Gibb MP highlighted the importance of high-quality curriculum resources, citing results from the annual PISA reports, which showed that high-performing countries including Singapore and Finland, make far more use of textbooks in the classroom. The UK, on the other hand, has a thriving edtech market. So how can teachers utilise the combined power of the textbook and technology to create effective learning opportunities for students?
The standards of a pupil’s literacy should, in my opinion, be not only measured by how adept they are at reading written texts, but also their ability to read media texts, too, especially in this case film. However, when the 2016 Programmes of Study for English were published, all mention of film, indeed of most media texts, had vanished and instead we were handed a throwback curriculum full of, well, dead white dudes.
At Bett 2017, the focus will be on education game changers, with sessions and discussions exploring how educators from across the world can help transform the future of education. Collaboration is key. After all, no one understands the sector and what schools need more than the people who work in them: the headteachers, senior leadership teams, classroom teachers and reception staff. These are the people who experience and witness first-hand the challenges within schools on any given day.
The educational range and educational opportunities offered by a grid are endless. To meet the challenges of the New Maths Mastery and Synthetic Phonic Curriculum, we are told we need to adapt and embrace change. With the ever-changing Curriculum, teachers feel stressed and exhausted. Now is the time for some stability and consistency in teaching and learning. The research by Carol Dweck, Jo Boaler, John Hattie and others needs to be put into active practice. We know now, as highlighted in the 'Life Chances for All' speech, so much more about how children learn effectively and the importance of children's health and wellbeing in this pursuit. How can we now effectively and efficiently achieve successful outcomes for all?
Charity ActionAid are offering schools a set of free resources aiming to give literacy lessons an inspiring lift with the help of an incredible, true story. ‘The Children Who Saved Their School’ includes reading, writing, spelling and creative activities, all telling the story of the children who fought to stop their school closing down, and won!
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