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Monthly Archives: April 2016

  • Bullying in schools - Let's tackle it!

    What is bullying?

    Bullying is when someone intimidates or causes harm to another person on purpose. The victims of bullying can be verbally, physically or emotionally assaulted and are often threatened and made to feel frightened.

    This can include:

    • verbal harassment - face to face, by phone, text or over the internet
    • frightening and intimidation
    • damaging possessions
    • exclusion at playtime or from social events and networks

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    How can I tell if a student of mine is being bullied?

    Your student may not tell you that he or she is being bullied and it can often be difficult to notice the signs of a bullied student. However, you may notice some changes in his or her behaviour, including:

    • unwillingness to go to school
    • irritability
    • feeling unwell, often with a headache
    • aggression towards you or others members of staff

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    What can I do as a teacher to prevent bullying?

    Discuss Bullying: Give students the opportunity to discuss bullying. Have the class come up with rules against bullying and involve them in determining that bullying behavior is unacceptable.

    Provide classroom activities and discussion opportunities related to bullying and violence, including the harm they cause and strategies to reduce their incidence.

    Take Immediate Action: Take immediate action when bullying is observed. All teachers and school staff must let children know they care and will not allow anyone to be mistreated. By taking immediate action and dealing directly with the bully, adults support both the victim and the witnesses.

    Confront in Private: Confront bullies in private. Challenging bullies in front of their peers may actually enhance their status and lead to further aggression.

    What resources are at hand to help?

    To help pupils understand and deal with the effects of bullying, we have put together a set of 6 Bullying & Prejudice posters which are ideal for classroom walls and school hallways.  The set covers a wide variety of issues including:

    - Bullying: The Facts
    - Bullying: The Myths
    - Don't be a Victim
    - Prejudice in Society
    - Everybody's different
    - Peer Pressure 

    Want to see more of what this set has to offer? Click here!

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  • Preparing to fail is failing to prepare!

    With this year's SATs tests only a matter of weeks away, equipping your pupils with the best tools for success has never been more important.

    Preparing for compulsory tests at the end of Key Stage One, Two and Three can be a daunting part of early schooling. Compared to all of the support available at GCSE and A level, there is very little to help prepare for SATs. And yet, the SATs tests are the first important tests that you will ever sit during your time at school.

    Getting started on revision isn't easy, here's some helpful ways to keep your students focused when revising - 

    • Choose a place to revise where you will not be distracted.
    • Drink plenty of water.  Water stops your brain dehydrating and will help you concentrate for longer.
    • Get plenty of sleep. If you are tired, you will never perform to the best of your ability.
    • Take a short break every 20 minutes.
    • If you get stuck on something, come back to it later.
    • Reward yourself for working hard. It might be playing outside or watching a favourite TV show.
    • Study in short sessions, but often. Don't spend hours working away!

    How we can help!

    Our Maths Pocket Poster Revision Books provide the ideal learning aid for pupils in the lead up to their SATs, providing clear and concise guidance that will improve understanding and boost confidence.

    Small in size, huge in content!

    The pocket-sized books break down barriers to learning and are a great alternative to the daunting text-heavy guides that often disengage pupils before they've even started revising.  The colourful and engaging books are ideal for independent learning, helping with classwork, homework and revision.

    Designed in consultation with a core group of teachers and experienced consultants, the books simplify key Maths topics into easy to digest chunks of information to boost pupils' confidence and improve their understanding of key topics.

    Click here to view our Maths KS2 revision guide and to find out more information.

     

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  • Don’t let GCSE Maths be a nightmare!

    The prospect of your GCSE Maths exam has been looming for weeks, but you have yet to pick up your textbook, or even glance at all those notes you made in class.

    You probably get the shivers at the very thought, but don’t worry, we have some help at hand.

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    Practice makes perfect 

    The important thing to recognise when revising Maths is that it’s a discipline that depends on understanding. Unlike most other subjects, memorising answers isn't going to do the job, instead the best technique is to practice.

    If you’re finding yourself short on time, prioritise the questions that you frequently get wrong. Challenge yourself sooner rather than later, and do a little bit of the harder stuff every day up until your exam.

    Familiarise yourself with the calculator paper

    Try and get accustomed to the format of the papers. If you’re sitting the Foundation Tier, the calculator paper will be marginally harder throughout, ending in slightly more time-consuming questions, such as trial and improvement and more complex calculations, with multiple parts.

    For those sitting the higher tier, the calculator paper will most likely include more trigonometry questions and shape/area type problems. Remember to check everything on your calculator once you’ve finished the paper; it’s incredibly frustrating to realise that you’ve lost marks due to minor numerical errors.

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    Keep calm and carry on 

    The most important thing is to have confidence in your own ability. No matter what grade you’re aiming for, enough work will ensure that you are capable of achieving it.

    If you find yourself getting frustrated during the exam, identify the more manageable questions and work through those first. This will relax you, get your brain into gear, and give you the confidence to take on the more challenging questions.

    What resources are at hand to help?

    Remember when we said at the start of this blog that we have some help at hand? Well you don’t think we’d let you down do you? As well as providing you with some helpful tips for tackling GCSE Maths we also have some helpful engaging GCSE Maths resources that tackle it even harder!

    With the launch of our brand new Maths GCSE Pocket Poster there really has never been a better time to start knuckling down and using these resources to help with revision. (Although we’d like to think you've started revising before now…)

    You can come check out what the fuss is all about by clicking here!

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